Join us for the launch of Finishing Touch on Sunday 1st November.
We will be open from 12pm, celebrating Halloween and Day of the Dead weekend with a drop-in session for families making pop-up books and collages from 2-5pm. The theme will be 'hidden horrors', recommended for children 6+ accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings welcome!
At 7pm we will screen Brian Catling and Tony Grisoni’s film Vanished! A Video Séance (1999). It is the story of a family living in an isolated house on the Isle of Man in 1932. The elderly James and Margaret Irving and their daughter Voirrey received a visitation from a mysterious spirit. Its name was Gef, and it took the form of a mongoose-like creature with yellow human hands. The story was briefly celebrated, then forgotten. Now, as they say, it can be told again.
Brian Catling is an artist, writer and poet, whose published works include The Stumbling Block (1990) and The Blindings (1995) published by Book Works. His highly acclaimed debut novel The Vorrh (2012) was described by the Guardian as ‘one of the most original works of visionary fiction since Mervyn Peake’. He is Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford and has made solo exhibitions at numerous international galleries and venues including the Serpentine, the ICA, and Matt’s Gallery, London.
Tony Grisoni is an award winning screenwriter and film director. He has written and directed a number of short films including the BAFTA nominated Kingsland #1 The Dreamer, 2008. His television credits include Southcliffe (2013) The Red Riding Trilogy and The Unloved (2009).
Vanished! A Video Séance was made in collaboration in 1999 and described as "...genre busting - an encounter between mainstream movie story telling and the art avant-garde..." by Jonathan Romney. Since Vanished, Grisoni and Catling have gone to make other pieces for galleries and together host the annual celebration of the absurd, Cabaret Melancholique.
A special pamphlet, produced with Publication Studio London, on the phenomenon of Gef the mongoose will be available on the night.
Cocktails will be served from 6pm.
Image: The farm on the Isle of Man, with Mr and Miss Irving outside their front door.