The Bloomsbury Festival at Swedenborg House: 17-18 October

Next week, Swedenborg House will once again open its doors as part of the Bloomsbury Festival with the opening of an exhibition by Peter Cartwright, a flag unveiling with Michael Hampton and Christina Mitrentse and a literary event featuring Jane Lee.

On Thursday 17 October, we will open Peter Cartwright’s Artist in Residence exhibition which is installed throughout Swedenborg House. Peter Cartwright is one of the leading artists to emerge from the Royal College of Art, a contemporary of David Hockney and R B Kitaj. Peter  has exhibited widely throughout the UK and his work has been purchased by the Arts Council England and East Midlands Arts. Developed from a series of observational sketches, Peter’s 53 abstract drawings (pictured, above) will be on display throughout the Society’s Grade II listed building and mark the completion of his year-long Residency at the Swedenborg Society.

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During the exhibition opening, we will also unveil a brand new flag outside Swedenborg House, featuring Michael Hampton and Christina Mitrentse’s winning design: Shhhh.. (pictured, above). Refreshments will be served and the artists will be present to launch their design. Michael Hampton is a writer and art critic, whose work features in Art Monthly and Frieze; Christina Mitrentse is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator and her work has been exhibited internationally. The logo for their flag plays on the initials of Swedenborg House, ‘blending them into an imprecation to be quiet’; ‘Our new flag is a prototype for a site-specific public space, its “quiet zone” message supported by the palette of gold and black, designed to give a health-giving optical dose against the drab buildings on either side, whilst the banner-like drapery maximizes impact.’

We look forward to presenting these site-responsive works of art, both outside and inside Swedenborg House. The exhibition opening/flag launch will take place from 6 – 9 pm, and visitors are encouraged to arrive anytime. Refreshments will be available in the Gardiner Room throughout the evening. It would be great to confirm numbers so please RSVP to

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The following evening, on Friday 18 October, we will host an evening of readings in Swedenborg Hall, with the writer and art historian Jane Lee. A limited edition booklet containing Jane’s short fictions and dialogues will also be available for purchase (pictured, above). Jane Lee is the former Programme Director of Art for both graduate and undergraduate courses at Central St Martins, London, retiring from that post in December 2012. She has published books and articles on art history and has contributed both scholarly and experimental texts to many catalogues and contemporary collaborative works. On Friday evening, Jane will present her new collection, Slipknots. These pieces owe something to performance, theatre, radio and contemporary art. Jane will give readings and provide commentary on her work, which also touches upon Swedenborgian themes. Doors open at 6 pm for a 6.30 pm start. Admission is free and 50 seats can be booked in advance via the Bloomsbury Festival website.

We look forward to seeing many of you next week!

P.S. In case you missed last year’s Bloomsbury Festival at Swedenborg House, Sally Pomme Clayton will perform her Artist in Residence final piece, Night Visit, at Rich Mix this Saturday 12 October. Click here for further information.


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