William Blake: poet of liberty and the human potential

Monday 2 December, 19:0021:00, The Spread Eagle, 141 Albert Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7NBUK satellites


William Blake, the English poet-painter, was largely unrecognised during his lifetime. Today, however, Blake is considered a seminal figure of the Romantic Age. According to Tate, where a new exhibition currently showcases 300 of his works, he was “Radical and rebellious” and today “is an inspiration to visual artists, musicians, poets and performers worldwide. His personal struggles in a period of political terror and oppression, his technical innovation, his vision and political commitment, have perhaps never been more pertinent”.

Many people tend to think of Blake as bucolic, and otherworldly, painting mystic visions of angels in Heaven. However, according to Blake Society trustee, Gareth Sturdy, Blake remains the finest poet of liberty and the human potential, and his works can help awaken the dissenting imagination.

In this special lecture and discussion, Sturdy will focus on a small selection of the 300 works on display at the Tate exhibition as a means to explore Blake’s insistence on humanising of nature and the emancipation of humanity.

A small fee to cover the cost of the room is payable on the door.  To book a place, please email wendyearle@me.com