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It’s a Long Story

Back in January, an interesting email came into the Paint office from Madeline Hawes, secretary of the Wokingham Art Society.

Her committee was planning to paint a long frieze to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: once members had painted the Queen and various aspects of her 60-year reign, the general public would be invited to draw or paint themselves watching the Coronation procession go by.

“But where can we find the paper?” asked Madeline. “It will need to be as long as possible and very sturdy. Please can you help?”

Eventually, after investigating numerous options, the committee opted to use a long roll of white lining wallpaper, mounted on heavy black paper to give it borders at the top and bottom. Eyelets were put into the top and black cord was woven through them to form loops on which it could be hung.

Eyelets were put into the top and black cord was woven through them to form loops on which it could be hung.

The Society had come up with the idea for their frieze last autumn, and members began brainstorming ideas immediately. It was decided that the frieze would depict highlights from the Queen’s reign, and 11 artists took part, each painting one or two panels, which were connected by a ‘ribbon’ as a timeline, showing the relevant dates of each of the scenes.

The finished frieze was 34 metres long and included paintings of everything from the Queen’s Coronation and several Royal weddings, to the Queen marking Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph, and riding on horseback during the Trooping of the Colour.

The end result was put on display during the Jubilee week in the prestigious Council  Chamber of Wokingham Town Hall.“We had lots of visitors and on the first day there was a 20-minute queue to view the frieze,”
explains Annet Pullen, the society’s publicity officer. “We wanted this to be a community project, so members of the public were invited to make a contribution by drawing themselves on a piece of paper.

These drawings were cut out and added to the bottom of the frieze, creating an ever-growing crowd, watching the events pass by. By the end of the week we had well over 500 little figures!” To add to visitors’ interest, the Art Society also produced a Jubilee Frieze Quiz, with lots of interesting questions to encourage children to learn more about the Queen’s 60-year reign.

“Many adults found it interesting too!” says Annet. “We hope that ‘Wokingham’s answer to the Bayeux Tapestry’ will have a longer life than the Jubilee Week, and that it is viewed as a document of modern history.”

You can view more pictures of the Jubilee Frieze and a video at www.wokinghamartsociety.org.uk


Art Club News

It’s a Long Story

Back in January, an interesting email came into the Paint office from Madeline Hawes, secretary of the Wokingham Art Society.

Her committee was planning to paint a long frieze to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: once members had painted the Queen and various aspects of her 60-year reign, the general public would be invited to draw or paint themselves watching the Coronation procession go by.

“But where can we find the paper?” asked Madeline. “It will need to be as long as possible and very sturdy. Please can you help?”

Eventually, after investigating numerous options, the committee opted to use a long roll of white lining wallpaper, mounted on heavy black paper to give it borders at the top and bottom. Eyelets were put into the top and black cord was woven through them to form loops on which it could be hung.

Eyelets were put into the top and black cord was woven through them to form loops on which it could be hung.

The Society had come up with the idea for their frieze last autumn, and members began brainstorming ideas immediately. It was decided that the frieze would depict highlights from the Queen’s reign, and 11 artists took part, each painting one or two panels, which were connected by a ‘ribbon’ as a timeline, showing the relevant dates of each of the scenes.

The finished frieze was 34 metres long and included paintings of everything from the Queen’s Coronation and several Royal weddings, to the Queen marking Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph, and riding on horseback during the Trooping of the Colour.

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