Mick Peter: Old Ghosts

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Studio Selfie
Jan 14, 2022May 15, 2022

Old Ghosts  is an exhibition of new work by Glasgow-based artist, Mick Peter. Old Ghosts takes a wry and affectionate look at the idea of history as an industry. In several surprising interventions, inside and outside the Holburne Museum, visitors will encounter amusing tableaux which appear to be cartoons that have come to life.

You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum.

Old Ghosts creates a narrative trail through the Museum and its Garden that humorously critiques the conventions of heritage sites. Outside the gallery, there will be what appears to be an archaeological dig complete with a half-buried “Roman” road, although the artefacts being revealed are somewhat ‘wrong’. Meanwhile, on the Holburne’s famous facade – known to Jane Austen as the Sydney Hotel, and more recently to fans of the Bridgerton TV series as the home of Lady Danbury – facing Great Pulteney Street, a hapless signwriter desperately tries to complete his task of refreshing the Museum’s signage.

Inside the Museum a screen test takes place in the ballroom, with the backdrop a drawn (everything is derived from Peter’s drawings) version of a Georgian room but with camera operators, runners, take-away coffees, and the other paraphernalia of a film set. Here, Mick Peter is playfully riffing on the Holburne’s role as both an art gallery and a film location, along with the history of Bath and, in so doing, is contemplating a new way of thinking about the Museum in the 21st-century.

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Image credit: Studio Selfie (c) Mick Peter

Tickets & Booking
Before you visit please read our Museum Charter and Q&A at our coronavirus page.
Your entry ticket Includes all of our Special exhibitions, temporary displays in addition to our permanent collection. Valid all day for the date you book and not timed (you can enter any time during our normal opening hours). There are no timed entry tickets.
You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum.
Last Admissions to the Museum is 4.30pm.
Once you have booked online you will receive a confirmation email. Please show this on your mobile or smart device on entry or print it off at home and show on entry.

*To celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition Mick Peter: Old Ghosts we are delighted to offer free museum entry for families February half term (19-27 February) and Easter holidays (9-24 April) 2022.*

Collect a free family activity trail from the museum front desk and explore the Holburne in a new way! Available every weekend and school holiday.

We look forward to seeing you.


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