The Freud Museum


5 June 2018 - 3 July 2018
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

On Loss and Creativity

Breathe - Talks Series

The idea of a work of art as working over and elaborating painful experiences has been explored by both artists and psychoanalysts. The conversion of the raw material of sensory and emotional experience into a symbolic communicable form, in effect making the unconscious conscious, is at the heart of artistic creation. Grief and the process of establishing a memory of the lost person, creating an internal presence, can be viewed as a creative response to bereavement. The artist's capacity to face damage, pain and trauma and to express this in their art provides reassurance to the audience that such states, and equivalent ones of their own, can be mastered and overcome. This series of lectures and conversations will explore these themes from the viewpoints of both practising psychoanalysts and practising artists and writers.

The series will be chaired by Jon Stokes, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Senior Fellow Oxford University; former Chair, Adult Department Tavistock Clinic.

Tuesday 5 June 2018, 7pm

‘Two Artists and Traumatic Loss’

Caroline Garland – Psychoanalyst and curator of Breathe. Author of ‘Understanding Trauma’

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Tuesday 12 June 2018, 7pm

'I saw the Spring Return: on Wordsworth and Loss'

Ronald Britton – Psychoanalyst and author of ‘Belief and Imagination’

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Tuesday 26 June 2018, 7pm

'‘Avoiding the Object’

Cornelia Parker, O.B.E. – Artist, Royal Academician, Royal Academy of Arts

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Tuesday 3 July 2018, 7pm

‘Endings, Loss and Grief’

Julian Barnes – Winner of 2011 Man Booker Prize and author of ‘Nothing to Be Frightened Of’ - in conversation with Jon Stokes.

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