11 January 2013
Imagination and the tradition of storytelling with the art of fantasy, fairy tales and nursery rhymes, is the focus of Sidney Cooper Gallery's first exhibition of 2013.
Following the recent 200 year anniversary of the first publication of the Brothers Grimm collection of Fairy Tales, the exhibition, From Grimm to Reality, is full of references to the imagery portrayed in childhood stories and highlights the rich connection between imagination, the familiar and storytelling in contemporary art.
Works on show include all 39 etchings of David Hockney’s Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm; Paula Rego’s nursery rhyme etchings, alongside Anya Gallaccio’s ever changing Preserve Beauty from the British Council collection.
Curator of the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Hazel Stone, said: “Imagination and art are intrinsically linked. Visitors to this exhibition will see a range of works that engage with the rich tradition of storytelling, which has been passed down by generation to generation.
“David Hockney’s monochrome etchings, Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, show his own interpretation of the tales, which he regarded as strange and at times mad. And rather than concentrate on portraying the tales literally he chooses to focus on one vivid image to capture the atmosphere and mood of these tales in his own distinctive style.”
Other highlights to the exhibition include Jane Edden’s Ideal Home sculptures, Tessa Farmer’s mini worlds, Joel Ely’s Thinking Bear; Ana Maria Pacheco’s Misfortunes of a Sardine and Susanna Majuri’s fantastical photograp,ic landscapes.
From Grimm to Reality opens on 11 January and continues until 9 February at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, St Peter's Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ.
The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday to Friday, 10:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday 11:30am to 5pm. The exhibition will be closed Sunday and Monday.
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