26/08/2012 – Graveyard Aesthetics


Available from January 2013


Drawing, painting and sculpture


‘Graveyard Aesthetics’ is a contemporary art exhibition uniting four international artists from Northern Ireland exploring the theme of mortality with a focus on memorials, mausolea, headstones and the cemetery landscape.

Gail Ritchie (1966-), Ciaran Magill (1978-) Brendan Jamison (1979-) and Miguel Martin (1985-) are receptive to the poetic beauty of burial sites and the human impulse to honour the dead.

Making sense of life through understanding and accepting our own inevitable death is a universal commonality that connects every human being on the planet.

Over the past 5 years, Ritchie, Magill, Jamison and Martin have independently researched some of the most significant graveyards in Europe, including Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris. For the first time, this exhibition will unite the different strands of their research and will present a fascinating insight into the visual manifestation of ‘death’s documentation’. The show will feature new drawings, paintings and sugar cube sculptures created in direct response to the cemetery construct.

‘Graveyard Aesthetics’ celebrates all aspects of the cemetery context from the traditional horror genre’s projection of haunting isolation and spooky eeriness to contemporary enquiries on the visual language of memorials, history and documentation…love and loss, honour and pride, hopefulness and joy…


100 metres squared (or greater)


Online catalogue available from January 2013


Sugar cube building workshops available upon request. Suitable for adults and children aged 4+


Artist fees for installation and travel costs. Workshop fees additional.


Return transport of artworks from Belfast to be covered by host venue


Brendan Jamison, artist and curator. jamisonsculpturestudio@gmail.com

Artists Fees required: In keeping with VAI policy, an artist’s fee is required

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