Busting the myths and boosting creative confidence
A Genius Tour follows in the footsteps of luminaries who have been struck by genius while walking London’s streets. They range from literary greats like WB Yeats, Virginia Woolf and Chiang Yee to the engineer Joseph Bazalgette, the painter JMW Turner and an anonymous bus conductor. We investigate why their revelation came when it did and upturn the standard assumptions about the Eureka! moment. We test the latest theories about the creative process by trying a playful experiment, sleuthing for ideas in the cityscape around us. We end with a trail of failure, and a battle between two great painters, to learn how to navigate better the dark side of the creative process and raise our creative confidence. Along the way we make discoveries in one of the city’s best-known landscapes that surprise even seasoned Londoners.
A Genius Tour is devised and led by guest Dotmaker Cathy Haynes. Cathy is a London-based artist and curator. She also delivers creativity training as www.sideways-leap.uk. Cathy originally created this walk for The School of Life (under the title ‘A Eureka Tour’). To find out more about Cathy, visit www.cathyhaynes.org.
Listen to Cathy introduce A Genius Tour.
What participants say:
- Inspiring, motivating, provocative.
- Such an enriching way to spend my Friday evening!
- I really loved the walk on Friday – Cathy was a great guide, really fascinating content, enthusiastic and knowledgable.
What to expect
This walking tour takes us to the London streets where great visionaries have had significant flashes of insight to find out why and how inspiration really works. We hear stories of creative struggle, triumph and failure. We look with fresh eyes at the creative triggers to be found in the city’s backstreets and national monuments. And we gain perspectives and strategies to boost our own creative confidence. Tour goers will:
- be shown a hidden side to the area around Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square.
- gain fuel for the imagination, a boost to creative confidence and strategies to negotiate the creative process better.
- discuss ideas and collaborate with new people to make a playful but enlightening experiment.
Scheduled public walks
2017: Saturday 1 April and Saturday 1 July.
Meet: 11am by the Embankment cafe, INSIDE Embankment Gardens (not the side of the Cafe by the road). The tour will start promptly, so please arrive five minutes early. End: In Trafalgar Square, close to Charing Cross and Leicester Square stations. Duration: 2 hours.
Suitable for: Adults and children aged 16 and over. The walk is about two miles through central London. Participants will need to be comfortable standing for periods, walking over uneven terrain outdoors, and going up and down about 40 steps.
Tickets: £18 adults, £15 over 65s and full-time students with proof of status. Price includes a brain-boosting snack. Booking essential, whether you wish to buy tickets or redeem gift vouchers.