Sunken Cities: Underwater Discoveries, café exhibition

18 Oct 2016

2009The Underwater discoveries art installation gathered inspiration from the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds at the British Museum and the idea of lost cities of ancient Egypt emerging through a mysterious underwater world.

Groups worked with artists from the
Mary Ward Centre to research and explore different aspects of Egypt’s lost underwater cities to create this artwork that made subtle references to the hieroglyphs, architectural outlines, archaeological discoveries and abundant sea life in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The work was exhibited during July and August 2016 in the Great Court of the British Museum. Amongst the watery folds of textile artwork was a mythical head, the bust of a god, processional barges, amulets of fish and scarab beetles, simpulums (ladles), and hieroglyphic inscriptions worked into abstract architectural features emerging from the floor of the sea. This was surrounded by shoals of fish and a seabed of starfish and sea urchins living in a magical underwater world.
The Mary Ward Centre worked with a variety of groups in Camden, Islington and Hackney – British Museum community arts group, Camden Chinese Community Centre, Castlehaven Community Centre, Christopher Hatton Primary School, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, Garden School, Holborn Asian Women’s Association, Islington Bangladesh Association, Millman Street Resource Centre, Mildmay Housing (Notting Hill Housing), West Euston Time Bank and Women at the Well.