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Joan Eardley was an extraordinary painter who, quite simply, died before she had finished.
As an artist, she remains unsung. She is best known in Scotland where she was not born but is rarely heard of in England, where she was.
Heroica Theatre Company – with the support of National Galleries Scotland and Stellar Quines Theatre Company – is creating a new journey for Joan Eardley: one which brings her back to new life and follows her as she makes her way through joys and frustrations, friendships and solitary stretches, disillusionments and disappointments – as well as passions and triumphs. This interactive promenade piece by Anna Carlisle – directed by Marilyn Imrie and starring Alexandra Mathie – will take you, quite literally, along with ‘Joan’ as she paints, ponders and pursues her very unusual lifestyle.
Meet her ‘children’, her friends and her lovers, hear the sounds of the streets and the Catterline coast, and become a living part of her painting day.
This production of Joan Eardley: A Private View will be performed in association with Arran Theatre and Arts Trust in Corrie and Sannox Hall on Wednesday May 10 at 8pm. It is supported by both Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.
In addition, a drawing workshop will take place at 2pm the same day in Corrie and Sannox Hall. The workshop called After Eardley will explore the joy of drawing portraits of children at speed. Simply bring a photo of a ‘wee one’ to inspire you and an old shirt or apron to wear.
The 90-minute workshop is free and all the materials will be provided.
There are 15 places available. To book your place, please contact Heather Gough by calling 01770 302670 or email: email@example.com.