Studying Spirit Drawings


Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings Study Day


This one-day symposium which is being held in conjunction with the Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings exhibition will bring together a range of artists, curators, art historians and historians of spiritualism to explore the connections between art, spiritualism and creativity in the nineteenth century to the present day. The day will start with the curators of the exhibition in conversation and will be followed by a series of short presentations, panel discussions and film screenings relating to themes and ideas raised by the exhibition.


Organised by

  • Sarah Victoria Turner: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • Barnaby Wright: The Courtauld Gallery
  • Marco Pasi: University of Amsterdam
  • Simon Grant: Editor, Tate Etc
  • Lars Bang Larsen: art historian, independent curator, and writer

Wednesday 7 September 2016
10:30 am – 6:00 pm

with registration from 10:00

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN


10.00 – 10.30 REGISTRATION

10.30 – 11.30 Curators of the exhibition in conversation: Marco Pasi, Simon Grant and Barnaby Wright, moderated by Sarah Turner

11.30 – 12.00 TEA / COFFEE BREAK (provided in Seminar room 1, 1st floor)

12.00 – 13.15 Panel I: Symbolism/ Abstraction/ Colour
Chair: Barnaby Wright Christine Ferguson (Chair in English Literature, University of Stirling) Caroline Arscott (Professor in 19th-Century British Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art) Susan Hiller (artist)

13.15 – 14.15 LUNCH (provided for the speakers/chairs only. Seminar room 1)

14.15 – 15.30 Panel II: Altered states/creativity and consciousness/ mediumship and the visual
Chair: Marco Pasi Sonu Shamadasani (Professor, UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society, German) James Boaden (Lecturer, Department of History of Art, University of York) Linder Sterling (artist)

15.30 – 15.45 Film screening: Joachim Koester

15.45 – 16.15 TEA / COFFEE BREAK (provided in Seminar room 1, 1st floor)

16.15 – 17.45 Panel III: Margins, Centres, Webs –
Chair: Simon Grant David Lomas (Professor of Art History, University of Manchester) Lea Porsager (artist) Shezad Dawood (artist) Dawn Ades (Professor Emerita, University of Essex)

17.45 – 18.00 Closing remarks

18.00 RECEPTION (in the Front Hall)

This event is supported by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.


see registration and full details below

Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings Study Day

Barry William Hale

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