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Madge Gill exhibition opens in London, UK

Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary is showing until 26 January, 2014 at Orleans House Gallery.

With no training and no aspirations to fame, Madge Gill produced thousands of ink drawings during her lifetime. This major retrospective exhibition features over 100 original artworks, and contextual photographs and documents. Working mainly on paper, card and textiles, Gill used pen to create maze-like surfaces that often reveal a female face.

The exhibition includes The Crucifixion of the Soul, which is Gill’s most important work. Over ten metres long, the calico is inscribed with finely wrought doodle-like drawings and is testament to Gill’s commitment to creativity. Bringing together little-seen loans from the Newham Archive; the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington; the Henry Boxer Gallery and other archival material and artworks from private collections, the exhibition is a must-see for those interested in art, psychology, spiritualism, social history or all of the above.

Venue: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ. www.richmond.gov.uk/arts

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