Dead people on holiday - the exhibition

Event details

Event duration: 
Exhibition ends 5pm, 28 June 2012
Type of event: 
Target audience and any restrictions: 
Not suitable for children
Over 18s only
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
SGDP Gallery, Institute of Psychiatry
16 De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London.


Ticket availability: 
Unlimited places - just turn up

About the event

I’ve never seen anything like this,” was one response to DEAD PEOPLE ON HOLIDAY.

You have, but only if you’ve a long memory. 

A London exhibition is opening on 12 April, and it’s a panorama of sumptuous digital imagery and the resounding testimony of a true Outsider writer.  A new book, from which the show takes its cue, represents the first fusion of visionary art and visionary poetry since William Blake in the 19th Century.  “Visually stunning,” this work has been called: and its writing has been compared in richness to that of the English metaphysical poet John Donne.  A leading British poet of today has acclaimed it as “tight and life-affirming”.  

“The living”, it has been said, “are dead people on holiday”. Stephen Jackson’s exhibition is a ten-year testimony to one man’s living extinction, concluding in acceptance and the chance of a return to hope, love, and a new life. The poetry here pulls apart the inner sadness of encroaching age and irredeemable failure, with a candour which for most of us has to be kept stifled, silent, perhaps barely even thought. Yet this is a book which surmounts despair. If these are the ashes of a failed life, they are the ashes from which a phoenix can rise; and someday, it will.  What has been learnt and shared here has the power to move and perhaps empower us all.

The Public exhibition runs from 12 April - 29 June.  Gallery opening hours: 9 am - 5 pm, weekdays. SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AF.  All are welcome, and entry is free.


Mr Zarsheesh Divecha
(0)20 7848 5341


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