The Frame-Up Audio Tour


Welcome to a special audio tour all about Wendy McLeod MacKnight's The Frame-Up! Join some of our very special friends as they take you on an adventure through the paintings: Wendy, who wrote the book, and Mona, who... well... needs no introduction.

Oh, and keep an eye out for the night watchman as you travel through the Gallery; he'll point out the paintings that Wendy and Mona talk about, as well as other artworks featured in the book. Here's what he looks like:

Listen to Wendy's introduction:

Listen to Mona's introduction:

This audio tour shares some of the stories from the novel, and the way that Wendy imagines the paintings. But, different people see things differently! When you look at the paintings, do you see the same things Wendy sees? Do you imagine the stories and characters differently?

Hello, I’m Wendy McLeod MacKnight, author of the middle grade novel, The Frame-Up.

Welcome to the Audio Tour of the Paintings in The Frame-Up! When I wrote the first draft of the book in the fall of 2015, I never dreamed that one day, Mona Dunn would get to tell visitors about the paintings in the book!

I wrote The Frame-Up for two reasons: I wanted to share my love of art with young readers everywhere; and I wanted to write about the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, a place that was already magical before I put pen to paper.

Mostly, what I want you to think about as you tour the gallery is this:

what was the world like on the day the painting or sculpture was made? What was the artist thinking? What was the person being painted thinking? How does it make you feel?

And then, lean close, for the art work has a secret it wants to share.

I promise that once you start to think about painting as living things, they’ll come alive for you!

Now have fun touring the paintings with Mona!

Hi everybody! My name is Mona Dunn and I’m so happy I get to show you some of my favourite paintings at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery!

First: Don’t tell Lord Beaverbrook that I’m giving you this tour.

Second: keep an eye out for Mr. Dusk. He’s been creeping around all day. I think he suspects what I’m up to. He and Max don’t want anyone to know the big secret: That the paintings are alive at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

I’m going to be in such trouble if they catch me doing this, but how else are you going to learn about my favourite paintings? Promise me you won’t tell anyone, okay?

Now come along. We don’t have any time to waste!