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Diamond Decades


Diamond Decades - A Public Art Exhibition celebrating 60 years of the Queens Reign

Restored Anglican Chapel in Nunhead Cemetery

Open House Weekend - 22nd to 23rd September 2012

11am to 5pm

curated by Jolanta Jagiello

Diamond Decades promises to be a fun and celebratory public art exhibition to remember, from Sally Buchanans laced Anglican Chapel window of the Queens hat designs over the decades, to having a photo of yourself snapped in one of Ara Moradians hairpieces styled in the Queens unique hairdo, to the recreation of the Queens famous handwave by Abilene.

This exhibition is all about the grandeur of royalty: the Queens jewels, whose stones have been recrafted by Mike Hoath; the Queens dresses, one of which by Norman Hartnell has been recreated by Ahmed Farooqui; and the Queens love of horses remodelled by Joe Nicholson Smith. And in the centre of the Chapel, a huge sparkling version of the Queens crown lights up the exhibition from Elisabetta Chojak-Mysko surrounding Jolanta Jagiellos artwork Windsor Pearl and Set.

Royalty is all about image, and a number of artists: Tinsel Edwards; Twinkle Troughton; Lorenzo Belenguer; and Anna Whyatt will challenge our perceptions of royalty potentially changing our views of the monarchy.

Yet for many the monarchy is all about the pagentry of coronations, weddings, funnerals, and jubilees with a wealth of souvenirs to remind us of the time we have had. A day to wave flags, put up the bunting, organise street parties, and sing God Save the Queen as loudly as we can. Derek Miles stone sculpture will capture the magic of the coronation, whilst images from Mary Pritchards treasured coronation tin will decorate the chapel gates, and Will Parker will base his installation around his 1977 Silver Jubilee mug.

Jill Rock will be on hand to capture your memories within a decade in the Chapel, as well as presenting her display on modern day Ghana, one of the Queens favourite commonwealth countries, which made a peaceful transition to independence.

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DiamondDecades/marypritichard.JPGStarting Out - The Coronation
by Mary Pritchard
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DiamondDecades/annawhyatt.JPGThe Royal Family: My part in their ascendancy
by Anna Whyatt
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DiamondDecades/aramoradian.JPGHere Hair!
by Ara Moradian
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DiamondDecades/willparker.JPGMonarch in Sink
by Will Parker
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DiamondDecades/tinseledwards.JPGI hope to be a writer one day, but I fear l will lose my sense of self I wish I could have just one day off, I fear I will die with regrets and feeling like I have missed out I really wish for a nice wife, but I fear the end of the world
by Tinsel Edwards
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DiamondDecades/mikehoath.JPGDodecahedron Diamonds
by Mike Hoath
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by Jill Rock
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DiamondDecades/sallybuchanan.JPGHigh Hats
by Sally Buchanan
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DiamondDecades/lorenzobelenguer.JPGGod Save the Queen 1 to 7
by Lorenzo Belenguer
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DiamondDecades/jonicholsonsmith.JPGNoble Steed
by Jo Nicholson Smith
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DiamondDecades/twinkletroughton.JPGWhen Pete doherty Gets Knighted
by Twinkle Troughton
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DiamondDecades/elisabetachojakmysko.JPG1333 Diamont
by Elisabeta Chojak-Mysko
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DiamondDecades/jolantajagiello.JPGWindsor Pearl and Set
by Jolanta Jagiello
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DiamondDecades/derekmiles.JPGToo Long
by Derek Miles
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by Ahmed Farooqui
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DiamondDecades/abilene.JPGSovereign Jubilation For A Second Class Subject
by Abilene
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DiamondDecades/jillrockpublic.JPGMemories are Made of This
by Jill Rock
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