Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) was one of the first professional English artists to publicly embrace the occult and paranormal. 

Fêted by his contemporaries for his skill as a draughtsman, throughout a working life of more than fifty years, Spare never wavered from his vision of a world populated by spirits. 

In this fully illustrated lecture, the expression of Spare's interest in spirits and spiritualism will be traced throughout his life, work and friendships; from his early experiments with planchettes and automatism, c.1904–1910, to his later large pastel series, c. 1955, 'Ghosts I Have Seen'.

The College is delighted that Austin Osman Spare's work is featured in its summer exhibition, Strange Things Among Us.


This lecture will be recorded. A recording will be available to those who attend.


This talk will be live in our online classroom

All you need to take part is a good internet connection and a computer with a webcam, microphone and Zoom.

On booking this talk, you will receive an email with the Zoom link to access it. Remember to check your spam folder if you don't receive this confirmation email in your inbox.

Please send us a message if you have any questions. We hope you enjoy the talk!

About Robert Shehu-Ansell

Image of course leader Robert Shehu-Ansell Publisher and independent scholar, Robert Shehu-Ansell's field of expertise is the life and work of Austin Osman Spare. With Fulgur Press, he has represented the work of esoteric artists since 1992.
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