Artist’s Gallery Talk this Thursday

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To mark the last few days of the Creative Connections display, I will be giving a gallery tour in room 37 this Thursday 11th September, 19.30 - 20.00. Focusing on the themes of ENDEAVOUR, VISION and CREATIVITY, I will be taking a whistle-stop tour of some of the sitters and the stories behind the project. Here’s a little taster…..

Above are three remarkable women with links to Ealing. Film director Gurinder Chadha [right], hails from the silver screen borough and her experiences of growing up in Southall inspires much of her work. When Bend it like Beckham was released in 2002 it was the highest grossing British-financed, British-distributed film, ever in the UK box-office. Yay! Go Gurinder….. an great example of CREATIVITY paying off.

Lillian Board [centre] was once the golden girl of British athletics but sadly she died at the early age of 22. Watch this moving clip of her competing in the 400m at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Board was disappointed her ENDEAVOUR didn’t quite get her the top position she was after, but her determination, focus and hard work clinched her two gold medals the following year at the European Champions in Athens.

Lillian Board attended the secondary school in Ealing which is now the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls named after the dynamic labour MP [left] who led the Jarrow marchers in 1936. They walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London as a  protest against poverty and unemployment in the North East of England.

Ellen Wilkinson was one of the first women in Britain to be elected as a Member of Parliament and her leadership, campaigning and VISION still inspires us today. Only last week, a group of women arrived in London having walked from County Durham as a protest opposing what they say is the privatisation of the NHS. Ellen Wilkinson lives on in the Darlo Mums.

Eelyn Lee, Artist

Images: Right: Gurinder Chadha by Sarah Dunn, 2004 ©Sarah Dunn / Centre: Lillian Board by Jorge (‘J.S.’) Lewinski, 1970 ©NPG London / Left: Ellen Wilkinson by Fox Photos Ltd, 1936 ©NPG London

Thanks to everyone who contributed their amazing architectural photos for our John Soane-themed challenge! 

Selected entries from all the Creative Connections Instagram Challenges this summer will be screened at the Gallery at a special event on 11 September. 

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Creative Connections: Instagram Challenge **Final Challenge**

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For our final Creative Connections Instagram Challenge we are repeating one of our previous ones, so you have another chance to impress us with your architecture-themed photos! Remember, we will be projecting your contributions in the Gallery on 11 September 18:00-20:50. Come along and see them all!

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Capture a building that stands out to you. Sir John Soane is one of Britain’s most celebrated architects. He once lived in Ealing with his family. 

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE: Hashtag your Instagram photos with #EalingConnections to submit them to the project. 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 displayed 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. 
Just add the #EalingConnections hashtag to your entries from today until next Wednesday 3 July.
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

A calligram is a visual representation of a series of words. Artists often use words and phrases to create images that tell a story. A young person from Brentside High created this calligram inspired by Spencer Murphy’s portrait of Peter Crouch, now on display at the Gallery! They used phrases like ‘Stoke City’ and ‘Drayton Manor’ to describe Crouch’s life.

A calligram is a visual representation of a series of words. Artists often use words and phrases to create images that tell a story. A young person from Brentside High created this calligram inspired by Spencer Murphy’s portrait of Peter Crouch, now on display at the Gallery! They used phrases like ‘Stoke City’ and ‘Drayton Manor’ to describe Crouch’s life.

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