Re-turning to the Imagination – Blake, Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain, Saturday 7th October 2023, 10am – 2pm

“To see the world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wildflower,
To hold Infinity in the palm of your hand.
And Eternity in an hour…”
 William Blake 

 

Tate Britain is home to British artists and artists who spent most of their careers / lives in Britain. During this half day visit, we will explore a re-turn to the imagination in art where artists learned to not only paint what they saw mimetically, but paint what they saw through the imagination.  From the beginnings of the industrial revolution when Britain was in the midst of pivotal changes which altered life and landscape forever, artists emerged who sought to show those changes in different ways; some embracing them, others trying to return to the past, but all united in their exploration of and return to the imagination proper and its visionary qualities – something very different to fantasy.  The works that we will meet each have their own unique qualities;  dazzling; beautiful; mystical; dark; sorrowful; but never fail to move us, remind us of how we are part of this not so distant history, and the value of the imagination as a deeper truth, and an aspect of the sacred.

We will discover anew the works of William Blake, JMW Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites.

We will meet in the main entrance on Millbank at 10am. This half day visit will take place on Saturday 7th October 2023 and will run from 10.15 am-1pm. At 1pm we will have lunch and discuss any observations and questions you might have.

Numbers will be limited. £40 per person. Lunch is not included.

Note: If you have accessibility needs, this tour will only be taking place on the ground floor of the gallery. There are lifts down to the cafe.

To book either click on the PayPal button below or email me directly: info@maryattwood.com