I was commissioned by Seachange Arts to document Danny Boyle’s ‘Pages Of The Sea’ WW1 Centenary Commemoration Event at Gorleston beach, Norfolk on the 11th November 2018.
The national art event was held across beaches all over the country, whereby people gathered to make either portraits or stencils of WW1 soldiers. These would then be washed away by the tide later that day, allowing people to say a collective goodbye.
My job was to draw the event as it unfolded over the course of three hours, I ‘live’ shared the illustrations as I completed them with the organisers for them to share on social media as the event happened. My drawing of the 2 minute silence was shared by the national event organisers themselves, bringing wider exposure to the event at Gorleston.
It was an honour to be at the event on the day and help record it for posterity. There were people of all ages and backgrounds all getting involved in making stencil shapes of soldiers on the beach. In several instances the whole family were involved and I enjoyed capturing a few of those moments.
Below are my drawings from the day in the order I completed them, I recorded the time in the bottom right.
On the day I met Trevor, an ex-serviceman who was happy to pose for a quick portrait as the day drew to a close. His WW1 army uniform was a talking point and it was poignant to be seen on the day.
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