Walthamstow Wetlands to launch exhibition dedicated to Moomins creator

Remember the Moomins?

Yep, those adorable little white creatures that used to grace our TV screens on a Saturday morning. 

A new outdoor exhibition at Walthamstow Wetlands is dedicated to the show’s creator, Tove Jansson.

The Wetlands has collaborated with the William Morris Gallery for a year-long extravaganza on the Finnish-Swedish author, novelist, painter and illustrator.

The first instalment – an exhibition called The Woman Who Fell in Love with an Island – will run from June to September and draw parallels between Tove Jansson’s beloved island (that inspired the Moomin stories) and the Walthamstow Wetlands.

Tove was known for her remote lifestyle on an island in the gulf of Finland, which can be seen in her work through paintings and documented in novels, short stories and films.

The author’s drawings, bird studies, writings and photographs will be displayed inside the Wetlands’ restored engine house – but exhibits will also spread out into the natural world, for an open-air trail.

Once the show comes to an end, it’ll be followed by another Tove Jansson exhibition at the William Morris Gallery in 2022.

Alison Williams, one of the curators of the show, said: ‘These exhibitions will explore how island life, the weather and an ever-changing landscape informed Jansson’s work, which still captures the imaginations of children and adults alike, and share some thoughts on what we can learn from the Moomins when it comes to ecology, conservation and the climate crisis.’

In the meantime, be sure to check out a new photography exhibition that documents what it’s like to be homeless during the pandemic. Shots were taken by homeless individuals living on the streets and the show is currently taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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