“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.”
Somewhat neglected in his own lifetime William Blake is now considered amongst the greatest writers and artists England ever produced. If Jerusalem is our national Hymn, then pop icons such as Patti Smith, U2 and the Verve have kept Blake’s cultural flame burning for future generations to enjoy. Surely, if there was one last big exhibition took place before lockdown then it had to have been William Blake at Tate Britain!
Blake would have celebrated his 264th birthday this November 28th and we will mark the occasion by holding a free event in the Elwin Room on Saturday 27th at 11am. Three actors will read the entire cycle of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. These poems written and illustrated by Blake represent the two contrary states of the human soul. We have room for fifty so be sure to register!
Across our digital platforms that day we will be sharing a short film by Louisa Albani ,artist and writer of ‘William Blake’s Mystic Map of London’. Learn more about Louisa and her fantastic project by clicking here!
This is a free event but you can register to ensure you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a morning not, ‘with soft grateful tears, Ascend the sky’ perhaps, but will prove unmissable nevertheless!