Fairy Light: Elizabeth Dearnley, Tamsin Dearnley and Amy Cutler in conversation with Merrick Burrow

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description

In the summer of 1917, cousins Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright claimed to have seen fairies by Cottingley Beck. The photographs they took would later be described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as having the potential to 'mark an epoch in human thought.'

In the hundred years since the creator of Sherlock Holmes endorsed the pictures in his 1922 book The Coming of the Fairies, the story of the Cottingley Fairies has continued to fascinate, sparking discussions about truth, photographic trickery, fake news, grief, spiritualism, and belief versus scientific rationalism, hinging on a single question: do you believe in fairies?

This discussion accompanies Fairy Light, an immersive installation revisiting the Cottingley Fairies story staged in Leeds Central Library (28 May-8 July 2022), and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery's exhibition The Cottingley Fairies: A Study in Deception (until 17 November 2022).

Join Fairy Light artists Amy Cutler, Elizabeth Dearnley and Tamsin Dearnley in conversation with A Study in Deception curator Merrick Burrow as they explore this century-old story of loss, hope and belief and its continuing resonances in 2022.
Event Details
Starts at 6:00PM

Location
Leeds Central Library , 3rd floor Sanderson Room, Leeds, LS1 3AB
Period30 May 2022
Event titleFairy Light: Elizabeth Dearnley, Tamsin Dearnley and Amy Cutler in conversation with Merrick Burrow
Event typeOther
LocationLeeds, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational