The Roots of the Demonic and the Devil in the Middle Ages

In the first of four talks on the Devil and his disciples, author and journalist Gavin Baddeley traces the evolution of Evil, from the dawn of civilisation, to the Middle Ages. Gavin’s unusually qualified, as an ordained Reverend in the Church of Satan, so this event promises to offer a fresh perspective on the matter. ‘The Problem of Evil’ – why there is cruelty and suffering in the world – is a question that’s exercised generations of theologians and philosophers.

Francis Bacon

Artist in Focus: Francis Bacon

To coincide with the blockbuster exhibition 'Francis Bacon: Man and Beast' at the Royal Academy of Art in London, we will have a dedicated talk on this iconic artist. Characterised by his incredible ability to represent inner psychological turmoils and emotional torments, the works we will focus on hauntingly resonate through time.

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Embracing Imperfections: Japanese Art of Kintsugi

The art of Kintsugi originates from Japan where artisans began using lacquer and gold pigment to put shattered vessels back together. Nowadays, this process of mending broken porcelains, dusted with gold, or silver powder, aims to make what once was broken look even more attractive than ever. Join our online workshop dedicated to Japanese art of Kintsugi and experience the healing power of artistic restoration.

Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch

The Epicurean Way of Life

The Epicurean way of life is an appealingly simple and optimistic approach to a happy life, and it also includes intriguing views about the universe and our place in it. In this talk, we will discuss some of the central themes of Epicurean philosophy, and explore how we can integrate its insight in our lives today.

Ume - plum blossom Japanese print

Japanese Calligraphy: 梅 Ume

The 4th winter session will focus on character 梅 Ume (Plum blossom) and explore The Art of Ume. Ume is known as the flower of February which starts blossoming at the end of winter in Japan. It is a special flower that has been a popular theme of Japanese paintings and poetry for centuries. Ume symbolises perseverance and hope, as well as beauty, purity, and the transitoriness of life.