Drawing to a Close Exhibition Opening Night

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The Yellow Door Gallery

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Dumfries

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“Drawing to a Close: An Exhibition of Drawings at the End of Life”


Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th November 2018

As part of the national Being Human festival of the humanities, and to fit with this year’s theme ‘Origins and Endings’, the University of Glasgow’s End of Life Studies Group, in collaboration with the Yellow Door Gallery, Dumfries, is organising the first public exhibition of artist Norman Gilbert’s drawings of his wife while at the end of her life.

The series of 12 intimate portraits were drawn by Norman as he kept vigil for a week at his wife’s bedside in the hospital. Pat Gilbert, a retired art teacher, died of a stroke in 2016 having lived with Alzheimer’s for a number of years.

Members of the public are invited to attend an exhibition preview on Wednesday 21st November, 5-7pm, when Norman and Pat’s son, Dr Mark Gilbert, Research Associate at the School of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Canada, will be present to discuss the drawings, alongside academics from the Glasgow End of Life Studies group.

We believe that the issues of death and dying need to be discussed more openly in society. Art, in all its forms, can offer a unique way of approaching this universal rite of passage. We hope that this exhibition will help promote honest and open reflections on this sensitive topic.


About the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group

Based at the University of Glasgow, we are an interdisciplinary group of researchers looking at death and dying in an international context. We aim to illuminate current trends and tensions, and offer insights and evidence to inform end of life policy and practice. Our approach is to bring together the best ideas and perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, public health and clinical disciplines. We aim to work openly and collaboratively.


About the Yellow Door Gallery

The Yellow Door Gallery is an association of creative practitioners in the visual and fine arts, crafts, and literature. Members include painters, sculptors, print-makers, illustrators, potters, weavers, designers, writers, and poets. The shop and the gallery at The Yellow Door is a vibrant and changing showcase for an impressive range of creative work by local artists.


About the Being Human Festival

Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.


In 2017, the Being Human festival featured over 300 events in 51 towns and cities across the UK, alongside a series of international activities – engaging the public with big questions, big debates and innovative activities.


The 2018 festival will run from 15-24 November nationally, and the theme is ‘Origins and Endings’. Find more information here: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/drawing-to-a-close/

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