The Marks We Leave: Devotion, Damage and Debauchery in Sacred Spaces

Being Human Café in Bristol to discuss the use of spiritual spaces – both natural and constructed – throughout history.

Date and time

Sat, 12 November 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 GMT


The Old Fish Market, Bristol 59-63 Baldwin Street Bristol BS1 1QZ

Register for free here:

“This café will start with a discussion of how spiritual interactions with physical spaces clash with our expectations of those spaces, followed by a group Q&A involving the audience.

This discussion will cover graffiti in churches, rubbish at Stonehenge, whether vampires can really enter churches, and more! During the café, we’ll think about how we use spiritual spaces, and what the boundary is between the sacred and the mundane in the past and in the present.

This promises to be a fascinating event for those who are interested in church history, environmental issues, and heritage!”

Curating Magic, British Art Network

The organisers for this event are currently inviting calls for papers.

Seminar exploring magic as content, theory and/or practice in exhibition making Saturday, 29th October 2022 | day-time BST (online)

Magic ‘… the means of approaching the unknown by other ways than those of science or religion.’ (Max Ernst, 1946)

“Inspired by exhibitions such as The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art (Tate St Ives, 2009/2010), Enchanted Modernities: Mysticism, Landscape, and the American West (Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, 2014), Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft (Ashmolean, 2018/2019) and most recently Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity (Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museum Barberini, 2022), as well as recent publications including Magic, the latest of the Whitechapel’s Documents of Contemporary Art (2021, edited by Jamie Sutcliffe), this call for papers encourages research on the ways in which magical thought and practice are central to art and culture. It considers how magic’s continued importance as counter-cultural force and epistemological strategy might be reflected in art, art history and curation, and hopes to reappraise how occultism and magic might be reflected not only in the content of an exhibition but how they might, in turn, inform curatorial practice itself.

This seminar is organised by Helen Bremm (Doctoral researcher, University of Cambridge), Tor Scott (Collection & Research Assistant, National Galleries of Scotland) and Emma Sharples (AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral researcher with Tate and the University of Cambridge)”