Image: Spencer Perceval by George Francis Joseph oil on canvas, 1812 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Image: Spencer Perceval by George Francis Joseph oil on canvas, 1812 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Creative Connections: Instagram Challenge #15

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THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Strike a pose like our portrait of Spencer Perceval for this week’s challenge! Perceval served as Prime Minister from 1802-12. In 1808 he purchased Elm Grove Manor in Ealing. All Saints Church, constructed in his honour, now stands on the site. 

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE: Hashtag your Instagram photos with #EalingConnections to submit them to the project by Wednesday 28 August. We welcome entries from all ages and locations, and photos do not need to be taken in the borough of Ealing.

PRIZES: Selected entries will be projected during a special event at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on 11 September 2014 and on the Gallery’s website.

Contribute to four or more challenges for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to a future exhibition at the Gallery!

CHALLENGE RULES: Please only submit your own photos and get permission first from anyone that features in them. Any person included in the photo must be over eighteen years of age. 
Any photo taken & tagged is eligible to be posted on our website, Instagram channel & our other social channels (including Twitter, Facebook & Tumblr). 

FIND OUT MORE about Creative Connectionsnpg.org.uk/creativeconnections

Guidelines and Terms and Conditions here

Here’s a few of your Instagram photos in response to last Friday’s Instagram Challenge: capture the person, place or thing that inspires you to never give up. 

Look out for another challenge this Friday!

Live Music: Blues Sans Frontieres

An energetic evening of music was created when Robert Hokum, founder of the Ealing Rhythm and Blues Festival, and vocalist and guitar player for the band Blues Sans Frontieres, was joined by the other members of his alternative blues band, Sitar player Mehboob Nadeem, Tabla player Dheeraj Mishra and Drummer Paul White.  There were lots of new faces in the Gallery, and the room was packed. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic evening, and the band finished to rapturous applause.

The performance was recorded, so watch this space for updates!

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Lunchtime Lecture: Sir John Soane, Architect and Collector

Sir John Soane’s work can be seen throughout London, and across England, and he is a celebrated architect and collector. However, there were two things about this lunchtime lecture that really stood out – Soane was estranged from his two sons, whom he considered ‘laddish’, but he was particularly fond of his dog, Fanny. Apparently, if you visit the Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, there hangs a painting by James Ward titled ‘Fanny, a Favourite Dog,’ which Soane commissioned. The second point is that, after Soane’s wife Eliza died, he designed a family tomb, which is in St Pancras Old Cemetery, which he and his wife are now buried in. The shape of the top of the tomb was a direct influence on architect Giles Gilbert Scott’s design for the red telephone box. Can you see the similarity?

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Red telephone box, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, England, GB, IMG 5182 edit" by Peter Weis - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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2778soaneMausoleumOldStPancrasChurchyard" by David Edgar - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Creative Connections: Instagram Challenge #14

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THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Capture the person, place or thing that inspires you to never give up.

Paul Canoville became the first black footballer to play for Chelsea in 1982. His obvious abilities were overshadowed by the significant racial abuse he experienced. To combat racism, Canoville exhibited great bravery and perseverance. Canoville attended Brentside High School Ealing, our partner for this year’s Creative Connections project. 

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE: Hashtag your Instagram photos with #EalingConnections to submit them to the project by Wednesday 21 August. We welcome entries from all ages and locations, and photos do not need to be taken in the borough of Ealing.

PRIZES: Selected entries will be projected during a special event at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on 11 September 2014 and on the Gallery’s website.

Contribute to four or more challenges for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to a future exhibition at the Gallery!

CHALLENGE RULES: Please only submit your own photos and get permission first from anyone that features in them. Any person included in the photo must be over eighteen years of age. 
Any photo taken & tagged is eligible to be posted on our website, Instagram channel & our other social channels (including Twitter, Facebook & Tumblr). 

FIND OUT MORE about Creative Connectionsnpg.org.uk/creativeconnections

Guidelines and Terms and Conditions here

On a sunny Sunday morning in August, Blue Badge Guide Alan Read led an enthusiastic group around Ealing town centre, highlighting points of cultural and historical reference along the way. It’s amazing how many points of cultural and historical significance there are in such a small vicinity.

Here are some things we learned about Ealing:

 - It’s currently the only borough in London that doesn’t have a cinema

- The Rolling Stones played 22 times at the Ealing Club, home of British Rhythm and Blues, when it was open

- Ealing’s motto is ‘Respice, Prospice,’ meaning ‘Look to the Future, Learn from the Past’ It can be seen on the front of the Town Hall, built by architect Charles Jones in 1888

Last Sunday, a group of young people looked at the Creative Connections exhibition with artist Eelyn Lee. They explored the themes of Vision, Creativity and Endeavour with Eelyn and freelance photographer Othello De’Souza-Hartley, who helped them create their own photographs.

Nigel Arthur on Ealing Studios

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Last week Nigel Arthur, Stills Curator at the BFI National Archive, delighted us with an introduction to and history of Ealing Studios, Britain’s longest running film and television studio. Nigel researched film clips, images and original film posters to highlight the Studio’s portfolio of classics. These included Whiskey Galore!, Passport to Pimlico, The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Man in the White Suit, and also this fantastic clip of the entrance and gates to Ealing Studios. Special thanks go to Studio Canal Films Ltd, and BFI National Archive who provided the images, and Ewa Reeves for editing the clips.

Poster image: Ladykillers (1955) by Reginald Mount
BFI National Archive courtesy Studio Canal Films Ltd

Clip: Ealing Studios
Zodiac courtesy Studio Canal Films Ltd
Music by Georges Auric

Creative Connections: Instagram Challenge #13

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WEEK 13

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Capture photos of stars: on the street, in the sky and in places you may not expect! Popstar and ‘Queen of Soul’ Dusty Springfield was a pivotal figure in 1960s music. She moved to Ealing in 1950 with her family.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE: Hashtag your Instagram photos with #EalingConnections to submit them to the project by Wednesday 14 August. We welcome entries from all ages and locations, and photos do not need to be taken in the borough of Ealing.

PRIZES: Selected entries will be projected during a special event at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on 11 September 2014 and on the Gallery’s website.

Contribute to four or more challenges for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to a future exhibition at the Gallery!

CHALLENGE RULES: Please only submit your own photos and get permission first from anyone that features in them. Any person included in the photo must be over eighteen years of age.
Any photo taken & tagged is eligible to be posted on our website, Instagram channel & our other social channels (including Twitter, Facebook & Tumblr). 

FIND OUT MORE about Creative Connections: npg.org.uk/creativeconnections

Guidelines and Terms and Conditions here