Rituals honour that which is universal to us all. They provide us with a container in which we have an opportunity to create a moment for emotion, reflection, transition and celebration, offering us a way to celebrate not only the big transitions – like birth, love and death – but also bringing meaning to our day to day rhythms, regardless of the values or beliefs we hold. From sharing food to celebrating anniversaries, entering adulthood or embracing parenthood, rituals are fundamental to how we make meaning and afford us the tools to punctuate our lives whether we are starting a new chapter or letting go of something that has come to an end.
When it comes to the idea of “home”, rituals can help us transform a space into a sanctuary and a house into a home – and in the age of the refugee crisis, the digital nomad and the volatile housing market, we might all benefit from the creation of our own 21st century rituals to generate a sense of home to ground us, support us and afford us a place to rest in an ever changing landscape.
In this talk, part of the Fitzrova Chapel's Dwelling exhibition, Tiu de Haan, ritual designer and creative facilitator, explores our ability to create our own secular rituals that inform our sense of rootedness, comfort and belonging.
DWELLING: an exhibition of beauty and attachment in Fitzrovia residencies
Ritual in the Home is part of the Fitzrovia Chapel’s second free autumn exhibition, Dwelling. The show, which explores the design choices, style and perceptions of beauty in dwellings across Fitzrovia, will include pieces and contributions from television presenter, writer and comedian Griff Rhys Jones, TED speaker and ritual maker Tiu de Haan and art critic Tabish Khan. It will also include art and images from hotels, homes and hidden parts of the area.
Exhibition dates: Wednesday 14 to 28 November 2018, 11:00 to 16:00
Thursday 15 Nov, 13:00, ‘Dwelling – Why and how?’, Faye Hughes and Kate Thorogood
Friday 16 November, 13:00, ‘Reclaiming spaces, Kate Thorogood
Sunday 18 November, 13:00, ‘Rituals in our home’, Tiu de Haan (with BSL interpretation)
Tuesday 20 November, 13:00, ‘Critics’ choice at home’, Estelle Lovatt
Thursday 22 November, 13:00, ‘Home is where the art is’, Hannah Watson
Sunday 25 November, 13:00, ‘A critical eye’, Tabish Khan