A Woman Who Fell In Love With An Island
Waltham Forest are hosting year-long celebration of Moomin creator Tove Jansson with exhibition and outdoor trail.
18.6. – 23.9.2021
Open daily, 9.30am – 5pm
Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road Walthamstow, London N17 9NH
The Woman Who Fell In Love With An Island will draw on the parallels between the island of Klovharun in the Finnish archipelago, where Tove Jansson spent her summers immersed in nature, and the scenery at Walthamstow Wetlands which is Europe’s largest urban wetlands and has eight islands of its own.
Visitors to the Wetlands will be able to enjoy:
- an exhibition about Tove Jansson’s island home and the inspiration she took from nature, featuring beautifully rendered and displayed facsimiles of photographs taken of Jansson on Klovharun, quotes, and her own work including her nature studies and descriptions of birds
- a family trail with an interactive map
- a unique downloadable audio piece from multi-instrumentalist and composer Erland Cooper, which includes field recordings from Klovharun and a new reading of Jansson’s essay ‘The Island’ by her niece Sophia Janssson.
In January 2022 an exhibition will open at the William Morris Gallery in 2022 (date tbc). This landmark exhibition will bring together personal objects, photographs and archival material to tell the story of Jansson’s life and development as an artist through the lens of her deep affinity with nature, which is something that she shared with William Morris. The exhibition will invite visitors to consider Jansson’s most famous creations – the Moomins – as creatures in touch with the environment and connected to nature in a powerful way.