The Thing About Funerals Is… is a two-part exploration of funerals coming up on 24 June and on 7-8 July at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. Brought to you by Final Fling, they will both give breathing space for the public to engage in conversations, reflection and provocations about how we say our goodbyes.
This week, we share a tribute to Ian Smith, the focus of this month’s Festival of Ian Smith at Summerhall artspace in Edinburgh. Ian co-founded Mischief La Bas.
6 years ago, Friend of Fling Barbara Millar, now an award-winning funeral celebrant, wrote a review of the work of Ian Smith at the launch of The Briggait, the stunning artspace at the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, where Mischief is still based.
Barbara kindly shares her article as a tribute to Ian Smith.
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Lots of art is based on life and death. Like love, death is A Big Theme and huge inspiration for thinkers, artists, film-makers, writers, musicians and – well, most human beings. Here we share impressions of artists …
Adrian Howells was a UK-based performance-maker who created intimate and deeply nurturing theatrical experiences.
Adrian was one of the artists involved in Final Fling’s Day of the Dead Festival in 2013. Deeply saddened by his untimely loss, we have kept his entry on Final Fling as it was, in tribute to the work he offered.
Josh is a performance artist whose work spans a wide range of disciplines from theatrical design to intimate installations, collaboratively devised performances to direction of music-theatre works.
Nic Green creates powerful, moving and human interactions.
It feels like the beginning of the story of the world. The Independent on Liminal Douglas Strang has a background in the study of folklore and a deep interest in ecopsychotherapy – the critical role of nature in contributing to our mental health and wellbeing. He makes art and creative performances and is happy to facilitate […]
Persephone Pearl is a ceremony planner and independent celebrant who trained with Dead Good Guides.
Everyone has a tale to tell if nurtured with care and attention to detail. In the hands of artists who use metaphor as a poetic tool, we have the capacity to transform individual narratives, to re-engage with our own narratives, as well as revealing something new about our connection with each other. Anna Ledgard works […]
The team at Conflux create spectacular and dramatic events in public and private spaces. Conflux offer access to all sorts of creative people and performers from fire eaters to aerialists, theatre directors and performers to technical specialists. Look out for the Conflux festival – SURGE – in 2012. The team and extended network have their […]
Once are creators of poetic happenings and magical events, marking the day to day and the extraordinary of our lives.
For many of us, today’s 20 minute crematorium funeral feels like a conveyor belt
Final Fling promotes rich rituals and simple statements of love; doing something that has meaning.