Pilgrimage to Imago (Journey to a Primordial Mother/Self/Fly)

Date 01.08.2021 - 31.10.2021
Location The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London


Pilgrimage to Imago—image-to-imago—a journey staged in 26 parts; she plays both daughter and mother, in turn-turning, she makes use of tools (assets) a question: who came first, the mother or the daughter? the dreamer or the dream? Lisa Harms (2021)

Pilgrimage to Imago (Journey to the mother/adult self/fly) is an open project that extends a strong psychoanalytical context, through a residential exploration within and without the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations programme of work and its archival heritage.

About the artist

The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) applies social science to contemporary issues and problems.

The TIHR is dedicated to the study of human relations for the purpose of bettering working life and conditions for all humans within their organisations, communities and broader societies and to the influence of environment on the development of human character or capacity; to conduct research and provide opportunities for learning through experience for this purpose; to publish the results of such study and research; to train students in or for any branches of the said study.

The Institute’s archive is held at Wellcome Collection and it has already inspired a number of artistic responses.

The institute has a growing programme, building our practice as an expert organisation in the integration of the arts and social sciences in robust and rigorous practice and in support of social change, including residential artists and the Deepening Creative Practice with Organisations programme.

Simone Kennedy (b.1963 London) studied at University of South Australia (1981-1985), (2002-2005), (2011-2015). In 1981 she emigrated from London to Australia, and now divides her time between both countries. Working primarily as a painter she introduced soft sculpture into her practice and has broadened her use of media to include, drawing utilizing collage, animation and installation.



Mon, October 18, 2021

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM BST

This workshop is a call to arms about the person you think are and the person you feel you are. The ‘self’ can be a response to the world or simply a response to a misrepresented ‘self’ – this workshop offers to bring together ‘unthought’ thoughts, ideas, moments, using a series of symbolic images designed to stimulate and facilitate meanings.

Led by Simone Kennedy, Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the Tavistock Institute.

SO, what could you say of the ‘self’? Of what could art speak?

All materials, lunch and refreshments provided. Pay as you wish, on the day (card machine available)

For more information please contact Emily:

Creative credits

  • Simone Kennedy

    Juliet Scott

    Rachel Kelly


    Iain Bond Photography

    Dr Lisa Harms

    Tristan Louth-Robins

    Josephine Mead