From 3rd February – 25th February

This fascinating display will present fans from the 18th century to the present day, from the Eastern and the Western traditions. Demonstrating the wide array of skills a fan maker must master – such as carving, gilding, lacemaking, painting and printing – the display will highlight the extraordinary variety of these beautiful accessories. Visitors will also discover the varied subject matter used to decorate fans, from scenes of battlefield surrender to animal caricatures and serene Japanese cranes.

Contemporary fans will feature too, with one of the highlights being the Ruby Fan, commissioned by the Fan Circle International (FCI) to celebrate the organisation’s 40th anniversary in 2015. On display for the first time in the UK, will be the winning fans from a competition the FCI held in conjunction with the École Duperée in Paris earlier this year.

The display will located in a cabinet in the Lower Gallery, on view from 3rd – 25th February. The Garden Rooms galleries are free to enter, and opening times can be viewed here.

Fans from the Royal Courts: A Brief History of the European Folding Fan

8th February 11am – 4pm

Join Mary Kitson, independent art history/fan lecturer and consultant to the Fan Museum, Greenwich and Hon. Secretary of the Fan Circle International for a fascinating talk, lunch and viewing of the display.  Find out more and buy tickets here.

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Enquiries & Information

For all enquiries regarding holding exhibitions or arts & crafts workshops at The Garden Rooms, please contact Harriet Hunter Smart: [email protected].