Discover the Flower Fairies at the Lady Lever Gallery!
To mark the 100-year anniversary of her first book, Flower Fairies of the Spring, this exhibition will feature around 45 original illustrations, with digital projections and costumes inspired by the fairies, designed by Vin Burnham.
Explore the inspirations behind Barker’s paintings, as well as the flora and fauna featured in the work through National Museum Liverpool’s botanical collections.
First published in 1923, there were originally 170 drawings – accurate depictions of flowering plants and trees, into which are incorporated, caricature figures of fairies, designed to accompany the species drawn.
The exhibition will run from the 15th April to the 5th November 2023
The Fairies emerge along with the flowers at King John’s, and this popular fairy hunt gets the children excited, inquisitive and imaginative as they wander around the garden looking for little fairy doors. This year the event will be combined with a special spring watch day on Saturday 15th April. There will be the various activities for children to watch and learn about nature in spring time and do the fairy hunt. There will also be a fairy tea in the cafe to re-energise after the hunt!
A Flower Fairies Festival is being held in Croydon in June this year, birthplace of Cicely Mary Barker, as part of the Croydon Heritage Festival.
Part of the Friends of Park Hill Park’s preparations included the re-dedication of the Cicely Mary Barker Garden within the park, including a memorial plaque featuring some of her timeless Flower Fairies illustrations.
The festival has had a wonderful response in the local press and social media, including activities such as natural trails, a Flower Fairy Walled Garden (using Flower Fairies illustrations to help children identify specific plants and flowers), a professional story telling session, and the launch of a creative illustration and writing competition for participating local schools.
This year, Transport for London and the London Transport Museum have been celebrating the ‘Year of the Bus‘ – a series of engaging events, exhibitions, recreations and activities that will reconnect Londoners with their bus network and remind the world of the incredible role it plays in this great city.
As part of this, TfL with Wild In Art have created four Bus Sculpture Trails around London, creating free public art trails of bus sculptures, painted and adorned by well-known and aspiring artists.
A Flower Fairies bus forms part of the Croydon Bus Sculpture trail, painted by artist Michelle Heron and sponsored by the Whitgift Shopping Centre. Cicely Mary Barker was born in Croydon, forming a lovely link between the town and artwork. The bus can be viewed in situ at the Whitgift Shopping Centre, and it’s hoped that lots of people will be sharing photographs of this and the other buses via social media networks – you can view and share photos on Twitter using #yearofthebus
In early 2015, the bus sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and the London Transport Museum. Find out more at tfl.gov.uk
The Sand Sculpting Australia team returned to Frankston Waterfront with their largest exhibition yet – ‘Story Land‘.
Each hand crafted sand sculpture depicted a much loved classic or modern story book character; everyone was wowed by detailed sand sculptures featuring the likes of Harry Potter, Angelina Ballerina, Spot the Dog, Mr. Men and Little Miss, Angry Birds, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Postman Pat and so many more Penguin Books titles – including our own beloved Flower Fairies!