Field Days at Kingcombe Centre, Dorset 22-24 July by Tessa Farmer


A new free art exhibition inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway and commissioned by Artsreach will be touring Dorset this summer, accompanied by an exciting range of traditional craft workshops for adults and families to enjoy.  Featuring commissioned works from six local and national artists, Dan Bendel, Sarah Butterworth, Isla Chaney, Tessa Farmer, Susan Kinley and Amanda Wallwork have each created the Field Days exhibits in a variety of mediums, responding to the archaeology, geology and ancient myths and legends of the South Dorset Ridgeway. As part of the Field Days project, award winning folk duo Ninebarrow have also written and recorded three contemporary songs, which will be available to hear at the exhibition. A selection of works by Bill Crumbleholme, a potter with a passion for ancient pottery and Neolithic and Bronze Age techniques, will be displayed alongside the exhibition.


Martinstown Village Hall DT2 9LF
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July, 11am-4pm


Alongside the exhibition, the Ancient Wessex Network bring The History Village to the village green from 11am-4pm on Saturday 9 July.  Visitors can enter the ancient village and see a huge variety of authentic and traditional activity, plus have a go at a variety of crafts including beaker pottery, bronze casting, Faience bead and Viking jewellery making.

Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum DT2 0EQ
Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th July, 11am-4:30pm.


Further details are also available on the Artsreach website: Artsreach - Field Days




29/03/16 - 02/04/16

Curated by Amy Shelton

"In Ancient Egypt, hieroglyphs document the role of a ‘Honeyscribe’ tasked to record every drop of honey produced. This Spring, artist Amy Shelton assumes the role of a contemporary Honeyscribe – considering the crucial role bees play in our world and charting the current threats to their health and habitat.

Shelton’s project which takes place at Spacex as part of their Associate Programme becomes a hive-like hub offering visitors an uplifting bees’ eye view of their city. An exhibition of the work of twelve artists re-evaluates our ancient relationship to, and reliance upon pollinating insects. Over four weeks three hundred Exeter primary school children will visit the gallery to make artwork of their own, celebrating this precious insect."

Artists: Anthony Burrill, Clare Densley, Susan Derges, Tessa Farmer, Alec Finlay, Sarah Gillespie, Zsuzsi Morrison, Peter Randall-Page, Amy Shelton, Jem Southam, Nicky Thompson and Marcus Vergette.



Curated by Sverre Malling

UNTIL 17/04/16

Further information here




UNTIL 04/04/16

Guest curated by Justin Hopper. Artists: Tessa Farmer, Jem Finer, Ghost Box Records, Tony Heywood & Alison Condie, Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton and Semiconductor

Through their visual, sonic and sculptural investigations into the English landscape, the artists in Pastoral Noir have discovered a dark and eerie place. Using science and language, memory and myth, these works immerse the viewer in uncanny landscapes both real and imagined.


'Swarming Fever' film reel at The Viktor Wynd Museum, 8th November by Tessa Farmer

To coincide with my current exhibition 'In Fairyland' at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, the art historian Petra Lange Berndt and I will discuss the exhibition and present a fantastical film reel featuring insects and fairies.

Details and tickets are available here:


The Gallery of Wonder on Tour by Tessa Farmer

I am proud to have new work in this exhibition which will be touring country shows in Northumberland over the summer. Details below.

The Gallery Of Wonder On Tour is an Arts&Heritage project designed and led by artist Irene Brown. The tented Gallery tours the Northumberland agricultural shows during the Summer 2015. Funded by Arts Council England, Northumberland County Council, Berwick Visual Arts and Newcastle University NICAP Image credit: Colin Davison

The Gallery Of Wonder On Tour is an Arts&Heritage project designed and led by artist Irene Brown. The tented Gallery tours the Northumberland agricultural shows during the Summer 2015.

Funded by Arts Council England, Northumberland County Council, Berwick Visual Arts and Newcastle University NICAP

Image credit: Colin Davison

Image credit: Colin Davison

Image credit: Colin Davison

Site visit to Fairy Cave by Tessa Farmer

If ever there was a physical entrance into fairyland I think it may well be found here:

This is Fairy Cave Quarry in Somerset: a disused and well hidden, very strange place where I will install newly commissioned work in the autumn. The project is Step in Stone  and will take place over the summer and autumn of 2015 across three quarries in the Mendip Hills. Fiona Campbell, the organiser, very kindly ferried me around from site to site and we also visited Somerset Earth Science Centre who will be involved. I am now extremely excited about fossils thanks to the enthusiastic manager Gill Odolphie. I returned home happy, with a handbag full of rocks.

Tessa Farmer: In Fairyland at Leeds College of Art by Tessa Farmer

This exhibition which includes the Cottingley Fairies and work by Su Blackwell, Sverre Malling and Annelies Strba is on until the 26th February.

The Cottingley Fairies fly home in the forthcoming exhibition 'In Fairyland'.

It is now almost a century since the infamous fairy photographs were taken in a small village a few miles outside Leeds. In 1917 and 1920, Elsie Wright and her cousin Frances Griffiths took photographs of what appeared to be fairies frolicking by the local beck. These photographs captured the imagination of writer Arthur Conan Doyle whose father, Charles, and uncle, Richard, illustrated fairies a generation before. Taking its title from Richard Doyle’s 'In Fairyland' (1870), this exhibition explores the medium of the fairy and, reciprocally, the fairy as medium. (Through representation) we invite you to re-question your belief in these magical beings. 

An Injured Herring Gull (detail)", 2013, antique taxidermy seagull, crabs, insects, plant roots, hedgehog spines.

Farmer's tiny fairy sculptures offer an entomological, 'accurate' variety with body parts poached from wasps and butterflies. Her fairies have twisted instincts when compared with the decorative Cottingley paper cut-outs propped up with hatpins. Farmer's fairies don't dance; they swarm. Clustering around Farmer's insidious species will be several other examples of 'Cottingley art' including the photographs themselves. 

Alice and Leaping Fairy © Glenn Hill / National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

Books and bookworms by Tessa Farmer

The fairies have been worming their way into quite a few books of late. Here are three fantastic recent publications:



THE MULTISPECIES SALON by Eben Kirksey (editor)

This includes my work and features an image from 'Little Savages' on the front cover.