Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happily Ever After: alternative destinies in contemporary feminine narrative

There was once... The collected fairy tales has been included in this exhibition of artists' books which opens shortly at the John Paynter Gallery in Newcastle, New South Wales.

Curators Caelli Jo Booker and Helen Hopcroft have conceived the exhibition as a collaboration between artists, writers and craftspeople working together to create handmade and limited edition books with a particular focus on female narratives within the fairytale genre.

According to the exhibition's curators, its central premise is '... that despite the hierarchical structures and strong didactic thrust of many fairy tales, no destiny is perfect or uncomplicated.'

Dr. Caroline Webb, an academic from the University of Newcastle, will open the exhibition. Her own research has focused on contemporary re-writings of fairy tales by writers such as A. S. Byatt, Jeanette Winterston and Angela Carter, all of them close to my own heart.

Exhibition venues:

John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
10 June - 26 June 2011

Artspace Mackay, Queensland
22 July - 28 October 2011

Further details of this exciting and ambitious project can be found on the Happily Ever After website: