Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings Study Day

This one-day symposium which is being held in conjunction with the Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings exhibition will bring together a range of artists, curators, art historians and historians of spiritualism to explore the connections between art, spiritualism and creativity in the nineteenth century to the present day. The day will start with the curators of the exhibition in conversation and will be followed by a series of short presentations, panel discussions and film screenings relating to themes and ideas raised by the exhibition.


10.00 – 10.30 REGISTRATION

10.30 – 11.30 Curators of the exhibition in conversation:
Marco Pasi, Simon Grant and Barnaby Wright, moderated by Sarah Turner

11.30 – 12.00 TEA / COFFEE BREAK (provided in Seminar room 1, 1st floor)

12.00 – 12.45 Panel I: Symbolism/ Abstraction/ Colour – Chair: Barnaby Wright

Christine Ferguson (Chair in English Literature, University of Stirling)

Caroline Arscott (Professor in 19th-Century British Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

12.45-13.00 Film screening: Joachim Koester

13.00 – 14.15 LUNCH (provided for the speakers/chairs only. Seminar room 1)

14.15 – 15.30 Panel II: Altered states/creativity and consciousness/ mediumship and the visual – Chair: Marco Pasi

Sonu Shamadasani (Professor, UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society, German)

James Boaden (Lecturer, Department of History of Art, University of York)

Linder Sterling (artist)

15.30 – 16.00 TEA / COFFEE BREAK (provided in Seminar room 1, 1st floor)

16.00 – 17.30 Panel III: Margins, Centres, Webs – Chair: Simon Grant

David Lomas (Professor of Art History, University of Manchester)

Lea Porsager (artist)

Shezad Dawood (artist)

Dawn Ades (Professor Emerita, University of Essex)

17.30 – 17.45 Closing remarks

17.45 RECEPTION (in the Front Hall)

This event is supported by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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7 Sep 2016

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London