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‘Who Lies Beneath’ – Podcast Audio Experience
November 12 - November 22
This is a podcast audio experience available to download at home.
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, Helen takes the drawings as the starting point for an exploration of life, death, nature and memory. Combining poetry and sensory invitation, she introduces you to The University of Sheffield’s Dr Julia Banwell’s 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. 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