Established by the artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk, The House of Fairy Tales is a child-centred, artist led project which draws on an extensive team of artists, performers, writers, educationalists, designers, musicians, film makers, dreamers and philosophers to create magical, parallel worlds where learning is play and play is directed learning. Operating across a number of formats from workshops, publishing, advocacy and education packs, The House of Fairy Tales is about making education inclusive, inventive and fun.
The House of Fairy Tales uses the vast narrative scope of fairy tales to provide creative, innovative and transformative learning experiences for young people of all ages and their families.
Fairy tales are metaphors and moral barometers as well as engaging and entertaining stories, which have been passed down through the oral tradition over the ages and across cultures. Folk tales, fables, myths and legends are all cousins of the fairy tale. Fairy tales contain the extremes of emotions, of hopes and fears as well as prejudice, discrimination and moral outrage. They evoke basic elements of trade, action, social structures and hierarchies, value systems, belief, spirituality, magic, romance as well as fear, danger, heroism and violence. They allow children to explore the complex minefield of these hopes, dreams and fears on a self-lead journey. Fairy Tales are, in short, a perfect vehicle for our educational principles!
The House of Fairy Tales is a uniquely child-centred organisation for all ages, which is dedicated to meeting those challenges head on.
Central to The House of Fairy Tales is the belief that providing imaginative spaces to learn and play is not just about creating happy children but happy families and healthier communities and a thriving society too.
The Raj Tent Club has provided tents for many of the House of Fairy Tales' events at festivals over the past two years including Glastonbury, Vintage Goodwood, Camp Bestival, Mottisfont and the South Bank Festival in London. Most recent was the the Voewood Festival in Holt in Norfolk, held on Friday 26th August to 29th August 2011.
We love what the House of Fairy Tales does and can can think of few other projects more worthy of our support.