They are a tool we use to tell ourselves stories, and to unravel those around us: the Major Arcana in particular represent life events, characters and experiences that we all encounter.
In turbulent times, these artists are all looking to the arcane for clarity.
Arcana will take place at The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA
Private view 6.4.17, 6-9pm
General opening 7.4.17 - 10.4.17, 11am-4pm
More details here
UPDATE - Arcana is fully funded!
We made it! £1,424 and counting...
We aren't done yet, though. This budget was always tight, and it feels a little like there's a new surprise cost every day.
£1,400 was the absolute minimum that would allow us to put on Arcana. Our dream goal is £1,800, and the more we get the more we can spend on making this show as brilliant as I know it can be.
If we meet this target, we'll add stickers to any rewards above £10 (that's The Empress and beyond). Lovely, luscious, die-cut vinyl stickers...
This Kickstarter will help us meet the costs of hiring a gallery, installing the show, promoting the exhibition, hosting a private view and printing zines. We aren't trying to make a profit, just cover our costs and support our artists.
I (Alice) am organising Arcana to showcase the frankly incredible work of the artists I know, and to start a conversation about how we think through the mystical and arcane. Tarot and witchcraft are undoubtedly having a cultural moment - why? With so much uncertainty and political turmoil, it makes sense to look beyond the obvious.
The Crypt Gallery is a fantastic and strange space in Euston, London. There's nowhere more perfect for an exhibition like this one, but unusual spaces require careful handling and special hanging equipment, additional lighting and technical gear. Everything adds up, and even calling in as many favours as possible, we will inevitably have expenses to make Arcana as brilliant as it can be.
Risks and challenges
Our greatest risk is that we might not meet our funding target. Without that, we can't pay for the gallery, and that means no show.
I've organised three exhibitions before - one involving a lit brazier and artworks made to be destroyed - so I am very familiar with the challenges of coordinating artists and curating a show.
Our artists work in a fantastic variety of forms - film, performance, installation, photography, and painting - all of which require very specific handling in a space as unusual as the Crypt Gallery.
We've allowed plenty of time for installation, and have a delightful team of friends ready to help us out.
The money we raise is all going straight into the exhibition. We're doing this on a shoestring budget, and I've called in every favour I possibly can. We know that Arcana will be worth every penny - hopefully, you can see that too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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