THE DYING ART
Exhibition open until Sunday 24 May. 12-6pm weekend opening. Friday 12-3pm.
Photos by Aaron Jacob Jones & Nikki Shaill for Art Macabre (c)
We had a celebration event with a late evening opening of the exhibition THE DYING ART on Thursday 21 May 2015 at The Old School Rooms, URC at The Round Chapel in Clapton. The artists and guests enjoyed meeting one another, eating skull snacks, sipping local brews from Pressure Drop, some drop-in death drawing, and most importantly talking about death together in a positive, sometimes emotional, open way.
Over the week, over 250 visited the exhibition. There was a mixture of different ages, from children and families to older people. Like responses and thoughts on death itself, the responses that the exhibition has provoked have been varied and individual. From thoughtful discussion, to laughter and sparking anecdotes about funny things that happened at family funerals, to tears and memories shared:
“Made me laugh, made me cry- very poignant” Carole
“Really interesting to see someone returning identity to the dead and items.” Kat
“Great to see so many perspectives on death” Caroline
“So beautiful and thoughtful. So good to see death considered so openly” Anon
Thanks to everyone for coming and showing your support for the exhibition and Dying Matters Awareness Week. Don’t forget to think about and do the 5 things before you die, on the postcards you took away.
Thanks to our volunteers: Steve Ritter, Amy Nick, Gee Potter, Amy Nick, Emily Lake, Clare Bungey, Heather Shaill, Rosemary Dean & Aaron Jacob Jones (who also took these photos). Thanks to Tasha Marks for donating AVM Curiosities edible anatomical prints- treasures to take away. Thanks to the amazing team at The Round Chapel for hosting us, including Paula, Rob, Joe and Jorn from I Love Chatsworth Rd who pioneered the use of the space as a gallery and gave us the idea!
Yes. We’re in Hackney.