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Art and Folklore

Folklore might be categorised as the stories we tell, the odd beliefs and habits we inherit, the superstitions that get passed on.

Folklore might be categorised as the stories we tell, the odd beliefs and habits we inherit, the superstitions that get passed on – the “unofficial” ideas that colour our view of the world, the weird edge of the everyday. This study day explores the fascinating relationship between folklore and visual art in two different ways. One is to ask how artists have responded to such unofficial aspects of our traditional culture. How do the fairies, ghosts and mermaids who inhabit a mythic world which in our imaginations is half-integrated with this one, appear in our books, adverts band art galleries? Can you illustrate a superstition and why would you choose to paint traditions rooted in an undocumented past?
Secondly, has the history of art developed its own folklore? Do we tell the same stories, expect artists to observe the same rituals and spin familiar legends about artistic eccentricities, weird pictures and secret histories? With examples ranging from classical to Victorian art, from Mediaeval carvings to Internet mythology, this study day offers new insights into a fascinating process of cultural interaction.


Dr Gail-Nina Anderson | talks | www


Date and Time:

28 April 2013 at 11:00 am


Half Day



University Gallery and Baring Wing
Northumbria University
Sandyford Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 227 4424

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Additional Information:

Study Days run from 11am to 3pm, with four lectures. Tea and coffee is served throughout the day. Lunch is not provided. Please contact the Gallery for more information.

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