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David Elliot - Snark: A Victorian Odyssey

When:

  • Thu 29 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 30 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 1 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 2 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 3 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 4 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 5 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 6 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 7 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 8 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 9 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 10 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 11 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 12 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 13 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 14 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 15 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 16 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 17 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 18 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 19 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 20 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 21 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 22 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 23 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 24 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 25 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 26 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 27 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 28 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 29 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 30 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 31 Dec ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 1 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 2 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 3 Jan, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 4 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 5 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 6 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 7 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 8 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 9 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 10 Jan, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 11 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 12 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 13 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 14 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 15 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 16 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 17 Jan, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 18 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 19 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 20 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 21 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 22 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 23 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 24 Jan, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 25 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 26 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 27 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 28 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 29 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 30 Jan, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 31 Jan, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 1 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 2 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 3 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 4 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 5 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 6 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 7 Feb, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Fri 8 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 9 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 10 Feb, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Where:

Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West St, Ashburton

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Some 10 years ago a book was published that shocked the global literary community to the quick. It was called Snark, Being a true history of the Expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock… and its tragic aftermath.

The book (henceforth known simply as Snark) claimed to have found proof that Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark – two of the most famous poems by celebrated author, Lewis Carroll – were not the fantasies they were believed to be, but were based on a real historical event.

The ‘proof’ was in the form of a recently discovered diary of a crew member, ‘The Boots’, that recorded an ill-considered and eventually doomed venture to capture a culinary delicacy, The Snark. Now in its 42nd (updated and award-winning) edition the controversy around Snark still rages. Is the book – as it claims – the ‘true history’ of these events? Or is it nothing more than a cruel hoax played on gullible readers? This exhibition includes selections from the Boots’ original drawings and notes.

There are also quotes from Lewis Carroll and the author of Snark, Ashburton’s own David Elliot. Juxtaposed against these artworks are artifacts which have been kindly loaned by Otago Museum and other concerned individuals that may, along with the poems, have served as inspiration for an elaborate fraud. Perhaps it is in that imaginative space between the two that we will find the truth.

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