Thames-Side Studios Gallery

The Ghost Tide, curated by Monika Bobinska and Sarah Sparkes (20 October-4 November 2018)

Exhibition Dates: 20 October-4 November 2018
Preview: Friday 19 October 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

The Ghost Tide, a group exhibition curated by Monika Bobinska and Sarah Sparkes, evokes the migratory tide of ghosts washed up along the shore of the Thames, their historical baggage in tow. Ghosts exist as an idea – ghost, spirit or immaterial part of a deceased person - across cultures all around the world and throughout recorded history. The Ghost Tide invites artists to re-imagine the ghost as a cultural phenomenon, presenting works which explore ghosts from diverse organised and vernacular belief systems.

The show includes sculpture, installation, film, sound, performance and wall-based works, as well as a number of public events. The Ghost Tide’s location on the Thames, in a fast-changing area of the city, alludes to the presence of artists in this part of London, as a migratory tide of creative flotsam and jetsam which ebbs and flows as the city gentrifies and develops.

About the curators

Sarah Sparkes is an artist curator. She leads the visual arts and creative research project GHost, which was initiated with Ricarda Vidal in 2008. As GHost, Sparkes curates an on-going programme of exhibitions, performances and interdisciplinary seminars interrogating the idea of the ghost. GHost events have been supported by Folkestone Biennial, University of the Arts, University of London, FACT, NTMoFA and Arts Council of England - in 2016/17 Sparkes was awarded Arts Council funding for her project to archive Liverpool ghost stories. Sparkes has published chapters on the GHost project and has lectured extensively on this subject.

Sparkes exhibits widely in the UK and internationally. Her work The GHost Formula, 2016, commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) recently toured to NTMoFA (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts) as part of the exhibition No Such Thing As Gravity curated by Rob la Frenais. She was the 2015 recipient of the MERU ART SCIENCE Award and together with Ian Thompson is currently undertaking an artist residency at Allenheads Contemporary Arts In Northumberland.

GHost – = a guest + a host

Monika Bobinska
Monika Bobinska is the director of CANAL, which organizes exhibitions and art projects in a variety of settings. She is the founder of the North Devon Artist Residency, launching in 2018.

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