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Your Place – The Hastings Book of The Earth

Funerals that were and funerals that will be

The Hastings Book of the Earth is a project hosted by TEMPO ARTS, Hastings which is part of a series of commissions entitled ‘Your Place’ funded by Arts Council England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund and East Sussex Arts Partnership.

The project goes live in August.

The Hastings Book of the Earth will be an online publication of images, sound and text by international artist Claudia Kappenberg. The project responds to the experience of Covid-19, which has reminded us so starkly that dying is a natural part of life.

This ebook will be exploring the last ritual we all have to undergo one day, and envisage what a good funeral might look like for people.

However quiet, simple, loud or bold, as in a theatre of the imagination in which we stage only the very last act, Kappenberg is inviting those who would like to contribute to this project to tell her about a moment at a funeral that was in some ways significant, or to describe to her how they imagine their own funeral and even, if they wish, to write what could potentially be their own last words.

Kappenberg is interested in reflecting on the experiences we have with death and funerals, to explore what a good funeral might look like, and to find out what you are imagining for yourself.

She will draw on and build on contributions submitted for the project.

To contribute, visit the contact page at

‘Your Place’ features commissioned works by 5 international artists: Greig Burgoyne, Claudia Kappenberg, Tom Cardew, Marcos Vidal Font and Neno Belchev. It will be live on Tempo Arts website through April 2021.