A community art project commissioned by Plympton St Maurice Civic Association and lead by Jill Griffin a local artist.
Sir Joshua Reynolds presenting a self portrait to the town which inspired the community artwork around this subject. The project team chose a uniform size and weight of paper, which was kindly sponsored by St Cuthbert’s Mill of Somerset, which allowed the portraits to be hung together to form a tapestry of faces representing the people of the town.
After all the successful workshops around Plympton in the Guildhall, local schools and The Brook Inn. We have collated together over 400 portraits. Which are now on display in Plympton St Maurice Guildhall on the dates shown.
Yesterdays (24\11\18) exhibition opening was attended by over 100 guests including civic representatives, school leaders and local families of prize-winning students who submitted self-portraits, as part of a school prize competition. Winners received their awards from Mr Randall-Page RA and ranged from age 4-18 representing St Mary's Infant School, St Maurice Primary, Woodford Junior School and Hele's School. The prize winners received certificates and art materials sponsored by PSMCA and chatted with the guest of honour and project leaders about their work.
This has all been in aid of celebrating 250 years of the Royal Academy and the well known Plympton Artist Sir Joshua Reynolds becoming it's first president.
Below are the organisers of this wonderful event and the representative from the RA.
From left to right: Andy Cooper, Philip Clowes, Jill Griffin, Peter Randall - Page RA, Ruby Roberts & Paul Griffin