Chelsea Pensioners exhibit London-themed artwork

3rd July 2014

A group of Chelsea Pensioner artists are to exhibit their London-themed work at an exhibition at the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (MTI) next week.

Over the past few months, Chelsea Pensioners from the MTI’s pottery and drawing groups have been exploring the theme of ‘London Life’, of which they themselves feature due to their iconic scarlet uniforms. 

The London-themed artwork will go on display in the MTI reception area for one week only from Tuesday 8th July.

 

The works, including ceramic plates depicting city landmarks, a miniature version of a Trafalgar Square Lion, beautiful architectural drawings and even a couple of pigeons, create a vibrant display that really sum up London life.

The MTI pottery group meets once a week, led by tutor Emily Hall and volunteer Antoinette Janssen who also oversees the MTI drawing group. 

Pottery Tutor Emily Hall said: “It's been a lot of fun having the London theme for the weekly pottery classes, especially as the Pensioners themselves are an integral part of the rich heritage and fabric of our capital city.  It’s nice to now celebrate all the great work that the Pensioners have created through this exhibition.” 

The exhibition will also feature photography by Kim Jenks, a volunteer at the Royal Hospital, who has chosen the Pensioners as one of the subjects of her own project about the capital. 
  
The ‘London Life’ exhibition goes on display in the Reception area of the MTI from Tuesday 8th July until Tuesday 15th July, and will be open to friends and family. 

 

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