Emily inspires artist Emma

Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth. Emma Hollidey, artist in residenceEmma Holliday'Ref:JCMH 150613emily19
Emily Inspires! day in Morpeth. Emma Hollidey, artist in residenceEmma Holliday'Ref:JCMH 150613emily19
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A DIFFERENT perspective on the Emily Inspires events has been offered by artist Emma Holliday.

Emma is the artist in residence for the Festival of the North East and visited Morpeth for the events to commemorate Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who died after she was struck by the King’s horse in the 1913 Derby while attempting to pin colours to its reins.

She said: “I thought it was a really interesting story, with so many elements to it. There were all these events happening and I thought it would be really good to go around as many as I could to do some painting and capture the different elements.”

The artist, who painted in acrylic, has produced three paintings from the day – the Suffragette rally and picnic in Deuchar Park, the procession from Morpeth Railway Station to St Mary’s Church following the route of Emily’s funeral cortege, and the view from the churchyard during the service.

“It was really interesting because on the programme the service was probably the last thing I wanted to be at, but it is such a beautiful churchyard and it was really interesting to be there,” she said.

“It was lovely. It was really pleasant to sit there and paint and see the people standing around listening and being able to hear the good-quality individual speakers in the church, and then see them come out.

“I knew that it wouldn’t be easy painting the procession and I don’t normally paint moving events like a parade, but it has come out really well.”

She added: “I think the paintings show something that a camera couldn’t and it is interesting for people to see that there is a different way of recording these images.

“I hadn’t realised before that it was 100 years exactly since the day of the funeral. I only realised when I overheard children telling the adults all about it. I was really impressed with how much they knew.

“The whole day was really very moving.”

The paintings can be seen on Facebook on Emma’s own page, or the Festival of the North East page.