For my final photo shoot and private exhibition, I’m considering Sheffield General Cemetery as a location. The reason being that the cemetery is a very special and tranquil place for me, as I walk in there every day with my dog. Also, the cemetery (opened in 1836) hasn’t been used and was neglected as a cemetery since 1978, but has since undergone a transformation over the years (in parts by Sheffield City Council and Sheffield General Cemetery Trust, who equally own and manage parts of the cemetery).
The cemetery also ties in with my Metamorphosis collection theme, because the cemetery has catacombs (so something hidden beneath its exterior surface) which is what I hope to incorporate into parts of my collection.
For the private exhibition, I was considering the Nonconformist Samuel Worth Chapel, which has been in a state of disrepair since the 1950s, but has since been renovated over the last two years. It is now a functional, beautiful and bright event and exhibition space. I’ve emailed Sheffield General Cemetery Trust to find out how much it would cost to hire the chapel for my private exhibition and I’m waiting for a response. I’m unsure as to whether I want to hire the inside of the chapel or see if I can set up a pop-exhibition outside on the porch, as the pillars and the doorway would make an interesting backdrop for my collection.
I think the cemetery and chapel would be the perfect location for both the photo shoot and exhibition because of the renovation undertaken. The cemetery now has a new life and purpose to its original intent. This ties in perfectly with my recycled fashion experimentation, where I’m creating something new (with hidden features) that has a different design and function to its original purpose.