William Blake: Artist of Visions or Visionary Artist

“All my visions appear to me infinitely more perfect and more organised than anything seen by the mortal eye.” (William Blake)

Blake’s visions have long been a topic of debate by scholars, artists and poets; and now, in this age of neuroscientific advancement, they are being considered by psychologists too.

AXNS Collective joined in collaboration with Blackwells to present a panel of artists, neuroscientists and philosophers investigate the work of William Blake. Together we asked how useful is it to look at Blake’s visions through Psychology and does it reduce his artistic agency? Were Blake’s visions purely visual, or expressions of a wider political agenda?

Part of the Inspired by Blake festival, a two-week William Blake Festival from Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum celebrating the visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon complementing the Ashmolean’s exhibition, “William Blake: Apprentice and Master“, which runs until 1st March 2015.


Professor Glyn Humphries
Watts professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford.

Professor Christopher Rowland
Dean Ireland’s Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture at Queens College Oxford

DH Maitreyabandhu
Buddhist poet, winner of the Keats-Shelley prize, Basil Bunting Award, and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize

Lucy Kellett
Post doctorate student specialising in the work of William Blake.

Chair: David Worrall
Emeritus Professor of English at Nottingham trent University, Vice President of the Blake Society