Village’s brush with history

The Village Painting in Shabbington
The Village Painting in Shabbington

More than 40 families took part in a summer project to create a picture depicting scenes from a village’s history.

No one knew what the subject matter was, they were simply given one segment to complete.

There was more than 80 years between the oldest and youngest artists.

On Sunday the great unveiling took place in Shabbington, with eight canvasses held back until the last minute, before everyone finally saw the giant five metre square picture.

Then they were able to see that the picture depicted a Roman soldier, Roundheads and Cavaliers, the steam rally, sheep, the Old Fisherman pub, the church and a random bomb dropped outside the village during the Second World War.

The idea for the picture was conceived earlier in the year when artist Chris Davies produced a painting depicting scenes from the village’s history which had been chosen by local historian Richard Mayou.

This original painting by Mr Davies was produced in acrylics and was just 900mm square.

The next stage involved RIchard Hall taking a digital photograph of the painting.

This was then chopped up into 64 squares on Photoshop by Mr Davies’s daughter Helen.

The 64 500mm x 500mm canvases were then distributed around the village along with paints, brushes, a segment of the digital photograph and instructions.

> For comment see The Thamensian on page four, who watched the creation of the progress of the village painting coming together on Sunday.