Companions Day | The Sacred Arts of Islam

Date: Saturday, 06 June 2015

Tickets: £0.00 Adult, £0.00 Child

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During this event the gardens are reserved for the exclusive use of Companions of Chalice Well. The gardens open to the public at 3.30pm. You can find out more about companionship HERE.

Companions' Day 2015 | The Sacred Arts of Islam

Saturday 6 June | 10 am to 3.30 pm 

Vegan lunch is now available to order online  by clicking HERE, or by calling us on 01458 831154

One of the benefits of becoming a Companion of Chalice Well is our annual Companions' Day, a day when the gardens are open exclusively to Companions and we invite world class speakers to share their knowledge and experiences.

This year we are joined by three outstanding, international speakers and specialists in the fields of sacred geometry, paradise gardens and Islamic art.

John Martineau

John is an architectural consultant, tutor of sacred geometry and publisher who has published more than 50 books on all subjects related to the modern sciences and ancient arts.

Emma Clark

Emma designs gardens with a fundamentally spiritual and holistic outlook, undertaking them for private clients and public institutions, both in the U.K. and abroad.  She specialises mainly in Islamic gardens, focusing on contemporary interpretations of traditional principles.

She is Senior Tutor on the post-graduate Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts  (VITA) Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London and published two books The Art of the Islamic Garden and  ‘Underneath Which Rivers Flow’, The Symbolism of the Islamic Garden.

Tasleema Alam

Tasleema is an artist and educator who specialises in Islamic and Oriental patterns. She also teaches geometry as part of her work. Respecting profoundly the universality of number and proportion, designs come alive to her when the first flourish of paint goes on. Tasleema’s preferred mediums are water colour and gold but she also works on architectural mediums, like ceramics and glass.

Islam is the faith she was born into, and Tasleema says her ‘readings of the Quran encouraged me to embrace Faith as a universal instinct of humankind. All paths directing to a Universal Truth – the Eternally True; the Sacred and the Enlightened - that is what I wished to express in my art.’

Companions Day Programme

09:30 | Gardens open - tea & coffee available

09:30 | Art exhibition opens in the Meeting Room

09:30 | Prince's School of Traditional Arts interpretive exhibition in the marquee annex

10:00 | Opening circle around the Vesica Pool

10:30 | Welcome from Trustees in the marquee

10:45 | John Martineau 'The Conscious Universe'

11:25 | Tea & coffee break

12:00 | Silent Minute followed by Emma Clark 'Paradise Gardens'

12:45 | Lunch (pre-order your vegan lunch for £6.50 HERE)

13:00 | Upper Room meditation*

14:00 | Tasleema Alam 'Jamdani & Muslin - a weaving tradition of two faiths'

14:45 | Closing circle around the Vesica Pool

15:00 | Tea, coffee & cake go on sale

15:00 | Upper Room meditation*

15:30 | The gardens open to the public

17:00 | Journey through the Arabian Nights - storytelling for all ages with Wafa' Tarnowski (find out more HERE)

19:00 | Classical Persian Music - a meditative evening of Tar / Setar with Bahman Panahi (find out more and watch Bahman performing HERE)

*If you would like to join the Upper Room meditations at 1 and/or 3 pm, please leave your name at the Welcome Table in the marquee entrance.

Companions' Day is the first of 5 days exploring the sacred arts of Islam, beginning with an art exhibition held in our Meeting Room, offering companions a chance to view the artwork on display before the exhibition opens to the public at 3:30 pm in the afternoon.

There is also a Prince's School of Traditional Arts Interpretive Exhibition in the marquee annex from 6-10 June.

Other events exploring the sacred arts of Islam:

Persian Classical Setar | 6 June | 7:30 pm

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An evening of meditative classical setar played by Bahman Panahi. Bahman is travelling from Paris to join us in exploring the sacred arts of Islam.

The big marquee is up all this week so come rain or shine this will be a beautiful evening. Hopefully we'll be blessed with sunshine and can roll up the sides of the marquee and enjoy the music in the sunshine.

The gardens will be open to the public from 3:30 through to 9:30 pm, last admission 8:30. Refreshments will be on sale 5-9 pm.

Normal admission fees apply | FREE admission for companions | click HERE to book online

FREE Sacred Arts Exhibition | 7-10 June | 10 am-6 pm

Many of the artworks in this exhibition have been contributed by tutors and alumni of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts.

The exhibition is free and does not require payment of a garden entry fee as the Meeting Room is just before the Gatehouse.

Click HERE for more details about the exhibition.

Sacred Arts Workshops | 7-10 June | 10 am-5:30 pm | £60 / £30

Each day the workshops will cover sacred geometry, flower patterns, calligraphy and plaster carving Meghrebi style and offer the opportunity to participate, create and contemplate each of these art forms.

There are limited individual bursaries available, which can be applied for by emailing or calling 01458 831 154 - we are also offering discounts to schools interested in bringing students to this unique opportunity, email or call for more details.

On the workshop on 7 June you will cover:

  • Sacred Geometry
  • Sacred Gardens
  • Calligraphy
  • Mughal Textile Printing

The workshops on 8, 9 & 10 June will cover:

  • Sacred Geometry
  • Flower Patterns
  • Calligraphy
  • Plaster Carving Maghrebi Style

For more details and to book online, following the links below:

Sacred Geometry & Music with Sama Mara | 10 June

Sama Mara recently led an audio-visual project with a software programmer, creating kaleidoscopic, responsive visuals to accompany live music.

We are pleased to be collaborating with the Red Brick Building who are hosting Sama Mara's workshop and evening performance.

Workshop: Sacred Geometry & Music | 10 am-1 pm | £35

Click HERE for more details and to book online

Performance: A Hidden Order | 7:30 pm | £10

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This performance includes an introduction by Sama Mara before the concert, and is followed by an ambient sound lounge giving you an opportunity to relax and meet Sama and the rest of the musicians.

Click HERE to book online and HERE to find out more about the Glastonbury community venue the Red Brick Building.

If you are not a Companion and are interested in attending Companions' Day you can find our more about joining our world wide family of Companions by clicking HERE.

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