Coming Up

This page gives information on new activities about William Blake. If you know of events, forthcoming books, films or media coverage, or other activities in the coming months that we should feature here, please do let us know through the Contact page.

NB: Events are listed here as we become aware of them (the most recent discoveries at the top), not in their date order. Once an event has occurred, we place it in A Blakean Archive. If you went to one of these events, why not use our Contact page to offer us a Finding Blake post about it? 

Blake or Blade Runner
23rd February, Zoom

On the fortieth anniversary of the release in 1982 of the film Blade Runner, this event looks at a cinematic example where Blake’s praxis is made manifest. Blade Runner was directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The event will be led by Andy Wilson and Tim Heath and will investigate why this film could almost be part of the Blake canon. A must for all us Blakeheads, Scottheads & Dickheads!
Romantics, Pre-Raphaelites and Fairies: from William Blake to E.R. Hughes
26th March 2022, St Albans

This special study day at St Albans Cathedral will explore the genre of fairy painting in Victorian Art. Charting the development of fairy painting from Romanticism through to Symbolism, three distinguished speakers will examine how artists depicted fairies in their work and what such fairies meant for their work: Dr. Carol Jacobi, Curator of British Art (1850-1915) at Tate Britain; Professor Geraint John, Emeritus President of St Albans Civic Society; Professor Tim Boatswain, Professor of Anthropology and History.

 Art of the Victorian age was fascinated with fairies and themes of the supernatural. Across three lectures, we will examine this fascination and chart the development of the genre from its origins in the theatre and literature of Romanticism, right through to the metaphorical powers it held in the art of Symbolism, particularly the radical Pre-Raphaelite circle.  


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