Old Ghosts: Solo show and new commission supported by Arts Council England, The Holburne Museum, Bath

Michael Peter (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Exhibition dates: 14 January 2022 - 15 May 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.

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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHolburne Museum
Media of outputOther
SizeSolo show and new commission supported by Arts Council England
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2022
EventOld Ghosts - Holburne Museum, Bath, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jan 202215 May 2022


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