Inhabiting the crypts underneath the gorgeous St Mary Magdalene Church in Paddington, Revive was birthed as a reaction to Frieze Art Fair. It is the second stage of a two-part performance by Pompe, a canal-based art procession embodying Dionysus, the God of the vine, grape harvest, winemaking, wine, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, and theatre. Essentially, it’s going to be a blast.
The latest offering seeings artists reinterpreting and reinventing the space to explore themes including ritual and spirituality, memory and presence and death and transfiguration. Curated and produced by Galitzine MacKenzie, whose exhibitions seek to include and attract local communities, the exhibit will raise funds for a community and heritage hub “in order to enrich, regenerate and bring greater cultural cohesion to the local area as well as to support the restoration of the Grade 1 listed church building.”
With a string of talented artists and creatives involved, including Alan Magee, STASIS and Carolyn Barker-Mill, Revive promises to present an eye-opening spectacle.