Update following the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

An update following the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and a message from our CEO, Sydney Thornbury

At this time of national mourning, we wish to express our condolences to King Charles III and other members of the Royal Family.

As we take this time to reflect on a profound moment of change for the nation we, like many other public buildings, are awaiting further information regarding plans for the Queen’s funeral before taking any decisions to postpone or cancel events, or close to the public.

If you have a meeting room booking or are scheduled to attend a workshop over the coming days that will be affected then a member of our team will be in touch. Our website will also be updated with changes as appropriate.

Otherwise, we will look forward to welcoming you to The Art House as planned.

The Art House Team
Updated: 9 September 2022

A word from our CEO/Artistic Director, Sydney Thornbury:

The Need to Pause

An era has ended.  And we are in that in-between time before a new era has begun.

I think it’s important for us to pause during these in-between times so that we can acknowledge when they are happening.  As a society, we have gotten into the habit of rushing through them.  We don’t stop, we don’t reflect, we don’t acknowledge that we are moving from one way of being into another, different way.

Regardless of how you feel about the monarchy, I’d like us all to use the upcoming period of public mourning to pause. To acknowledge this moment in time.  To honour and/or reflect on what has been, to take a breath, and to turn towards the new and consciously receive it.

This is what rituals and rites of passage have traditionally provided, and why humans invented them in the first place.  But we have lost sight of their importance and for the most part, have stopped using them.  By rushing through changes mindlessly, we miss the opportunity to collectively share in a common experience and in our shared humanity.  We also stumble blindly forward, and miss opportunities for renewal, for change.

I encourage everyone to take a moment in the forthcoming days to pause, reflect on what has been, pay tribute and then think about what you would like to carry forward, let go of or change to make a better tomorrow.  Relish and honour the pause.  Great things can come out of respecting the in-between time.