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Barts Pathology Museum needs your vote

Friday 1 March 2013

Barts Pathology Museum at Queen Mary is competing against the Museum of London in the final of an exciting arts competition, and needs your help in securing the top prize.

The popular Victorian medical museum and event venue at West Smithfield has been shortlisted alongside the Museum of London, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and the Cheltenham Art Gallery for the chance to work with creative brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman.

If Barts Pathology Museum triumphs in a public vote, it will receive funding and assistance to host a unique evening event about dancing and death, in partnership with the controversial artistic duo.

Voting has now opened and you can cast your vote here. Polls close at 5pm on Tuesday 5 March.

Assistant Technical Curator Carla Connolly submitted an application to the competition asking the Chapmans to collaborate on her idea for an evening show called Danse Macabre. The submission proposed a multi-disciplinary, entertaining and educational event that uncovers historical links between dancing and death.

The interactive theatrical performance, dance and music at Danse Macabre would be inspired by topics including: ‘The Dancing Plague’ of 1518 and Mass Psychogenic Illness; the discovery of 12,000 bodies in the Enon Chapel in 1839 and the subsequent tea dances which were held above them; Day of the Dead celebrations; and medical conditions historically described as ‘dancing’, such as St Vitus’ Dance or epilepsy.

Carla said: “The Chapmans have a willingness to mix the macabre with the mirthful in works such as Famine or their ‘vandalised’ Goyas. They don’t take themselves too seriously and are unafraid of pushing boundaries, something that our museum also did to huge success with last year’s headline-grabbing ‘diseased cake festival’, Eat Your Heart Out.

“Our evening seminars and workshops often tackle taboo subjects that span centuries of history and they are extremely popular. London is clearly full of curious, creative types who want their evening entertainment to have an educational element. It would be a huge honour to work with the Chapmans on such an event.”

The Pathology Museum was shortlisted from hundreds of cultural and heritage venues who submitted ideas for unusual events to be held in collaboration with the chosen artists.

The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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