Dimittit In Artes premiere

Vernon Bradley: Dimittit In Artes – premiere

Vernon Bradley: Dimittit In Artes, a film by Martin Laird. Vernon faces off against a skull-faced psychopomp. Both are wearing berets. Desaturated except for the colour red which dominates a painting by Vernon Bradley in the background. Film premiere poster. Friday 7th June 2024, Stromness Community Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 on the door. One person will win one of Vernon's paintings.
Vernon Bradley: Dimittit In Artes. Premiere poster.

A new film by Martin Laird about fellow Orkney-based artist Vernon Bradley will premiere on Friday the 7th of June 2024 in Stromness Community Centre, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased on the door. The film is entitled Dimittit In Artes, which is part of a quote from Ovid’s Metamorphoses (also used by James Joyce in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man). The film contains strong language and adult subject matter, and is not suitable for children.

“Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes.”

“And he sent forth his mind to unknown arts.”

Ovid, Metamorphoses VIII
Vernon Bradley and the psychopomp Magnus Erlendsson enjoying a glass of wine in the Wet Shed.
Vernon Bradley and the psychopomp Magnus Erlendsson enjoying a glass of wine in the Wet Shed.

Dimittit In Artes begins with a short biography of Vernon Bradley. There follows a conversation about with the psychopomp Magnus Erlendsson, who visits Vernon in his studio (the ‘Wet Shed’). They discuss art, mortality, and the often controversial and distressing subject matter of Vernon’s paintings.

You can find a trailer for Dimittit In Artes on YouTube, and other clips across social media (Vernon is active on Facebook).