Advent calendar with a difference opens doors

Pictured is Sheffield Artist Geraint Edwards with his work on exhibit at Sheffield University,Jessop Building
Pictured is Sheffield Artist Geraint Edwards with his work on exhibit at Sheffield University,Jessop Building
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A SEASONAL story is unfolding at Sheffield University thanks to an advent calendar with a difference created by a city artist.

Geraint Edwards’s work is called Thirty-One and contains 31 doors for every day of December rather than the usual 24.

Each window reveals a new stage in a story based on classic Russian folktales and is being opened day by day in the wall of the Jessop West foyer on Upper Hanover Street.

Each wooden door is eight inches high and is adorned with Christmas wreaths, handles and door knockers.

The piece includes 31 possible elements which all Russian folktales follow and behind each door is a cross-stitch embroidery of a different stage in the saga – such as ‘the hero leaves home’ or ‘the villain is punished or pardoned’.

Geraint said: “Each day will bring another stage in the telling of an elaborate yet abstract tale, the detail of which is filled in by the viewer.

“The black, glossy frames, the handles, door knockers and wreaths are reminiscent of the Dickensian Victorian aesthetic which permeates so much of our Christmas traditions.

“The more rustic, wooden door connects us to the world of the folktale. These are the kind of doors that wolves knock on.

“Christmas is traditionally a time when families gather - when relations come together, stories are told and tales are passed down the generations. The work celebrates traditional storytelling through the festive theme of the advent calendar.”

The installation can be seen each day until January 4, apart from December 24 to 28.