WORLD OF WONDERS; Gallery's Curiously Fabulous Sh: Art

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Byline: JULIE CHAMBERLAIN

HEAD down the rabbit hole to a magical Warwickshire exhibition into Alice's Wonderland.

Delightful and detailed illustrations from the favourite childhood story are on show at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum.

It is displaying a selection of Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland from 1865 and Through the Looking Glass from 1872.

Along with the 42 small and lovely engravings, are contemporary reactions to the work by artist Katharine Waters.

She has created papier-mache responses to the characters - and there's also a small door which little people can use to feel they are part of the action.

The first work as you enter the gallery shows the sculpture of a girl who's fallen asleep, with pages all over her and floating off, showing the fantastic story which is about to unfold.

The Tenniel illustrations, when examined close up, have details that are fantastic to study, and some have explanations next to them which make you look again with interest.

You see the many-legged insect smoking the waterpipe using what at first you assum be hands only to find they are lots of lit tentacled legs sticking out. Katherine W also draws parallels between the Dodo sculpture representing bushmeat, endangering African wildlife today.

There are also useful descriptions poi out where Sir John Tenniel had to make changes to his detailed wood engraving they can be seen on the final prints.

There are also printing materials simi those he used on show.

Many of the Alice illustrations and th story itself can be quite scary at times, and there are also some tombstone memorial-type works on the wall which fit in well.

Most of the exhibition, however, show skill of Tenniel in illustrating these fantastical works which have stayed th of time with youngsters and adults alike.

ARTDIARY COVENTRY The Herbert, Jordan Well, Coventry city centre: Street Art - Contemporary Prints from the V&A, until Sunday. All Dressed Up - Display of glamorous items from the Herbert's costume collection. Tomorrow until March 27. 024 7683 2386.

Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre: Hannah Starkey - Twenty Nine Pictures. Exhibition by contemporary and influential photographer. Tomorrow until March 12. 024 7652 4524.

WARWICKSHIRE Dunchurch Art Gallery, Southam Road, Dunchurch: Work by gallery boss Michael McCormack, plus other local artists and students. 07765 775884.

Gallery150, Regent Court Shopping Centre, 9 Livery Street, Leamington: Artists' showcase, until January 30. Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, The Parade, Leamington: Looking In Wonderland - Sir John Tenniel's illustrations to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, until February 6. Plus permanent collection. 01926 742700. …