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Event in Soho House New York 08.23.2017

‘The Taste of Words: Synaesthesia – the Sixth Sense’ – 

The Vinyl Room, Soho House New York, 08.23.17, 18:30pm (Soho House Members’ Event)


On 23rd August 2017 Nick Nelson of Arcadia Education will be interviewing contemporary artist Ali Banisadr who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. This is part of a presentation on Lexical Gustatory Synaesthesia – a rare strain of Synaesthesia that enables the individual to ‘taste words’.

Ali Banisadr ( has, since a young age, experienced Synaesthesia, enabling him to ‘hear colour’ and ‘see sound’. This innate condition Ali combines with memories of his upbringing in Tehran, Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, plus the influence of visionary Medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch.

During the event there will be a chance for Soho House members in attendance to ask Ali Banisadr questions when prompted. His work can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and London’s Saatchi Gallery.

For more information about the event go to:

Soho House Members may wish to contact Events Programming Manager Janel Higgs:

Soho House Barcelona

Stunning spot here in Soho House Barcelona for Arcadia talk ‘Synaesthesia: the Sixth Sense?’ last night – 29.05.17 at 8pm local time.

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Enjoyed an eclectic group in attendance for an interactive talk on Art & Neurology. Apparently Joaquin Cortés was here last week – I remember watching his flamenco show in Malaga bull ring some time back! Somewhere between Michael Jackson and Jesus…… (not a bad accolade / combo).

Keep in touch with forthcoming events for Arcadia Education:

Arcadia Calendar – Imminent

Upcoming Events for Arcadia

For a list of upcoming Arcadia Events click here

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Painting of the Month

With breath-taking verisimilitude, Pieter de Hooch has captured this intimate scene of domestic quietude during the Dutch Golden Age. This window into Delft life reveals the public space beyond the courtyard enclave, aided by the strict system of linear perspective in the foreground. Imbued with a luminescence reminiscent of his Master Vermeer, de Hooch depicts a maid from empiricism given his former life before becoming a painter. This may account for the empathetic rendering of his subject here. The plaque above the brick archway reads, when translated:

‘This is in Saint Jerome’s vale, if you wish to repair to patience and meekness. For we must first descend if we wish to be raised”.

Quote of the Month!

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Soho Spectacular


Soho_House_Berlin_0220_copyGreat vibe here – lovely people and a very receptive audience for art / cultural talks. The rooftop terrace has stunning views of this happening city. Their function rooms are awesome – open fires at the top, emulating the same sort of space at Soho House Shoreditch, London.

The Soho House format is tried and tested – they just get it right, with resident DJs, great food and a friendly atmosphere, all of which comes highly recommended by us at Arcadia Education. Check it out –



What is Art History?

At a time when this great subject was nearly pulled from the A Level menu, this quote surrounded by former students of Art History, captures much of why it should certainly be preserved.

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Furthermore, one of the late, great aesthetes of latter year once stated:

“ Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”

 Oscar Wilde

HAPPY NEW YEAR! from Arcadia Education 2017

The image is of January from The Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry executed by the Limbourg Brothers, 1412-16  – French International Gothic manuscript illumination of the canonical hours.

The image is thought to represent the household of John, Duke of Berry exchanging New Year gifts. The Duke is seated at the right, in blue.

Arcadia see in the New Year with a series of interesting talks – each of which ties in with a current or upcoming exhibition in the capital.

2017 Talks