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The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

HOUR, a film about contemplation by visual artist Tim Wainwright and composer Chris Letcher, premiered at St Mary Woolnoth on 23rd June as part of the City of London Festival. It will be shown here at the Centre Bookshop until the end of the festival on 24th August.

Using still photographic images, sound and music, Wainwright and Letcher explore the process of contemplation, and how it can be seen to unite and transcend the disparate cities, cultures and religions along the ’60 degrees north’ line of latitude, the theme of this year’s festival.

defining contemplation as a way of looking inward, that complements rational and irrational thought processes enabling us to make sense of our world and ourselves, the artists consider the relationship between the body and the mind, the conscious and unconscious, and ultimately between the visual and the sonic.


POSTED 02.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

HOUR, a film about contemplation by visual artist Tim Wainwright and composer Chris Letcher, premiered at St Mary Woolnoth on 23rd June as part of the City of London Festival. It is now being shown here at the Centre Bookshop until the end of the festival on the 24th August.

Using photographic images, sound and music, Wainwright and Letcher explore the process of contemplation, and how it can be seen to unite and transcend the disparate cities, cultures and religions along the ’60 degrees north’ line of latitude, the theme of this year’s festival.

Defining Contemplation as a way of looking inward, that complements rational and irrational thought processes enabling us to make sense of our world and ourselves, the artists consider the relationship between the body and the mind, the conscious and unconscious, and ultimately between the visual and the sonic. Both artists live and work in London.

POSTED 02.06.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

The Art of Contemplation – 50 Degrees North | Art Installation at the Spirituality Centre

HOUR, a film about contemplation by visual artist Tim Wainwright and composer Chris Letcher, premiered at St Mary Woolnoth on 23rd June as part of the City of London Festival. It is now being shown here at the Centre Bookshop until the end of the festival on the 24th August.

Using photographic images, sound and music, Wainwright and Letcher explore the process of contemplation, and how it can be seen to unite and transcend the disparate cities, cultures and religions along the ’60 degrees north’ line of latitude, the theme of this year’s festival.

Defining Contemplation as a way of looking inward, that complements rational and irrational thought processes enabling us to make sense of our world and ourselves, the artists consider the relationship between the body and the mind, the conscious and unconscious, and ultimately between the visual and the sonic. Both artists live and work in London.

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A Girl and a Box

This is a recording of Mooter David Harris’s design for his dance show for his Wimbledon Art School course. There is something beautiful and mystical about the interaction between the box and the girl, where the box starts out being a rigid structure and then becomes dynamic and relational. This can be interpreted in many different ways…. but I like the emphasis on the relational.

POSTED 18.05.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

Drawing classes in the Spirituality Centre Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm

Charlie Cobb, the artist in residence at the Spirituality Centre & St Mary Woolnoth is putting on drawing classes on Tuesdays in the Spirituality Centre at 6.30pm – 8.30pm from the 20th Jan.

So if you are interested in learning to draw for £15 all in, come along.  No experience needed.

For more information email Charlie from the link to the website here The Spirituality Centre is where Moot meets on Weds evenings.  Want directions click here

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We’ve gone beyond "Beyond The Wilderness"

Setting down

Well, there it was gone.

Beyond The Wilderness is officially over.

In that time, we’ve had poets, priests and politicians, artists, podcasts, lent courses, comedians, singers, songwriters, and did I mention poets? And actors, schoolchildren, photographers, sculptures, video artists, bassists, and much, much more.

If you missed any of it, then you can check out the Flickr photo pool here, where various people have uploaded their photos of the event (and will probably continue to do so over the next couple of days.

We hoped you enjoyed the cabaret last night. Many, many thanks to all the wonderful acts from last night. I realise that in my desire to save some surprises, I didn’t big-up the absolutely hilarious Mowten, or the multi-talented Peter Thomas any where near enough. Both of whom were excellent.

Mowten’s myspace page can be found here, and is well worth a visit. If you didn’t catch him last night, you can find out where he’s next due to perform there.

Although Peter Thomas sang for us accompanied solely by Acoustic guitar last night, he also wears another hat as an actor…

So if you bought a ticket for an event, or a book, or a CD, or a painting, or if you just came and said “hello”, then thank you so much for stopping by, and God bless you.

As we disappear leaving a trail of dust and tumbleweed behind us, remember we’re still here, meeting every week in Central London, so do drop by.

..and also remember – Beyond The Wilderness won’t be the last – you’ll see more from us soon…

[UPDATE: Steve Lawson, the solo bass player has blogged us here. Thanks for bigging us up!]

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POSTED 22.02.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (3)

We've gone beyond "Beyond The Wilderness"

Setting down

Well, there it was gone.

Beyond The Wilderness is officially over.

In that time, we’ve had poets, priests and politicians, artists, podcasts, lent courses, comedians, singers, songwriters, and did I mention poets? And actors, schoolchildren, photographers, sculptures, video artists, bassists, and much, much more.

If you missed any of it, then you can check out the Flickr photo pool here, where various people have uploaded their photos of the event (and will probably continue to do so over the next couple of days.

We hoped you enjoyed the cabaret last night. Many, many thanks to all the wonderful acts from last night. I realise that in my desire to save some surprises, I didn’t big-up the absolutely hilarious Mowten, or the multi-talented Peter Thomas any where near enough. Both of whom were excellent.

Mowten’s myspace page can be found here, and is well worth a visit. If you didn’t catch him last night, you can find out where he’s next due to perform there.

Although Peter Thomas sang for us accompanied solely by Acoustic guitar last night, he also wears another hat as an actor…

So if you bought a ticket for an event, or a book, or a CD, or a painting, or if you just came and said “hello”, then thank you so much for stopping by, and God bless you.

As we disappear leaving a trail of dust and tumbleweed behind us, remember we’re still here, meeting every week in Central London, so do drop by.

..and also remember – Beyond The Wilderness won’t be the last – you’ll see more from us soon…

[UPDATE: Steve Lawson, the solo bass player has blogged us here. Thanks for bigging us up!]

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POSTED 22.02.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (3)

Beyond The Wilderness Cabaret

Lenten journeys

Tonight is the final, closing event for Beyond The Wilderness. It’s the Cabaret.

Those of you who have been with moot for a while will know that these are great events, with quality poets, musicians and story-tellers performing. It really worth the £3 entry fee – a bargain by any measure.

The acts tonight include some old and some new.

Your host for the evening will be the lovely Jude Adam. The artist formerly known as Showbiz Jude, and now sometime Crazy Jude the producer will be guiding you through the evening’s smorgasbord of entertainment.

Returning for a repeat performance is Steve Lawson, who has a blog, a myspace page, and several youTube videos. Steve plays solo bass, and his music varies from 70’s theme-tune funky to ambient techno. I don’t know what this means, but all I can tell you is that last time he played we were all suitably amazed and soothed by his expertly crafted music.

By popular demand, we also have the return of the lovely Sarah de Nordwall. Sarah is the most amazing performance poet, who holds the whole room spellbound with her expertly delivered vignettes. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and ponder. Sometimes all at once.

Also performing will be Bart Wolffe, delivering his rumbling cadences of poetry with all of his 6ft frame. If you want to buy any of his poetry in book form, you can do so here. We don’t as yet know if he will be bringing his sidekick Frickey the flea, so be warned.


And we will also be graced with the prescence of Foreign Slippers, an acoustic act whose recent album “Oh death” boasts haunting delivery and beautiful melodies that will transport you to another place entirely. They too have a myspace page here, to give you an idea of what to expect.

The new (to moot cabaret) acts are of equal caliber.

Sheena Holland plays acoustic guitar and sings her and other songs. She has just released another CD in collaboration with the French rapper Whity, which you can also sample here, to get a flavour of tonight.

The last two acts are Mowtem (comedian) and Peter Thomas, an actor and regular mooter.

There are lots of things I could tell you about these last two acts, but in true Beyond The Wilderness style, if I gave away too much you wouldn’t come tonight! Trust me, we’re saving the best for this evening…..

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POSTED 21.02.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

Lent Course Pt. 2

Lent Course Pt. 1

Following on from last week’s Lent Course, the second part will happen at the SW1 Gallery on Wednesday night (tomorrow, 20th February) at 7pm.

Last week we had a chance to hear Rev. Nick Papadopulos from St. Peter’s Eaton Square talking about the nature of trust, follow by some interesting small-group discussions on that subject.

This week its the turn of our very own Ian Mobsby. The courses really are very good – a mixture of all different ages, sharing together, ending with a simple compline.

It helps us to cater for numbers if you let us know that you’re coming, so if you think you’re going to be there, then let us know here.

Otherwise, we’ll see you at the Cabaret.

Today has been a very good day at the Beyond The Wilderness – including an invasion of 60 lads from Greg’s old school, who seemed to enjoy the works…

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Beyond The Wilderness – too busy to blog..!

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It’s been a little hectic at Beyond The Wilderness for the past two days. Today, myself, Sarah de Nordwall and Bart Wolffe ran a poetry workshop. It was a great day – everyone who was there learnt a great deal – not least the poets running the workshop!

The seminar consisted of an in depth discussion of how people through church history have shown their spirituality through poetry, plus a deep discussion of personal and spiritual journeys as they manifest in the authors’ creations – all rounded off with an exploration of iambic pentameters, sonnets and villanelles.

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…and yesterday we had a busy day with no less than three groups of school children from local schools lead by both Trine Jørgenson and Phil Medley. I was (quite rightly) not allowed to photograph the school children, as I didn’t have clearance to do so. But for your delectation below are the smiling faces of Phil and Trine.

Don’t forget – the show’s not over yet. We still have part 2 of the Lent Course to come, lead by Peter Hyson this time on Wednesday. You can still go and wander round the show and take the lenten journey through the works, which I would recommend as a great spiritual reflection to help you think about Lent.

And finally, of course we have the cabaret on Thursday night – our closing event. Tickets for the cabaret are £3 per person. As many of you will know from the previous cabaret, we have good quality acts, and the entry fee is a bargain. You won’t be disappointed. Although the gallery is closed on Sunday & Monday we look forward to seeing you over the next few days – open from Tuesday through to Thursday night.

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POSTED 16.02.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)