Paul Canoville with Desmond, a student from Brentside High School
Whilst working on the Creative Connections commission at the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with Brentside High School, artist Eelyn Lee was keen to include a portrait of someone with links to the school in the final display. With notable alumni from neighbouring schools already in the Collection, such as Peter Crouch and Steve McQueen there was an obvious gap to be filled.
Brentside does have a significant former student, Paul Canoville the first black footballer to play for Chelsea in 1982. Canoville suffered a great deal of racism both on and off the pitch, and injury forced him in take early retirement. He has since written his autobiography Black and Blue and gives motivational talks to young people.
Eelyn is pleased to announce that a photographic portrait of Paul Canoville by Hugh Hastings was acquired especially for the display and his image now sits in the National Portrait Gallery's Collection as a just acknowledgement for his contributions to British life and culture.
Eelyn has written a powerful piece about the significance of this acquisition in her guest blog for the National Portrait Gallery. Read it here.
Four 90 second films made by students on this year's BFI Film Academy at the Barbican will be screening on Wed 21st May 5pm, Barbican Cinema 3.
Eelyn Lee developed a fast track course for 18 aspiring young filmmakers, the level of which was very high. Eelyn set a challenge to re-create and then re-imagine a scene from two seminal British films, Kes and the Third Man. The results are four very different and imaginative takes on life and death including a sci fi, a black comedy, a monologue and an experimental art film.
Artist Eelyn Lee and a group of students from Brentside High School in Ealing are to create a film installation inspired by famous figures from the local area to go on display in the National Portrait Gallery this summer. The Year 10 GCSE Art students are to work with artist filmmaker Eelyn Lee and National Portrait Gallery staff in a series of workshops that will explore portraits in the Gallery’s Collection of inspirational people from the young people’s local area.
‘It's a great opportunity to be working with the National Portrait Gallery and its incredible collection. As an east Londoner, I am looking forward to discovering this west London borough through the achievements of its people, especially with young people as my guides.’ Eelyn Lee
Through the workshops, the young people and Eelyn will research the lives and achievements of thirty influential figures, including Charlie Chaplin, Ada Lovelace and Gurinder Chadha, all of whom have links with the borough of Ealing as well as portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection. The finished film installation will be created by Eelyn and the students in response to the research, and will explore the themes of vision, creativity and endeavour. The film will go on public display alongside the portraits that inspired it for three months from June 2014.
The initiative forms the second part of a four-year participatory arts project, Creative Connections, which is led by the National Portrait Gallery’s Learning department and is designed to extend the Gallery’s work engaging young people with portraiture.
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Creative Connections is generously supported by the Palley family.
Eelyn Lee will be working with the Barbican Centre for the second year running in designing and delivering their Barbican Box for filmmaking.
Inspired by the Barbican’s world class arts programme, the Barbican Box is, literally, a portable box filled with the ‘ingredients’ for making and creating either theatre or film.
Created in collaboration with artists, the Boxes contain a range of stimuli designed to encourage an imaginative, adventurous approach to arts learning and are accompanied by a bespoke package of learning resources for each art form.
'The films the AS class made turned out to be excellent, and the majority of the students scored really high grades.'
Alex, Skinners Academy
ALL EYES ON US will be screening at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this Saturday 7th September to mark National Paralympic Day. As part of the day the Major of London will be presenting the Liberty Festival, an exciting programme of deaf and disability arts including a newly commissioned show by Graeae Theatre. There will also be paralympic sport throughout the day in The Copper Box Arena.
ALL EYES ON US screens at 12.30pm. More details here.