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It’s all coming together…

29th August 2017 Jacob Moss1,807 views

Over the past few weeks, our small exhibitions team (curator, Jacob Moss and assistant, Imy Clarke) have been especially busy preparing for the fast-approaching opening of Street Fans on the 19th September.

So, what exactly has been occurring since you helped us raise over £14,000 toward this amazing project?

Sylvain Le Guen, Europe’s leading fan maker, has gone into overdrive, skilfully transforming each of the participating artists unique fan designs. His bold and beautiful creations have been arriving at the Museum on a weekly basis.

Photographer Rhian Cox has completed two shoots: one for the poster and publicity artworks and another for the Street Fans exhibition catalogue.

Graphic designer Mike Cathro has been busy weaving his magic with Rhian’s images to create a set of dynamic, contemporary exhibition posters – look out for these at Cutty Sark DLR and venues across London.

The catalogue is nearing completion and will include sections on fan making (in the guise of a lively dialogue between curator Jacob Moss and fan maker Sylvain Le Guen) plus artist profiles and, of course, a gorgeous selection of colour images showcasing each of the artists’ fans.

Thank you again for enabling us to create such a valuable project. We hope you’ll find time to visit Street Fans in the coming months.

Upcoming Events

Talking Fans > Dance Fans and the Georgian Assembly Room

Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

In eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe, assemblies and balls were the centre of the Season where complex dances and social relationships played out. A plethora of dance manuals and sheet music were created to teach the music and social etiquette of the assembly rooms, which included the popularisation of the Country Dance fan and Quadrille fan. Join TFM Curatorial Assistant Ailsa Hendry as she explores the relationship between dance, fans, and society during this period.

Talking Fans > Art of Deception: 18th Century Trompe l’œil Fans

Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

The French term trompe l’œil can be translated as ‘trick of the eye’ and applies to works of art which create an illusion of a real object or scene. Although its origins can be traced back to the Classical period, the trompe l’œil phenomenon is especially prevalent in the eighteenth century and is applied in varying ways to fans throughout the period. Join TFM Curator & The Arts Society Lecturer, Jacob Moss as he explores the trompe l’œil trend as seen on a variety of eighteenth century fans from the Museum’s outstanding collections.

Summer Lecture with Hélène Alexander

Wednesday 27 July 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

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