Artist of the Week - Fay Hield
It’s all a bit vague this project, and a bit magical – a bit like fairies themselves I suppose. Everyone who gathered that first time in Oxford was palpably anxious about what was to come, but conversation flowed and a wealth of different experiences and perspectives emerged from the chrysalis. The openness was startling, and I had to quickly expand my perception of belief on hearing what the others had to say.
I am a true believer in the power of fairy stories and the impact their magical and mysterious ideas have on people, but I wasn’t expecting so much belief in Fairies themselves, with people having seen them, talking with them and in one case riding with Hearn and the hunt. In the Fair Isle, it was reported, belief is still the norm and people find you a little crazy if you are a denier.
Others were more sceptical and the odd eyebrow was raised during some of these discussions. Some preferred to look more at how fairy belief has been acted out over the years, or looking at how ideas of fairy can be translated into urban setting to help us make sense of the world around us. Whatever their stance, everyone had a position to take and was intrigued in each other’s ideas.
And what ideas, there was no shortage of those. From creating custom built theatres to interactive digital maps, we were questioning ways to genuinely collaborate between visual, linguistic and sonic art forms rather than illustrating or responding to each other’s work, rather than generating a set of separate items to present alongside each other. It’s still not clear how this will work, but I’m excited to see how it unfolds now we have all met and sown the seeds.
The foundations are set, we are all now gone our separate ways to the four corners of the island to reflect, respond, keep in touch and create. New work is starting to appear in ‘the space between’* where we build on our ideas and other plans are bubbling away under the surface. Where we meet at festivals, in the sea under the stars and through the ether, it is building. I can’t wait for our next get together in Sheffield in September, where we will talk about the process and show some early ideas – come along if you want to see what we are up to and meet the fairy folk.
*aka the googledrive
All blog posts:
Modern Fairies Gatherings at The Sage, Gateshead, 12 May 2020
Of Land & Story The Process of Forgetting and Remembering, 30 April 2020
Time Squint, 24 January 2020
Fairy Sources, 24 January 2020
Sleepers and Glitches, 24 January 2020
Alyson Loathly, 24 January 2020
The Green Children, 15 January 2020
Fairies of the Trees, 15 January 2020
Hares, 15 January 2020
The Light Cutters, 14 January 2020
We Dance to an Other Tempo, 14 January 2020
Selkies, 13 January 2020
Artist of the Week - Elly Lucas, 10 June 2019
Artist of the Week - Fay Hield, 15 May 2019
Artist of the Week - Natalie Reid, 1 April 2019
Signed posters for everyone, 24 March 2019
Artist of the Week - Steven Hadley, 18 March 2019
Podcast Series 1, Now Live, 14 February 2019
Artist of the Week - Patience Agbabi, 5 February 2019
Artist of the Week - Ben Nicholls, 8 January 2019
Artist of the Week - Marry Waterson, 11 December 2018
Artist of the Week - Barney Morse-Brown (Duotone), 6 December 2018
Artist of the Week - Terri Windling, 19 November 2018
Artist of the Week - Inge Thomson, 12 November 2018
Modern Fairies at Festival of the Mind - Sheffield, September 2018, 4 November 2018
Artist of the Week - Sarah Hesketh, 2 November 2018
Artist of the Week - Fay Hield, 4 September 2018
Artist of the Week - Lucy Farrell, 31 July 2018
Artist of the Week - Ewan Macpherson, 22 July 2018
Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies - the First Workshop, 11 July 2018