A graceful death, portraits of the dying

A graceful death, portraits of the dying

An exhibition of portraits exploring the theme of a graceful death will be on display at St Mary's University, Twickenham, in May. The works are intended as a powerful, loving and life-affirming visualisation of people facing the end of their life.

A graceful death, portraits of the dying

An art exhibition on the subject of a ‘a graceful death’ will be on display at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, with an evening launch event on Thursday 11th May.

The artist responsible, Antonia Rolls, developed the exhibition from paintings she made of her partner as he was dying of liver cancer in 2007.

Confronting death

Following his death, Antonia painted and interviewed other people facing a terminal diagnosis. Their images and words are intended to show that dying is normal, and this is how these individuals are going through it. She describes the show as “a powerful, loving and life-affirming exhibition of portraits of, and interviews with, people facing the end of their life.”

Antonia says: “I ask my sitters two things. ‘Who are you?’ and ‘What do you want to say?’ All of the people in the exhibition want to tell us that though they are dying, they are still alive. It is while addressing dying in the exhibition, that we celebrate the life.”

Join us for the launch of a Graceful Death

The opening night of A Graceful Death is on Thursday 11th May. A launch event will take place in the Waldegrave Drawing Room at St Mary’s University in Twickenham from 5.30 – 9.00pm. The show will then continue on Friday 12th May 2017, 10.00 – 9.00 pm and Saturday 13th May 2017, 10.00 – 4.00 pm.

Margaret Doherty, Director, Art of Dying Well commented: “I’m looking forward to speaking at the Graceful Death exhibition at St Mary’s on the evening of Thursday 11th May.  It is a wonderful initiative. I encourage anyone reading this to come along. and invite your friends and family.”

The exhibition is presented by the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies and is supported by the Art of Dying Well.