Tessa Farmer, ‘In Fairyland’, Leeds College of Art, 30 January – 26 February 2015

This exhibition at Leeds College of Art looks enticing:

The Cottingley Fairies fly home in the forthcoming exhibition ‘In Fairyland’.

It is now almost a century since the infamous fairy photographs were taken in a small village a few miles outside Leeds. In 1917 and 1920, Elsie Wright and her cousin Frances Griffiths took photographs of what appeared to be fairies frolicking by the local beck. These photographs captured the imagination of writer Arthur Conan Doyle whose father, Charles, and uncle, Richard, illustrated fairies a generation before. Taking its title from Richard Doyle’s ‘In Fairyland’ (1870), this exhibition explores the medium of the fairy and, reciprocally, the fairy as medium.

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