Sunday, 15 March 2009

The House of Fairytales

Not only does this arts organisation have the best name, it also has a pretty great agenda. Artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis work with youngsters to create performances, puppet shows, installations,music, animation and more. They couldn't ask for a cooler, more fairytale setting than the depths of Shunt vaults- if you've never been before, the venue is tucked away under London Bridge- there isn't even an official entrance, just a tiny unmarked door in the wall; very Harry Potter. Fairy Tales offer endless scope for creativity and the reworking of classic iconography- expect a Hansel and Gretel gingerbread making factory, a macabre fairground, an alchemist's laboratory and a catalogue of King Midas casualties.Big names to get on board include purveyors of vintage fashion , Beyond Retro, knitting experts from Prick Your Finger, illustration magazine Le Gun and protesters from Climate Rush as well as screenings from the BFI. This 'Candlelit Matinee' will take place on Saturday, the 21st; for more details see www.run-riot.com. Tomorrow night H of F will be holding the private view of their sale of The Fairy Tale Art Collection at The East Room club. Its a fundraising venture for the youth orientated arts project, and includes work by Gavin Turk himself, as well as many other prolific artists, including Bob and Roberta Smith, Sir Peter Blake, and Steph von Reiswitz. The exhibition will remain open throughout March and April, for more details see Steph's blog: www.stephvr.blogspot.com. Last year the House of Fairytales organised an unbelievably cool sounding summer event to be held in the grounds of Sudeley Castle- The Festival of the Creative Act. Unfortunately it turned out to be unbelievably cool, in that it never happened. I still have my fingers crossed for this year, but if you go to their homepage you can see that the most recent update is still the cancellation notice for last year's event, so I'm not holding my breath...see www.houseoffairytales.org. Heres hoping though...

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