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To fund the first term of our unique Canning Town Art Circus for children of all ages.

Canning Town, UK Theater
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**HUGE THANKS** to all who have pledged so far and helped us to exceed our Kickstarter target and make this tricky fundraising initiative a SUCCESS. Now please help us make it a GREAT success!

We still **NEED PLEDGES** from those who have not yet pledged because we are seeking match-funding to enable us to make the thriving and successful year we want it to be, so the more people who pledge and the more money we raise the easier the conversations with funders will be.. so please continue to join our fan-club if you haven't got much money or pledge for fantastic art if you are able to pledge more.. 

Thank-you in anticipation! The House of Fairy Tales Team.. xxx

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Many will know the legendary House of Fairy Tales - the UK based educational arts charity and travelling art circus founded by artists Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk. 

Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis
Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis

 Now, with a new warehouse base in Canning Town, East London, our team at the HoFT is starting a new initiative. This Autumn, we are launching our first ‘art school’ for children – a huge educational, artistic and phantasmagorical experience that will inspire creativity and imagination in visitors. 

  We aim to re-imagine and re-invent education within the UK and throughout the world. At the heart of our ethos we value play and playfulness as the direct root to curiosity, empathy and a deep love of life. This naturally leads to a child-centred approach with making, doing, performing and engaging at the heart of what we do. We encourage a love of and connection with nature and the environment as well as recycling and sustainability.

Travelling Art Circus elements
Travelling Art Circus elements

  To ensure the success of this project we are launching a Kickstarter campaign that aims to raise over £50,000 to fund our team and overheads for the first term of our school. We are approaching this campaign in a very innovative way because we are targeting both our broad-base of supporters (WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TOO!) as well as raising awareness of our work and promoting high quality contemporary art amongst wealthier art collectors. 

Cartography Launch
Cartography Launch

This fantastic art includes the launch of our Cartography Portfolio, which is a limited edition of lithographic and screenprints inspired by the landscape and terrain of The House of Fairy Tales. The portfolio includes works by Sir Peter Blake, Rob Ryan and Adam Dant. Other works for sales include Rachel Whiteread, Gavin Turk, Paula Rego and Jeremy Deller. Lower pledge levels include items from our sponsors Victorinox ‘Festival Ready’ range designed by Christopher Raeburn and limited edition House of Fairy Tales medals.

The Mystery of the Hidden League, Hall Place, Bexley
The Mystery of the Hidden League, Hall Place, Bexley

Using a cast including hundreds of artists, performers and educationalists, the art school will a series of programmes in and around our Canning Town warehouse. The programmes will take place during the week for schools and toddler groups and after school and at weekends for older children, teenagers and their families. We will be running a passport programme which will give access to all our activities as well as our badge and medals reward systems.

The Clockmaker Queen Elizabeth Park
The Clockmaker Queen Elizabeth Park

The Canning Town buildings house four puppet theatres, a film studio, a photographic studio, printmaking, ceramics and wardrobe and prop-making spaces – all of which will be used in the art school. There will be a cinema to show films made by children - and a theatre with seating for multi-disciplinary performances and concerts, including lectures and seminars for adults. Those already familiar with the House of Fairy Tales will find the tents, structures and vehicles of the Travelling Art Circus and its spectrum of magical activities. These will be augmented by many new experiences at the art school. 

HoFT Examiner at the Edinburgh Art Festival
HoFT Examiner at the Edinburgh Art Festival

There will be a host of characters to meet: some fictional, some factual and all educational. Among them will be Marie Curie and her husband Pierre, Frederic Chopin and his Medieval Minstrels, artist Gavin Turk and his Messerschmidt clay Studio, Ian Dawson and his Spirograph Space Experiment Laboratory, and the time traveller, ‘Clockmaker’, who will explain the mathematics of time and space.

There will be film-making and cinematography workshops; citizenship and politics with the Rax Toolkit; screenprinting, storytelling, illustration and book binding. As it rolls out, the HoFt art school will welcome visiting lecturers, experts in their field from costume to art direction. We will also create a complementary outreach programme to stimulate engagement with the local Canning Town and Newham communities.

working and thinking hard in the wilderness
working and thinking hard in the wilderness

The House of Fairy Tales was started by Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis in 2006. We aim to re-imagine and re-invent education for future generations. With activities from events and exhibitions to publishing and gaming, the HoFT has a multidisciplinary team and a legendary reputation for innovative child-centred experiences. The HoFT’s Travelling Art Circus has popped up in dozens of events and venues across the UK.

Swiss Puppet Marathon
Swiss Puppet Marathon

We have delivered events, activities and exhibitions for a large range of venues and organisations including: Tate Modern; The Millennium Gallery, St Ives; The New Art Gallery, Walsall; The Thames Festival; Salisbury Art Gallery; The Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Hall Place Bexley Trust; Selfridges; Camp Bestival; Glastonbury; Latitude; Vintage at Goodwood; Land Securities; The Royal Horticultural Society; The National Trust. This year we are working on projects for The Forestry Commission; The Barbican; Wilderness; and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Shakespeares Mind Theatre at Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Shakespeares Mind Theatre at Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The world is changing rapidly. Not only technological advances but also environmental and socio-political challenges present young people with an obstacle course that will require incredible dexterities of the mind and the imagination to thrive. 

making newspapers at wilderness 2013
making newspapers at wilderness 2013

What we are planning to do with the Canning Town project is to develop higher order thinking skills through creativity and play. These are the skills proven to be most conducive to enhancing innovation and problem solving, exactly the skills needed to steer a course through modern life. 

Candlelit Cinema at Applecart
Candlelit Cinema at Applecart

Lets not forget about the astonishing art. Through Deborah and Gavin and their fantastic and supportive artist's network, we have been gifted some beautiful artworks, from which we have created a unique Cartographic themed print portfolio of 12 works in a limited edition of 60 prints. The portfolio includes a iconic work by Sir Peter Blake as well as works by Rob Ryan and Adam Dant. Parts of or all of this collection are available to those generous enough to support what we do (see rewards).  

'The Story So Far' - St John St
'The Story So Far' - St John St

The House of Fairy Tales is a UK Registered Charity and all money raised goes towards our work with children throughout the country.

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MEDALS Our Medals are designed and manufactured by Sian Evans, (professor at the world famous Central St Martins college of arts and design). As well as the medals hard won by children at our events (they have to have achieved 15 tasks and challenges) we have asked them to make a couple of limited edition medals for our Kickstarter supporters... Over to Maisy and her friend to show you how lovely they are.

Sprite and Pixie medals are Collectors Items
Sprite and Pixie medals are Collectors Items
limited edition medals
limited edition medals
HoFTian Medals in the field
HoFTian Medals in the field

Peter Blake: Rock 'n' Roll Map - Our star print from the Cartography portfolio. 

Sir Peter Blake 'Rock 'n' Roll Map (74cm x 60cm)
Sir Peter Blake 'Rock 'n' Roll Map (74cm x 60cm)

Unique Prints See all our other fantastic cartographic prints which are currently exclusively available through this Kickstarter campaign at a unique value. Don't miss this opportunity to help us fund our projects by getting one or more of these exquisite cartographic contemporary artworks... 

Andrew Rae 'Map of the Inner World'
Andrew Rae 'Map of the Inner World'
Adam Dant image from Cartography portfolio
Adam Dant image from Cartography portfolio
Claire Brewster image from Cartography portfolio
Claire Brewster image from Cartography portfolio
Rob Ryan print from Cartography Portfolio
Rob Ryan print from Cartography Portfolio
Christa Dichgans image from Cartography Portfolio
Christa Dichgans image from Cartography Portfolio

see more portfolio images here

ADAM DANT'S Great British Beast Chase

Adam Dant Great British Beast Chase
Adam Dant Great British Beast Chase

Read more about our First Portfolio and what a great investment our artworks are. Get one of the individual prints (dependant on availability) and help us to create magical experiences for children in East London and beyond...

Rachel Whiteread 'Storytime'
Rachel Whiteread 'Storytime'
Mat Collishaw 'Duty Free Spirits'
Mat Collishaw 'Duty Free Spirits'

Get one of our fabulous our Victorinox Range of bags and help us open our doors to new audiences this autumn.

Limited Edition House of Fairy Tales Mono-Sling in Mustard or Black (dependant on availability)
Limited Edition House of Fairy Tales Mono-Sling in Mustard or Black (dependant on availability)
Festival Ready limited edition bags - Tote bag and rucksack
Festival Ready limited edition bags - Tote bag and rucksack

Risks and challenges

We are looking for new ways of funding this kind of work and are excited about developing a more inclusive fundraising platform. Our first Art Portfolio was launched in a traditional way through conventional art buying channels. The first sale was for £5,000 and 55 sales later, they have gone up in value to £20,000. We are now experimenting by offering this investment opportunity to all early adopters, globally. This is brave but risky and we hope we will cross fertilise the International Art World with the democracy of Crowd Funding.

We are in a great position to test this with our fantastic network of art collectors and supporters.

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FAQ

  • We are looking for support from everyone who gets our mission. For every person who pledges we get a boost to our confidence. If 2,500 people pledged £10 we would raise half the money we need. Over 250,000 people have experienced our free events over the last 7 years. So thats 1%.

    The balance of the money we will raise from wealthier supporters who can afford to pledge for art. We need you all...

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  • If you are a tax payer in the UK and have already paid tax on your pledge then we will contact you to ask to claim government gift aid on your pledge. If you are pledging from another part of the world with money that has already been taxed by your government then thank-you for your pledge: your reward will be coming to you. All these pledges are tax exempt which ever country you are from.

    If you would like to pledge for art through your business and make the pledge tax deductable, then let us know we will discuss the best way of doing this. For example if you are an art dealer and are pledging for art then we can provide an invoice for your books.

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  • We have had support from many successful artists friends over the years. On the video we were showing what we would like to do if we EXCEED our target. Making high quality, well devised interactive experiences with high profile artists is expensive even if they offer their services for free. But will enable us to bring fantastic and playful ideas to the wider community as part of our Travelling Art Circus and school. For example we have discussed making a new and unusual instrument with Jonsi from Sigur Ros (he has for example previously made an instrument from ballet shoes).

    The profile of the participants will help with our quality and our publicity. We will also be able to apply for match funding from the British Arts Council and other trusts and foundations if we have raised some money ourselves.

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    For those who just like the sound of what we do, we would love your support and will send you each a personal thank-you

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    37 backers

    FAIRY TALES FAN CLUB -
    Happy in the knowledge that you have helped make the HoFT Art Circus happen you get our eternal thanks, plus we will add you to our Fan Club mailing list to keep up with everything we do, the moment we know about it and how to get involved. You will be sent a special e-certificate that you can print out and frame to prove what a swell person you are.

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    45 backers

    FAN CLUB DELUXE -
    It’s a bit like the Fan Club only with more brazil nuts... get everything in the Fan Club level plus a shiny House of Fairy Tales badge and a printed certificate.

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    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    VICTORINOX FESTIVAL READY -
    Our sponsor Victorinox have generously given us some of their 'Festival Ready' range to give you as rewards. As well as Fairy Tales Fan Club Deluxe you will receive a tote bag or a rucksack - let us know your first choice (depends on availability.

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    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    VICTORINOX FESTIVAL READY - By popular demand our sponsor Victorinox have given us some more of their 'Festival Ready' range to give you as rewards. As well as Fairy Tales Fan Club Deluxe you will receive a tote bag or a rucksack - let us know your first choice (depends on availability).

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    15 backers All gone!

    VICTORINOX MONO-SLING -
    Fan Club Delux plus one of our limited edition monoslings. Made for us by our fabulous sponsors Victorinox these bags are perfect for carrying your equipment for a classroom without walls.

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    16 backers

    PIXIE MEDAL -
    Earn the right to stand proud among the Pixies of the Earth with a hand crafted medal. This accolade lasts a whole year and comes with everything in the Fan Club deluxe plus a pack of House of Fairy Tales stickers and monogrammed stationary. And don’t forget to check out the 'stretch goals' for extra good things that could be coming your way. All this plus your name will appear on the Pixie honours list on our website.

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    4 backers

    SPRITE MEDAL -
    This handmade medal, revered among the Sprites of Fire, Earth, Air and Water gives you access to our inner circle for a year and comes with loads of extras. For starters it comes with everything in the Fan Club deluxe plus a pack of House of Fairy Tales goodies. And don’t forget to check out the stretch goals for extra good things that could be coming your way. All this plus your name will appear on the Sprite honours list on our website and you will be invited to the “Gathering of Sprites” – a special HoFT event to be held sometime during the year.

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    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    ADAM DANT 'Great British Beast Chase' -
    Fairy Tales Fan Club Deluxe plus one of Adams fabulous British Mythology prints. Add a Pixie or Sprite medal to this level for extras and special rewards.

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    11 backers Limited (109 left of 120)

    CARTOGRAPHY INDIVIDUAL PRINTS -
    Fairy Tales Fan Club Deluxe plus limited edition prints from 10 split Cartography Portfolio's (depending on availabilty not including Sir Peter Blake's exclusive print)

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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    SIR PETER BLAKE'S 'Rock 'n' Roll map' -
    Limited edition signed print plus Fairy Tales Fan Club Deluxe plus...This stunning exclusive print is Sir Peter's contribution to our Cartography. Add Pixie or Sprite medals to this level for extras and special rewards.

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    5 backers All gone!

    CARTOGRAPHY EARLY BIRDS -
    A special price for our keenest supporters. The entire portfolio of 12 prints (including Sir Peter Blake!). All art buyers have access to special deals and exclusive events

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    CARTOGRAPHIC SNAZZY MOVER -
    Missed the early bird price? grab this limited opportunity. The entire portfolio of 12 prints (including Sir Peter Blake). All art buyers have access to special deals and exclusive events.

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    CARTOGRAPHIC FASHIONABLE LATE COMERS -
    Have no fear there are still deals to be had and more portfolios available. Ten to be precise. All art buyers have access to special deals and exclusive events.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    CARTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO PLUS -
    Cartography Portfolio plus one of prints from our last remaining House of Fairy Tales first print portfolio (see all 22 prints) plus a Sprite Medal and all the fun that gives you. We will even ship the art for free anywhere in the world.

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