Fundraising Art Auction – make us a Jabberwocky

Posted on Monday 23 February


Photo by Rich Kenworthy – This is me Directing a Play

Hello, my name’s Stan Hodgson, I’m Assistant Producer for Jabberwocky Market.

For the last two years, I’ve seen some really spectacular things happening in and about the town: from little hidden parts I never knew about, to some of the most vibrant, inspiring theatre that is being made in the world at the moment. I’ve met some brilliant artists who have come to Darlington, but I’ve also met some of our extraordinary residents, some people that I would never normally get the chance to meet, let alone have a conversation with about theatre. And they live half a mile away from me! It’s been a wonderful couple of years, and I’m writing now with a proposition, a small artistic favour if you will.

Our name was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem, ‘Jabberwocky‘, which was, in turn, inspired by the myths and legend of Darlington and the region whilst he lived near the town.

Photo by Topher McGrillis - Art by Robinia Farnaby

Photo by Topher McGrillis – Art by Robinia Farnaby

We rely heavily on donations and fundraising in order to deliver workshops for young people and emerging artists in Darlington, as well as keeping ticket prices affordable and to offer as many free tickets to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. Which is why I’m asking you to take as little as ten minutes out of your day to contribute a piece of art, made by you, to be sold at our Charity Jabber Auction!

The rules are simple:

  1. We would like you to draw, or make, a Jabberwocky. How you interpret this is entirely up to you. You more than welcome to draw ‘slithy toves’ if you like, but we would also love to see your personal story or associations with monsters, myths and The North East.
  2. It does not have to be drawn on paper, we’ll accept any original artwork made from any materials, be it on canvas, card, a bit of driftwood, ceramic, a flag, a book, a box. All we ask is that it can easily be sent through the post, as you are responsible for any postage charges to get it to us, and we are responsible to pass it on. Therefore, a 40 foot statue may not be ideal for anyone!
  3. The artwork must be signed by the artist in some way.
  4. The artwork must not be made from easily perishable goods.
  5. You don’t have to be a gifted artist, we accept everything from doodles to masterpieces. All you have to do is think about your skills that you do have to offer. For example, you may have wonderful handwriting, photography skills, maybe you write fluent Spanish, or maybe you’re really good at finding rocks that look like other things. We welcome all the skills you may have and more.

0K4A9550Please send your artwork by Monday 9 March (or sooner) to Luxi Ltd., c/o Be Premiere Hair, 2nd floor, 29 Blackwellgate, Darlington, DL1 5HX

We will be launching our online auction in the run up to this year’s festival and may be exhibiting your artwork in our very own Jabbervan.

Please email me on [email protected] if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for your time,


(See related post – the auction is live)