Date of release: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Designing DeathOpening at the University of Greenwich this month, Material Legacies invites the public to explore how art can help us connect with the dead in a meaningful way.

Featuring projections, felt, clay and more, this exhibition is the result of a four-year collaboration between The Hospice of St Francis, a charity which cares for the terminally ill, and Stacey Pitsillides, Lecturer in Design at the university. 

It runs from Tuesday 28 February until Friday 24 March at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery.

Stacey says: "The collaboration explores how making art supports the bereaved and helps them find a place for the dead in their lives. The works come from collaborating with the bereaved, who all have connections to the hospice and have been exploring their loss through art.

"It investigates what they left behind after someone dies and makes meaningful artefacts that encapsulate who they were, and are now. It invites you to experience how they have crafted their loved ones' physical and digital heritage."

The show opens with a private view on Tuesday 28 February (6pm - 9pm). Book a place here:

Accompanying the exhibition will be a panel discussion on Wednesday 15 March. Designing Death: Challenges and Aesthetics for the 21st Century will consider the growing movement which questions whether current aesthetics and rituals still speak to our contemporary understanding of death.

Panellists will include Ivor Williams, a designer who specialises in death and dying, Dr John Troyer, the Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath and Louise Winter, founder of Poetic Endings, a modern funeral service.

Material Legacies was created for the Stephen Laurence Gallery by Stacey Pitsillides as an outcome of her PhD in Design. This research is in association with the University of Greenwich (Creative Professions and Digital Art) and has been supported by The Hospice of St Francis and Goldsmiths, University of London.

The works exhibited have been produced by Freda Earl, Sam Durant and Anne Marshall in collaboration with Elwin Harewood, and Stacey Pitsillides - with the technical and design support of Aiden Finden and Giulia Brancati. With thanks to Greenwich Bright for the filmed interviews.

The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, 11am - 5 pm and Saturdays 11am - 4 pm.

Stephen Lawrence Gallery: 10 Stockwell Street London SE10 9BD, 020 8331 9954,

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