To celebrate the Baptism of William Blake that took place in the Church of St James in Piccadilly, we hope to present an ice sculpture in the actual font created by the artist Martin Sexton. This we be unveiled at 11 in the morning and will melt away into water during the day.
Also during the day, members of the Blake Society are invited to pop-in to the House of William Blake (15 minutes walk away) for a drink to celebrate the culmination of this anniversary year.
Blake and the Bible
This year marks the 250th Anniversary of Blake’s birth and the Society’s Annual Lecture takes the form of a conversation between the poet and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Professor Christopher Rowland of the University of Oxford.
Every Image Ever Created is a new series of occasional lectures where we look in detail at one particular image in Blake’s body of work.
To launch the series, Luis and Carol Garrido will be talking about The Last Judgement – a facsimile of this painting was sent to all our members earlier in the year as a special 250th anniversary gift.
The Talk will be held in The Drawing Room where an exhibition has just opened of works by 5 contemporary visionary artists who claim influence from Blake. The show is entitled: Every Eye Sees Differently As The Eye.
The evening will consist of a Talk on The Last Judgement followed by an introduction to the work of the international artists in this new exhibition given by the curator Irene Bradbury. There will then be the opportunity for questions and a discussion of the relationship between Blake and contemporary visionary art.
Slides of enlarged details from the Last Judgement will be projected, and the whole lecture will take place in the gallery alongside – and in counterpoint to – the current exhibition of visionary art.
Luis and Carol Garrido are the Membership Secretary of the Blake Society and the discoverers of the lost grave of William Blake.
The Drawing Room
55 Laburnum Street
London E2 8BD
Directions: Liverpool Street Station then Buses 26, 149 or 242 or Old Street Tube then Buses 55 or 243