Attending the launch of artist Mackenzie Thorpe's latest work, Lest We Forget, this stunning new picture is to tour the country before being auctioned at the Royal British Legion's Poppy Ball on November 9th in London. All proceeds from the auction will go to the legion. There is a limited edition print of the picture too, with just 550 available. Full details are on www.mackenziethorpe.net
The evening was a superb experience, with Mackenzie delivering a passionate, heartfelt and truly moving talk about the background to Lest We Forget. He also gave everyone present an amazing insight into other new pieces and sculptures, describing the materials used and the intricate techniques he employs. If you ever have the chance to hear Mackenzie speak at an event, get yourself along and find out what that goldfish in the jar that appears in many of his pieces of work represents.
|Mackenzie's signature in our guide|
Mackenzie and wife Susan are supporters of the Sporting Memories Network and have lent 4 pictures from The Game of Life collection for our football memories work. When Grandad was a Lad is on the first page of our new training guide, which I was astounded to find was out on display in the gallery. Wendy Bowker, manager of the gallery, had not only kindly arranged for Mackenzie to sign the guide but also acted as stand in photographer during an incredibly busy night for all involved, capturing this lovely picture below.
|Susan and Mackenzie Thorpe, me, Amanda Jameson-Allen, Shaun and Fiona Campbell|
Also in attendance (pictured above) were Shaun and Fiona Campbell, Shaun being another network supporter, who is the energy and inspiration behind the Arthur Wharton Foundation. Arthur was the world's first black professional footballer, the first holder of the world record for the 100 yard sprint, a British cycling champion, professional cricketer and played both codes of rugby. Shaun is determined that this remarkable sportsman is not forgotten and a statue in Arthur's honour is to be unveiled.
Lest We Forget