All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding

Jonathan Baldock, PA UBU, 2015. Installation shot at The College of Wooster Art Museum. Photo: Petr Wiese
Events > 2019 > July > All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding

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Created by Naila Scargill

Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourn Cambridge CB23 2TX

[07.07.2019] Wysing Arts Centre is delighted to announce an ambitious new exhibition to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Staged across its 11-acre rural site, All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding considers art as magic, artists as magicians, and the studio as a magical site. 

The exhibition begins as an idealistic retelling of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1779 tale in which an apprentice uses the master’s magic to cause chaos in the unattended studio, before being caught and punished. In a deliberate act of misreading, All His Ghosts… leaves the tale unfinished, reinterpreting the story as one of liberation. With the forbidding master sorcerer gone, and the story’s moralising ending removed, the apprentice is free to experiment, to create and to fail without judgement.

All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding features new commissions from artists Jill McKnight, Tessa Norton, Pallavi Paul, Imran Perretta and Morgan Quaintance alongside works from Jonathan Baldock, Anna Bunting-Branch, Olivier Castel, Melika Ngombe Kolongo, Shana Moulton, Harold Offeh, Heather Phillipson, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Phil Root and Tai Shani.

For further information on All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding, visit Wysing Arts Centre’s website here.

Naila Scargill
About Naila Scargill 248 Articles
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.

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