Archives for November 2016

29th November 2016 - No Comments!

– New photos by Graeme Oxby

New photos have arrived of the installation 'That which we cannot see...'

Commissioned by Alchemy for The Haunting festival and exhibited at the Leeds Commercial Library, Adele responded to the ghost story entitled The Pomegranate Seed by Edith Wharton.

In the story there is a growing presence that cannot be identified.   A happy new wife soon becomes worried by the darkening presence that she cannot see or confront.  Her tension grows as the chilling presence leaves clues in a imagined dark house. The title takes homage from the Greek Myth where Hades, God of the Underworld, kidnaps Persephone and takes her to the underworld to be his wife. Despite her father's attempts (Zeus) at rescue, Persephone consumes the pomegranate seeds, which seal her fate.  The ceramics reference the pomegranate pollen grain invisible to the naked eye as a metaphor for the ghostly presence.

21st November 2016 - No Comments!

– Alchemy Launch Digital Spirits

We are delighted to invite you to visit Digital Spirits for an online experience of The Haunting: Ghosts of Every Shade.

This includes Simon Armitage reading his unsettling new ghost story Eleven Elms commissioned for The Haunting; Imtiaz Dharker reading A Haunting, a series of deeply moving poems also specially written for this project; animation by Jack Lockhart; spoken word and poetry performances by Rommi Smith, John Siddique and Joe Williams; mesmerising soundscapes by Jonnie Khan; artists, including Adele Howitt, reflecting on their work; online exhibitions of Imtiaz Dharker’s powerful black and white drawings exploring themes of displacement, terror, religious strife, grief and loss and Steve Manthorp’s curious small sculpture such as The Incubus, Adders and Ladders, Bell Book and Candle, The Albigension Hersey and the unforgettable The Haunted Doll’s House inspired by the M.R. James ghost story of the same name.


We hope you enjoy this box of ghostly delights.


Very best wishes


Nima Poovaya-Smith

Director, Alchemy

3rd November 2016 - No Comments!

Salon: Ghosts in the Clay

Tonight at The Leeds Library as part of The Haunting, Ghosts of Every Shade.  That Which We Can't See.... ceramic installation; with performance and readings by Rommi Smith with Jenni Molloy; Psychic Phenomena & Controversy by Paul Smith; Loretta Braganza ceramic display.  Includes high tea!