Tate Britain Course

The Haunted Gallery

The Drawing Tour with Sarah Sparkes © Tate 

Explore the concept of Tate Britain as a haunted space and make your own creative responses

This four-week course led by artist and curator Sarah Sparkes will explore the idea of the gallery as a haunted space, responding to Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One, works in the permanent collection and the history of Tate Britain.

Drawing on material from the exhibition and Tate's own history, the course will interrogate the psychological impact of mass trauma upon societies and their culture – from world war to colonial legacies. Looking at examples from contemporary artists, you will investigate the role technology plays in shaping the idea of the ghost. Taking inspiration from these ideas and responding to the notion of the gallery and its past you will create your own artistic responses within the collections and around the buildings at Tate Britain.

Participants will have the chance to use drawing, text and image interventions, films and photographs and installation to investigate the idea of the gallery as a haunted space.

This course includes a visit to Aftermath. Materials provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera or smartphone to document your interventions. Suitable for all levels of artistic experience.

Course Tutor

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. 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.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD​​​.​

Tate Britain

Meet in the Manton Foyer

London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit


Every Friday at 18.45–20.45

15 June – 6 July 2018