This summer, beginning in July, some of the finest artists dabbling in the realms of Faerie and the fantastic shall gather together in Brittany and England to show their work at the European INTEREG IV “Shared Legends Project”. These twenty-six English and French artists represent some of the best known and most beloved artists working today, including Alan Lee, Brian and Wendy Froud, Linda Ravenscroft, Terri Windling, Virginie Ropars, David Thiérrée, and Olivier Ledroit. The exhibitions shall take place at Comper Castle, Rennes, and Exeter.
The event was inspired by the tale of “Lanval”, attributed to the twelfth century writer known as Marie de France. Lanval is a knight of King Arthur’s court, who finds himself attracting the attentions of a beautiful and mysterious woman. The woman offers him her love, her wealth, and herself, under the condition that Lanval must never speak of her. A fifty-two minute film based upon “Lanval” by the Chagford Filmmaking group shall be presented at the exhibition. Alan Lee has described director Elizabeth-Jane Baldry’s films as “imaginative and refreshing, a new storyteller from the green heart of Devon.” Elizabeth-Jane is also an accomplished harpist, and Brian Froud has likened her sound tracks to the “music of Faery enchantment” (that) “glimmers and glistens as it weaves throughout this haunting and beautiful film.” Costumes and props will be on display at the event as well as the specially commissioned new works by the artists to accompany the experience of the film. Additional support for the film came from South West Screen. The complete list of artists includes: (English) Alan Lee, Brian & Wendy Froud, Kelly Martinez, Marc Potts, Linda Ravenscroft, Ian Daniels, Jacqui Martinez, Bridget Barker, Josephine Wall, Ed Org, Terri Windling, Rima Staines; and (French) Olivier Ledroit, Severine Pineaux, Didier Graffet, Erwan Seure-Le Bihan, Bruno Brucero (TBC), Virginie Ropars, Aleksi Briclot, Jean- Sébastien Rossbach, David Thiérrée, Erlé Ferronnière, Yoann Lossel, Ann Smith, and Jean Lemonnier. The European INTEREG IV “Shared Legends Project” is a two year (2009-2010) long collaboration between the regions of Brocéliande in Brittany and Devon, England, as well as a project of the Arthurian Centre of Comper, Brittany.
Further info can be found on the Facebook page for the INTEREG IV ‘Shared Legends Project’
By Chandra Peltier for FAE Magazine (Summer 2010)