Myths, Memories and Mysteries at museum

FOR REAL ... Bede's World assistant curator Sophie Anderton at the Myths, Memories and Mysteries exhibition.
FOR REAL ... Bede's World assistant curator Sophie Anderton at the Myths, Memories and Mysteries exhibition.

MEMORIES of the Second World War and the fight against the Nazis are evoked in artworks currently on display in Jarrow.

Jointly mounted by Bede’s World and the Department of Classics at Edinburgh University, Scotland, the exhibition also features the work of several contemporary Greek, Chinese, Australian and English artists.

Katerina Samara explores themes from her native Thessaly, including her family’s involvement in the resistance movement against the Nazis during the Second World War.

Her works feature faces and documents emerging from the canvases, which cover most of one wall at the Jarrow museum.

Meanwhile, artist Manolis Zacharioudakis is featured with a large work called a palimpest, based on a text or image replacing another which has been erased, or has been overwritten in some way.

Other exhibits in the exhibition appear more lyrical, including Stories of the Tree 11, by Markos Kampanis, a work in acrylic and charcoal, mounted on wood, showing scenes from the natural world.

A spokesman for Bede’s World said: “The artwork is inspired by many different events and cultures throughout history, including pre-history, Byzantine culture and history and the Orthodox Christian religion.

“There is a focus on late antiquity, from the Eastern Mediterranean in particular.

“This extends to a wider geographical area, stretching to the Byzantine empire’s borders in the Middle East and Egypt, to the Anglo-Saxon and early medieval kingdoms of England, and the Irish and Celtic influences upon them.

“Some works take their influence from Beowulf, others highlighting literary aspects of Greek culture, yet others focus on astronomy and the geological past.

“Some pieces consider the more recent past, looking at 20th century resistance to the Nazis in Greece and at the civil war between the communist left and monarchist right in the late 1940s.”

The Jarrow exhibition originated in conversations between curator Roger Wollen, Professor Douglas Cairns at Edinburgh University Classics Department and Margaret Alexiou, Emeritus Professor of Greek at Harvard University, USA, and 8th AG Levantis Visiting Professor in Greek at Edinburgh.

Taking Byzantine culture as its starting point, the display explores orthodox religions, plus ancient links between Britain and the Byzantine world.

For more details, call Bede’s World on 489 2106 or visit

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