Underground Medieval London

Part of the King’s College London Arts & Humanities Festival 2014: Underground 

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Begin your experience of underground medieval London through a site-specific performance by the Irish artist Ceara Conway in the atmospheric crypt of St Etheldreda’s church in Ely Place. Working with a group of PhD students from King’s College London, Ceara has created a performance piece for the thirteenth century crypt underneath St Etheldreda’s Church inspired by the location and the story of St Etheldreda, whose left hand is kept in a glass reliquary in the church above. Wander in throughout the morning and soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful and historic building.

Ceara Conway is an artist and singer from the Connemara Gaeltacht in the west of Ireland. She received a BA in Glass & Architectural Glass from the Edinburgh College of Art, studied Glass & Photography at Alfred University, New York and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Arts Education from the NCAD in Dublin.

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.

Continue the journey on a walking tour through the hidden medieval sights of London with PhD students from King’s College London as your guides. The tour starts at the beautiful thirteenth century crypt of St Etheldreda’s, where you will hear about the severed hand of St Etheldreda, still kept in this church at the heart of the city of London. You will visit medieval inns, dubious medieval pubs, hidden crypts, and hear the story of the Knights Templar!

Kathryn MaudeFrancesca BrooksHana VideenGabriela CavalheiroMami Kanno, and Charlotte Knight (PhD Students from the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies at King’s College London).

Roundtable discussion:
In the evening, attend a roundtable discussion on creative engagements with the medieval, thinking about how artists and performers have used the medieval past in their work. 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.

With Ceara Conway, Jessica Barker, (Courtauld Institute of Art), Kathryn Maude (King’s College London), and Dr Josh Davies (King’s College London).

With special acknowledgements to:
Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, King’s College London
English Department, King’s College London


 Image Credit: Hana Videen, King’s College London