Preview: 15th October (7-9pm)
Open Weekdays from 9am - 5pm, Weekend viewings by appointment
Temple of the Occult is an installation type curatorial project which aims to explore artwork inspired by occult traditions. The exhibition takes the form of the interior of an imagined temple, becoming an installation made from the work of many artists. The exhibition itself is also a functioning shrine, containing religious truths concealed within its composition. In the Temple of the Occult these veiled truths start to bleed into the fabric of contemporary culture, albeit clothed in allegory and disguised by symbol.
Of great historical significance is the artist Austin Osman Spare, represented in this exhibition by a print of Stele of the Zos Kia Cultus. Spare was an extremely prolific artist, occultist, and writer of the mid 20th Century whose work (pictured left), is of essential significance to contemporary Occultism. Spare’s Zos Kia Cultus was a personal magico-religious philosophy which he devoted his life to developing.
Temple of the Occult draws together occult artists from a various sources, several found through secretive occult Orders, others from their practice and involvement in contemporary exhibitions and events. Most of the artists in this exhibition are practising occultists, some of whom occupy leading positions in their respective Orders and have been initiated into the higher mysteries of their organisations.