A discussion on ageing, dying and death involving artists, philosophers, clinicians and other end of life professionals.
Thursday 2 June 2011, 11.30am-3.30pm
Venue: The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD
Free event, including lunch
Why isn't the prospect of own death, or those we care about, part of our everyday conversation? There's little in the mainstream media about death as the natural conclusion to life. And even less about what we might do to make sense of, or come to an accommodation with that fact.
Its well known within palliative care circles that by the time death is upon us, most of us still won’t be ready for it – even if we are elderly. It seems curious that this one certainty about our lives – its end – could remain unplanned for, unanticipated even, by the majority of us.
As an arts organisation Fabrica is interested in how artists and cultural organisations can play a role in bringing this subject into the mainstream. This event aims to bring together a range of professionals to explore the wider value of artists and arts organisations working with this subject matter.
The event also marks the launch of a commission brief for an artist to produce a new work for Fabrica in 2012/2013 which will explore end of life themes.
Jordan Baseman – Artist
Dr Paul Davies - Reader in Philosophy, The Centre for Visual Fields,
Centre for Literature and Philosophy, University of Sussex
Sue Eckstein – Novelist, playwright and Lecturer in Clinical and
Biomedical Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
David Harradine – Artistic Director of Fevered Sleep
Dr Andreas Hiersche - Macmillan Consultant Palliative Medicine, Lead
Clinician Palliative Care, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.
Jan McFadyen - Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care, Sussex Community
NHS Trust (recently retired)
Liz Whitehead – Co-Director Fabrica gallery
Booking details: Places are limited and booking is essential. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for speaker details and a booking form.
Into That Good Night has been produced by: Liz Whitehead, Dr Andreas Hiersche and Jan McFadyen and is part of Fabrica's Growing an Older Audience programme, funded by Arts Council SE