The Great Folkestone Air Raid 100th anniversary.

The Great Folkestone Air Raid 25th May1917

A memorial event for victims of The Great Folkestone Air Raid of 25th May 1917 will take place in Folkestone next week.

My drawing, “They looked like silver birds. The sun was shining on them… ”, will be on display as part of this event which will also include a small exhibition, a memorial service, an unveiling of a memorial plaque and a walking tour.  The event has been organised by local historian, Martin Easdown, and a descendant of one of the victims, Margaret Care.  This has been a labour of love for both of them.  I’m looking forward to having my work seen in Folkestone at last (it has been shown in various galleries all over the country but never in Folkestone until now).

My drawing will be on show at The Folkestone Methodist Church on Sandgate Road (CT20 2DA) from 2pm until 5pm.  I’ll be there and so please come along and say hello if you can make it over to Folkestone.  Martin has written a book about the air raid which will be on sale there too.

If you’re someone who listens to BBC Radio 4 while you work (or whatever you do during the day) you might want to listen to the Afternoon Play that day.   ‘Home Front: A lightening’ will be broadcast at 2.15pm (and also on BBC iPlayer Radio) and is all about the 25th May 1917 air raid.

For more information about the memorial event go to: http://www.leshaigh.co.uk/folkestone/tontinememorialservice.html

For more information about my art work go to my previous posts on this blog (click on ‘Folkestone’ on the list of categories) or/and go to my other social media places listed here below:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/royeastlanddraw

Blog: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/i-draw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Roy-Eastland-1495390357351370/

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Hopefully see some of you in Folkestone next week!

ps, There happens to be an excellent, and long established, secondhand bookshop (Marrin’s Bookshop) right next door to the Sandgate Road Methodist Church – it’s well worth a look around there as well!

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Drawings in progress

on margate sands...

In a Margate junk shop I can connect anything with anything.

A lot of my work draws on people and things connected with Margate.  A recurring theme is the way in which the slightest things in life, and the humblest objects that exist, can be linked to, and imply the presence of, the world’s biggest events.

Here is a picture of some works in progress captured in a moment of a Margate sunset light.  These silverpoint drawings are based on found photographs taken in Germany in the 1930s.  Somehow they made their way into a secondhand shop in Cliftonville in 2017.  And from there they came into my hands.

There was a point in time when a momentary look was captured in the instant of a photographic image.  Now, here, l am taking time to look at those traces of those moments in those people’s lives and drawing – I could almost say conjuring – something out of them.  We’ll see what comes of it.

I shall post more about this work as it develops further.

You can see earlier images of this work on Instagram.

Drawing recently on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London (The Portrait Gala 2017)

National Portrait Gallery, Portrait Gala 2017, Mystery Portrait Postcard, silverpoint drawing, ROY EASTLAND

This drawing (silverpoint on gesso on board) was recently on show at The National Portrait Gallery, in London, in an exhibition which included about a hundred A5 size portraits donated by mystery artists.  The work was for sale as part of the 2017 Portrait Gala event and The Mystery Portrait Postcard exhibition.  The gala event and exhibition were part of a fund raising event to raise money for the gallery.  The exhibition lasted for about three weeks but the names of the artists were kept a secret until just last week.  I’m now allowed to say that this one was mine.

The drawing is based on a photo booth image of my mum which was probably used for a bus pass.  It’s one of an on going series of drawings based on photo booth images.  Photobooth images capture little, unimportant, moments of a person’s life.

Scroll down this home page or click on the ‘people’ category to find examples of related works.

A drawing on show in Margate

They looked like silver birds. The sun was shining on them...

I have a drawing on show at ‘The Pie Factory’ in Margate at the moment (until four o’clock on Wednesday – so you had better hurry if you want to see it!). It’s in a group show called ‘MEMORY’ which has been organised by Nathalie Banaigs of ‘Kent Creative Live’. The work in this show is varied but broadly linked by the theme of memory. I submitted my drawing, “They looked like silver birds. The sun was shining on them…”, because I wanted it to be out on show again and because you never know who’ll find it on the gallery wall there.

The work is about the people who were killed by a bomb which exploded in Tontine Street, Folkestone, during ‘The Great Folkestone Air Raid of 25th May 1917.  It’s a work of Art and so it’s also about much more than that.  It’s up to its viewers to make up their own minds once they’ve spent some time with it.

This particular drawing has been on show a few times. It’s very first outing was in a gallery space on Margate Pier. That particular show was an off-shoot of the ‘Telling Stories: Hastings’ exhibition (Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, organised by Kathryn Kemp). Then it was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and after that it was shown at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, in Canterbury, in the ‘Remembering We Forget’ exhibition. It also made a brief appearance during ‘East Kent Artists’ Open Houses’. So far this drawing has been on a journey from Margate Pier, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Canterbury and back again to Margate. I wonder how many people have looked at it. I wonder what they thought. I hope some people took some time to look at it a few times. I hope it will find its way to Folkestone one day. I hope I have done a good job.

The work is presently hanging on the wall of a gallery in Margate old town (not far from Turner Contemporary). I wonder who will come across it there.  I wonder what they will think.

Contemporary Drawing exhibition in Margate

Roy Eastland LIMBO, Art, Margate. silverpoint drawingI’m taking part in an exhibition, in Margate, from Thursday 3rd July. It’s at LIMBO, Substation Project Space, Bilton Square (a small courtyard tucked away just off the High Street). The exhibition focuses on Drawing.  It shows a diverse range of approaches to Drawing and includes works which will evolve and develop as the exhibition continues.

It’s called: ‘SUBJECT TO CHANGE’ and it runs from 3rd July until 13 July and is open between 12 and 5pm each day. The other artists are: Dan Bass, Selina Bonelli, Greig Burgoyne, Jenny Core, Tania Robertson, Venessa Larsen, John Jo Murray and Daniella Turbin (it has been organised by Daniella Turbin).

I’ll be showing a set of silverpoint drawings and some sketchbooks.  The silverpoint drawings are the first four of a series of drawings for a small solo show at Millennium gallery in St Ives in the autumn.

See also: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roy-Eastland/1495390357351370?ref=hl