East End Faeries

‘Lost within the abyss of urban debris, a plethora of discovery awaits, as you, the earthworm, crawls into the Pandora’s box of Urban Faerie real.’

The Wantona Collective summons Londoners to the East End on the seventh evening of December, to explore the faerie’s realm: ‘a place somewhere between the urban jungle and another’.

That jungle rests near Brick Lane, where the Bacon Street Project’s warehouse basement will be transformed into an enchanted space: part city, part woodland, for one night only at the Urban Faerie pop-up exhibition.

Featuring printed illustrations from eight contemporary artists, each a visual interpretation of an ‘urban faerie’ and her environment, the evening promises an atmospheric display of performance art and surreal spectacle, from a collective that includes talents in photography, performance, design, graphics, illustration and filmmaking.

Creative Director and head Wantona, Emma Winter, whose ceaseless enthusiasm has helped steer the project from conception to near completion, initially envisaged producing the exhibit solely, but found she ‘wasn’t getting anywhere’. It wasn’t until the cooperative took shape that her dream was realised through their meeting of inspired minds.

‘With a collective all of our creative imaginations pulled ether, it’s like a collective energy. We have a diverse team, and that’s essentially what the Wantona Collective is.

‘The evening will be very kooky. Wantona’s got so many different creative outlets and we’ll be utilising some of these on the night. There’s a short film which we produced which we’ll be showing on the night. It’s a bit of fun and we want to create a different experience.’

Limited edition illustrations are available to purchase on the night with guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

Featured artists will include:

Cereinyn Ord
Natasha Chambers
Peter Edwards
Craig Mooney
Jack Clayton
Jon Boustead
Dan Desaleux
Emma Winter

Photography: Cereinyn Ord

The Urban Faerie pop-up exhibition is showing on Monday 7 December, 5- 9pm at:

The Bacon Street Project
14 Bacon Street
Tower Hamlets
E1 6LF

Tel: 020 7729 9800

Image: ‘Inside Outside’ by Natasha Chambers

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