DEATH BE KIND was an artist run gallery project by Elvis Richardson and Claire Lambe designed to research and exhibit contemporary art and collections that engage with the subject of death. Exhibitions in our program have explored the aesthetics of horror, the afterlife, the memorial and the museum display of collections. Death is a certainty in all our lives; as soon as we are born we are capable of dying. DEATH BE KIND collects together ideas about memories and fears, acceptance and hope to explore the relationships between art and death.

22nd June 2010 - 11 December 2011
Death Be Kind was located upstairs @THE ALDERMAN

Cabinet by Claire Lambe and Memorial magazine by Elvis Richardson


For the first exhibition of DEATH BE KIND Claire Lambe and Elvis Richardson in collaboration present The Memorial an elaborate display-case housing a collection of beloved objects that once belonged to a deceased relative, friend, acquaintance or lover chosen by over 100 people from all walks of life who have kindly participated in this project.  The stories of each object are catalogued in a printed zine.

The Memorial presentation is reminiscent of the small private museum and employs the language of display to create symbiotic dialogues through the relational placement of the works. A complex display case has been constructed so as to elevate the importance and meanings of the beloved objects and gently navigate the viewers experience of the gallery space.

The Memorial retells the stories behind the objects that we keep to evoke memory of the deceased, how these objects maintain ongoing relationship with the dead, and how these material possessions remain important in memory making. Each object has been documented and texts collected from the holder about their object to create a catalogue of texts that caption the objects personal meanings in a zine.

Zine also features writers Morgan Fayle, David Luker and Ruth Learner and artist Marina Lutz.