The Hysterical Oracle at Basement Arts

The latest show at the smallest arts venue in Leeds, Beeston’s Basement Arts Project opens on Friday (18 August 2017) as Bruce and Debs Davies welcome back Stephanie Ballantine to their terraced house.

‘The Hysterical Oracle’ is a female figure recurrent in different forms throughout history; chosen at birth she is placed in a temple as a conduit to receive visions informing the running of a future society. The temple is situated on a bed of natural gas which enters her bloodstream as she sits and describes visions in a poetic trance, from knowledge offered by the Oracle and doused with hysteria.

Stephanie Ballantine is a Leeds educated artist now based in Berlin. Having worked as part of the Peripheral collective, a pre-cursor to BasementArtsProject, circa 2008, we welcome her back with an installation featuring a series of photographic works and video piece. On the opening night there will also be a collaborative performance piece with Roma artist Delaine Le Bas.



  • Friday 18 August | 7.30pm – 9.30pm


  • Saturday 19 August | 2pm – 4pm
  • Sunday 20 August | 2pm – 4pm
  • Monday 21 August | 11am – 2pm
  • Saturday 26 August | 2pm – 4pm
  • Sunday 27 August | 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday 1 September | 11am – 2pm

The exhibition will then be open by appointment until Monday 11 September 2017.

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