Wainsgate Death and Life Walk

A dialogue between the residents of Wainsgate Graveyard past and present through a series of screen-printed banners and a performance by the artist.

Drawing on historical records relating to burials in the graveyard during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries together with contemporary wildlife surveys, the installation explores the relationships between the natural and human in this early Baptist Graveyard. The artist further explored these issues in a performance as a mid nineteenth century baptist minister promenading the graveyard and visiting the nine banners, each of which explored a different connection.

Commissioned as part of the Hebden Bridge Open Studios weekend, the installation was kindly facilitated by members of the Wainsgate Chapel Studios and Friends, in particular Rob Hopper who first suggested the idea that I work there.

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