Messages, Medals and Memorials Deeds Not Words

Here Lies ART!


A Public Art Exhibition of Victorian Funeral Traditions

in Anglican Chapel at Nunhead Cemetery

Curated by Jolanta Jagiello

Open House Weekend: 18th to 19th September 2010

During Victorian times no funeral was complete without pomp and ceremony provided by undertakers with black-plumed horses, elaborate horse-drawn hearses, funeral coaches, and attendants. It is not easy to understand the Victorian pre-occupation with death nor the logic applied to the expense of a funeral. The onset of World War I brought the demand for ornate funerals to an end.

This public art exhibition brings these funeral traditions alive in the splendid restored Anglican Chapel at Nunhead Cemetery, one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries on the outskirts of London, opened in 1840. Here Lies Art inspired by: burials and catacombs, tombs and monuments, mourning dress and stationery, angels and symbols of death. And a photographic tribute to the Leysdown tragedy, where 8 Walworth scouts drowned at sea, one of them, William Beckham, is an ascendant of the footballer David Beckham.

Come and be entertained by death: make our Victorian mute smile played by Megan Broadmeadow, take rest on the bench designed by Julia Peat and then read a poem in rhyming slang, enjoy an informative poetry performance by Narayani Guibarra on Victorian mourning dresses, and hear a Great War poem by David Jones, read by Hywel Wynn Jones and Jill Rock, and special poetry performance by Sarah Reilly. Tours up to the top of the turret tower and into the crypt of the Chapel are available in the afternoon.

Interactive Map

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A Poetry Performance - Narayani | DOWNLOAD |
A Poetry Performance - Sarah Reilly | DOWNLOAD |
Performance - David Jones | DOWNLOAD |
Performance - Megan Broadmeadow | DOWNLOAD |


Comments Book | DOWNLOAD |

In Association With:
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by Elisabetta Fumagalli
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hereliesart/geraldine_hallett.JPGBroken Memorials
by Geraldine Hallet
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hereliesart/jeremy_turner.JPGGreen Green Grass of Home
by Jeremy Turner
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by Alex Halfin
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by Lorraine Clarke
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hereliesart/linda_lomri.JPGThe Uninvited Guest
by Linda Lomri
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hereliesart/desiree_ickerodt.JPGThe Remains of the child
by Desiree Ickerodt
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by Mike Hoath
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hereliesart/brian_mckenzie.JPGFell Asleep
by Brian McKenzie
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hereliesart/deborah_gardner.JPGObjects of Desire
by Deborah Gardner
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hereliesart/kath_cottee.JPGNever More
by Kath Cottee
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hereliesart/bridget_mckenzie.JPGThe Leysdown Tradegy - a memorial walk
by Bridget McKenzie
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by Elizabeth Chojak-Mysko
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hereliesart/dorothy_love.JPGUnknown Family
by Dorothy Love
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by Jill Rock and Richard Cardew
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by Gillian Laidlaw
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by Jeff Soan
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hereliesart/julia_peat.JPGRest in Peace
by Julia Peat
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hereliesart/mali.JPGMemories Remain
by Mali
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by Sara Scott
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hereliesart/megan_mckenzie.JPGA Bees Grave
by Megan Mckenzie
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hereliesart/nick_baetz.JPGTwist and Turn
by Nick Baelz
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hereliesart/ cold and stiff from Oliver Twist. (p.6)
by Jane Howard
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hereliesart/kim_thornton.JPGLife Death Mask
by Kim Thornton
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hereliesart/debora_mo.JPGA slumber did their spirits seal
by Debora Mo
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hereliesart/lydia_hardwick.JPGHeadless Birds
by Lydia Hardwick
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hereliesart/jolanta_jagiello.jpgRuffled Black Plumes
by Jolanta Jagiello
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hereliesart/megan_broadmeadow.JPGNow I lay Thee Down
by Megan Broadmeadow
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