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Marianna Simnett, The Udder (video still), 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Jerwood/FVU Awards.
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Ericka Beckman & Marianna Simnett

What can we learn about modern day society from traditional fairy tales?

Part of the Spring 2019 season

Opening in March, our new exhibition features two female artists who both use technology and classic tropes of fairy tale storytelling to create artworks that are alluring and repelling, sensual and troubling.

Eminent American filmmaker Ericka Beckman and emerging artist Marianna Simnett - whose work reaches across more than forty years - present strikingly different forms of visual storytelling, but share a deliberate foregrounding of the female body as a main player in the densely layered fantasy worlds they conjure.

Ericka Beckman uses the imagery, style and language of early computer games - as well as the rigid structures and rules of gaming - to examine the perceived need for women to adhere to societal norms in order to achieve what is expected of them. The characters depicted in her films are seen never fully succeeding in satisfying the requirements of the “game” they’re in, providing a critique of the limitations and demands placed on women in society. Both films rewrite fairy tales using the innovative technology of the 80’s to explore female identities in our post-industrial world.

Marianna Simnett’s visceral language combines mythology and surgery to create tales of morality. Themes of corruption and innocence depict illness and disease, commenting on gender divides in our cultures. Through video and installation, Simnett challenges how bodies are perceived and imagined against a repressive society of control.

This exhibition is adapted from the Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett exhibitions curated by Zabludowicz Collection.

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Do Something Saturdays


Every Saturday

Drop in on Saturdays and tell us what princesses and princes are like in 2019.

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Reading & Discussion Groups

From fairy tales to gender politics, join us for a reading group of texts by seminal female writers followed by a discussion.

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Curator Tour

Join us for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

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Wicked Women: Reimagining Gender and Fairytale

Wicked Women explores the gender narratives that are shaped through fairytale and mythology, and the female archetypes that are woven into our histories and contemporary society. This symposium will be followed by a screening of Marianna Simnett films.

Lizzie

Lizzie

Join us, Writing on the Wall and LCR Pride Foundation for a screening of Lizzie.

Red Riding Hood Landscape

Fairy Tale Liberation Club

Join us for a fairy tale-inspired storytime where two stories, rewritten by women from the Merseyside Women’s Liberation Movement in 1972, will be acted out and read aloud.

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Once and Future Tales

Join us for a conversation and reading group with the women who rewrote the fairy tales for the future.

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LightNight

Join us for a spectacular LightNight as we explore the fairy tales and the rituals in our everyday lives.

Marianna Simnett, The Udder (video still), 2014. Image courtesy the artist and Jerwood/FVU Awards.

Curator Tour

Join us for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

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Curator Tour

Join us for a curator tour and learn more about Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett.

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