Mother Shipton’s to Host Spellbinding Art Exhibition by Mister Finch. A chance to view the exquisite works of Leeds-based textile artist Mister Finch this Spring at Mother Shipton’s Cave.
Often cited as a man who brings fairy tales to life, Mister Finch is a renowned textile artist from Leeds, who creates incredibly detailed ‘creatures’ from recycled scraps of thread and fabric. Drawing inspiration from British folklore, Finch works alone and makes everything himself by hand in a studio full of books, glass jars and naughty cats.
Earlier this year Mister Finch held a launch event for his new book Museum of Figments at Leeds City Museum where he also showcased a selection of his wonderous creations.
Following tremendous interest, the artist will be sharing more of his work – but only in handpicked locations that hold meaning for him. For the second stop in his tour, Finch has chosen Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough. It’s said to be a special place for Finch because when visiting England’s oldest tourist attraction a few years ago, he made a wish which later came true. This fondness, coupled with the mystery and wonder surrounding Mother Shipton’s Cave, makes it the perfect place to house Finch’s unique works of art.
“My new book ‘The Museum Of Figments’ tells the tale of Witches and their magical quick moving helpers ‘Figments’. They end up collected together in a secret museum and stored alongside enchanted artifacts and tools. What better place to display some of the characters from the story than in the grounds of this historic and magical place. I’ve been coming to the cave for years and I know first-hand how incredibly special and potent this place is.” – Mister Finch.
“We are so honoured to be hosting this wonderful exhibition in our curious little museum! Mister Finch’s artwork ties in so beautifully to the nature and folklore surrounding the site, as well as the magic and mystery that draws visitors into learning about the legend of Mother Shipton,” says Jay Stelling, Marketing Coordinator at Mother Shipton’s, “We’ve all been fans of Mister Finch for a long time, and we can’t wait for our visitors to see the showcase.”
The new, one-of-a-kind exhibition will feature selected works which reflect the magic and intrigue of Mother Shipton’s. The pieces, taken from Finch’s Museum of Figments collection, will be displayed in glass cases in Mother Shipton’s newly refreshed museum. Other historic artefacts which can be seen in the museum include Queen Mary’s petrified shoe and Agatha Christie’s petrified handbag.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of Mister Finch’s book which features breath-taking imagery and spellbinding short stories which are sure to enchant readers of all ages.
The exhibition is due to run through the Spring months. Mother Shipton’s Cave plans to re-open for visitors for weekends from 19th March (weather dependent) and then every day from 1st April 2022. Their Easter event will be running from 2nd-24th April.