GHOST HOLE is a Haunted Art House themed event created and curated by artist Vanessa Rieger in Toronto, Ont.
❝Ghost Holes are an unexplained phenomena that occur in areas of high paranormal activity. They can be found in attics, alleyways, under bridges or under beds. When the veil between worlds is thinnest, these otherwise dark and lonely places become activated and transformed. Mysterious ghosts and supernatural entities have been recorded opening doorways that can lead into other worlds, other times and other dimensions.❞
Ghost Hole has been an annual event since 2008 and has acted as a not-for-profit event with proceeds that go towards supporting artists fees and independent artist-run organizations within Toronto.
The main focus of Ghost Hole is to activate alternative locations in Toronto that are otherwise over-looked but already considered “creepy” or “haunted”. Artists are invited to submit to Ghost Hole and investigate the location, the history and act as mediums or creative-psychics to produce artworks, installations and performances that will transform the space for the Halloween weekend. Artists are also encouraged to collaborate together on projects and installations, creating a multi-disciplinary and multi-media works that are interactive and engaging for attendees.
Starting in 2012, Ghost Hole has become a residency program in participation with Artscape. Artists currently have the opportunity to live and work in studios located at the old Gibraltar Point Public School, which is now an Artscape residency. This gives artists the opportunity to spend quality time within the space, partake in communal experiential activities with other residency artists and opens up more possibility for collaboration and site specific works.