19 September 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Arthur Rackham’s birth. Rackham (1867- 1939) was one of the leading illustrators in Britain’s ‘Golden Age’ of book illustration, and his works are still hugely popular today. He is linked to Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash, East Sussex, through his illustrations of Puck of Pook’s Hill, a tale Kipling based on the house and gardens, and to Sussex in general through a number of locations. I am very excited to be involved in a series of events run by the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy and the University of Chichester.
Arthur Rackham in Sussex: A 150th Birthday Celebration
- Exhibition, 8 September – 29 October 2017, Bateman’s, East Sussex
With thanks to the National Trust, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Chris Beetles Gallery, Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums, the East Sussex Arts Partnership, the Arthur Rackham Society, the Rudyard Kipling Society, Pook Press and Burwash Parish Council, an exhibition of Arthur Rackham’s works inspired by Sussex, alongside research-led responses to them by Fine Art MA student Emma Martin is on show at National Trust’s Bateman’s. The exhibition will draw connections between illustration, fine art and fairy tales, and the history of the three within Sussex, England and globally.
Arthur Rackham in Sussex: A 150th Birthday Symposium
- Research Symposium, Saturday 16 September 2017, Friends Meeting House, Priory Rd, PO19 1NX, 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
Entry £25/£20 concessions. Buy tickets from the University of Chichester’s online store.
For details of the symposium programme, please head to the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy.
Undine – in music, words and illustration
- Lunchtime concert, Saturday 16 September 2017, Chichester Council Assembly Rooms, 1.00 p.m
The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy and the University of Chichester’s Music Department welcomes you to a one-off musical performance of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s Undine.
The story of the romance between a water-sprite Undine and the Knight Huldbrand had a profound influence on the 19th century, inspiring operas, ballets and adaptations, including Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and Dvorák’s Rusalka, as well the imagination of Arthur Rackham. This concert performance will retell the narrative of Undine, interspersed with some of the most iconic musical versions of the story, all set against Arthur Rackham definitive illustrations. Please feel free to bring food and drink to this lunchtime performance and to buy tickets please visit the University’s online store.
‘Of all fairy tales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful’