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Horror with Hardeep Pandhal and David Steans

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Join artists Hardeep Pandhal and David Steans for a writing workshop delving into the horror genre.

Beholding horror as a messy site of queasy dissonances, subversive reclamations and disorientating affective powers, Pandhal considers the potential of a Weird South Asian Gothic, while Steans looks to the uncanny effects and spectral residues of media technologies. Together they invite participants to horrify themselves and one another by writing in, on, and through the genre, in a creative exercise based on an initial, chilling scenario: a writing workshop at the Barbican.

Workshop Accessibility

This 2-hour writing workshop has space for 25 participants and will include practical exercises and discussion. No prior writing experience required. Please contact [email protected] with questions about access. 


Hardeep Pandhal is an artist based in Glasgow. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including, most recently: British Art Show 9, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Aberdeen (2021-22); Goldsmiths Centre of Contemporary Art (2020); Tramway, Glasgow (2020); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2019); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2019); South London Gallery, London (2018); New Museum, New York (2018). He was shortlisted for the Jarman Film Award in 2018.

David Steans is an artist and writer based in Leeds, UK. Recent projects include Mummy Hood Nesting Forest (2022), commissioned by Primary, Nottingham, and Puppy the Goblin (2020), screened at Tate Britain in 2022. In 2021 he was commissioned to write a new text, Curtainz, for Documents of Contemporary Art: Magic (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press). In 2018, Deptford X Contemporary Art Festival published his book of experimental horror stories, From the Lounge. He teaches Fine Art at Leeds Arts University.