What a day it has been! The Cat and The Bird have had such a tiring week, moving and assembling sheds, (more of that later), that I thought they could really do with an afternoon out and about in sunny Nunhead, and it just so happened that this weekend was London's 'Open House'. As part of this architectural showcase, there was an art exhibition in the Anglican Chapel in Nunhead Cemetery. The exhibition, 'Here Lies Art!', was inspired by Victorian funeral traditions. Having been buried in the Victorian age, and in this very cemetery, no less, I thought my knackered friends might really enjoy it. So off we went with Maria and Markus.
Before we got anywhere near the exhibition we stopped at the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery stall. The cat and the bird were both utterly thrilled to discover honey made by the bees who dwell in a quiet corner of the cemetery. They, the cat especially, had been on a mission to find local honey. Sweet nectar from the top of the road, you can't get much more local than that. It tastes exceptionally good too!!
If that wasn't enough excitement for one afternoon, they were both delighted/relieved to have finally filled in the subscription forms to become friends of the cemetery. It's something they'd been planning to do for quite a while now, (eight years, combined total.) The bird also bought a few books on the history and residents of the cemetery, which she was most pleased with.
I must give special thanks to Jolanta Jagiello, artist and curator, who allowed me to welcome people into the chapel. I was photographed; sniffed by dogs; one child was particularly fascinated by my toes; and I also lost and found an eye. It was an eventful couple of hours. But what thrilled me most was to see so many people making the effort to come and see art, and in such a wonderful gallery.
So, what about the art? Well, it was all based on the traditions of the Victorian funeral. As far as I understand it, some of the pieces were created especially for the exhibition, and some were existing pieces, some of which have been adapted especially for this event.
I will post more pictures in my Facebook album, HERE, but I will end this bulletin with some my favourite pieces of the day...
My regards to you all,
'Rest in Peace' by Julia Peat
Based on: 'In Nunhead Cemetery' by Julia Peat
|Me, having a little lie down on the interactive art|
'Afterlife' by Sara Scott
Based on: mortal remains
'Ancestral Guardians' by Elisabetta Fumagalli
Based on: ancient standing stones.
'A Bee's Grave' by Megan Mckenzie
Based on: nature's burials
'A Slumber Did Their Spirits Seal' by Debora Mo
Based on: Victorian lace flowers
'Catacomb' by Jill Rock
Based on: Unending labyrinth of rooms
'Life Death Mask' by Kim Thornton
Based on: death masks
'Headless Birds' by Lydia Hardwick
Based on: cemetery birds feeding on worms
'Nevermore' by Kath Cottee
Based on: the mourning skirt and weeping veil