A Cabinet of Curiosities
10 January – 13 February 2015
Illustrations inspired by a curious wooden box containing a collection of random objects and personal thoughts gathered through the owner’s acquisitive lifetime.
These illustrations are the ramblings of Peter’s inquisitive mind, too weird to catagorise; a mixture of outsider art and folk art for all to gawp at and wonder, and to make connections for themselves. They are also inspired by fairy tales for contemporary ears, Peter’s lifelong passion.
“Fairy tales taught me the meaning of injustice, explained the art of subversion, and presented me with a structure to express these feelings. These are Fairy tales for Grown Ups.”
Peter Stevenson is a freelance book illustrator, storyteller, writer, folklorist, organiser of Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival and Stories by Gaslight. He has illustrated, compiled and written many books of fairy tales and Nursery Rhymes for Ladybird and Fernleigh, illustrated for contemporary authors such as Edna O’Brien, Jeremy Strong and Margaret Mahy, classics like Peter Pan and The Night Before Christmas, educational books for Oxford University Press and the National Trust, Welsh language books for Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Lolfa and Gwasg Gwynedd, and often writes fairy tales for grown ups for Planet, the Welsh Internationalist. As a storyteller he has performed at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, in Arts Centres, Galleries and Theatres across Wales, at the Centre for Engaged Storytelling in New York, the Watershed and the Central Museum in Bristol, in log cabins in the Appalachians, in Tavernas on Greek islands, at Chapter Arts in Cardiff, the Owain Glyndwr Parliament House, in cafes crammed with cake, on trains and narrow boats, in front rooms, church crypts, woodlands, mud walled cottages, and once in an allotment in Crickhowell. He spends his time wandering the old Welsh Tramping Road with a pack full of sketchbooks on his back and a concertina for company, feet in the mud and head in the clouds.