Artists to mark Day of Dead with display on Gloucester Road

October 01 2013
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Artists from Room 212 will be bringing the “Day of the Dead” to Gloucester Road this month with a themed window display and exhibition.

by Rebecca Day

Artists from Room 212 will be bringing the “Day of the Dead” to Gloucester Road this month with a themed window display and exhibition.

Running from October 16 to November 3, artists will be displaying pieces of work that reflect the Mexican festival which celebrates and honours those who have passed.

In Mexico, on El Dia de los Muertos, it is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their families on October 31 and depart two days later.

On November 1, Mexico's streets, near the cemeteries, are filled with decorations of papel picado (paper cut into elaborate designs), flowers, candy skeletons and skulls, and parades.

“It might sound somewhat morbid," says Sarah Thorp, owner of Room 212, a gallery, shop and art space on Gloucester Road, “but the Mexicans react to death with mourning alongside happiness and joy. The artists at Room 212 will be giving their own interpretation of this upbeat and colourful festival.”

During the October half term there will be Day of the Dead activities, including a carved pumpkin competition (October 30, 5-8pm), where people can bring along a carved or decorated pumpkin to be judged and displayed at Room 212, and an opportunity for children and adults to create Milagros – little charms which symbolise things they are grateful for (November 1).

For more details on Day of the Dead activities, visit Room 212 on Facebook.