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Summer Events @ West Norwood Cemetery

See on Scoop.itLondon Life


“The oldest Gothic Cemetery in the world launches amazing new outdoor art project!


21 different artists have been given a platform for their work in this beautiful setting – one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, in West Norwood.


There will be new site-responsive works by 21 artists located around the grounds of this historic Victorian cemetery in South London .This will provide a unique platform for contemporary artists to develop work exploring notable burials, histories and themes in this inspiring setting.


Sculptures, ceramics, sound, textiles, photography and poetry will create a magical trail to attract new audiences to the site, with a specially designed free trail map by Okido.”




22nd June to 28th July 2013, West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Rd SE27 9JU 


Friday 21st June, Private View at West Norwood Cemetery 6-9pm, then at The Portico Gallery, Knights Hill, West Norwood SE27 0HS 9-10.30pm –


Saturday 6th July, live evening event in the Greek Section of the cemetery


Sunday 7th July, open day including a programme of artists’ talks, with West Norwood FEAST


Sunday 21st July, A Grand Picnic for the Common Dead, West Norwood Cemetery 12-5pm

Ursula O’Reilly Traynor‘s insight:

for more info about this fascinating place:


London Life has put Sat 7th July/ Open Day in the diary. It’s a place I’ve always intended to visit and the Open Day (or the Grand Picnic on July 21st) sounds like fun! If you can have fun in a cemetery? I have enjoyed visitng graveyards in Ireland since I was a child. I used to go to the Protestant churchyards with my father. The strange names and the imposing memorials would grip my imagination;  they seemed so "exotic", so  far removed from my day to day catholic upbringing.But I digress! West Norwood, here I come!


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