Three Hares

Image Credit: Jackie Morris

White Moose, Trinity Street, Barnstaple, EX32 8HX

01271 379 872
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www.whitemoose.co.uk

Friday 14 September 2018 – Saturday 13 October 2018
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10 - 5pm Sat - 11 - 3pm

As part of Art Trek Open Studios 2018, White Moose are delighted to be hosting this exhibition curated in collaboration with photographer Chris Chapman, co-author of The Three Hares, A Curiosity Worth Regarding. This richly illustrated book tells the story of a 25 year quest, which began in Devon, South West England, to explore the origins, transmission, use and survival of this charming, enigmatic and sometimes geometrically precise motif.

The exhibition brings together printmakers, glassmakers, ceramicists and textile artists all responding to the ancient three hares motif.

The Three Hares share three ears, yet each beast has two, following each other in an eternal circle. Hares appear from sixth-century Buddhist caves in China to the Christian abbeys and churches of medieval western Europe. The Three Hares are given sacred and special status in diverse cultures with the motif appearing in the art of the Islamic world, Judaism and  even that of the Mongol Empire. There are examples of work by artisans inspired by the Three Hares that date back more than 1400 years. Undoubtedly the motif is A Curiosity Worth Regarding.

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