The People's Monarch

BBC South East | 2012

‘The People’s Monarch’

‘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.”

BBC South East is the BBC English region serving Kent, East Sussex (including Brighton and Hove), parts of West Sussex and parts of Surrey.

BBC South East’s television output consists of the flagship regional news service South East Today.

On the Media

BBC South East Today covered the project on prime time regional news. Watch some of the footage here on our Media Channel. More than 5,000 BBC viewers and listeners in the South East helped create a unique artwork to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Mosaic

Images

Square Metres

Days of Reign of QEII

Gallery

” I want this picture to represent our proud multicultural Britain. No matter how much you adapt to another culture, it doesn’t mean you lose your cultural roots.” 

Baljit Barlow

Contributor

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

BBC South East is the BBC English region serving Kent, East Sussex (including Brighton and Hove), parts of West Sussex and parts of Surrey. BBC South East’s television output consists of the flagship regional news service South East Today.

 

 

 

 

London Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world.

Turner Contemporary is a gallery in Margate, delivering world-class exhibitions of contemporary and historical art, events and activities.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Rochester Cathedral is England’s second oldest, having been founded in 604AD by Bishop Justus. The Cathedral became a major place of pilgrimage in the 13th century.

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