The People's MonarchBBC South East | 2012
‘The People’s Monarch’ was commissioned by BBC South East and depicts the Queen at the time of her coronation and at her Diamond Jubilee. It is 38 square metres and contains 5,000 photos. Its current home is at Gatwick Airport after touring at the Towner Gallery, the Turner Contemporary and Rochester Cathedral.
Helen Marshall says: “Many people submitted family portraits, photos of their ancestors, snaps of important occasions in their lives and of times that made them laugh.”
Some viewers also used the opportunity to share precious memories of loved ones they had lost. Everyday family snapshots, scans of photos of ancestors or from an era gone by, times of celebration and ceremony or times of trouble and loss, all remind us of our century-old love affair with the camera.
But more importantly, this project proves that we do not need to be professional photographers or artists to be recognised or represented in an artwork and that the photograph has a unique and simple ability to speak directly to all of us, no matter of our differences.”
Days of Reign of QEII
Gatwick Airport is an excellent place to showcase this wonderful piece of artwork which holds the memories and emotions of a cross-section of the great British public.Gatwick Airport Spokesperson
We were thrilled that over 25,000 people were able to view the artwork.Rochester Cathedral Spokesperson
Busiest weekend since our launch. Over 10,000 visit across the 2 days.Turner Contemporary Spokesperson
Behind the Scenes
Towner Art Gallery hosts one of the most significant public art collections in the South of England and draws over 100,000 visitors a year.