Underground Medieval London: Panel discussion
The Underground Medieval London series will conclude with a panel discussion on creative engagements with the medieval.
This an opportunity to hear Irish artist and singer Ceara Conway reflect upon her engagement with the medieval past in her work, she will also answer any questions about her specially commissioned performance for St Etheldreda's crypt. Ceara will speak alongside academics who will discuss their creative responses to their own medieval research on the city, saint's cults and devotional culture.
Ceara Conway is an artist and singer from the Connemara Gaeltacht in the west of Ireland known for her large scale sculptural works and multi-disciplinary public performances incorporating narration, projection and song. In her most recent works, ''Vicissitudes" (2013) commissioned by 'Difference Exchange' and the Derry City of Culture and ''Making Visible" (2013- 14) supported by the Irish Arts Council/CREATE; she has responded to various themes such as exile, ritual, lament and the current socio-political experiences of women living within the Direct Provision System in Ireland.
Jessica Barker, Courtauld Institute of Art. Jessica's research explores the commemoration of married couples, looking at what this might reveal about medieval attitudes do marriage, death and resurrection. It seeks t draw together two strands of scholarship: the social/religious history of marriage and the development of tomb sculpture.
Kathryn Maude, King's College London. Kathryn was a scholar in residence on the Island of Raasay as part of the Colm Cille Spiral, a series of contemporary art and literature commissions and dialogues rethinking the legacy of 6th Century Irish monk Colm Cille, or St Columba. She studies the involvement of women in the literature of the early middle ages.
Image: Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photograph Collection, #15-5-3090, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library