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ARCANA is an exhibition of work inspired by and reinterpreting the traditional tarot deck taking place in London in April 2017
ARCANA is an exhibition of work inspired by and reinterpreting the traditional tarot deck taking place in London in April 2017
ARCANA is an exhibition of work inspired by and reinterpreting the traditional tarot deck taking place in London in April 2017
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ARCANA is an exhibition of work inspired by and reinterpreting the traditional tarot deck.
Whether we believe in tarot as a divination tool or not, it speaks to universal themes and archetypes, and channels our human desires for clarity and knowledge. The tarot cards can help us think through our situations and desires, opening out the subconscious.
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... 

Stickers! Designed by George Procter
Stickers! Designed by George Procter

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.

Original artwork by George Procter - available as 'The Lovers' reward
Original artwork by George Procter - available as 'The Lovers' reward

 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.

The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras
The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras

 

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.

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    The Fool

    The Fool is the beginning of the journey of the Major Arcana - help us take the first step out onto our adventures
    You'll receive our endless gratitude and love, and admission to the Private View at the Crypt Gallery on April 6th

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    The Magician

    The Magician masters all the elements and suits of the tarot with their skill, so as well as admission to our Private View, you'll receive a lovely a5 lino print - choose from sword, cup, pentacle or wand

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    The High Priestess

    The High Priestess is the most insightful and intellectual of the cards - for your generosity, you'll receive a copy of the special zine we're putting together, featuring creative writing as well as information about our artists

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    The Empress

    Empresses have lot to carry around, but need their hands free, so you'll receive a tote! A lovely, sturdy cotton tote printed with the four symbols of the Minor Arcana (sword, cup, wand and pentacle)
    *LIMITED EDITION of 100 totes*

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    The Wheel of Fortune

    When the Wheel of Fortune appears, it's a sure sign that things are changing and shifting. You can't fight the Wheel - it's constantly in motion, far beyond human power.
    Add this to any other reward and you will receive a three card tarot reading from Alice Procter.

    A tarot spread will never tell you what to do - it can only give you things to think about. It's contemplative, not instructive, and should be treated as such.

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    The Emperor

    Structure, order, all things as they should be... The Emperor knows a tote plus an a5 lino print (choose from sword, cup, wand or pentacle) makes for a perfect pair
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    The Hierophant

    The Hierophant understands things. They like completion and logic, so of course they get a full set of lino prints, containing the four symbols of the Minor Arcana - swords, cups, wands and pentacles

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    The Lovers

    Oh, The Lovers... How much do you love us? Choose this reward and we'll cherish you forever, and send you a Limited Edition a4 glicee print of an original digital drawing by George Procter for Arcana

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    The Chariot

    The Chariot is self assured, confident and successful. Choose this reward and Arcana artist Alice Edwards will make an a5 pencil portrait of you (or someone else worthy of celebration) - only ten available

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    The Hermit

    The Hermit tells us to look for guidance within, seek wisdom, and question the obvious. Choose this reward, and Alice Edwards will write a you fairytale (spectacular revelations not guaranteed, but it will certainly make you think)

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    Temperance

    Temperance is the card of perfect balance, deliberation and composure. So if you can't choose between a pencil portrait or an oil portrait, this reward will give you an oil sketch - halfway between the two.

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    Strength

    Patient, compassionate, but undeniably glorious - Strength is one of the most powerful cards in the Major Arcana. Choose this reward, and you'll receive an a5 portrait in oils of you or someone you choose - only five available

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