A TWO foot-high “meditation helmet” will help divine the secrets to Swindon’s dreams.

Called the “Rainbow Metal Meditation Helmet”, it will make an appearance at a month-long exhibition at the Richard Jefferies Museum next month.

Organisers Alexandra Moulding and Jaime Bullock hope that the art, music and poetry extravaganza will help people discover the meanings behind their own dreams.

Artist Alexandra, 41, who made the rainbow-painted aluminium helmet, said: “Dreams are something we talk about quite a lot. We’re both very interested in it.”

The idea of the exhibition came out of research into the surrealist school of artists, she said.

Artists and writers affiliated with the movement set up a small office in 1920s Paris where they would note down people’s dreams.

For four years Alexandra has been conducting her own experiment, drawing and writing about her dreams every day.

“It just became this really fascinating and useful experiment,” Swindon School of Art-trained Alexandra said.

“I found I was able to find the meanings of the dreams by making them visual again.

“Dreaming is something that everybody does. They’re of interest to everyone to a certain degree. In thinking about your dreams you find they’re trying to do something really quite important and give you a message.”

Together with Richard Jefferies Museum curator Jaime Bullock, the pair will put on a month-long exhibition to look at the “weird and wonderful” world of dreams.

They are still looking for submissions from local artists and writers interested in performing on the opening night.

“We’re looking for anyone with an interesting point of view,” said Alexandra. “It could be that a dream changed their life.”

The pair will also run a series of events throughout the month-long programme – aimed at helping people to express their dreams.

The programme is not yet fixed, but is likely to feature “dream cafés” and even “dream sleepovers”.

The latter would see people spend the night at the museum, drawing and talking about their dreams in the hope that others might be able to help divine the meaning.

Alexandra and Jaime also want to experiment using the “Rainbow Metal Meditation Helmet”.

The idea for the hat came to Alexandra in a dream: “I thought I’d make it and see what it’s all about.”

People will be asked to wear the helmet while they talk through their dreams – with the aluminium cone supposedly helping people to channel their thoughts.

Curator Jaime, 40, said of the month-long exhibition programme: “It’s not just a painting on the wall. It’s a different way of exhibiting and showing people their dream life.”

The organisers want to hear from people keen to share their art, poetry and stories on their January 5 opening night. Submissions should be made by December 28.

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