Behind St Thomas’ Hospital, and formerly a Buddhist centre, Gabriel Fine Art is situated near an old burial ground and close to the site of the old train station used in 1848 for transporting the bodies of the Cholera epidemic - it is rich with a history associated with death.
The Devil in Shaw’s philosophical play 'Man and Superman' claims ‘This marvellous force of Life of which you boast is a force of Death. Man measures his strength by his destructiveness’. More than 30 South London Women Artists and friends come together to challenge such a notion by harnessing the force of life, rather than death, through the art process, and question through their work the finality of death. Each artist may have different beliefs and cultural backgrounds but death in the end unites us all. Confronting ‘the end’ and the darkness of fear or futility can unleash a transition, a liminal state, a courageous leap into something new.
SLWA is collaborating with Gabriel Fine Art and Southbank Mosaics who are based in the Crypt at St Johns Church Waterloo SE1 where there will be a FREE event on Saturday 25 April 2015 2-4pm showcasing The Rye Poets, Beata Kozlowska who will create a live performative drawing and the duo Sarah Lloyd and Ian Kennedy will sing songs about death. Come join us after for tea and cake as we host a Death Cafe, a forum for discussion, led by Compassionate Funerals.
The closing event at Gabriel Fine Art on Friday 1 May 2015 6.30-8.30pm will also offer poetry and performance. There will be a special SLWA publication for sale for £10.00, a catalogue documenting the artwork, poetry and exhibition.
Jacqueline Merry Bernard