Monday, October 10, 2011

Opening night success at Deane Road Cemetery Art and Photography Exhibition

Thursday 6th October saw the opening night of the Deane Road Jewish Cemetery Art and Photography Exhibition.

55 people came along to enjoy a wonderful evening and enjoy and appreciate the art on show.

Photo: Councillor Louise Baldock with Jewish Councillor, Jeremy Wolfson and Iftikhar, local Kensington resident and Amhadiyya Muslim, in Kensington Methodist Church - our project attracts multi-cultural, muli-faith support.  

Photo: Fiona Filby has created the most exquisite photo images entitled "All things grow with time except grief". I shall be buying myself a set at only £70 for all 8, to hang on my sitting room wall so that I will always remember this wonderful cemetery, long after the restoration project is complete.  

Photo: This shows a wonderful
 painting by Paul Gatenby, one of a pair
 which attracted much interest on opening night.


Photo: These four stunning drawings, executed with a biro were created by Jane Hughes and show images of the cemetery interspersed with prose, suggested to the artist as she sat sketching during open days.

Photo: This shows artist Xia Lu with her own art, created using Chinese Ink on Rice Paper.
Photo: Carol Ramsay, Activity Plan Manager and Volunteer
 Manager for Deane Road Cemetery Committee,
showing her own artwork. This image has been used
to illustrate the publicity material for the event.
 I have bought a copy of this stunning piece.


Photo: Ray Condell, popular local Community Your Place warden displaying his exciting photographs featuring unexpected angles and depictions of the cemetery set within a community context

The highlight of the evening was a one night only viewing of a light installation, created by Robyn Woolston inside the cemetery grounds. Entitled "Shadow/Light", it involved the siting of 100 white lights across and around the cemetery at strategic places, giving height and depth to the space and showing it in a whole new way.

Guests enjoyed coffee and cake whilst perusing the art and photography, displayed in Kensington Methodist Church on Kensington, before moving to the cemetery at about 8pm once it was sufficiently dark enough to appreciate Robyn's work.

The exhibition will run until October 23rd and will be open in the church on Thursdays and Fridays (11am-4pm) and Sundays (1pm-4pm).

There is also a chance to see our 15 minute film about the restoration project, and to find out more about our work.

Do please call in, I shall be there on the 20th to welcome anyone who would like to talk about any aspect of the cemetery restoration project.

Many thanks to Lisa Shearwood-Vingoe and all at Riverside Housing for their support for the exhibition - and for the photographs!

And a huge thank you to everyone on the committee and to our two members of staff for all their hard work in bringing this art and heritage event to Kensington.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on this terrific event!

I would like details about Jane Hughes’ beautiful biro drawings. Are they for sale? it’s difficult to gauge how large they are, indeed I’m only guessing but the lyrical line work is very impressive and evocative.

Can you let me know.

Nicola Vance