The House of Secret Histories

This exhibition arises from Karen Harvey’s Academic Residency at Bank Street Arts. One ambition for this Residency was to situate Karen’s completed historical research in the context of a late-Georgian domestic space and in collaboration with non-historians whose practice could spark new ways to communicate historical knowledge. Karen collaborated with three artists who worked together over a period of five months: Angelina Ayers (Writer in Residence), Ian Baxter (sound artist), and Katherine Johnson (visual artist). The group has responded to the history of late Georgian buildings and their occupants, and to the Bank Street buildings specifically, to create a set of integrated works. The installations do not seek to reconstruct the past. They engage imaginatively with it and in so doing bring something of that past alive.

More details of Ian Baxter’s Installation, The Ballad of Bank Street, can be found here

Katherine Johnson produced a spectacular book work, adapting Tristram Shandy to the contemporary gallery.


The work was supported by an ‘Arts Enterprise’ award from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and by the Department of History, University of Sheffield.