EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

Diane Eagles

Ceramic Art exhibition

Swedenborg House Bookshop, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | Summer 2017 (dates tbc) | Mon-Fri 9.30 am - 5.00 pm | Free entry

This summer will see our bookshop display a small exhibition of specially commissioned ceramic mottoware artwork by the artist Diane Eagles.

The pieces will recreate some of the items from the series of ceramic designs for Josiah Wedgwood etched by William Blake for the 1817 catalogue of queensware tableware (see left) and they will be adorned with quotations from Swedenborg's writings.

The designs originate from 1815, at a time when Blake’s financial and public fortunes were at a low ebb. It is likely that John Flaxman, one of the most significant artists employed by Wedgwood (and a founding member of the Swedenborg Society too), was the link for the improbable etching commission. The works are in stark contrast to the visionary imagery Blake is famous for, perhaps indicating his desperate circumstances at the time, and one of the brief letters to Wedgwood shows Blake signing himself ‘humble servant’.

Rather than the Wedgwood etchings being seen as a humiliating and servile act of a forgotten man, the ideas of domestic wares, of service to others, of the giving and taking in of actual and spiritual nourishment, will result in a fitting memorial to Blake, Swedenborg and Flaxman. 

21st Century Carpet Sale! | A performance by Oreet Ashery

Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH | Thursday 16 October 2014 | 7.00-8.00 pm | £8

waterside contemporary and Swedenborg Society present 21st Century Carpet Sale! A Legendary Collection, a performance event conceived by Oreet Ashery.

Ashery’s expansive body of work often confronts ideological, social and historical constructions within the fabric of personal and broader contemporary realities. This new work weaves together ideas the artist has been exploring since the beginning of the century.

Part catwalk, part punk-rock concert, part emancipated choreography, the event moves between threads of poetic resistance, musical declarations, and a foil of chaotic revelry. Historical moments summoned from humble materials of the Great Hall will be regenerated, as the evening culminates with an auction of the Swedenborg Carpet.

Guests will have a chance to bid on and own a piece of this legendary collection, in exchange for incremental measures of freedom.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

The performance accompanies Ashery's solo exhibition Animal with a Language.