Solstice Event in Castle Park

Faerie Painting Lecture
Monday 28 May
Harlequin Theatre, Queen Street, Northwich CW9 5JN
2.00pm - £5.00 (£4.00 concessions)

Fairies seem to exist in abundance in contemporary popular art; indeed hundreds of ‘popular’ artists seem to make a living from them, and from their darker cousins, witches, vampires, shapeshifters and the rest. However, the traditional fairy (small of stature, gossamer wings, shimmering and sparkling) is a comparatively recent thing, flourishing in any number only from the mid-19th century (in painting) and for perhaps 400 years before that in prose and poem.

It could be, of course, that ‘fairy’ is only the latest name for the far older phenomena which are the spirits of wood and field, stream and ocean, in which case the idea predates the Classical world, but becomes particularly relevant in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, when European Landscape/Countryside seemed increasingly threatened.

This lecture, illustrated by the usual gorgeous colour images, examines fairies in western art, with a particular focus on the spectacular period seen in Britain between 1850 and 1900, and the way these archetypal fairies change to confront the Great War, the Jazz Age, and even the Swinging Sixties.