The Rookery Artists' Collective present


"Fairy Tales and Other Stories"

The Menier Gallery March 17th - 21st 2020

An intriguing range of responses to the theme of “Fairytales and Other Stories” by the Rookery Artist’s Collective.


Childhood memories have influenced much of the work; the variety of experiences mirroring the diversity of artists included. Amongst these are tales of Anansi Tori, the crafty spider (from stories originating in West Africa, spread through slavery and handed down orally by the Maroons of Suriname) through the Mahabarata and Irish Folk tales, to the aesthetic of LadyBird books.  


Some have been inspired by specific characters such as the Princess in her ivory tower, surrounded by luxury, but none the less imprisoned in an empty interior. Others have investigated more general themes, including metamorphosis and the human forms found within nature.


Imagery evoked in the mind's eye has also provided a starting point, as has the darker side of fairytales: stories that are now considered to be for children, but did not start out as such.

Opening hours
The Menier Gallery
51 Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU
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Tuesday 17th - Friday 20th March 
11am - 6pm 
Saturday 21st March
11am - 4pm
Tuesday 17th March 530-9pm
Opening Celebration
Friday 20th 3pm
BSl tour with Joanna Wooten hosted by Laraine Callow
Saturday 21st 2pm
Decoding Fairytales - workshop led by Professor Chris Knight author of " Blood Relations - Decoding the Fairy Tale The Sleeping Beauty"