The Shakespearean Menagerie's No Sinking Ship: Guildhall Exhibition Confirmed!

2016-02-20 13:26:42 20.Feb.2016

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Exciting developments have been made for the Shakespearean Menagerie project.

Project leaders have recently been accepted to hold the exhibition at the Portsmouth Guildhall where Portsmouth University students will be showing off their Shakespearean inspired animals in the Freda Swain room between the 12th of March and the 7th of June.

The exhibition will enable anyone with a passion for literature and art to take advantage of the free event that is taking place for three months later this year.

Rats and shipsAmber Redford, first year Illustration student from the University of Portsmouth, has been getting to know Shakespeare's use of rats in his rom-com play The Tempest, and delving deeper into superstitions about rodents, including the idea of them escaping from a ship when danger is coming (see image, right).

Her excitement about the project is reflected through her in-depth planning and research into the animal. Each student has studied their chosen animal's anatomy and the best materials that can be used to exemplify their interpretation of them; Redford for example has created an amazing 3D rat using wire materials (see image above).

HerdThe beauty of the Menagerie project can be seen just by looking at these pieces of art that have been created through interpretations of Shakespeare's words. They help us to understand the power of the bard's ideas, and will no doubt entice even people who have never read his work before to engage with it in new ways.

This event will be a great part of the Much Ado About Portsmouth Festival, marking the 400th year since Shakespeare's death. There is no better time or place to come and appreciate these pieces of Portsmouth art and to celebrate the famous literature.

Make sure you come along and join in with the exciting combination of art, literature and Shakespeare!

Event listing: The Shakespearean Menagerie

Related stories: Welcome to the Shakespearean Menagerie! (24/12/2015)

Linked blog: Shakespearean Menagerie (Illustrated Menagerie)

- Hannah Sperring