Christmas Greetings & 2012 Roundup

illustration-to-milton-s-on-the-morning-of-christ-s-nativity-1809-2I am writing to wish you a very happy holiday. The Swedenborg Society will be closed from 5.00 pm, Friday 21 December, until 9.30 am, Wednesday 2 January 2013 (and I will be on leave until Monday 7 January!)

I should let you know that I sent out the Society’s Christmas E-Newsletter on Friday, and if you missed it you can still read it online here. The newsletter contains gift recommendations from our bookshop; special offers on books; a review of ‘Death: A Self Portrait’, the new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection; and a recommendation to become a member of the Swedenborg Society, to become eligible for a 20% discount in the bookshop whilst supporting the ongoing development of this historic institution.

The Subterraneans Film Still 2In other news, the results of the Swedenborg Short Film Festival can still be viewed online; and an honest review of the festival, which took place on 30 November, can be found on the Best For Film website.  We would like to emphasize our thanks to our brilliant judges, Gareth Evans and Jeremy Millar, who contributed so vitally towards the festival programme. We would also like to congratulate Oliver Pietsch, whose work From Here to Eternity was awarded Best Film, and also the six filmmakers shortlisted for the award – in particular Toby Tatum who received an honourable mention from the judges.

Night VisitWe are extremely pleased to announce that our former Artist in Residence (2011-12), Sally Pomme Clayton, will be performing Night Visit at an international storytelling festival in Ljungby, Sweden in the summer of 2013. Night Visit was premiered in Swedenborg Hall on 20 October 2012, and represented the fulfillment of Sally’s artist residency at Swedenborg House. You can read about the performance and listen to a sound clip here. Video clips from the premiere are also available here. Jim Lockey’s Artist in Residence exhibition met a very positive response in October, and we will soon publish an interview with the artist, conducted by James Wilson, discussing Jim’s work in Swedenborg House. Our new Artist in Residence (2012-13) has already begun work at Swedenborg House. He is the painter Peter Cartwright, whose work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of the Arts Council and the Royal Academy of Arts, among other institutions. We are currently confirming our second Artist in Residence for 2012-13, and hope to announce their residency at the beginning of the New Year.

Bergman_TAGD3We hope you have enjoyed our events and publications throughout 2012. You can catch up on our new books, including Several Clouds Colliding by Iain Sinclair & Brian Catling (June 2012) and Heaven, Hell and Other Places (September 2012), (which is actually a DVD!) on our website here. You can also read more about our Ingmar Bergman film season (September 2012) and other events here. Homero Aridjis’ wonderful talk (May 2012) should soon be available as a new volume in the Swedenborg Archive series, but in the meantime you can read a review of the singular event here, and also buy Aridjis’ beautiful collection of poetry Eyes To See Otherwise at a discounted price from the Society’s bookshop.

I will write again in the new year, to tell you about the Swedenborg Birthday Meeting on 26 January 2013, which will feature a talk by Anders Hallengren and the launch of three volumes in the historic Swedenborg Society Transaction Series.

Thank you for your support to the Society throughout 2012. I hope you have a lovely holiday and I look forward to seeing or hearing from you in the New Year.

Very best wishes,

Nora, Swedenborg House

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