Alice looks curioser and curioser

Organiser Dr Melissa Westbrook, pictured with two of the exhibits. Picture: OX67581 Mark Hemsworth

Organiser Dr Melissa Westbrook, pictured with two of the exhibits. Picture: OX67581 Mark Hemsworth Buy this photo

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AN ALICE In Wonderland exhibition with a difference will come to the Museum of Oxford this summer.

Twenty-five artists from the UK and abroad have contributed to the show, which will run at the town hall, St Aldate’s gallery from June 7 to September 6.

Organiser Dr Melissa Westbrook said: “The idea was to take a contemporary look at Alice and think about what would be down the rabbit hole today.

“It is also multi-sensory, so we have pictures, sounds, sculptures and film.”

Author Lewis Carroll, real name Charles Dodgson, wrote the book after first telling the story to Alice Liddell, 10, and friends in a city boating picnic in 1862.

The exhibition has also seen contributions from pupils at Oxford High Junior School, Rose Hill Primary School and the Oxford Deaf Children's Society.

Dr Westbrook said: “We have had some really interesting twists on the story. There is, for instance, a plastic baby doll covered in real snake skin and feathers from one American artist.

“And a painting of an older more mature Alice who is no longer a little girl.

“But we also have pictures painted by the schoolchildren of themselves as plants, and one boy who created his own version of the rabbit hole, which turned out to be really intriguing. The different submissions we had show how varied the original story is and that it is still relevant today.”

For more information, visit oxford.gov.uk/museumofoxford

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