Exhibition at the Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ from 5 October 2013 - 26 January 2014
With no training and no aspirations to fame, Madge Gill produced thousands of ink drawings during her lifetime. Her work remains an enigma: is it true she was inspired by an ethereal spirit guide? Was she genuinely in touch with 'the beyond', or was art-making a form of self therapy?
Orleans House Gallery hosts a major retrospective exhibition of the work of Madge Gill (1882 - 1961). The exhibition is funded by a People Award from the Wellcome Trust and features over 100 original artworks, and contextual photographs and documents. Madge Gill was championed and collected by Jean Dubuffet, who coined the term ‘art brut’ (raw art), the precursor to the term ‘Outsider Art’. Gill is considered the most important, influential and recognised British woman ‘outsider artist.’ This project explores Gill’s work, history and psychic / mediumistic context in-depth, in order to question the use of such terms, whilst celebrating the benefits of creativity for wellbeing.
Working mainly on paper, card and textiles, Gill used pen to create maze-like surfaces with a glittering, almost hallucinatory quality that often reveal a female face. Ranging from postcard size to over 10 metres long, her work immerses the eye in a dark world of mystery, beauty and obsession.
Curators have worked with psychologists, medical historians, biographers, art historians and art psychotherapists to bring different approaches to Gill together within the exhibition and accompanying catalogue. This exhibition is a must-see for all those interested in art, psychology, spiritualism, social history or all of the above.
Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ Free admission Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday 1.00-4.30pm, Sunday 2.00-4.30pm Tel: 020 8831 6000 For more information please visit: www.richmond.gov.uk/arts/
Above: Eagle-headed protective spirit (Assyrian, about 855-860BC From Nimrud, northern Iraq).
The use of magic to protect buildings and their owners was an old tradition in Mesopotamia (Assyria). Images of supernatural creatures (protective spirits) would be buried under doorways or set up at the entrances of palaces and temples. Their supposed magical strength would frighten away evil-wishing demons. This figure with wings may possibly be a supernatural creature known as "apkallu". It wears a horned headdress to show its divinity and carries buckets and what appears to be fir cones used to sprinkle, presumably, water from the bucket for purification.
In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet /ˈsɛkˌmɛt/ was originally the warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing for Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. Myth told that her breath formed the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and also led them in warfare.
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The publisher of the Daily Mail has agreed to pay "substantial" damages to psychic Sally Morgan after an article suggested she had "perpetrated a scam" on a theatre audience, a judge at the High Court has ruled.
Associated Newspapers has apologised to Sally Morgan and also agreed to pay her legal costs.
Mrs Morgan is a psychic who had become well-known through TV and theatre appearances.
Her lawyer, Graham Atkins, had told the court: "It was following a theatre performance in September 2011 in Dublin that an article appeared in the Daily Mail which, in the context of a general attack on psychics as being charlatans, accused Mrs Morgan specifically of having used a hidden earpiece during her performance in order to receive instructions from her team which she then repeated on stage as if she had received them from the spirit world." Mrs Morgan's website said she was "overjoyed" by the result. For the full BBC online article, please see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22988215.
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Architect Nicholas Hawksmoor's
churches are said to be linked to an intricate pattern of ley lines and
sacred geometry criss-crossing across London. In Radio 4's Saturday Live
programme (22.12.12) John McCarthy walked through the East End of London from Hawksmoor's Christ Church
in Spitalfields to Wapping while discussing psychogeography with author Iain Sinclair. (This Hawksmoor interview
will be available online from BBC's Listen Again archive for over a year, if you are interested).
Psychogeography utilises romantic, gothic and occult ideas to
describe the energetic resonence of a city. The language weaves Fortean
and occult ideas (like earth mysteries, ley lines, and chaos magic) in
an interpretation of the modern urban landscape which is magical and
interesting. The term 'psychogeography' was defined in 1955 by Guy
Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the
geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions
and behavior of individuals”. Since then, the complex topic that
has developed quite a following, particularly amongst writers and
artists. For more information, you could read Peter Ackroyd's 'London: A Biography' and Merlin Coverley's 'Psychogeography'.
Above: Drawing of London in the time of Edward VI (1537–1553)
Sacred geometry is used in the planning and construction of religious
structures such as churches, temples, mosques, monuments, altars; as
well as for sacred spaces such as temenoi, sacred groves, village greens
and holy wells, and the creation of religious art. In sacred geometry,
symbolic and sacred meanings are ascribed to certain geometric shapes
(polygons, triangles, squares, hexagons), numbers and proportions.
St Paul's floorplan by Wren and photo from above by Aggiemania.
There is a star polygon at the centre of St Paul's Cathedral, under
the dome, which is the main ceremonial area for church and congregation.
It is very difficult to find a photograph of it anywhere on the Web (-
if you do then, please let me know!) and photography is not allowed
inside the cathedral so I was unable to take a photo of it myself.
However, the blurry photo above gives an indication of what it looks
The magnificent entrance to St Paul's Cathedral by Sir Christopher Wren...
Despite flocks of visitors the interior remains a place of prayer and contemplation and is very beautiful and calm, with stupendous murals and statues...
The dome is truly awe-inspiring. It's height and the intricate detail of the artwork means you can sit and gaze upwards until your neck hurts... It is one of the largest cathedral domes in the world and weighs 65,000 tonnes.
The view of London at the top of the tower is magnificent. However, if you are scared of heights be prepared for a trepidatious climb up an occasionally tremulous iron staircase inside the walls of the dome. Before you reach the vewing balcony you are permitted to stand over and look down through a small window in the floor to the ceremonial space nearly 365 feet below.
11.11am Solstice LoveBeam Gaia Meditation & OM ૐ ♥ ☼
Gather 10.30am for 10.45 start with 11.00am through 11.11am meditation on Friday 21st December 2012 at One Tree Hill, Honor Oak Park, London SE23 3QZ. Message from organiser: "One Tree Hill is a magical beautiful SE London power spot - we will gather on top of the hill for the meditation and OM to beam Love, Light, Peace and Unity to the area, London Earthstars, Gaia & all Beings... Please bring crystals/special items for the centre of our circle, drums, shakers, musical instruments, picnic blankets, rain shower cover & flasks of tea & nibbles for after..." For more information and directions, visit: http://www.meetup.com/OneSpirit-Ecstatic-Dance/events/93418612/
From 10.45am at All Souls Church, 2 All Souls' Place, London W1B 3DA (map). Message from organiser: "At the winter solstice this year, the end date of the Mayan Calendar, the galactic centre aligns with London. Earthstars group members will be going to the nearest church to the Earthstars Centre, All Souls at Langham Place, next to BBC Broadcasting House, simply to sit and attune to the incoming energies, for healing, transformation, and inspiration." For more information, visit: http://www.meetup.com/earthstars-london-stargate-group/events/92467432/
21.12.12 Sunset to Sunrise with The Perpetual Choirs
Programme of activities: 4.30-6.30pm Children's activities, 6.30-10.30pm Uplifiting Yoga, Dance and Music, 10:30pm-sunrise Devotional Music, Chanting and Meditation, at the Unity Church, 277A Upper Street, Angel, London N1 2TZ. Message from organisers: "It's long been predicted to be a special date - and this will be a wonderful, sacred and deeply magical way to spend the night. Wonderful music, ecstatic yoga, dance and food from The Superfood Cafe all through the night. All Welcome. Bring a blanket and cushion." Tickets £20/ children £5 with advance tickets and more information avilable from www.worldhealingproject.com. There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/550652054961202
Meditate for world peace
From 5.00pm to 6.00pm IST (11.30am GMT) joining with up to 10 million meditators worldwide and the First World Parliament on Sprituality at the Global Peace Auditorium in Hyderabad, India. Message from the organisers: "For the 7 billion population of the world, we need conscious people to change the frequency of the mother earth. Those who cannot come to this event, please meditate wherever you are in the world. Please join hands. Global Peace starts with you and me. If not you and me ... who else will do it ? If not Now, When..?" For more information, visit: http://www.wpsconnect.org/meditate.php or the WPS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/111874268933884/
7.00pm - 8.15pm at Global Co-operation House, 65-69 Pound Lane, Willesden Green, London NW10 2HH, organised by Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWPSUK). Message from organisers: "These evenings are open to everyone, from absolute beginners to those wanting to deepen their meditation experiences. A sharing of ideas, feelings and visualisation to enhance and develop your inner peace and strength." For more information, visit: http://www.bkwsu.org/uk/whatson/arounduk
Attend a film premiere: 3 Magic Words
From 7.00pm at Odeon West End, 40 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7LP. Renowned teacher Dolores Cannon and metaphysical filmmaker Michael Perlin have made a conscious movie experience and celebration for "Earth's entrance into the Golden Age." Message from the organisers: "Together we will celebrate Earth's entrance into the Age of Aquarius and invoke a new age of enlightenment. We hope you will join us for this momentous event on December 21, 2012." For more information, visit: http://www.3magicwordslondonpremiere.com/
Harmonic Reconvergence ceremony at Glastonbury
From 10.45am on Glastonbury Tor followed by a day of workshops at The Chalice Well, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DD. Message from the organisers: "Wear something white to represent the light we are beaming out and calling down. We will circle the Tor and hold hands at 11am where the Sacred Flame will be lit and blessings will be called in from the 4 directions. Solstice point is at 11.11am GMT so the big OM when we broadcast our message of Love to the Universe will build up some minutes before and continue for some minutes after the solstice point. The circle is then opened up for your input. Please liaise with our focaliser beforehand so she can call upon you to speak. After the circle closes we will take the Sacred Flame down to the town, stopping at Chalice Well gardens for refreshments and a water blessing on the way." For more information, visit: http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/index.cfm/glastonbury/Events.Details/event_id/165 or the global website for peace 2012: http://www.peace2012.net/
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