Art / Magic / Lore

29 Jun 2024

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Sat, 29 Jun
11:00 – 18:00

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£18 / £14 concessions

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Conway Hall

London, United Kingdom


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  • 98, 19, 38, 55, 243
  • Holborn, Chancery Lane, Russell Square
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Magical Art, Radical Folk Dance, Sacred Landscapes, and Women's Stories.


Join a day of art, folklore, and, magic with talks and performances. Our speakers have invented new traditions, circled the City of London with mushrooms, uncovered dancing suffragettes, dabbled in hypnosis and speak of the histories of women artists and magicians.

Hosted by Sarah Sparkes.

Lucy Wright: Start A New Tradition Today!

Dr Lucy Wright shares some of her observations as a collector (and creator) of ‘contemporary folk customs’, excavating the historical practices that were not deemed important enough to record—particularly those associated with women—and inventing new, more inclusive ones for the 21st century.

Lucy Wright is a current Fellow in Folklore at University of Hertfordshire. Her work draws on her large personal archive of photographs and research gathered over more than a decade of documenting female- and queer-led folk customs.

Kathryn Atherton: Mary Neal and the Suffragettes Who Saved Morris Dancing

The Morris revival and the militant suffrage movement were inextricably linked. The leader of the dance revival, Mary Neal, was a life-long radical campaigner for the rights of women and children.

After an MPhil in 17th Century Studies, Kathryn Atherton wrote for the Oxford English Dictionary, she then spent 10 years as a city lawyer. She is the author of Mary Neal and the Suffragettes Who Saved Morris Dancing (Pen & Sword 2024).

Huginn and Muninn

"We are a progressive 2-person Bedlam Border Morris side."

Jennifer Higgie: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World

The fact that so many radical women artists drank deeply from the same spiritual well as male artists has for too long been sorely neglected. Weaving in and out of these myriad lives, sharing her own memories of otherworldly experiences, Jennifer Higgie discusses the solace of ritual, the gender exclusions of art history, the contemporary relevance of myth, the boom in alternative ways of understanding the world and the impact of spiritualism on feminism and contemporary art. Jennifer is the author of A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World (TateBooks).

Amy Hale - “This current drew you”: Ithell Colquhoun’s erotic energies and sacred landscapes

Between 1939 and 1943 Ithell Colquhoun created an incredible collection of very explicit drawings and paintings that likely pointed to the development of a system of sex magic. During this time period, Colquhoun also painted some of her most theoretically interesting paintings of megalithic sites in Cornwall, exploring the notion of subterranean energies welling up from under the earth. It is very likely that these two projects were connected for Colquhoun, becoming an expression of her animism and also part of a wider investigation of the vital energies that can be harnessed and exchanged between people and with the earth. This explicitly illustrated talk will compare images from Colquhoun’s erotic corpus and some of her images of sacred landscapes, exploring ideas about energy exchange and union with the divine in all its guises.

Dr. Amy Hale is an Atlanta-based writer, curator, critic, ethnographer, and folklorist, speaking and writing about esoteric history, magic, art, culture, women, and Cornwall. She is the author of Sex Magic: Ithell Colquhoun’s Diagrams of Love and Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of The Fern Loved Gully.

Hayley Lock: An Altered Self (Talk and Performance)

Hayley Lock is an artist based in Suffolk, UK. Her research interests concentrate on the Occult and occult practices with a particular focus on female otherness within mediumistic practice, identities and locations. She is currently working with and under hypnosis to engage as an altered self, looking at where the unconscious meets the conscious, creating new systemic structures of belief.

Thomas Sharp, Marc Spicer & Rosey Trickett: Circling the Square Mile

On Leap Day, February 29th, 2020, thirty people placed 100 handcrafted bronze mushrooms in a perfect circle around the City of London, the Square Mile, the dark heart of the country’s financial operations. The economy crashed the following week. On Leap Day 2024 we did it again, reweirding the world’s largest faery ring. And Leap Day 2028 is already marked in our diaries.

Site-Specific Performance: Aliki Karveli

Aliki Karveli is a Greek-born, London-based interdisciplinary artist, approaching art as a tool for transformation and inner alchemy. They explore hypnotic and visceral states through performance, the tactility/materiality of sound, the intuitive voice, and Butoh-informed, primal movement. Exhibiting since 2008, performing since 2019 under the artist name Black Arrows.


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