Artist Eelyn Lee, her crew and students from Brentside High School filming at Pitzhanger Manor-House. . Photograph by Daniyal Motaleby
Eighteen Year 10 GCSE Art students from Brentside High School, Ealing have been working with artist-film maker Eelyn Lee
'I’ve learnt on this project that you have to listen to your own ideas if you want to talk about different people’s lives' Chloe, participant
Through a series of workshops the students worked with Eelyn Lee over five months to explore notions of Endeavour, Vision and Creativity epitomised by the lives and achievements of the sitters. Together they learnt about the Gallery, its Collection and the language of portraiture; researched their local area and developed creative and technical skills in photography and film.
The film An Ealing Trilogy is the culmination of the ideas they generated together and the partnerships formed.
Eelyn Lee, Artist-filmmaker
‘It's a great opportunity to be working with the National Portrait Gallery and its incredible collection. As an east Londoner, I am looking forward to discovering the borough of Ealing through the achievements of its people, especially with young people as my guides.’ Eelyn Lee, November 2013 Eelyn Lee’s work uses rich imagery and soundscapes to tell multi-layered stories about people and place. She is interested in groups of people, both as subjects and collaborators and enjoys building relationships that are conducive to the creation of bold and original work.
Brentside High School, Ealing
‘We are delighted to be working with the National Portrait Gallery on this project as it gives ort students an exceptional opportunity to engage with both the fantastic archive of British portraits and to work with a significant contemporary artist. Our hope is to maintain our students’ link with this valuable and recognised resource but also to maintain a creative partnership with the National Portrait Gallery for our staff and the development of our curriculum.’ Mike Roddy, Director of Arts, Brentside High School
Brentside High School is the borough’s Specialist Arts College. The school’s visions is ‘high expectations for all, with “no exceptions, no excuses”’.
An Ealing Trilogy was made by Eelyn Lee in collaboration with Brentside High School and commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, 2013-14.