The exhibition opened on Saturday 26th May 2018. Artist Paul Digby asked local people to openly express chosen emotions by their facial expressions. He then did portraits of their faces. It was interesting and thought provoking to work out the emotions that their expressions signified.
The portraits are large (1.5 metres by 1.2 metres) and the facial expressions are clearly shown. The portraits are hung between pillars in church and benefit from the natural light which pours in from the large church windows. Paul was inspired by Darwin’s book “The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals” in which Darwin traced the animal origin of human characteristics through facial expressions.
Councillor Jane Dowson and Revd Colin Henderson opened the event which was attended by about fifty people. Live piano music provided background ambiance as the portraits were viewed.
The exhibition ran for three weeks and the final day was Sunday 17th June 2018. The event was well attended and visitors’ comments about the portraits ranged from “stimulating and thought provoking” to “fascinating technique”.
The range of faces in the portraits gave an indication of the diversity of the community in Chapeltown.