The Open Air Drawing Room (Boston)

Aug 27

Start Friday
27-08-2021, 11:00am

End Friday
27-08-2021, 01:30pm

Venue Fydell House

Cost Free

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The Open Air Drawing Room by Eric Maclennan is a painting activity and performance inspired by the works of JMW Turner. Take part in setting a world record for a painting!

Everyone’s an artist in this thought-provoking performance inspired by the great 19th century painter of light and seascapes, JMW Turner and the 31 sea areas of the Shipping Forecast.

You’re invited to stop, reflect and see the bigger picture in this joyful celebration of our collective creativity, joining multiple artists working to paint a giant piece of art.

Everyone makes their own painting. The environment is warm – there is nothing intimidating. Everyone paints! All the paintings are beautiful. Each painting is of a single stone. A stone that was once a mountain. A stone that – like us – is in a state of transition. A stone that will one day be a grain of sand on a beach. The painted stones are taken from a collection of thirty-one stones in The Open Air Drawing Room, each one corresponding to the thirty-one shipping areas that surround the British Isles. These stones were old when Turner was young. They will still be here when we are gone.

This performance has been adapted to consider social distancing and the overall safety of audiences and participants.

It invites the public to engage in setting the world record for a painting that has been created by the largest number of artists ever!

Suitable for all ages.

The Boston event will take place on Aug 27th in gardens of Fydell House and there are 3 performance times to choose from:

  • 11-11:30am
  • 12:15-12:45pm
  • 13:00-13:30pm

Admission is free!
Tickets must be booked:


Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities.  The programme is overseen by the Centre of Culture and Creativity at the University of Lincoln, and is funded by the Creative People and Places fund from Arts Council England.

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