The Edward King exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum has been an incredible display of work by one of the city’s great painters who documented the changes to Portsmouth before, during and after the 2nd World War (see our review of the exhibition HERE). Edward King Stories sees 14 local writers read work inspired by the paintings of Edward King, re-imagining historical Portsmouth and exploring links between mental health, storytelling and art.
Known for his paintings of St James’ grounds, King was also commissioned by the mayor to paint scenes of the World War II bomb damage to Portsmouth. Admired by his contemporaries, including Van Gogh and Whistler, King faded into obscurity, perhaps because of the stigma of his mental illness. Tomorrow’s event (27th May) at New Theatre Royal runs from 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 6pm and is £5, you can book online HERE.
Tomorrow’s event is part of the Writing Edward King: Cityscapes of Portsmouth project, funded by the Arts Council England. The event will include the following:
Edward King image courtesy of Portsmouth Museums ©.