Portrait of A City is a three roomed gallery of portraits (oil paintings, photographs sculptures and video) of people from the 1600s to 2010 who have contributed to Nottingham through art, literature, fashion, sport, politics and business.
MACE has contributed to the exhibition with film (transfered to DVD) of, among others, Viv Anderson, born in Clifton and a hero of Nottingham Forest and England; Notts County Manager Jimmy Sirrell; and actor John Neville.
Being a personal hero of mine as I was born in Nottingham, it was great to see the plaster model of Brian Clough which was a trial for the bronze statue that stands just off the Old Market Square in Nottingham. Especially as it is exhibited next to the material proudly supplied by MACE.
There are also wonderful photographs of Olympic gold medalists Torvill and Dean, Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Morton and acclaimed actor Paddy Considine with Shane Meadows as well as two wonderfully imposing photographs of boxing champion Carl Froch. I’ve also just learnt tonight that Gavin and Stacy actor Matthew Horne is from Burton Joyce!
The most memorable portrait for me was the 1998 painting by James Lloyd of fashion designer Sir Paul Smith on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London.
If you’re from Nottingham and proud of your routes as I am, I really recommend popping by to the Castle Museum to look round this exhibition and see a great collection of portraits of people from a great city!
More up dates soon,