peck o' trouble | Suzanne O'Haire's guest speaker with Simon Costin

17 Nov 2018

Event times

5.30 - 7pm.
Seating for this event is limited to 40 capacity. The talk will be an hour duration with a half hour Q&A at the end. A small bar will be available. £1.50 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to The Regency Town House restoration project.

Cost of entry

Tickets £4.50 via Eventbrite:

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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Suzanne O’Haire has invited guest speakers to stir magical thought during this solo exhibition where she presents 34 sculptural assemblages performing as supposed sigils or spells. Hosted by John Marchant, Simon is the second speaker in this series of three talks.


Simon Costin | Making Magic: Magical Marks and Objects

Magic has been thought of as the desire to use invisible forces to change the visible world. Art can be seen of as the desire to use visible forces to change human consciousness. The link between the two revels in the realm of dreams and desires, the desire to better understand the world around us.  

Many ancient cultures have used symbol-based magical processes to try and influence outcomes and increase awareness. These artistic processes are forms of magic.

As someone interested in both art and magic, becoming the custodian of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, was, to say the least, like winning the lottery. A lottery where the prize was not cold, hard cash but the opportunity to immerse myself in an occult legacy and to form relationships with objects that are in many ways still very much magically active. 

Many of the objects within the collection have been created by working occultists for use in their practise. Inscribed and painted with symbols onto stone, metal, leather, cloth. Some simple and some wildly complex, all are potent and drenched in magical intent. Here are objects centred wholly on the principles of ecstasy and transformation. 

Simon Costin is a curator, designer and occultist and the director of the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic and the Museum of British Folklore. The former based in Boscastle and the latter currently in development. With his design work he collaborates with creatives within the fashion industry, both designers and photographers and is known for creating magical worlds and fantastical environments for some of the worlds most renowned brands.

peck o' trouble |  2 - 25 November 2018  

Exhibition admission free

Mon - Tues: by appointment only

Wed - Fri: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Sat - Sun: 12noon - 4:00pm

Image: title text - VujaDe by Virus Fonts

Exhibiting artists

Suzanne O'Haire

Simon Costin

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