peck o' trouble

2 Nov 2018 – 25 Nov 2018

Event times

Mon - Tues: by appointment only
Wed - Fri: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Sat - Sun: 12noon - 4:00pm

Cost of entry

Free admission

Regency Town House

Hove, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: We are well served by the local bus network. Tell your bus driver you need to get to the top of Brunswick Square in Western Road, Hove, or the east end of Hove Lawns on the seafront road (Kingsway, A259). For full timetable and route information see:
  • By car: Driving to Brighton & Hove is relatively straightforward but it should be noted that traffic can get very congested at weekends and holiday periods. Once here drivers often find parking to be problomatic. There are a few limited parking options in
  • Train or coach: If you are visiting us via the rail network you can use Hove or Brighton stations, each being approximately 1.3 miles from the Town House. For full timetable and route information see: National Rail UK

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‘They do say there is a witch in it and if you let ‘un out there’ll be a peck o’ trouble’ - Margaret Alice Murray.


An exhibition exploring notions of magic.

Set within the drawing rooms of this historic Grade 1 listed building, Suzanne O’Haire is pleased to present a new series of work titled beyond belief. Thirty-four acrobatically stacked, bundled or tentatively balanced compositions perform as supposed magical sigils or spells for this solo exhibition. These domestic-scale sculptural assemblages are created from discarded objects, castings (from disposed packaging) and elements of neon lighting.

The exhibition title comes from a remark made by Margaret Alice Murray, who discovered a small, silvered glass phial purported to contain a mischievous witch. Found around 1915, not far from the Regency Town House in Hove, this witch in a bottle - as it is more commonly termed - is now housed in Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum.

To spur magical discussion O’Haire has invited guest speakers, who have revealed a distinctive slant towards the occult within their own work, to give talks within the duration of the show; writer for performance, page and video Sally O’Reilly (Crude, Eros Press; The Body in Contemporary Art, Thames & Hudson; The Virtues of Things, Royal Opera), Director of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Simon Costin and writer, broadcaster and performer Dr David Bramwell (The Haunted Moustache, BBC Radio 3; The Odditorium, podcast; Catalyst Club, host).

Sally O’Reilly: Tense Intents Nonsense Ken | Saturday 10 November | 5.30 – 7pm

Simon Costin: Making Magic: Magical Markings and Objects | Saturday 17 November | 5.30 – 7pm

David Bramwell: Adventures in Everyday Magic | Saturday 24 November | 5.30 – 7pm

Hosted by John Marchant.

For guest speaker events the seating at the venue is limited to 40 capacity. Each talk will be an hour duration with a half hour Q&A at the end. A bar will be available. Tickets are £4.50 and will be available from early October via www.eventbrite.com. £1.50 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to the Regency Town House Restoration Project. 

Title text: VujaDe by Virus Fonts

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