It is reported that in 1908 Sigmund Freud visited the seaside holiday resort of Blackpool, staying close to the fairground attractions. Apparently, he penned fond letters of his experience in good old Blighty, back to his family. This particular nugget of information makes me giggle because 21st Century Blackpool is hardly somewhere to write home about these days.
Nonetheless, artist Zoe Beloff has created works focusing on Freud's interest in these sites of fantasy as a starting point to display the history of the Coney Island Psychoanalytical Society, who are a small group of Freud followers. Interestingly, the group of followers are now considered an urban myth.
Building on Zoe's work is the Symposium, which takes places at the Grundy Art Gallery. It will be the first undertaking of this kind held at the gallery, with discussions, as well as events, on the subject of 'Freud in Blackpool'.
Tickets for the symposium cost £15/£10 students, and includes lunch. If you're a die hard fan I guess you'll be happy to discuss your favourite philosopher for a little mula.