When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. — Ansel Adams
The Art of Grief is a small organisation offering a range of creative ways to honour death, grief and the loved ones who have died in our lives. We have a gallery, museum and shop which is open every Saturday afternoon from 12.00 - 16.00.
The shop has a bi-monthly theme that brings together artefacts, objects, artworks and research on creative practice and grief. The shop borrows work to exhibit and sell by artists, writers and poets, relating to death and grief as a way to generate conversation. The aim is to create a multi-disciplined shop as a platform for conversation about death, funeral practices, grief and end of life to take place. We have a monthly Art of Grief death cafe which further explores the current shop theme.
I am passionate about creating an open culture where people feel able to talk about end of life, death or grief.
I meet you at the cemetry gates is the theme in the gallery and shop September - October. It pays homage to Morrissey and his spelling of 'cemetry'. It brings together two artworks, this painting by Nicholas Parrett which I am proud to say is now part of The Art of Grief's permanent collection (yep I bought it) and a sculpture by Jonathan Michael Ray which is on loan to the shop from September 4th. The theme invites you to think about the cemetery gate as a setting for artworks, podcasts, film and poetry. The works collected for the newsletter (sign up below) share a theme of stories that emerge from just beyond the cemetery gates, some real some imaged and a little out of reach.
I Meet You At The Cemetry Gate
JONATHAN MICHAEL RAY
4TH SEPTEMBER - 6TH NOVEMBER
OPENING 4TH SEPTEMBER 14.00 - 16.00 DUST, THE SHOP 4-5 ALBERT BUILDINGS, PENZANCE, TRI8 2DB
This small shrine, by sculptor Jonathan Michael Ray was created at home during the first lockdown of 2020. Using objects found or collected only from local sources, it consists of artefacts that suggest debris from a burial site or sacred space.
ART OF GRIEF
The content of this newsletter will form the basis of a death cafe topic. The Art of Grief death cafe will take place the first Saturday of each month as an informal space to talk about death, grief, taboo and end of life. If you would like to join please book through Eventbrite. The event is FREE/donation with invited guests joining me each month. Places are limited to 6 to enable conversation to talk place and everyone to join in.
This month DEATH CAFE will take place in THE SHOP 4-5 ALBERT BUILDINGS, TR182DB
SATURDAY OCTOBER 2nd 10.00 - 11.30 BOOK HERE FREE EVENT
STILL LIFE DRAWING WORKSHOP
A memento mori still life will be set up from objects such as bones, taxidermy, bottles and other interesting objects exhibited in the shop. It is an opportunity to draw freely. This is not a taught class as such although I am happy to give feedback if you feel it would be helpful. It is for those who love drawing and enjoy a variety of death related artefacts to observe and study. You will need to bring a sketch book or paper and the art materials you wish to use. Refreshments will be provided.
ART OF GRIEF
STILL LIFE DRAWING x 6 places
FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER 14.00 - 16.00
£10 PER SESSION BOOK HERE
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