Friday 6 October 2023

Photos From Ben Edge's Arty Party at Viktor Wynd

You expect to see colourful characters like the pair in the top photo if you go to the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. 

I was there on Wednesday evening for a preview of Documenting British Folklore in Paint, Photography and Sculpture, a folklore art exhibition by Ben Edge. It was a popular event and the wonderfully weird cocktail bar and Spare room (yes, a room dedicated to chaos magician Austin Osman Spare) were packed with people viewing the paintings, photographs and other objects on display. 

The photos lower on this post are of more of Ben's artwork in the exhibition. The one to the left shows a few of his paintings and models of foliate heads, which are sometimes called green men. The one further down shows the mask of the Burryman, who is a central figure in a Scottish folk custom at the end of August, in between items from Wynd's regular display of curiosities.

Documenting British Folklore in Paint, Photography and Sculpture is on until the end of December and worth going to see. Have a cocktail at the same time and enjoy all the other curiosities in the only museum of its kind in England.

By the way, the people in the top photo are Carli and Clair of 'broken folk' duo Lunatraktors. They will be appearing at the Green Note in Camden, London, on Friday 13 October. You can find out more on their website:

The Viktor Wynd Museum is at 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP. You can find out more here:

Ben Edge's website is here:

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