On Friday 17 August Pete Clarke and Georg Gartz will present the results of their week working collaboratively in Barmouth and the surrounding landscape. They arrived in the area on 11th August. There is a video below of them talking about their practice and what they will be doing. The evening presentation will start at 7:30pm all welcome. Read more about the collaboration of these two artists here.
We are honoured to be able to offer talks on two fascinating topics this August by award winning writer, Jim Perrin.
About Jim Perrin
Jim Perrin is a mountaineering, travel and outdoor writer, and in his youth was an accomplished rock-climber. He writes the Country Diary for the Guardian. His book ‘Shipton and Tilman: The Great Decade of Himalayan Mountaineering‘ won the Kekoo Naoroji Prize for Himalayan Literature in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
An exploration of the friendship and literary legacy of the Himalayan Mountain pioneers Eric Shipton and H.W. Tilman – Thursday 16th August
This lecture will examine the fascinating story of the friendship between the 1930’s Himalayan mountain explorers, Eric Shipton and H.W.Tilman and the importance of their literary legacy.
The lecturer’s award winning book on this subject illuminates the character of these intriguing individuals and their writings along with detail of this exciting decade of Himalayan exploration.
H. W. Tilman lived near Barmouth for many years until his death in 1977. He is revered for his mountaineering and sailing achievements and his record in both world wars.
Thoreau – prophet for planetary survival – Thursday 23rd August
One of the great figures of American literature, Henry David Thoreau’s reputation and popularity have grown immeasurably over the last century. He is recognised as finest of all writers on nature, and his ecological awareness is of enormous and growing influence. Jim Perrin, himself a nature writer and the Guardian’s country diarist for Wales, looks at Thoreau’s writings and his exemplary life.
About the Venue
These lectures are free to attend, but we would be grateful for any donations for the running of the gallery (suggested amount £2). This is a new kind of venture for our small venue. We do not know how many people will attend and seats may be limited. Please email ahead to reserve seats – email@example.com. Both lectures start at 7:30pm.
Avon Athens will be speaking on 4 consecutive Thursdays in July on the following topics under the overall heading “Towards a synthesis of philosophy, theology and psychology“:
The existential question: What is the meaning of life? – 5 July
Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam – 12 July
Hindu philosophy: Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra – 19 July
Transpersonal psychology: The modern study of spirituality – 26 July
Each talk is free to attend and starts at 7:30pm.
These presentations will review aspects of the Western tradition (the Abrahamic religions and the esoteric doctrines connected therewith), the Eastern tradition (Hindu philosophy and Yoga), Western philosophy both ancient and modern, and transpersonal psychology as a modern development.
These academically distinct areas share common ground and principles which only come to light when they are studied in combination. The general directive for this program is to explore these commonalities, to investigate various mysteries and enigmas of traditional teachings by cross referencing the systems with each other, and to relate the understanding thus gained to the problems of life in the modern world.
This work is the outcome of more than a decade of study, introspection and contemplation.The approach is original and uncovers various principles that are rarely explained clearly in the open literature. The content is not just of academic interest but also of practical relevance to anyone on the path of Self-realization.
Biography of the speaker
Growing up in the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s exposed Avon to spiritual and new age ideas during his adolescent years. Around his 20th birthday, he had an experience of cosmic consciousness facilitated by an entheogen. This life-changing event was a direct personal experience of the numinous realms that marked the beginning of Avon’s spiritual quest. In the course of the next few years, he spent time in India, started reading books on Hermetic philosophy and Theosophy, had a brief encounter with Scientology, and practised Transcendental Meditation.
Missing out on secondary school, Avon lacked formal qualifications and career prospects so began to study for O-levels at the age of 25. The plan at the time was to train as a practitioner of complementary medicine but while attending college, he discovered a talent for science which took him in a different direction. He later took A-levels then went on to study astronomy, mathematics and physics at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1994 at the age of 35.
Avon found his first professional job in 1999 soon after studying for an MSc in signal processing. He worked as a research scientist at QinetiQ, a defence and security research organization. This was a learning experience for a few years but ultimately led to a point where Avon felt the need to take his career in a new direction away from the professional and corporate world.
Avon took voluntary redundancy from QinetiQ in 2009 to conduct independent research into philosophy, science and transpersonal psychology. This was also a time for exploring “postmodern counterculture” which deals with subjects like near death experiences (NDEs), out of body experiences (OBEs), UFOs, geopolitics and the deep state which receive little attention in academia or the mainstream media.
Avon completed a second MSc in 2015 and continues with independent research as a main activity. He is currently developing a website to present his work.
St John’s Hall Gallery is delighted to be showing a very unusual exhibition of 3 dimensional holographic images by artist Patrick Boyd as the first exhibition in our Spring/Summer season. This work is an interesting fusion of science and art.
If you are free, please come to the preview event at 7:30pm on Monday 2nd April (Easter Monday). Patrick will give a short talk about the process and there will be wine and live acoustic music.
The exhibition is showing from Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 28th April – 11am to 4:30pm each day, except closed on Mondays.
Update 23/7/17: A fourth talk has been added to the programme on 3rd August
Jasper Elgood has given philosophical talks at the gallery for a few years now in July. This year there will be three four talks. The topics are ‘Mysticism and Class‘ on 13th July, ‘Continuity‘ on 20th July and ‘Environmental Ethics: I’ll fault s’abêtir‘ on 27th July and ‘Mysticism and Class part 2: The politics of the contemplative life’ on 3 August. The talks start at 7:30pm. All welcome. No charge.
For a taste of previous talks, there are some recordings from 2015 in this post.
As part of the varied programme of events and activities at the Gallery, Jasper Elgood spoke on four consecutive Thursdays (17th July – 7th August 2014) about his own experiences and philosophical topics. Recordings of these are indicated below.
The Inner Structure of Amazement – the truth of feeling and the feeling of truth
Sacrifice, the Ancient Ritual and the roots of meaning