Ah! Sunflower! Linda Landers in conversation with Keri Davies
EVENT: Ah! Sunflower! Linda Landers in conversation with Keri Davies
DATE: 6th March 2024 - 6th March 2024
VENUE: Swedenborg Hall | and online via ZOOM
PRICE: FREE (Please book)
ARTIST/S: Linda Landers
SPEAKER/S: Linda Landers, Keri Davies
PERFORMER/S: Linda Landers, Simon Brandon
Organizers Organized by the Swedenborg Society and the Blake Society
Organized by the Swedenborg Society and the Blake Society
The launch of a new artist’s book and print series, with accompanying talk and display.
FREE ADMISSION (but please book via button above, or RSVP to email@example.com)
Celebrating the launch of her new Blake-inspired artist’s book and series of prints, Ah! Sunflower!, this evening will see artist and printmaker Linda Landers in conversation with leading independent Blake scholar Keri Davies, in an event co-organized by the Blake Society and the Swedenborg Society.
Linda has long had a close connection with the work of William Blake, drawing inspiration from his poetry, to develop her own series of engravings, prints and fine press books. Linda will introduce the audience to her work, accompanied by a slideshow of imagery as well as physical displays of her artworks and books in the very apt surroundings of Swedenborg House’s Grade II-listed neoclassical Hall and Wynter Room. In conversation with Blake scholar and historian, Keri Davies, Linda will look at how Blake has influenced her practice, in particular the Songs of Innocence and Experience—are these songs merely nursery rhymes or a unique tool to inform, to teach or to elevate consciousness?
The evening will also feature a short performance written by Linda, with Actor Simon Brandon as William Blake and Linda Landers as Catherine.
Please note that if you are unable to attend in person, you can still join this event live on Zoom by booking here:
Linda Landers grew up in Hertfordshire and studied at Central St Martins School of Art in London where she gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting. Prior to this she completed a one-year design induction and one-year Art Foundation course at Watford College of Art. Subsequently, Linda entered into an extensive study of printmaking techniques and also completed a six-month printmaking residency, after which she began to focus on wood engraving and producing limited edition books whilst also showing her paintings, linocuts and etchings. She received a prize for excellence in Printmaking at the Mall Galleries in London, where she has given workshops. Her books are held in public and private collections. Her painting and printmaking have been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on many occasions, most recently 2020-21. In 2017 Linda obtained an MA from Kingston University. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, at Bankside Gallery. Linda’s article on Catherine Blake has recently appeared in volume 2 of Undefined Boundary: The Journal of Psychick Albion published by Temporal Boundary Press. More information about her work can be found here: https://lindalanders.art/home.
Keri Davies, B.Sc., A.R.C.S., Ph.D., is Vice-President of the Blake Society and an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Nottingham Trent University. An independent scholar, he has written much on William Blake’s parents (particularly his mother’s links to the Moravian Church), and on the social and intellectual milieu of early Blake collectors, and other friends and acquaintances of the painter-poet. Keri’s work has been published in important anthologies such as Blake, Gender and Culture, ed. Tristanne Connolly & Helen Bruder (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012); Re-envisioning Blake, ed. Mark Crosby, Troy Patenaude and Angus Whitehead (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and William Blake in Twentieth-Century Art, Music and Culture, ed. Steve Clark, Tristanne Connolly and Jason Whittaker (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). The Swedenborg Society has published Keri Davies’s work in Philosophy, Literature, Mysticism: an anthology of essays on the thought and influence of Emanuel Swedenborg, ed. Stephen McNeilly (2013) and Keri reviewed The Arms of Morpheus: Essays on Swedenborg and Mysticism, ed. Stephen McNeilly (2007) for the British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies in 2009.
Simon Brandon trained as an actor at East 15 Drama School. He appeared in Linda Landers’s first play Outside The Cradle (Etcetera Theatre) and in her first short film The Longing (Shown at the Saatchi Gallery). Other theatre credits include: 29 Internet Dates (White Bear Theatre) and Edward Winslow in Mayflower (Historia Theatre Company – Hen & Chickens Theatre). TV: Dubplate Drama (Channel 4).
About the Organizers
The Blake Society was founded in 1985 and is a fast-growing community of members from all over the world. Whether you are just beginning to be curious about Blake’s work, or have been enjoying and studying it for decades, we welcome you into our Society. The Society’s aim is to celebrate the visionary work of William and Catherine Blake in all its manifestations of poetry, prose, and artwork. We also strive to inspire, to encourage and to give a platform to work arising from Blake’s incredible influence on artists, scientists, writers, musicians, performers and academics around the globe. We invite you to join us in this endeavour, exploring Blake’s work through live and online events of every kind. More information on The Blake Society can be found at its website: https://blakesociety.org/
The Swedenborg Society was founded in 1810 and is based at Swedenborg House in Bloomsbury, where it is home to a gallery, museum, archive, library, bookshop, event space and one of the oldest publishing houses in the world. Dedicated to promoting and supporting new research into the life and work of the eighteenth-century philosopher, engineer, inventor and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedenborg House runs an ongoing programme of educational, cultural and literary events including a film festival, artists’ residency and academic scholarship. Authors recently published by Swedenborg House include Peter Ackroyd, Chloe Aridjis, A S Byatt, J M G le Clezio and Iain Sinclair. The Swedenborg Collection holds original works by William Blake, S T Coleridge, R W Emerson, D T Suzuki and Emanuel Swedenborg.