Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist as Medium

Bringing together more than 30 international artists from the 19th century to the present day, Not Without My Ghosts explores the changing historical and aesthetic terms of artistic engagement with mediumship.

The publication plays with the idea of spectral elements through production. It is wrapped in a lightweight 60gsm jacket material that allows an abstract crop of a chaotically swirling Barbara Honywood artwork to shine through.

The interior of the book is also printed on a lighter paper stock, giving apparitions of upcoming work through the pages.




Drawing Room, London

Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Millenium Gallery, Sheffield

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea


Simon Grant, Lars Bang Larsen, Marco Passi

Assistant Curator

Gillian Fox

The graphic identity of the publication takes the Victoriana that is often associated with a ‘ghost’ aesthetic and presents it in a contemporary fashion without shying away from decoration.

Texts take cues from plaques, memorials and ancient publications. Stylistically shaping paragraphs into points or cutting them off at angles.

Titles and headers are set in Fleischmann, an 18th-century typeface with remarkably modern proportions and openness. Body text is set in Rosart, a contemporary interpretation of the work of both Jacques-François Rosart and Johann Fleischmann, giving it close comparisons to the title typeface.

Symbols of the sun and moon sit on the inside covers, marking the start and end of the book. The waxing moon is surrounded by Roman numerals for ‘2020’, the year of publication.


140 × 240 mm




Section Sewn


Fleischmann, Rosart


Hayward Gallery Publishing