Curious Site-Specific Art trail returns to West Norwood Cemetery in London

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 June 2013

Exhibition preview: Curious – A Site-Specific Art trail at West Norwood Cemetery, West Norwood Cemetery, London, until July 28 2013

A photo of a sign saying I miss you made out of pink fabric over a leafy graveyard
© Lucy Spanyol
West Norwood Cemetery, Sir William Tite’s 1837 gothic funerary landscape, became known as the Millionaires’ Cemetery thanks to the notable artists and inventors laid to rest within its hallowed grounds.

Its monuments have often been likened to the more heralded ones at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, so perhaps it’s no surprise to find a crop of artists responding to some of its 65 Grade II-listed structures.

In a trail backed by the Mayor of London and charted on a special map, artist Jane Millar has commissioned 22 respondents, including an installation in the Maddick Mausoleum, a Flower Theatre by Jane Brockbank, tromp l’oeil from Jane Ward and Andrea Thoma and, in a work inviting visitors to create verse with text from around the site, an intervention by poet Chris McCabe.

Mylands, the oldest manufacturers of paint in London, contribute their oils to a special piece by up-and-comer Xanthus Andrews, while a pedal-powered Victorian train carriage should prove particularly popular on the penultimate weekend, when historians, local food producers and residents will gather in the common grave area for a day of performances, A Grand Picnic for the Common Dead.

More pictures:

A monochrome photo of various weird objects inside a case
© Jane Wildgoose, 2001
A photo of a stone monument within a graveyard
© Andrea Thoma
A photo of a stone monument within a graveyard
© Jane Ward
A photo of a painting inside the door of a graveyard monument
© Jane Ward
A photo of a painting inside the door of a graveyard monument
© Jane Ward
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This is such beautiful artwork! Where is this located? I would love to visit these paintings in person sometime!
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