Happy New Year!
We’re pleased and proud to announce that Dennis McKenna has generously agreed to become a Patron of the Psychedelic Museum! As I’m sure you probably know Dennis is a respected ethnopharmacologist, author, lecturer and all-round great guy. He is Assistant Professor at the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota.
‘The psychedelic museum is an important and timely venture, and one I’m very pleased to support. Giving people the chance to understand the depth of psychedelic history; from its ancient roots to its modern forms is essential both to help us celebrate the value of the psychedelic state and to find ways we can go beyond the story of prohibition. Encountering this history not only in writing but through cultural artifacts helps bring these stories to life. This is a grassroots project with many people contributing items for exhibition from Britain, Europe and the USA. The current program of pop-up events in London is just the beginning and I’d encourage others to get involved with this wonderful project.’
Meanwhile, the next exhibition by the Psychedelic Museum is in preparation: Alice’s Adventures in Underground Culture. This event on the 1st February marks the opening of a three-day exhibition at the Horse Hospital gallery, London (which runs 2nd-4th February, open noon til 6pm, free entry) featuring John Coulthart’s psychedelia-themed ‘Alice’ artwork, printed for the first time as (drug-free) blotter art. John’s depictions of the twelve chapters of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ view the 1860s through the iridescent lens of the 1960s; Victoriana refracted through a psychedelic prism!
Following the launch of the museum at Halloween last year we have been approached by several collectors of psychedelic artefacts. This included two generous people in the West Country who just happened to have items that show how the Alice story has been incorporated into psychedelic culture. These curious objects will be on display at The Horse Hospital, but we know there is more out there, so if you have flyers from Wonderland themed club nights or anything else that could be shared at this exhibition, please get in touch.
We are also very pleased to announce that the lovely Sophia Satchell-Baeza will be a member of the panel. As an authority on 1960s psychedelic cinema, and the representation of Alice in Jonathan Miller’s TV film (1966), she will undoubtedly enrich the material under discussion
Nikki Wyrd will now facilitate the Q & A session after the main discussion, as well as manning the Psychedelic Museum’s display table
We’re also beginning preparations for our exhibition at Breaking Convention 2017. BC is of course the Mother of all psychedelic conferences, 3 days, over 800 attendees, 4 tracks of speakers, as well as workshops, art, films and much more. For details stay tuned to the Breaking Convention Facebook page.
More exciting news about the museum project will be coming soon. In the meantime if you want to be more closely involved in this project please contact us, and if you are able please consider making a donation to the cause. Thank you! 😀