Mars by Madge Gill Courtesy of The Henry Boxer Gallery

An online talk presented by Vivienne Roberts: founder of and curator & archivist of The College of Psychic Studies, London.

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for College members) and can be reserved at The College of Psychic Studies

Tuesday 7th December 7pm – 8.30pm (UK time) hosted online via zoom by The College of Psychic Studies. A recording will be available to those who have booked.

Madge Gill’s mesmerising artworks have fascinated audiences for a century. Her impulsively created ink drawings of female faces floating ethereally within highly patterned backgrounds on huge swathes of calico are instantly identifiable, as are the thousands of smaller works on postcards and pieces of cardboard. More rare, but equally distinguishable, are her rhythmic and intricate hand woven silk and knitted textiles that she often made into throws, rugs and even her own clothes.

Madge Gill, although popular, remains an enigma. Was she a true advocate of spirit-inspired art or was this a convenient mask to wear to hide her compulsive urge to create? Was Myrninerest really her spirit guide or just Madge’s ‘inner rest’ constructed to make sense of her artistic achievements? 

This live, online talk will discuss the journey of Madge from Barnardos child to internationally acclaimed mediumistic artist and doyenne of the outsider art world. Along the way we’ll meet a few well known characters including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and some of the Surrealists.

Drawings by Madge Gill Courtesy of The College of Psychic Studies, London
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