Inspired By Blake
The William Blake Festival, Oxford
16-31 January 2015
Follow this link to view the full Festival programme.
In January 2015, to coincide with the major exhibition, 'William Blake: Apprentice & Master', Blackwell's Bookshop and the Ashmolean present 'Inspired by Blake', a two-week William Blake Festival. The programme includes talks, panel discussions, musical and theatrical events, workshops, and community events, encompassing the art, poetry, philosophy and spirit of William Blake.
Introductory Exhibition talks: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30–4.15pm
Tours are free with price of admission and no booking is necessary.
Please meet in the Exhibition Shop on the Third Floor.
Entry to the exhibition is free for under-12s. Free family trails and activity sheets are available in the exhibition. Follow this link to find out more about a family visit to the museum, and see all of our family events.
Special Printing Demonstrations
On a 19th century printing press
With Professor Michael Phillips, exhibition curator
Join Professor Michael Phillips, guest curator of the exhibition, as he prints on a 19th-century printing press, demonstrating the different stages of the print process. Originally trained as a printmaker, Professor Phillips has a unique insight into William Blake’s printing techniques and has been researching and recreating Blake’s method of relief etched copper plates. Free with the price of exhibition admission and no additional booking is necessary.
William Blake Printmaking
With Kieran Stiles, artist
Friday 6 February, 10.30am–4pm
Learn about Blake's innovative relief printing techniques and study the practical craft of intaglio engraving on copper plates – a process Blake used for his illustrations to the Book of Job. The workshop also includes a study session in the Cast Gallery and a visit to the exhibition. Tickets £65/£60 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.
How to be an Illustrator
With Kerry Lemon, illustrator
Saturday 7 February, 10.30am–4pm
Contemporary artist and illustrator Kerry Lemon will show you how to create your own illustrations inspired by the works of Blake. You will be guided through the whole illustrative process, from the creation of ideas, to the drafting of roughs and thumbnail sketches, forming the final artwork and business and marketing tips. All abilities are welcome. This workshop includes a visit to the exhibition. Tickets £65/£60 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.
Towards a New Era in Printmaking: Innovation in the 18th Century
With Dr Ad Stijnman FRHistS, researcher
Friday 16 January, 2–3pm
Printmaking changed dramatically after 1700 with the introduction of new plate-making and plateprinting processes, coloured inks and state of the art print presses. Dr Stijnman looks at this era in which artists, printers, engravers and publishers produced work that astonished audiences. Tickets £5/£4 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.
Italian Old Master Prints Through the Eyes of Blake and his Friends
With Michael Bury, University of Edinburgh
Thursday 19 February, 2–3pm
In the late 18th-century, Blake and his contemporaries developed a distinctive approach to Italian Renaissance prints. They paid attention to printmakers whose work had been largely ignored or disparaged in the preceding years. This talk examines these artworks and identifies why Blake admired them so much. Tickets £5/£4 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.
Apprentice & Master: Conference
With the University of Oxford's Faculty of English and the Birkbeck Centre for 19th-century Studies
Saturday 24 January, 10am–6pm
Leading academics in the study of Blake will explore a variety of perspectives on the exhibition. The conference includes lunch and is followed by a reception and a private viewing of the exhibition. Tickets £35/£30 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book please visit please visit: www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk.
Saturdays 24 January and 21 February, 12.30–1.30pm & 2.30–3.30pm
Oxfordshire poets share new work written in response to the exhibition. Free with the price of admission.
In the Footsteps of Blake
With Nick Owen, poet
Saturday 28 February, 11am–12.30pm
The pairing together of poetry and illustration has never been as inspiring or revolutionary as that seen in the work of William Blake. With the digital tools we have today it is easier for us follow in his footsteps and connect writing with images. Poet Nick Owen will discuss these works of art and encourage you to make your own illustrated poetry. Tickets £5/£4 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.