The Woodman Room is a unique meeting place located within the architecturally award-winning Michael Gibson Gallery in downtown London, Ontario. The room is a gathering place for ideas to be shared and explored, specifically but not limited to the creative arts.
Named in honour of Drs. Ross and Marion Woodman, the Woodman Room intends to foster an enthusiastic exchange of ideas in an atmosphere truly unique to London.
The Woodman Room, with seating for up to thirty people, is available to rent for private functions, dinners and presentations and can be used as a place to network or to discuss creative ideas.
Naming The Woodman Room
The Woodman Room was dedicated on Sunday, October 19, 2008 in honour of London residents Drs. Ross and Marion Woodman. Ross and Marion, both world-renowned Canadian intellectuals, were strong supporters of the regional art movement of London in the 1960s. At the celebration Michael Gibson expressed that “The Woodman Room has been a concept in the back of my mind for years. The space is meant to evolve and inspire artistic expression and appreciation. Ross and Marion Woodman have been a source of great inspiration to my career, likely without them realizing it. Today is meant to both honour their dedication to the arts and encourage others to follow in their legacy.”
Professor Ross Woodman is Professor-Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of The Apocalyptic Vision in the Poetry of Shelley and Sanity, Madness, Transformation: The Psyche in Romanticism both published by the University of Toronto Press and a forthcoming further volume Revelation and Knowledge. He has, in addition, published a book on the London poet and playwright, James Reaney, a Coach House Press interview with Jack Chambers as well as numerous other books and articles on contemporary art. In 1993, the Keats-Shelley Association of America presented Professor Woodman with the Distinguished Scholar Award. He and his wife hosted and nurtured artists like Jack Chambers and Greg Curnoe in the 1960s and have continued to collect and support the Arts for over 50 years.
Born in London, Ontario, Dr. Marion Woodman taught high school English and Drama at London’s South Collegiate Institute, before training at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich during the late 1970s. With eleven books to her credit, Dr. Woodman has traveled extensively around the world, giving lectures and seminars on various aspects of Jungian psychology. She is internationally renowned and considered to be one of the foremost Jungian analysts in North America.