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Austin Osman Spare: Cartographer of the Unknown
An introduction to his life and work by Geraldine Beskin
Filmed in 2020, this insightful talk about mediumistic artist Austin Osman Spare by social historian Geraldine Beskin was part of a series of events inspired by our exhibition Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist as Medium, on show currently at its final touring destination Millennium Gallery, Sheffield until 26 June 2022.
Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist as Medium is a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, developed in partnership with Drawing Room, London, and curated by Lars Bang Larsen, Simon Grant and Marco Pasi. Touring to Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, it will open at its final destination Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 31 March – 26 June 2022.
Geraldine Beskin is an a social historian and international speaker on esotericism, bringing important occult characters and places to life with her biographical talks. As co-owner of The Atlantis Bookshop with her daughter Bali, she has had a life-long interest in all things magical ever since seeing Gerald Gardner ascend from the depths of the Shop after one of his regular meetings held there. She is also a contributor to many esoteric books and publications and has a deeply-held passion for Austin Osman Spare, the famous artist who worked for a time with Aleister Crowley, ever since finding her first two paintings by him whilst working at The Atlantis Bookshop. At the present time, her esoteric and historical research for future articles and books takes her far and wide across the UK and overseas.