Established by the artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk, "The House of Fairy Tales" is a child-centered, artist-led project which draws on an extensive team of artists, performers, writers, educationalists, designers, musicians, film makers, dreamers and philosophers to create magical, parallel worlds where learning is play and play is directed learning. Operating across a number of formats from workshops, publishing, advocacy and education packs, "The House of Fairy Tales" is about making education inclusive, inventive and fun.
Fairy tales are metaphors and moral barometers as well as engaging and entertaining stories which have been passed down through the oral tradition over the ages and across cultures. Folk tales, fables, myths and legends are all cousins of the fairy tale. Fairy tales contain the extremes of emotions, of hopes and fears as well as prejudice, discrimination and moral outrage. They evoke basic elements of trade, action, social structures and hierarchies, value systems, belief, spirituality, magic, romance as well as fear, danger, heroism and violence. They allow children to explore the complex minefield of these hopes, dreams and fears on a self-lead journey. Fairy Tales are, in short, a perfect vehicle for our educational principles!
HiBROW captured the "House of Fairy Tales" in the summer of 2011 in Hackney's Victoria Park and interviewed several of the key artistic contributors including its curator, Josh Knowles.