Step inside The Enchanted Forest

Snow White by Emma Block

Celebrating 200 years of Grimm’s magical Fairy Tales, The Enchanted Forest exhibition will be hitting London’s Foyles flagship book store at the end of this month.

Here, exhibition founder Emma Block tells all about how to organise an exhibition – and reveals what visitors can expect to see.

What was the idea/influence behind the exhibition?

It all started with the desire to create work for myself, not for a client, and to show the work, not just online but framed on a gallery wall. The 200th anniversary of Grimm’s fairytales seemed like the perfect starting since fairy tales are so rich in imagery and inspiration.

How did the other artists get involved? Was there a selection process or was it organic?

It was a really organic process and I gradually added people to the group I have now. It wasn’t hard to find talented illustrators inspired by Grimm’s stories. I absolutely love the group of illustrators I have; all their work is so different and so beautiful, it’s actually a bit intimidating.

What can we expect to see? 

Everything. There will my usual mixed media collages, screen prints form Karolin Schnoor, watercolours from Yelena Bryksenkova and Natsuki Otani, paintings from Emmeline Pidgen and digital illustration from Lesley Barnes and Laura Barrett.

Was it easier or harder than you thought organising an exhibition? What have you found most challenging?

It was easier than I thought to get the ball rolling, as Foyles have been fantastic and really enthusiastic.

It’s been quite tricky recently as I’ve just moved house and am working on a children’s book, so there has been a lot going on at once, and time seems to have flown! Winning a grant from IdeasTap was an amazing help.

There is so much to do but I’m sure it will all be worth it.

What’s your favourite of the fairy tales that inspired the exhibition?

I think Snow White is my favourite – at the moment!

The Enchanted Forest will be running from 29 November – 7 December at The Gallery at Foyles Bookshop, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB.

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Cover image shows work by Emma Block, Karolin Schnoor and Emmeline Pidgen.


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