Monday 17 October 2022

College of Psychic Studies' Creative Spirits Exhibition

The College of Psychic Studies is currently hosting a wonderful art exhibtion called Creative Spirits over the entire six floors of its London headquarters. It "invites you on an odyssey into the otherworldly in which you will encounter art and photography created by 100 mediums, dreamers and visionaries over the last 165 years." I've been around it and it is spectacular.

Famous artists' work on display includes pictures by Aleksandra Ionowa, automatic drawings by the college's founder member Anna Mary Howitt Watts  and works by surrealists, musicalistes and visionaries such as Louise Janin, Alan Davie, Grace Pailthorpe and Ithell Colquhoun (such as the picture photographed on the left). 

There's also a celebration of the history of tarot and women of the Golden Dawn, including a pastel drawing by the Golden Dawn founder, Moina Mathers, a lost treasure that hasn't been seen since it was exhibited in Paris in 1903 at the Salon d'Automne. 

Contemporary artists, some who entered the college's recent art exhibition, have work on display too. I met up with several painters, photographers and other creators of visionary art at the launch party last week. I took the photos on this post while I was there, but they only show a little of what's on display and I will be sharing more over the next weeks. 

You can view Creative Spirits at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2EB from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm, with late opening on Thursdays, until it closes on Saturday 10 December 2022. Entry is free for members and £5 for non-members. There are also  evening talks by the curator on various dates.

I'd also like to mention that I'm giving a talk on Candle Magic as Practical Spellwork on Zoom via The College of Psychic Studies on Tuesday 18 October at 7pm. Tickets for that are £16/£14. You can find details of all college events here:

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