(A Halloween, Horror and Carnival Themed) Art Exhibition October 13-October 31, 2017
Preview Opening, Friday, October 13, 2017, 18:30-21:30. Free.
Gallery 23
23 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh, EH3 8HQ
Tel. (0131) 229 1528

The term masquerade has its roots in the French word ‘mascarade’ and the Italian word ‘maschera.’ From the 14th century onwards, masquerade balls were part of Europe’s carnival season. Yet, it was the advent of the Venetian carnavale, when elaborate costumes and white face paint were used to conceal identities giving participants free license to engage in questionable or scandalous behaviours, that brought worldwide popularity. Why is it that people often experience a great sense of freedom when they are disguised? Gallery 23 is pleased to invite you to exhibition featuring Halloween or Samhain inspired artworks, masks, and costumes. Please join us for our opening featuring performance art. Free + a complimentary drink


In conjunction with our exhibition Gallery 23 Film Sessions will host an Asian Horror

Film Lecture and screening with Dr. Chris Perkins (Asian Lit & Film, University of

Edinburgh) discussing Ringu/The Ring (1998), Friday, October 20th, 6:30-9:30. Hideo Nakata’s classic Japanese psychological horror film was adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki, which in turn draws upon Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. This film revolutionised the cinema horror genre, inspiring scores of copycat films although Ringu remains the original. Discussing the film, Perkins asks the question of whether fear is universal and discusses the impact of Japanese culture on the Western horror genre.

The exhibition opening will be held at the gallery’s West End location on Friday, October 13th, from 6:30-9:30.




Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12.00 / 5.00 p.m. | Saturday 12.00

p.m./ 4.00 p.m.




Gallery 23 is affiliated with ESU Scotland (English Speaking Union), an international charity recognised for its schools’ educational programmes. All proceeds from art sales support the charity.

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