ASYLUM, Caroline Gardens Chapel, London SE15, 30 September-2 October 2011

Treasure is the sixth chapter in a series of exhibitions inspired by Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure story; The Count of Monte Cristo.

Working in a range of disciplines and media, the artists’ each plot their own responses to the novel’s settings and overarching themes of betrayal, disguise, revenge and patience, mapping out a narrative of imagined objects, characters, conversations and relics. For Treasure, the artists will respond to the context of the chapel space and its particular atmosphere.

Caroline Gardens Chapel dates from the early nineteenth century, and was built at the centre of a complex of almshouses for retired pub landlords. The area was bombed in World War II, and afterwards the building was stabilized but never fully restored or used as a chapel again. Astonishingly the chapel’s important stained glass windows and collection of funerary monuments have remained intact.



Cathy Lomax's Treasure

Pomegranate Pillows - painted pomegranate badges on orange velvet cushions - inspired by Asylum's stained glass windows and accompanied by some unsubstantiated fruity stories.

Glass Menagerie - a dream-like film that mixes half remembered treasures with supernatural nightmares.
(first shown at Glass Menagerie at B&B Project Space, Folkestone)


Photo Mimei Thompson


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