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Sweet Meats by Isobel Wohl 29th March 4-9pm


I am really looking forward to an important Art installation for Lent by Isobel Wohl in St Mary Aldermary, details below:

Isobel Wohl
St Mary Aldermary
Saturday 29 March 4-9 pm

When we slice into an orange we realize something we often forget: that on every Tesco shelf is an object capable of capturing our senses if only we take the time to engage. Through painting and text, Isobel Wohl draws attention to the physicality of overlooked objects of consumption.

Isobel Wohl was born in New York City in 1986. Her work evokes the kinship between the figure and the object and questions dynamics of sex and power. For more details on Isobel’s work click here.



POSTED 24.03.14 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Sweet Meats by Isobel Wohl 29th March 4-9pm

Even the rain

This amazing film is out next Friday. Gabriel Garcia Bernal plays a film director trying to portray the injustices commited by Christopher Columbus, but blind to the same injustices blowing up around him and his crew in what fast becomes the now infamous Water War in Bolivia of 2000.

A preview screening is happening at the Venezualan Embassy this Wednesday at 7.30 – near Goodge St – tickets are a tenner or £8 concessions. Anyone want to come? I’ve just seen it but it’s so phenomenal I’m very up for going again. Get in touch with me or leave a comment here.

POSTED 11.05.12 BY: Moot Archive | Comments (1)

Advent paintings by Michael L Radcliffe prints available

As some will know, Mike’s big picture of the world like a football smashed in the exhibition before Christmas.  So to cover the costs (Moot is raising money to cover the costs of reframing the picture that smashed), we are offering against donation copies of Mike’s prints and those we have mounted on white board.  Note: This offer is not available for the two actual paintings in the exhibition if interested in buying these, please contact Mike direct.    Please see below images that are available in print form.  If interested in having one of these – those which donations are received with be reserved.  First come first served. After you have clicked the cost link you will go through to our paypal page where you can pay by paypal, debit or credit card.  IN THE BOX THAT SAYS PURPOSE PLEASE ADD WHICH PICTURE AND SIZE YOU WANT AS BELOW.

1. Ronnie Baby line drawing. We have one mounted version in A3 – to see image click here.   To make a donation towards the cost.

2. Oh God. We have one mounted version A3, 3xA3 and 1xA4 print unmounted – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

3. Womens face spray painting photo. We have one for mounted A3 and one unmounted version – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

4. Aw.  We have one mounted A3 version 1 unmounted A3 version – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

5. Messiah.  We have 2x A3 unmounted versions – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

6. Junia.  We have 1xA3 mounted and 1xA3 unmounted versions – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

7. Mary figure – We have 1xA3 mounted and 3xA3 unmounted versions – to see image click here. To make a donation towards the cost.

POSTED 09.01.12 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Advent paintings by Michael L Radcliffe prints available

Expressing the essence through art

At Christmas time this year, I had the good fortune to be able to catch up with family on boxing day. As part of this I went with My Uncle Geoff, Geoff Plant which some of you mooters know, to see his art studio and some of recent paintings.

Whilst we were there, my Uncle expressed his frustration with some of his art.  He knew he could draw people, but wanted to get beyond the construction and technical bits of art, to be able to express the essence by getting beyond his own limitations.  It struck me that this is the same process as meditation and prayer, about getting beyond the self by using some form of method of prayer and meditation, to be able to reach beyond yourself to be able to encounter the essence which is God.

When I did my MA, one of the courses I completed was on art, literature and a theology of the imagination.  This basically traced the theme of creativity and imagination as the sphere for encountering the Holy Spirit, as the medium when the human and the divine encounter in the I-Thou relationship – whether this was intentional or not.  I have always seen prayer and meditation as an expression of this, as it requires you to get beyond your thinking and your feeling to be able to see beyond the self.   I have never thought that art and the process of making art, as a similar process.

Although we came from completely different places, this desire to express the essence was an important shared moment.  I was able to say that for this reaching beyond and expression of essence was a a form of prayer, an essence outside of our self-preoccupation and self-deceptions.  For me prayer is hard work, just as art is hard work, but both are an essential expression of the spiritual path of seeking to reach out to the essence beyond, seeking the divine.

POSTED 30.12.11 BY: ianmobsby | Comments (3)

Art: Surround Me

As I walked up Lombard Street towards the London Centre for Spirituality today after our Moot Eleven O’clock and Baptism service, I could hear the sounds of angels singing.  Thinking that I either needed medication or that I was missing something, I realised that the music was coming from around Change Alley, the original site in medieval times of what was called ‘The Kingdom of Change Alley’ of money lenders that eventually led to the Stock Market and Royal Exchange in the City of London.

Anyway, to my great pleasure, the music is part of a street-artsscape project called ‘Surround Me’ which aims to bring artistic  life back into the City which is eerily quiet on Sundays.  The silence of the City has inspired artist Susan Philipsz’s first commission in the capital.  Her unaccompanied voice resonates through the empty streets around the Bank of England and medieval alleyways and along the banks of the River Thames.  ‘Surround Me’ embraces the vocal traditions of the City of London connecting themes of love and loss with those of fluidity, circulation and immersion, the flood of tears, to convey a poignant sense of absence and loss in the contemporary City of London.   I really liked this street art event, I think it connects with what I think many of us are feeling at the moment, a sense of lament and loss.

POSTED 24.10.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments (1)

Metaphor and contemporary culture

For me, Barry Taylor is an interesting fusion of theologian, cultural observer and artist.  His blog is an interest source for cultural reflection.  He has posted a short entry exploring how metaphor has changed in contemporary culture, to read the blog entry, click here

POSTED 14.04.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Metaphor and contemporary culture

Wild Wednesday Events from April to August 2010

Spring is nearly here at last, so we have started to think about some interesting social and artistic events for Wednesday evening gatherings from April to August. We have a mix of socials, arts and discussion for you, including an exclusive private view of a Wall Space event in July. Details below:

Weds 7th April

Art Exhibition at Camden Art Centre, 7.35pm

Map, Info

Tubes: West Hampstead and Finchley Road

Weds 5th May

Drink in a bar on a boat by the Tower of London, 7.35pm

Map, 10mins walk from St Mary Woolnoth

Tubes: Monument and Tower Hill

Weds 2nd June

Discussion with Jonathan Bartley, Director of Ekklesia on the theme of the place of a politics of subversion in the Christian Church.

Venue: St Mary Woolnoth, 7.35pm

Weds 7th July

Private View at Wall Space, with refreshments with a tour led by the Director Meryl Doney from 7.35pm

Tubes: Liverpool Street and Moorgate


Places for Mooters and Moot Friends are Free, but we request that you sign up for a free place, numbers are limited. Please book places by following the link here.

Weds 4th Aug

Gathering by the river for a drink, this time on the Southside of the river, 7.35pm

Venue: Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London SE1 7TP


Some of us will be getting the 344 bus from The City direct to the boat.

For further information on these events, please click here. The private viewing at Wall Space on 7 July requires people to register. To do so, please click here.

POSTED 05.03.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Wild Wednesday Events from April to August 2010

Ecstasy through asceticism

One of Switzerland’s most creative jazz pianists, Nik Bärtsch, together with the group he leads, RONIN, will be performing on March 12 at the ICA in London.
Beyond my personal enthusiasm (that’s a euphemism) for this group, there is actually a reason for me to post this here: their approach to jazz is deeply meditative. They call this zen-funk. (Click here for free tracks: )
Perhaps you need to like (ECM) jazz quite a lot, but I have personally found myself in an medidative/ecstatic state every time I’ve been to one of their concerts. I can only recommend…
by Nic.

POSTED 24.02.10 BY: ianmobsby | Comments (1)

The Impossible Hamster Club

The Impossible Hamster Club

POSTED 27.01.10 BY: paulabbott | Comments (7)

Total hospitality, liturgy, and transgenderism

As we struggle with living out the Gospel message

to love you and our neighbour

forgive us when we fail your children

in whatever body they are clothed.

(from Moot little service liturgy on the theme of Hospitality)

Today i found myself, as usual, in a Moot service. This is a pretty normal Sunday evening activity for me now. I have come to love the profound acceptance of humanity that is often shared in a space created by members of our community. Today’s little service was based on the theme of Hospitality. I’m not often moved by liturgy. In fact my general impression has always been that liturgy is there for those who can’t handle the risk of getting to the core of who we are as people…that it offers a way out of being honest. That’s just my stupid arrogance coming through. But today’s liturgy had followed on form an afternoon event that I’m sure will stick with me.
A friend had offered to take me to a caberet club he often visits with his boyfriend. It’s not something i would usually do with my Sunday afternoons. Soho has always been kept for birthday parties on Saturday nights that i would more often than not wish to forget. Dean street at 3pm on a Sunday has a slightly different feeling though.
We were there to see the drag act who arrived on stage an hour late. Most in the audience were regulars. Being new to the venue, i was keeping a watchful eye of the other visitors. One lady in particular caught my eye: at about 4’5inches high she wore a large black adidas anorak which was worn from the elements. Her hair, unwashed was less ‘presentable’ than most other cuts in the room.
I remarked to my friend about the smell of hairspray that made me cough as our glamourous and tall afternoon entertainment passed by me down the aisle and made for the stage. There a giant bouquet of flowers and red velvet curtain met her predictable black sequin dress on stage. I antcipated a long string of innuendoes and smutty jokes. Instead our entertainer (whose name i forget) got down off the stage and made a b-line for the lady in the anorak. She lent over and gave her a huge hug followed by a kiss on the cheek.
Anorak lady’s face glowed up to show a smile missing many of the front teeth. Her day had been made. The lady at the bar with nobody to talk to, met with warm acceptance from on high. The atmosphere in the room was converted from generic entertainment venue to a place of hospitality and dramatic acceptance.
What struck me today was the love shown from one marginalised soul to another. The liturgy at moot helped me to look a myself, at the places i have ignored my own neighbour and reflect on the examples of love in our city.
God, help me to remember the subversive language of your love. Forgive me for turning my back on my brothers and sisters because of fear, mistrust and busyness.

POSTED 06.12.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (3)