art = praxis

noun |  prax·is \ˈprak-səs\

:  action, practice:
a: exercise or practice of an art, science, or skill
b:  customary practice or conduct

:  practical application of a theory

The exhibition concept focuses on art as a living entity that can invite the viewer into a silent dialogue.  The process of mindful, experiential engagement with the art is designed to evoke memories, raise questions, arouse curiosity, and invite the viewer to solve the enigma posed by the symbolic composition, resulting in a perceptual shift or realisation.

The symposium features talks by artists and scholars exploring this question from different perspectives, from its use in ancient sacred practices, its utility as a method for inner work and healing, to its potential for social change on small or larger scales.


Click individual photos and scroll down to read speaker bios and presentation abstracts. Scroll across to view the speaker list as a slideshow.


Final programme 

9:30  Doors open

10:00 – 10:20  Dr Sasha Chaitow
Welcome & introduction: Ideasthesia and how art changes us

10:30 – 10:50  Cavan McLaughlin
Art and the Other: Concealing and revealing the incommunicable

11:00 – 11:20  Dr Simon Magus
The Fin-de-Siecle Magical Aesthetic of Austin Osman Spare

11:30 – 11:50 Derek Bain
Tarot as Art and Practice

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch break

13:00-13:20 Dr Christian Giudice
“‘Among the Rigs o’ Barley’: British Folk Horror as a form of Cinematic Re-enchantment”

13:30-13:50 Alkistis Dimech
Severed head and nymph: icons animated and animating

14:00 – 14:20 Dr Christina Oakley-Harrington
Creating Ritual: Words Fishing for the Ineffable

14:30 – 14:50  Dr Sasha Chaitow
Open discussion and Closing remarks

Move to Glastonbury Galleries

15:30  Stained by the Light exhibition tour with Sasha Chaitow. Participants will receive a signed original print of selected artwork.

19:00 Exhibition closes

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