Death is a destination we all face. Nevertheless, the metropolis we have created is an apparently deathless society which barely acknowledges the organic process of decay and renewal. Children are marginalised, death and illness concealed. Drugging you with routine, the framework of the Metropolis allows you to dream and plan but the experience is one of alienation.
Gallery show linked to Red-Thread charity – delivering creative workshops for youths perviously admitted to King’s College Hospital A&E. Project focused on raising self-confidence through different creative interactions and introduced youths to a selection of new locations including The Prince’s Drawing School.
Special activities included: Charity Fundraising workshop; Press-preview with Council representatives; Sandbox business networking events; Live soundscape performances; and implementing mobile systems to donations.
Necropolis, the exhibition title, is taken from the London Necropolis Company who completed the London Necropolis Railway in 1854 between Waterloo and the biggest cemetery in the world at Brookwood. The company aimed to achieve a monopoly in the removal of dead bodies from London.
Cherry Pickles and Alexander Lumsden, like so many other artists, have been drawn to London to work. The city has directly influenced the two artists’ subject matter, their colour palettes and their desire to give back to the community.
Soundscape: ‘Resonant Cityscape’created by – IASM (In A Sleeping Mood) www.inasleepingmood.bandcamp.com