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Who Lies Beneath Audio Walk
November 12 - November 22
This is a self-led activity – please follow social distancing guidelines.
Wadsley Church cemetery in north Sheffield is home to a mass grave: 2,500 people who died at the nearby mental asylum between 1872 and 1948. A small plaque, erected in 2012, is the only evidence of this tragic, hidden history.
Earlier this year, Mexican-British artist Helen Blejerman created a series of artworks, ‘A Visual Theory of the Soul’, based on the living flora of the churchyard and in memory of the 2,500 unnamed ‘pauper souls’ buried there. In this downloadable guided walk, Dr Julia Banwell takes Helen’s captivating drawings as the starting point for an exploration of life, death, nature and memory. Combining poetry, sensory invitation and conversation with the artist, she introduces you to her research on death and visual cultures and invites you to experience a renewed connection with your surroundings.
You will be able to access the audio file during the festival by following this link. Please note: although the audio experience has been designed to accompany a walk in Wadsley cemetery, it can also be enjoyed at home or in another place of your choosing. Content warning: includes references to death and grief that some listeners may find triggering.
Part of an ongoing Arts and Humanities Knowledge Exchange project at The University of Sheffield: Soil and Soul.
This event is part of the hub series organised by The University of Sheffield.
Image: Helen Blejerman, URTICA DIOICA — Common nettle, 2020