Cultural Forager for Transform Snibston artist, Paul Conneally, discovered that The Blind Fiddler was painted in the kitchen of Coleorton Hall Farm in 1806 - the same farm that the great poet William Wordsworth lived in with his familly. The picture was commissioned by Sir George Beaumont and given by him to the nation. It now forms part of the TATE collection.
The picture depicts a family gathered together being entertained by an itinerant musician - the Blind Fiddler. Conneally began to ask questions about what families do for home entertainment together. From January 2012 through Spring Conneally will curate an exhibition The Blind Fiddler - Home Entertainment 1806 to 2013 exploring now how home entertainment indulged in as a family has changed through the years since 1806.
The exhibition will draw on artefacts, selected by Conneally, already held in Leicestershire Mueum and Galleries collections and new works by Conneally, artists asked by him to make their own interpretations of The Blind Fiddler theme, and works created with Conneally by and with communities local to where the picture was originally painted.
Here's a commercial from Wii - is the Wii today's Blind Fiddler? We will explore more!
Wii - Family Time TV Commercial