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.
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