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The House of Fairy Tales

March 15, 2010 by Ellie

6th - 28th March 2010 Millennium Gallery St. Ives, Cornwall

Millennium and The House of Fairy Tales present an exhibition of over 100 artworks exploring folklore, mythology and metamorphoses with emerging, established and internationally acclaimed artists. The selection of work embraces excellence, innovation, elegance, charm, humour and a curiosity for the dark and sometimes disturbing. It is also the start of a season of collaborations between London and Cornwall based artists including many Millennium artists.

The House of Fairy Tales was founded in 2007 when artist, Gavin Turk and writer, Deborah Curtis were invited, by the late Jago Eliot, to create a child centred space at Cornwall's Port Eliot Literary Festival. The fully fledged creative company returned to the festival in 2009 and now aim to build on this relationship between London and Cornwall with a series of art, live music, performance and poetry events planned throughout 2010, involving the ICA, Port Eliot, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornish museums and educational organisations. Where better than the magical land of giants, monsters and mermaids for a feast of fables, folklore and storytelling?

The opening night of the exhibition on Saturday 6th March at Millennium will feature a live performance from Cornwall based American artist and musician William Fontaine and transformative photographic portraits from London based Italian artist Maria Teresa Gavazzi.

The exhibition will include one room dedicated to The House of Fairy Tales limited edition Print Portfolio, including works by Sir Peter Blake, Fiona Banner and Rachel Whiteread. There will also be a House of Fairy Tales 'cabinet of memorabilia' containing information, photographs and artefacts from previous events, including HoFT medals and passports.

To celebrate the beginning of British Summertime there will be poetry, performance, live music and an outdoor parade of paper and willow lanterns during the exhibition’s closing weekend at Millennium.