Extraordinary Connections:

The Quest for the Three Hares from Devon to China


An illustrated talk by Tom Greeves

Wednesday 26th September, 6:30pm

Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: White Moose Gallery

Price: £7.50

An illustrated talk by Tom Greeves, co-author of The Three Hares, A Curiosity Worth Regarding.

The Three Hares share three ears, yet each beast has two, following each other in an eternal circle. Hares appear from sixth-century Buddhist caves in China to the Christian abbeys and churches of medieval western Europe. The Three Hares are given sacred and special status in diverse cultures with the motif appearing in the art of the Islamic world, Judaism and  even that of the Mongol Empire. There are examples of work by artisans inspired by the Three Hares that date back more than 1400 years. Undoubtedly the motif is A Curiosity Worth Regarding.


As part of Art Trek Open Studios 2018, White Moose are delighted to be hosting the Three Hares exhibition. Curated in collaboration with photographer Chris Chapman (co-author of The Three Hares, A Curiosity Worth Regarding), the show brings together a variety of printmakers, glassmakers, ceramicists and textile artists, all responding to the ancient three hares motif.

Tom Greeves

Cultural environmentalist Tom Greeves was born in Plymouth in 1949.

The universities of Essex, Edinburgh and Exeter prepared him for extensive research, publication, teaching and interpretation, on which is built his reputation as an authority on the archaeology and history of Dartmoor. He has worked independently since 1990.

A varied career has included being Sites & Monuments Officer for Devon (1976-79), Archaeologist for Dartmoor National Park (1979-85), and Local Initiatives Officer for the environmental arts group Common Ground (1985-1990). He has worked independently since 1990. From 1998 he has been Chairman of the Dartmoor Society. He was President of the Devonshire Association 2015-2016.

Besides unravelling Dartmoor’s cultural landscape, Tom’s core interests include Tinworking, The Three Hares, European Prehistory, the Isles of Scilly, and Theatrical Performance.


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