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Tolkien 2019: public art exhibition featuring Tolkien tapestry from Aubusson

Excerpt from "Halls of Manwë - Taniquetil" tapestry by Cité internationale de la tapisserie. This will form a part of the art exhibition at Tolkien 2019

The Tolkien Society will host a free-to-public art exhibition alongside Tolkien 2019, featuring Tolkien tapestry content from Aubusson.

Tolkien 2019 is a five-day celebration taking place from 7th to 11th August 2019 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham, UK. The event celebrates the Society’s 50th anniversary and guests include Dimitra Fimi, John Garth, Wayne Hammond, Alan Lee, Ted Nasmith, Christina Scull, Tom Shippey, Brian Sibley; aside from a comprehensive programme of talks and panels, it includes art and dealers, workshops, games and quizzes, and an orchestral performance, a production of Leaf by Niggle, and a ceilidh.

You can book for Tolkien 2019 by visiting our dedicated Tolkien 2019 website.

About the art exhibition

"For Maglor slew Uldor the Accursed" by Jenny Dolfen
“For Maglor slew Uldor the Accursed” by Jenny Dolfen

At Tolkien Society events the art show is usually within the event itself. However, at Tolkien 2019 it will be held in a separately venue – the Medicine Bakery – and open free to the public; we hope that many local residents will come to the event and experience Tolkien artwork. The exhibition will be a 2-minute walk from Tolkien 2019 and will run for the duration of the event.

Current artists exhibiting include Anke Eissman, Jay Johnstone, Jenny Dolfen, Karolina Węgrzyn, Ted Nasmith and Tsvetelina Krumova.

An art exhibition is a regular feature of Tolkien Society events and showcases the work of a selection of the best Tolkien artists from around the world. Tolkien’s works inspire art and other creative pursuits in millions of people and demonstrates an important medium in bringing his stories to life.

About Aubusson

In recent months Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson have been creating tapestries based on Tolkien’s artwork. They have an agreement with the Tolkien Estate to produce 13 tapestries over four years (running to 2021), honouring Tolkien’s memory and immortalising his works in tapestry form.

We are delighted to announce that, so far confirmed, the “Halls of Manwe” (Taniquetil) tapestry will be coming to us from Aubusson, as well as several full-sized cartoons on which the tapestries are based. The cartoons are the exact size as the tapestries and are displayed less often and are no less impressive. Aubusson tapestries are of such renown that in 2009 UNESCO recognised them as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

To find out more information about Tolkien 2019, and to book, visit

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He chaired another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.