Lost In Wonderland, Brighton Dome
Saturday 7 – Sunday 29 May
The Founders Room at Brighton Dome
as part of Brighton Festival
"My idea for the work is to create a new setting for the adventures of Alice - taking place in a timeless present." Lisa Creagh
New photographs will be on display as part of this year’s Brighton Festival which link Alice in Wonderland to a secret tunnel beneath the city. Photographer Lisa Creagh stumbled on surreal scenes when she explored the tunnel, which leads from Sussex Square gardens to the sea. It is said to have been the inspiration for the rabbit hole into which Alice tumbles to her adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Caroll was a frequent visitor to Brighton from 1862 – 1885, staying with a friend at 11, Sussex Square.
“ While I was photographing the tunnel, I heard laughter and came upon some young girls playing in trees and hanging upside down from branches – just like the Cheshire cat” says Creagh “It’s this dreamy atmosphere of playfulness, innocence and imagination that I try to capture in my photographs.”
Creagh uses a 1940s Yashica camera, enhancing the soft, dream-like quality of the images in the printing process.
Lost in Wonderland coincides with Brighton Festival's City Reads, which is encouraging residents of Brighton to read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The exhibition is supported by Brighton Festival, Spectrum Photographic and Arts Council England.
The idea of the city as a labyrinth is a theme that has run through Lisa Creagh's work for several years. She captures scenes through doorways and tunnels, across bridges and along passageways hinting at an ancillary world or fantastical universe leading from the humdrum urban landscape into a dreamscape. Creagh takes the viewer on a journey which alludes to an imminent future - visually seductive, yet unsettling; her images suggest steps into the unknown – adolescence, adulthood, the unconscious.
Lisa Creagh graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 1994, prior to settling in Brighton, UK she worked in New York and London.
Previous projects include Escape Routes at Soho House, New York; work at the Brighton Media Centre as part of the Brighton PhotoBiennial Fringe, Never mind the paint, here’s the sex pixels! at Ensign St.Gallery and a number of exhibitions at Inside Space, both in London. Creagh has exhibited at Glowlab, the Get Real Art Gallery, the Here Gallery and the Holland Tunnel Gallery all in New York. She has recently been awarded an Arts Council England Independent Artists Award.
More of her work can be seen at www.lisacreagh.com
Press contact for images and interviews:
Sarah at HEYWORTH-PR
Notes to editors:
1. Lost in Wonderland runs from 7 – 29 May at the Founders Room, Brighton Dome. Entrance is free to ticket holders for events at Brighton Dome
2. Lost in Wonderland is supported by Brighton Festival, Spectrum and Arts Council England.