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I’m back – St. Paul’s – The Aftermath

1 Mar

Ink Sketch: St. Paul's Cathedral, London.


I’ve been away for a couple of days and really missed blogging. Had a chance of a quickie visit to London and couldn’t resist the lure of buying some new supplies at Intaglio Printmaker and immersing myself in The British Museum. But that was the next day. I travelled up late afternoon and went for a lovely meal in Chinatown with Husb – Morning Glory with garlic mmmmmmmmmm! Then we wandered over to see what was happening at the anti-capitalist camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral. There had been an eviction the night before and we stood outside at around 9.30 pm but it wasn’t dark. There was a heavy police presence and all the exterior lights were blazing, but the atmosphere was calm enough and knots of remaining protesters chatted with small groups of police.

I know that some of the protestors were people with jobs and homes, but quite a lot are genuinely homeless and / or vulnerable and these have now gone to the other protest camp in Finsbury Square, which is in a much poorer borough. Couldn’t The City, with all it’s wealth and huge banker bonuses, afford to do something for such unfortunate people instead of shunting them off into a part of the city that already has a disproportionate amount of social problems?

This was drawn very quickly and what struck me was the abundance of vertical and horizontal lines, an effect created partly by the bright lighting. I thought the police caps were very hard to draw.

Tent City, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

5 Nov

Ink drawing: Tent City, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, UK.


I did some sketchbook drawings of the anti-capitalism protest outside St. Paul’s Cathedral during our visit to London earlier this week. I was surprised that the Cathedral staff had previously wanted to evict the protestors as there weren’t all that many there, they seemed a pretty peaceful bunch and they weren’t blocking anyone from walking around the church. I suspect that the Health and Safety Act was being used as an excuse ….. seriously, how many people have suffered injury or death from hippies in tents?

Not everyone is going to agree with their sentiments and that’s fine in a free society, but I’m worried that the presence of wardens, special constables, private security firms and bouncers on our streets is eroding our freedom not only to protest but also to be a bit different. I know artists who have had their cameras snatched by private security and special constables using the spurious excuse of ‘anti-terrorism’. In my opinion, artists must resist attempts to curb our freedom and what happens to the protestors at St. Paul’s is absolutely relevant to the freedom of artists to observe, record and reflect.

Ink drawing: 'Democracy Now' at Tent City, St. Paul's.

The drawings are in Faber Castell Pitt pens, sizes S and M into an ‘Artbox’ recycled leather bound A6 sketchbook.



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