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Fairy Tails


10 January 2020 - 1 April 2020


10 January 2020
1 April 2020

Curated by

Anne Koval

Fairy Tails

About this exhibition

This group exhibition explores the wondrous in nature by reconsidering the role of animals in storytelling. These works present fantastical narratives in which animals preside over strange episodes: tales are rewritten or unwritten, travellers embark on uncertain journeys, danger lurks deep in the forest, a witch appears from nowhere, birds and beasts are spellbound, clothing is enchanted, and a shoe materializes, as if magically spun from gold. If animals are “good to think with,” as anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss once famously remarked, then folk and fairy tales have a long history of speaking through beasts, whose otherworldly transformations can express our innate or unconscious longings and desires.

Image gallery

Anne Koval on Fairy Tails

Visiting Artist Talk with Meryl McMaster

Visiting Artist Talk with Laura Vickerson


Foreword by Emily Falvey
Essay by Anne Koval

Designed by Robert Tombs
Published by Owens Art Gallery

Visual Descriptions