ARE YOU IN THE PICTURE?
VICTORIA AT 21
This community artwork entitled ‘Victoria At 21’ was commissioned to commemorate the 21st Birthday of Royal Victoria Place and its links with the town’s royal heritage. In keeping with the centre’s royal namesake, artist Helen Marshall was commissioned to create a giant portrait of Queen Victoria at the time of her 21st birthday. The artwork is composed of over 3,000 photographs featuring those submitted online by the public, from the centre archives and a whistle stop tour of the town itself undertaken by Helen Marshall visiting well-known local businesses, organisations and schools between December 2013 and June 2014.
The artwork will be now be on permanent display at Royal Victoria Place and is located on level 2 between the vacant BHS store and Ernest Jones.
Take a closer look and zoom into the artwork to discover whether you’re in the picture?
Download our special Victoria At 21 Booklet HERE
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Helen Marshall is a British artist with her work being rooted in photography and design. She has a track record in socially engaged and collaborative practice in the public realm.
In 2008, she created the Record-Breaking ‘The Big Picture’, which was the largest Photomosaic in the world. In 2013, BBC South East commissioned Helen to produce ‘The People’s Monarch’ to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS
AXA PPP Healthcare
Kent & Sussex Courier
BBC South East
BBC Radio Kent
Harold Brown & The Victorian B&B
Hotel Du Vin
St Augustine’s RC Primary School
Hillview School for Girls
The historical portrait used for the final artwork was kindly lent by the National Portrait Gallery, London: Queen Victoria, reduced copy by W. Warman; after Thomas Sully, watercolour, (1838). © National Portrait Gallery, London.
Royal Victoria Place was awarded a Purple Apple Award by the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) for its community art project ‘Victoria At 21’. The BCSC Purple Apple Marketing Awards are the only awards which recognise and reward effective shopping and town centre marketing within the UK retail property sector.