Helly Powell: Fauxidermy

The Beasts of the Mabinogion

23 November 2019 to 11 January 2020
Ruralist Room

The early Welsh collection of tales from which the Mabinogion takes its name, intertwines legend, folklore, tradition and history. Passed down by word of mouth by the early Welsh bards, it has given rise to a timeless literary heritage and continues to inspire artists. Helly’s research of animals and their representation in Welsh culture has led her back to the tales of the Mabinogion. Possibly the earliest tales of love, betrayal and conquest with the native animals playing a cameo role – often sitting on the boundaries of reality and other worlds.