Blake’s Birthday and 25th Anniversary of the Blake Society

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the birth of William Blake and, this year, the Blake Society is 25 years old. In celebration of both these events, a special event is being held at the Clore Gallery of Tate Britain.

The Society was founded in 1985 at St James’s Church, Picadilly to celebrate and honour Blake’s life and work and has been meeting regularly in London since 1986, with many speakers including some of the most eminent scholars working in the field. The Society aims to attract anyone with an interest in Blake and has monthly meetings usually in the City of Westminster Archives Centre in London.

The event at Tate Britain will include discussion between the surviving Chairs of the Society (David Worrall, Keri Davies, Shirley Dent, and Tim Heath), as well as musical interludes provided by Fernand Péna, Guy Pearson, and Tally Koren and two short films: Catterpillar and the Fly by Becky Adams, and Jerusalem, directed by Ryan Andrews and starring Ray Winstone. Philippa Simpson and Jason Whittaker will also provide two short talks, on the newly discovered Blake prints and the future of Blake online.

In conjunction with this event and to mark the 250th anniversary of Blake’s birth, Zoamorphosis will have a week of additional material providing reviews of new books and displays, discussions of where the future of Blake studies lies online, and the launch of a new project which will explore how everyday users interact with the work of this most popular and illuminating of artists and poets. At the end of the week, we’ll also be announcing the winner of the William Blake Jukebox Competiton, so be sure to add your suggestions before the end of the week so that they can be added to the site.

For more information on the Blake Society, visit blakesociety.org.uk.

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