Re-turning to the Imagination –

Blake, Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain, London

with Mary Attwood

Saturday 7th October 2023


This is an in-person visit to Tate Britain in London


“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.

To book please do so directly through Mary’s website here Re-turning to the Imagination at Tate Britain


Mary Attwood – Biography

Mary Attwood is an art historian, author, mentor and business creative with a particular interest in the ways in which our perceptions of art can awaken us to a deeper, embodied dimension of being we have lost in our post-modern age. She is a founding member and co-director of the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, and co- founder and co-director of Channel McGilchrist. She holds a BA (hons) in the History of Art from London University where she followed her passion to study Italian late medieval and renaissance art and architecture, while also pursuing her interest in Eastern philosophy, qualifying as a teacher in yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and co-authoring two books published by Watkins. She holds an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred. She believes that the ways in which we engage with art can alter perceptions and consciousness and help us meet the complexities of modern living by offering a renaissance of humane and sacred values.





For those who cannot attend live, there will be a recording available after the session has taken place. 

BOOKING: Please book directly through Mary Attwood’s website here Re-turning to the Imagination at Tate Britain

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