Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Project Studios A and B

Petals and Claws

29 April – 16 July 2017

Revisiting The Owl Service fifty years on

In August 1967 the acclaimed British author, Alan Garner OBE, published the classic children’s book The Owl Service. The story revolves around the ancient tale of Blodeuwedd, from the Welsh chronicles of mythology The Mabinogion. In The Owl Service, this tragic story is replayed generation after generation, reliving the cursed love triangle that ensnared Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw.

Photographer, David Heke, has been collaborating with Alan and Griselda Garner on a number of projects. Following a conversation around the kitchen table in their 15th-century farmhouse, about the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary of The Owl Service, the germ of the idea for this project was born.

Bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of artists from either side of the Welsh / English border, this collaboration explores and celebrates this ground-breaking story and its origins in Welsh myth.

The participating artists are Liz Ellis (sculpture), Jenny Ryrie (painting), David Heke (photography and video), Chris Tally Evans (music / soundscape), Bettina Langlois (fine art upholstery) and Anna Wigley (poetry and prose).