The departed artwork

The Departed

Part séance, part instal­la­tion bridg­ing the gap between phys­i­cal and vir­tu­al realms

Opening Times
18:00 – 20:00
Part séance, part installation, The Departed is an attempt to bridge the gap between physical and virtual realms. Participants will be guided through a process that opens a communication channel between physical and digital worlds. Lockdown has disembodied us from the physical. Our fallible bodies are confined to ‘safe spaces’, isolated and hidden away from harm. We are super-virtual phenomena, wandering cyberspace for a sense of connection. At the same time, we have re-explored the physical pathways, parks and gardens around us. We have listened to new birdsong, and to the silence of carless streets - things we lost as the world unlocked. We invite you to join us in making contact with those things that have departed, in both physical and virtual, human and non-human. We hope to inspire new ways of being in the world; finding what we have lost that was valuable, and discarding the rest.

Artist Bio

Sarah is an interdisciplinary artist exploring digital culture through creative applications of emerging and pervasive technology. Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University’s Interactive Arts course in 2017, she has since been selected to participate in Roche Continents Science and Art residency and was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize. Sarah was the winner of arebyte Gallery’s ‘Hotel Generation’ programme 2019 and is also a member of the Immersive Kind - an interdisciplinary network facilitating knowledge-exchange between artists, scientists and researchers.

Tim runs digital technology company matter II media where he carries out R&D and creates new platforms for a more sustainable and inclusive world, such as I Didn't Buy and Grapevine. Tim creates surreal events with other artists, like City Psychiatrist and he blogs sceptically about AI, blockchain and other spurious technologies.


The Departed will take place at Ashton Court Mansion, Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN.

The location has public car parking (£1.20 cash or Ringo App).

Arrive at the front entrance (as depicted below) by walking from the car park along the front of the side of the building or taxis and other vehicles carrying passengers can also drop off at the front entrance.

The building has level access throughout with no steps.

Personal assistants and assistance animals are very welcome at this event. Detailed information about how to get to the Ashton Court Mansion can be requested before attending. Stewards will be present throughout the walk to greet you and enforce COVID-19 safety measures are adhered to at all times.

Please get in touch if you have specific access needs or would like advice on planning your visit, we'd be happy to help. Please email Martha or call 07799067031.

We are carefully following government safety COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that all in-person events and installations are as safe as possible for visitors. We are making sure that appropriate social distancing, sanitising and face-covering measures are in place, numbers of participants are limited, and fully-trained invigilators and stewards are present throughout.
The departed artwork