Ghost Show: The Haunted House is a one-week art exhibition using the classic ‘haunted house experience’ to think about new ways of exhibiting art, supported by Arts Council England.

Residing within a bespoke theatrical horror setting in Copeland Park, working with 70 emerging artists to devise an inclusive, approachable programme for a wider audience beyond the gallery circuit. Exploring the fun side of contemporary arts, we will create an immersive, free halloween inspired environment to see if art can engage more immediately. The main focus of the exhibition is to think about how we can explore contemporary art in a more accessible, playful, and appealing way. The show looks beyond Halloween and Horror as a genre and uses it as a tool to explore the boundaries of the white cube space and contemporary art by not conforming and making it more accessible to the community of South London that we as the curators and artists feel part of.

Ghost Show: The Haunted House seeks to subvert the gallery space and invites a fresh perspective to viewing art through a spoof art show vs spoof haunted house. The tension between these 2 tropes comment in a playful and humorous way on both the art sphere and the eeriness of Halloween. By doing so, we hope that it appeals to the imagination of the young and local community, encouraging them to enter and contribute to art spaces more regularly.

Ghost Show is co-curated by Kavitha Balasingham and Rory Beard. It will open on Monday 31st October and run till Saturday 5th November 2022. As artists ourselves from the Deptford and South London area, we know that the professional art community can at times be limited. Our primary aim is to break down the unseen barriers of contemporary art and to share the joy and creativity that we experience and benefit from everyday. If we were able to inspire one person from the South London community, we would feel as though we had been successful in our project. The aim is to encourage people to engage with art, think more creatively about the world and be more accepting of diversity. We will run 5 artist-led community workshops to allow communities (SENS, primary schools and locals) to contribute to the Haunted House, including: drawing, collage, performance, sound, storytelling and ghost tours.

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