Something very special is happening at The Beaney this Christmas. Artists in residence, Holder and Lamoon, are taking over our Christmas tree to create a visual Intriguerium* of a display, inspired by objects in the collections.

As well as being a sumptuous delight for the senses, each decoration will be thought provoking, intriguing and have a story to tell.

The tree will be covered in layers of original handmade decorations reflecting ideas on geography, travel and time. The majority of pieces will be made from re-used materials including recycled maps, world postage stamps, aluminium drinks cans and flea-market finds.


The crowning piece is this magical ‘Christmas Skyfish’ with its own fascinating myth.

christmas skyfish blog

The magnificent traditional fir tree will be installed in the beautiful Beaney stair-well on November 10th and Holder and Lamoon will be decorating it over a number of weeks.  It promises to be something worth visiting several times to fully appreciate and will be completed by December 9th.

 So whether you’re coming with your family to marvel at its trinkets or to simply uncover the mystery of the elusive ‘Skyfish’, Holder and Lamoon and The Beaney welcomes you to come down and join in the Christmas fun.

*Oh and if you are wondering what an Intriguerium is, you will have to visit Holder and Lamoon’s February exhibition….

The Imaginarium must be explored not explained.

Lamoon and Holder

Holder and Lamoon are currently in residence at The Beaney as our Armchair Artists .When asked about their work, they call themselves Visual Story-Tellers and Stuphists. Apart from the Beaney Christmas Tree the culmination of their residency will be an exhibition in The Front Room from 14th February to 8th March 2015, entitled ‘The Essence of Memory – A Distillation of Thought’.

The Front Room Armchair residency offers creative practitioners time to spend exploring this fantastic building, being inspired by the collections, the people, the place and the stories.

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