Art Installation at Sandown’s new microbrewery, Boojum and Snark

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What do Snarks, Boojums, Sandown and happiness all have in common?

They are the themes of the fantastical art installation by Teresa Grimaldi and Sarah Vardy. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark, which he began writing in Sandown and also the town’s history as a holiday destination filled with fun and hilarity.

Weaving and layering old photographs, objects, illustrations, Teresa and Sarah have crafted a nonsense narrative featuring childhood memories, laughing competitions, galumphing, larking and wild abandon to illustrate our search and desire for happiness.

Simply Galumphing Around is being shown at Boojum&Snark, the Island’s first exclusively craft-beer tap room and will also mark the official opening of this novel new space.

Teresa Grimaldi, said:

‘My mum Rose, was once landlady at the Sandown Tap and my dad, Peter, had an ice-cream parlour on the Battery, so I remember the 70’s as a child, the surge of visitors migrating to Sandown with suitcases and returning with memories. At some point, as in the poem, there’s been a vanishing and the town’s popularity has diminished joining the league of faded seaside towns but the magic, beauty and charm is still there. Simply Galumphing Around is more than nostalgia, it’s a call to build confidence, to be prepared to galumph and laugh so hard your jaw aches.’

Tracy Mikich, co-founder of Boojum&Snark, said:

‘The artists interpretation of The Hunting of the Snark and childhood memories bound together in wonderful nonsense will hopefully prompt viewers to think about what makes us feel happy as well as playfully draw attention to the absurdities of life.’

 Boojum&Snark is an innovative new regeneration space on Sandown High Street that also features a pico-brewery, taproom and micro-museum. The vision of two life-long friends Julie Jones-Evans and Tracy Mikich, it is the first venue on the Island to install an entirely craft beer taproom. Simply Galumphing Around will span the length of the main wall. The art installation is the first of a programme of exhibitions to be held at the venue featuring contemporary portrait photography, hidden meanings and narratives that resonate with the town’s cultural heritage.

Boojum&Snark is located at 105 High Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight.

Nov-April Friday-Saturday 12.00pm-20.00pm Sunday 12.00pm-18.00pm April-Oct Wednesday–Saturday 10.00am-8.00pm Sunday 12.00pm-6.00pm