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Magic Lantern Ghost Show

Friday December 2nd, 2016

Join artists Frog Morris and Nicole Mollet for a ghost-themed magic lantern show! This event follows a workshop, led by the artists, where you can learn to paint your own magic lantern slides. This event is hosted by artist Sarah Sparkes as part of her artist residency at the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre.

This event is free but must be booked. Places for the workshop are limited to 25 and must be booked upon arrival on the day.

Saturday 17 December / 2.30pm - 4.30pm / Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, The Old Stable Yard, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool L7 3EE / Free, booking required.

GHost Hosting 16

Thursday December 1st, 2016

What makes a ghost? GHost is a visual arts and creative research project which explores the nature of ghosts both metaphorically and practically.

For GHost Hosting 16, No Such Thing As Gravity artist Sarah Sparkes continues this programme of research seminars with a performance exploring the concept of ghost making and the technology and psychology utilised in these processes; how can technology create ghost narratives?

Sparkes will be joined by Natalie Kane, a curator, writer, and researcher working at the intersection of culture, technology, design and futures, and co-curator of Haunted Machines, an ongoing project exploring narratives of myth, magic and haunting around technology; and by Ann Winsper, paranormal investigator and Parapsychology PHD at UCLan.

You’ll also have a chance to explore the Williamson Tunnels, and discover the other end of the GHost Portal that you might have already seen in FACT.

A new commission for FACT and the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, in association with National Museums Liverpool. The project has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Friday 16 December / 6.30pm - 8.30pm / Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre, Liverpool, L7 3EE / £3/£2, booking required

GHost Portal

Wednesday November 30th, 2016

As artist in residence at Williamson’s Tunnels Heritage Centre, Sarah Sparkes is collecting and archiving local Liverpool ghost stories on a new website. If you have a Liverpool ghost story or experience of your own, she would love to hear from you. The ghost stories can be first or second-hand. They can be something that happened to you or a ghost encounter you heard about from someone else in Liverpool. Maybe it’s just a story everyone seems to be aware of, but don’t know the origins. The one rule is that the ghost stories/encounters happened in Liverpool. You can include your name in the story or remain anonymous, as you wish.If you have a Liverpool ghost story or experience of your own, The GHost Portal would love to hear from you.

GHost Formula

Tuesday November 29th, 2016

GHost Formula is part of No Such Thing As Gravity, opening at FACT on 11 November and curated by Rob La Frenais, Sarah Sparkes’ new commission The GHost Formula (2016) is one of the artworks exploring mysteries surrounding the relationship between the living and the dead. Sparkes’ aim is to create a research archive which investigates the nature of ghosts and their ‘hosts.

Sarah Sparkes says "I am an artist and I have also been a big fan of ghost stories in literature, film and television since childhood. I am also interested in how ghost stories become part of local myth and folklore.

Liverpool has so many of these locally famous and infamous ghost stories, more so than many other cities on this haunted isle. So, I am particularly excited to have been commissioned to make a new art work exploring my own and one of Liverpool’s favourite subjects – ghosts!

It will feature a ghost inducing robot, a ghost research area and two specially created ‘ghost tunnels’ linking FACT and Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre."

The GHost Formula is commissioned by FACT (Foundation For Art and Creative Technology) . The GHost Tunnel is supported by Williamson’s Tunnels Heritage Centre with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

Big Trust Launch

Friday September 30th, 2016

Last night the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre played host to the launch of a new charity.The Big Trust will create a new network of influential business leaders from across the city to help businesses to make a difference by sharing their skills, offering training or helping to tackle social problems.

Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive of Liverpool council, will chair the Big Trust, with trustees including Carl Wood, managing director of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales, Paul Corcoran, managing director of Agent Marketing and Andrew Cornish, chief executive of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Pictured are founder members of The Big Trust at the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre - Paul Corcoran, Carl Wood, Helen Heap, Tony O'Neill, Andrew Cornish, Rachel Komrskova, Ged Fitzgerald, Tim Johnston.

Heritage Open Days 2016

Thursday September 8th, 2016

Heritage Open Days are here again. The first of the four free tours at the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre has just gone very successfully.

The remaining three tours are now fully booked.