Freud in Blackpool Symposium

Sat 2nd November, Grundy Art Gallery.

On Saturday 2nd November, to mark the close of our current exhibition, Zoe Beloff’s DREAMLAND: The Coney Island Amateur Pyschoanalytic Society and the Blackpool Chapter, the gallery will host Freud In Blackpool; a day-long symposium. Organised in consultation with the Freud Museum in London, the event will be the first of its kind to be staged by the gallery and will explore in greater depth both the exhibition and the history of Freud’s visits to Blackpool, together with an examination of broader themes and questions arising from the interconnection between the fairground and Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis. A range of writers, artists and historians will discuss this unlikely conjunction in relation to literature, film and visual culture.


Zoe Beloff
Michael Eaton
Vanessa Toulmin
Scott Wilson

With a performance from MOUTH (Edia Connole and Scott Wilson) and a reading from ‘Memories, Dreams and Reflections’, a new play by Blackpool-based playwright David Riley.

Tickets for the symposium are £15/£10 students (includes lunch) and are available here via
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

About contributors:

Zoe Beloff

Zoe Beloff is an artist working in a range of media including film, projection, performance, installation and drawing. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screening at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the MHKA Museum, Antwerp and the Pompidou Center, Paris. She is a professor at Queens College CUNY, New York.
Michael Eaton

Professor Michael Eaton MBE, is a screenwriter who specialises in docudrama. His work includes ‘Shipman’, ‘Shoot To Kill’ and ‘Who Bombed Lockerbie?’ His fictional work includes ‘Flowers and the Forest’ and the TV series ‘Signs and Wonders’. He has adapted works by George Eliot and Charles Dickens for BBC Radio 4. His most recent play, based on the life of legendaryVictorian criminal Charlie Peace and set in Nottingham’s Goose Fair opened at the Nottingham Playhouse earlier this month.

Vanessa Toulmin

Professor Vanessa Toulmin is Research Director of the National Fairground Archive, Sheffield, a national research facility for the study of folklore, customs and language. She comes from a Lancashire showland family, and completed her PhD researching the social history of travelling showpeople. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal in 1997 for outstanding achievement.

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, London. His research interests include cultural and critical theory, particularly psychoanalysis and the legacy of Georges Bataille. Recent books include: ‘The Order of Joy: Beyond adn the Cultural Politics of Enjoyment’ and ‘Great Satan’s Rage: American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism’. He is co-editor of the Journel for Cultural Research and co-editor of The Bataille Reader.


MOUTH is an actionist art project in culinary divinomics formed in March 2012 by Edia Connole and Scott Wilson. Recent events include: Land: A Scarcity Banquet, Prosperity Project, Dublin (2013), The Other North Symposium with Jesse Jones, CCA Derry (2013), ‘Break Bread Open’, FACT, Liverpool Biennial (2012).

David Riley

David Riley is a writer, poet and historian based in Blackpool. His play ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections imagines the recollections of Freud thinking back to his visits to Blackpool, amongst other moments in the psychoanalyst’s life.

Image: Zoe Beloff, DREAMLAND model. Photo: Chris Park © Talbot Rice Gallery.

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