The Blake Society

The Blake Society was founded In 1985 and champions the agency of William Blake in our culture. The Society commissioned a stone to be placed on William Blake’s unmarked grave in Bunhill Fields and is planning to create a memorial for Catherine Blake. It holds regular meetings (online and in real locations), organises Blakean events and publishes the annual journal, VALA. 

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VALA

VALA is a free online publication that celebrates William Blake’s art and legacy in exciting new ways. Members of The Blake Society receive a printed copy of the latest issue. The fourth issue of VALA was published on 28 November 2023 and features contributions from academics, writers, poets, artists, illustrators and more on the theme of ‘War and Peace’.

Bringing Catherine Out of the Shadows

For as long as I have been enamored with Blake’s work, I have held the view that Catherine was far more involved in the creative process than was generally known. Over the many decades that I taught Blake’s illuminated poetry to college students at Long Island University, I presented this idea, based on what I knew about the wives of artists…

William Blake: Visionary

Impressions of the exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, by Hugo Larman.
Now on show at the Getty Center in Los Angeles until 14 January 2024, William Blake: Visionary brings together a wealth of Blake’s prints and paintings from Tate Britain in London with works from American collections. Roughly sixty percent of the exhibits are from the Tate and forty percent from American collections…