This June, West Horsley Place will be pleased to host Whistlestop Arts’ exhibition, Shrouded in Silence. The project aims to encourage conversations around the topics of death, dying and grief, which are central to all of us, but often difficult to discuss.

Whistlestop Arts founders Luna Russell and Annalees Lim are transforming our understanding of death and grief through art and conversations. Shrouded in Silence has been touring different locations in Surrey and engaging with the community through activities such as Death Cafes, creative workshops, and talks.

“What a beautiful exhibition – and what an important project. This subject is universal – and yet is seldom explored in this loving, gentle way. Huge congratulations and thanks." Exhibition visitor

Shrouded in Silence has been praised for its gentle and loving approach to a universal subject. It creates a platform for the community to discuss their experiences and feelings openly and honestly. Visitors to the exhibition have praised the project for its universality, beauty, and importance.

"Absolutely wonderful exhibition, the one topic that touches all humans. Thank you!" Exhibition visitor

West Horsley Place volunteers, who form a group called the Gladrags, will be contributing an artwork of their own to the exhibition. This group of textile artists formed during the COVID-19 pandemic and now meet weekly to create art and support charities in the community. 

"We are honoured to bring the Shrouded in Silence exhibition to West Horsley Place, featuring the incredible work of the devoted GlagRags group. The stunning setting allows visitors to take time to contemplate the project's themes as they engage with the artworks."
Luna Russell - Co-Director Whistlestop Arts

All events are free to experience and can be booked here

Shrouded in Silences is funded by:

Arts Council England, Elmbridge Borough Council, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council, Waverley Borough Council, Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills Trust fund. In-kind support from The Riverhouse Arts Centre, The Horton Arts Centre, and West Horsley Place.

Photography by Emma Brown