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Liverpool Ghost Stories wanted for The Ghost Portal

20 October 2016 by Laura

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Still image from ‘Time You Need’, 2015 © Sarah Sparkes

In this guest blog artist, Sarah Sparkes, tell us how you can get involved in her latest project.


I am an artist and I have also been a big fan of ghost stories in literature, film and television since childhood. I am also interested in how ghost stories become part of local myth and folklore.

Liverpool has so many of these locally famous and infamous ghost stories, more so than many other cities on this haunted isle.  So, I am particularly excited to have been commissioned to make a new art work exploring my own and one of Liverpool’s favorite subjects – ghosts!

The art work, ‘The GHost Formula’, will be part of the exhibition ‘No Such Thing As Gravity’ at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), curated by Rob La Frenais. It will feature a ghost inducing robot, a ghost research area and two specially created ‘ghost tunnels’ linking FACT and Williamson’s Tunnels Heritage Centre.

As artist in residence at Williamson’s Tunnels Heritage Centre, I will be collecting and archiving local Liverpool ghost stories on a new website. If you have a Liverpool ghost story or experience of your own, I would love to hear from you. The ghost stories can be first or second-hand. They can be something that happened to you or a ghost encounter you heard about from someone else in Liverpool. Maybe it’s a just a story everyone seems to be aware of, but don’t know the origins. The one rule is that the ghost stories/encounters happened in Liverpool. You can include your name in the story or remain anonymous, as you wish.

And, if you are interested in your story joining the archive,  there will be opportunities for us to meet and record your story for posterity.

I am really happy to have National Museum of Liverpool working with me to help collect the ghost stories. We will be organising some of the stories into categories inspired by exhibits that can be found among the Museum of Liverpool‘s wonderful collection.

The GHost Portal website is still manifesting, but it will soon be available to view here.

In the meantime you can send your stories to: info@theghostportal.co.uk

Happy Halloween!
Sarah Sparkes

No Such Thing As Gravity runs at FACT from 11th November 2016 – Feb 6th 2017.

The GHost Formula is commissioned by FACT (Foundation For Art and Creative Technology) . The GHost Tunnel is supported by Williamson’s Tunnels Heritage Centre with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

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