One of the most familiar children’s stories of all time absolutely has to be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Who hasn’t imagined themselves tumbling down the rabbit hole in search of potions and cake to make themselves big and small? And who hasn’t dreamed of holding their very own Mad Hatter’s tea party, complete with snoring dormouse?
Well, the very exciting news coming out of the V&A right this second is that you absolutely can do all of these things! How so? Because there’s a wonderful exhibition now on until December 31st called Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the Sainsbury Gallery, which will be absolutely perfect for your next big adventure!
This little trip to Wonderland is brilliantly immersive, looking into the origins, adaptations and artistic reimaginings of the much-loved Lewis Carroll story, which is now an incredible 157 years old. There are summer workshops taking place where you can work alongside set and costume designer Ryan Dawson Laight, making your own picnic baskets!
And there’s even a VR experience where you can enjoy an interactive retelling of Wonderland itself, navigating a fantastical landscape, interacting with all your favourite characters and completing all sorts of tricky little challenges like capturing the White Rabbit’s missing glove and beating the Queen of Hearts in a game of croquet.
Curator of the exhibit Kate Bailey says: “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser reflects the global impact and legacy of the Alice books across creative disciplines. Since their creation the Alice books, with their mind-blowing ideas and concepts, have been a source of inspiration for new technologies from silent film to CGI.”
This multi-layered exhibition can become an incredible children’s learning adventure if you go on it with the Adventure Aunt. She will explain and interpret all the amazing, amusing, awesome and absurd details of the book, ensuring the richest possible experience of the exhibition, and will develop multi-faceted opportunities for fun, games and continued learning.
It is extremely important to be able to believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast; the Adventure Aunt will show you how!