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A Christmas Carol Reimagined Exhibition

Minami-Morohashi
Minami-Morohashi

Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
14 December 2015
Minami Morohashi

Winning drawing ‘Scrooge’s Iced Office’ by Minami Morohashi

A new collection of drawings, paintings and artwork by Central Saint Martins illustration students, inspired by the themes of ‘A Christmas Carol’, is to be exhibited at the Charles Dickens Museum.

Around 35 pieces is being shown, ranging from ink drawings, oil paintings and watercolours, to wallpaper, 3D paper sculpture and even puppets. The work was selected by Marcia Williams, renowned children’s illustrator and Dickens lover, and Rebecca Wright, Programme Director, Graphic Communication Design Programme at CSM.

Among the work on show is the winning entry, three densely detailed drawings by BA Graphic Design student Minami Morohashi, which focuses on the jumble and diversity of London, true both today and 170 years ago. The hand tinting of each drawing is a nod to the original sketches by John Leech. Elsewhere, Isabella Cuttill, also a BA Graphic Design student, presents ‘The Evolution of Scrooge’, a richly-textured series of portraits that capture the evolution of the character from bitter, to lost, to enlightened and emphasise the vibrancy of Dickens’ descriptive writing.

Louisa Price, Curator at the Charles Dickens Museum, said: “In setting CSM illustration students the task of reimagining ‘A Christmas Carol’, we hoped they would bring a new perspective to this famous story. They did not disappoint. The students’ works ranged from the familiar to the strange; some are playful and others challenging and unsettling. Many give a literal interpretation, while some focus on underlying themes contained in the work. All bring a fresh perspective to the beloved tale.”

The exhibition is running from 1 December 2015 until 6 January 2016. The Charles Dickens Museum is based at 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX. It is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm) but will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Museum admission prices: Adults £8; Concessions £6; Children (6-16) £4; Under 6 free.

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