The Bloomsbury Festival at Swedenborg House: Saturday 20 October

The Society will take part in the Bloomsbury Festival celebrations this Saturday 20 October. Swedenborg House will be open from 6 – 9 pm and will host two events, featuring our two Artist in Residence: the artist JIM LOCKEY and the storyteller SALLY POMME CLAYTON.

At 7 pm, Sally Pomme Clayton will present NIGHT VISIT, her final performance in Swedenborg Hall, funded by the Arts Council England and produced in association with the Bloomsbury Festival.

ImageSally Pomme Clayton is one of Britain’s leading storytellers, and Night Visit is the result of her year-long residency of performances and research at Swedenborg House. This multimedia performance will represent a dazzling mix of literature and drama, history and philosophy as Sally narrates a story based on both her grandfather’s encounters with Spiritualism and Swedenborg’s accounts of visionary experience.

Night Visit will combine spoken word and archive audio recordings with live improvised sound (Panos Ghikas) and live projections (Fotio Begklis). Admission is free. Tickets for this event will be available on the night, from 6pm (on the door). Further information.

From 6 – 9 pm, JIM LOCKEY will present his Artist in Residence final exhibition. Jim has created three new artworks in response to Swedenborg’s theological writings, and these will be installed throughout Swedenborg House.


The narratives Jim creates within his works explore concepts of truth, storytelling and revelation; in ‘An Exegetical Study of Mundane Architecture’, Jim presents texts, placed around Swedenborg House, which claim to unearth the ‘spiritual sense’ of the building, just as Swedenborg claimed to reveal the internal sense of the Bible through his science of Correspondences. The logic within the texts is subverted by allusions to Swedenborg’s dream journal and other accounts of visionary experience. In this way Jim’s exhibition invites the viewer to experience Swedenborg House through a prism of Swedenborg’s work. Jim was born in 1987 and completed his Masters and BA hons degree in Fine Art at the University for The Creative Arts (UCA), graduating in 2010. This exhibition is a culmination of Jim’s year-long residency at the Swedenborg Society. Further information.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening, and there will be much else to entertain you in the area, including an exhibition on art, science and religion at St George’s Bloomsbury (Restructured) and another at University College London exploring Strindberg, photography and the occult (Picture It).

The Society will also be hosting a book stall in Russell Square, from 10 am – 6 pm, both Saturday and Sunday where books will be discounted. Please feel free to come visit/buy books/lend moral support/bring us hot drinks … For further details of the Bloomsbury Festival Programme please visit

We look forward to seeing many of you this weekend!

Best wishes,
Swedenborg House


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