Sunday, 4 March 2018

GHost at Camberwell Free Film Festival 2018

GHost is back to host two nights of cult ghost and horror films for Camberwell Free Film Festival 2018.  
We return to our favourite venue, Jazz Live at the Crypt, located in the crypt of the Victorian gothic St Giles in Camberwell.  The bar is open throughout the screening.  This is a free screening, but seats are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.  

21 March, 8pm (doors open 7pm arrive early to be sure of a seat)
 The Woman in Black (1989), Cert 15, Dir: Herbert Wise, UK, 100 mins

JazzLive in the Crypt, St Giles Church Crypt, Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8RB

"The most terrifying programme I’ve ever seen" Reece Shearsmith

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing.

Ignoring the towns-people's cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy.

This Central Television production of The Woman In Black, adapted for TV by Nigel Neale from Susan Hill's classic horror novella was broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1989 and repeated only once in 1994. However, the film is often held up as one of the most potent, paralysingly spooky screen adaptations of a ghost story ever made.The film has been described by Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentleman) as “the most terrifying programme I’ve ever seen”. Without giving away any spoilers, there are some shocking moments in this TV adaptation which will linger in the memory of anyone who sees it.

22 March 9pm (doors open 8pm arrive early to be sure of a seat)
Hausu (House) - Cert 15 - Dir: Nobuhiko Obayashi, Japan (1977) 88 mins

'One of the Weirdest Horror Films ever Made' - Taryn McCabe Little White Lies.

An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi’s deranged fairy tale Hausu (House) is one of Japanese cinema’s wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature. Adapted from an idea from Obayashi's young daughter, the film looks like a psychedelic, nightmare version of a children's ghost hunting adventure, but there are sophisticated undercurrents that hint at the dislocation in Japanese culture pre and post second world war.

Distressed by her widowed father’s plans to remarry, Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway in her aunt’s isolated mansion. But all is not well – in this house of dormant secrets and cobwebbed interiors long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiment and the girls will have to use all their individual talents if any are to survive.
A roller-coaster ride without brakes, House is by turns sinister, hilarious and curiously touching, with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical, full-blooded approach to the horror genre
(from Eureka Masters of Cinema Series)


Friday, 17 November 2017

GHost Dance at Durdan and Ray, Los Angeles

My work GHost Dance,  2014, has been selected for the exhibition The Sense of Things at Durdan and Ray, Los Angeles.

GHost Dance, 2014
medium: mixed media on wallpaper
dimensions: 20 cm diameter

The Sense of Things is curated by David Leapman of Durdan and Ray and David Hancock of the Paper Gallery
My work and the exhibition were featured in a preview from Carolina A Miranda in the Los Angeles Times.

The Sense of Things, Durdan and Ray, 1923 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
November 4 - 25 2017. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday by appointment
Curators: David Leapman and David Hancock
Artists: Tom Dunn, Jack Duplock, Roni Feldman, Jon Flack, David Hancock, Thomas Whittaker Kidd, Ilona Kiss, Paraic Leahy, Sharon Leahy-Clark, David Leapman, Richard Meaghan, John Mills, Sarah Sparkes

Statement: Sparkes work GHost Dance is part of a body of work investigating 'a formula for ghost-making'. Sparkes has mixed iconic spiritualist imagery from U.S.A. and Europe, creating a digital collage which has been printed onto a surface of 1970s wallpaper from the artists childhood home.

Bio: Artist Sarah Sparkes exhibits widely in the UK and internationally. Her new work,The GHost Formula, 2016 commissioned by for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) recently toured to NTMoFA (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts) as part of the exhibition No Such Thing As Gravity. She was the 2015 winner of the MERU ART*SCIENCE award for her film Time You Need, which she recently presented at KOSMICA in Mexico City. She runs the creative research project GHost and she has been collecting Liverpool ghost stories, as part of an Arts Council funded project. She exhibits her paintings with New Art Projects, London. Sarah Sparkes is an Associate Lecturer at UAL and she teaches art and curating courses at numerous institutions.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tate Exchange: THE GIVE AND TAKE

I'll be presenting PARANORMAL EXCHANGE as part of Tim Etchells' THE GIVE AND TAKE at Tate Exchange on 29th September 4-5pm

Tate Modern, Switch House, Level 5 Tate Exchange FREE
THE GIVE & TAKE WITH TIM ETCHELLS 29 September 2016 at 14.00–17.4530 September 2016 at 16.00–19.45
01 October 2016 at 16.00–19.45
02 October 2016 at 14.00–17.45
THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER14.00    Edna Weale - Retired Conference Interpreter & Jen Calleja - Literary Translator & Lara Pawson – Writer and Author
14.45    Laura Godfrey Isaacs – Artist and Midwife & Anna Lyons - End of Life Doula
15.30    Kami Saedi - Retired Psychiatrist & Matt Blacker - Mentoring Project Manager, Hope for the Young
16.15    Sarah Sparkes - Artist and Curator of the GHost Project
17.00    Susan Steed - Co-Founder, The Brixton Pound & Tom Hockenhull - Curator: Modern Money, The British Museum

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Saturation Point 5 Year Anniversary

I am showing one of my 'portals' at Saturation Point's 5th Anniversary Exhibition.

Saturation Point | The five-year anniversary | Open studio
Saturation Point will be hosting a special event on the weekend of the 24/25 September to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the founding of the Saturation Point project by Patrick Morrissey and Hanz Hancock.

Featured artists:
Duncan Bullen, Richard Caldicott, Nathan Cohen, Deb Covell, Chris Daniels, Ben Gooding, Fiona Grady, Hanz Hancock, Andrew Harrison, Hannah Hughes, Reiko Kubota, Silvia Lerin, Patrick Morrissey, Laurence Noga, David Oates, Andy Parkinson, Jonathan Parsons,  Brigitte Parusel, Wendy Smith, Sarah Sparkes, John Stephens, Piers Veness and Mary Yacoob.

Studio 14, 2nd floor, ACME Studios, 165 Childers Street, Deptford SE8 5JR
Doors open from 12 noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Nearest stations:  Deptford (High Street) / DLR Deptford Bridge / New Cross overground 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Uncanny World of Interiors

Uncanny World of Interiors
curated by Charlotte Squire

I am showing several pieces at Uncanny World of Interiors Exhibition, part of Plymouth Art Weekender.

Uncanny World of Interiors
6 Caroline Place, Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3PR
11am – 6pm Fri – Sun

Our interior space for living is where we are most revealed, as here we make our most personal mark. The temporary domestic space at Caroline Place showcases the work of 8 artists and designers working with everyday materials, transforming the mundane into objects of desire.
The unheimlich of Freud’s analysis wherein things pertaining to homeliness and domesticity are somewhat wrong footed by one thing or another, subjective to be sure, make us question what exactly ‘home’ is. A place? A feeling? A tribe we belong to? This is a subject that has substantial contemporary currency as migration and dislocation move cultures from places of conflict or through economic displacement. Small items may be carried from one place to another – or left behind, to be found later and integrated into the scheme of things. Such items and dislocation surface in the disrupted home environment of the Uncanny World of Interiors.

Artists showing: Madeleine Boulesteix, Oliver Burns-Garside, Bianca ChudleyLeCorre, Sarah Doyle, David Edmond, Sarah Sparkes, Charlotte Squire and Olivia Aggett (currently undertaking a residency at Caroline Place drawing directly onto the walls and wallpaper).
Instagram: @sixcarolineplace

Thursday, 22 September 2016

InSpiralLondon Festival 2016

InSpiralLondon Festival
I'll be performing eels and wormholes on Saturday 24th September, 2pm-4pm as part of InSpiralLondon Festival 2016.
You will find me along the Thames foreshore between Enderby's Wharf and Dead Dog Cove. 
Wear wellies or waterproof boots!
The performance is part of a day of performances and workshops exploring sound and walking. The day is part of a festival revolving around the InSpiralLondon project.

InspiralLondon Festival 2016

22 September to 25 September (various London locations)

Be inspired to explore the city with new spirit and open eyes and join the InspiralLondon adventure. The festival ranges across London, inviting interventions, talks, discussion and exploration along the path of the InspiralLondon trail. For festival information and to book a place, click here.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


FLUE, Sarah Sparkes, installation, 2015


21st June - 11th July
Address: St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA

 // ARTISTS //
Louise Beer
Jane Grisewood
Rebecca Huxley
Melanie King
Joshua Space
Sarah Sparkes

Lumen Studios present an exhibition exploring the representation of black holes, voids and portals.

Opening Party: SOLSTICE, 21st June 2016, 6pm
With talk from Chris Welch, Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, where he is also Director of Masters Programs. Chris will be speaking about the representation of black holes and voids in space physics and science fiction.
We'll also be screening Sarah Sparkes film, Time You Need and DJ set by CAETVS

Opening Times:

Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, 1-5pm
Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3 July, 1-5pm

Closing Party: FIRST THURSDAY, 7 July 2016, 6pm

Look Mum No Computer Modular Synth Set

Sarah Sparkes will present a series of works exploring infinities, the void and it's intrusion into the domestic and everyday. FLUE was originally created for a hollowed out space, once a fireplace, for Other Rooms exhibition in Basement Arts Project Space, Leeds. For VOID exhibition, the artists has rebuilt the work within a dark recess below a cupboard in the Belfry of St John's.

Sarah will also be screening her film Time You Need (winner of the MERU Art*Science award 2015) on the VOID opening night, which explores the potential for consciousness to time-travel within the material limits of the human body. Using the symbolism of the portal and black hole, as they are conceptualised in both science, science fiction and the artists own work, the film presents a montage of narratives and documentation of performances and installations, which together with sonic and visual disruptions, create a liminal experience for the spectator. The proposition is that one may find, herein, the time one needs.

Jane Grisewood's Black on Black series explores darkness, blackness – the void – through different black paints on black paper. She will also be exhibiting Black Hole photographs, a typology of voids found in numerous locations around the world.  Grisewood, born and educated in New Zealand, worked as an editor/publisher in London and New York before studying fine art. She was awarded her PhD in 2010 at Central Saint Martins, UAL where she teaches experimental drawing, and has artist books in many collections, including Tate, V&A, MoMA, MACBA, Brooklyn Museum and Yale. Working across media, she investigates time and transience through the line, repetition and durational processes, where drawing is key. Recent work is inspired by boundaries between earth-bound and cosmic temporalities, invisible and visible, black holes and cosmic web.

Melanie King's current research considers how invisible forces are represented in the field of both art and science. Melanie will present a series of experimental films exploring the bubble and its' relationship to cosmological theories such as the multiverse and inflation theory.  Melanie will be showing a series of cameraless photography prints, directing light onto photosensitive paper to create void-like impressions.