Portraits Untold, Cultural Report Chloe Blogs

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Portraits Untold, Cultural Report Chloe Blogs On the 19th September, I was invited along to Portraits Untold.

‘Portraits Untold will see acclaimed award winning disabled artist, Tanya Raabe-Webber undertake live portrait sittings that fuse digital and traditional drawing and painting techniques. The sittings will see the artist in conversation with the sitters and in some cases collaborating, as they explore what it is to be human through the stories of the lives and the work of the sitters. The conversations will also explore how art and the artistic process is central to the representation of, discussion about and about our thinking on cultural diversity and contemporary society.’

Set up by artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, the event on this day focussed on Neil Baldwin. Baldwin is an important figure of Staffordshire history, having an acclaimed film titled Marvellous, dedicated to his life. Neil’s brief life history has involved an extended time with Stoke City FC as a mascot for the team. The event was held in the Sir Stanley Matthews room at the Britannia Stadium. Baldwin shared some fond memories of Sir Stanley Matthews, which he proudly discussed with the audience.

The event included a total of three sittings with the public and artist Tanya. During the sitting, Baldwin spoke to Tanya about his ‘marvellous’ life and his lovely hobbies including drawing, especially village-tesque sketches of Keele, not to mention the lovely sheep on the country fields!

Four events dates are being held for Portraits Untold, the last one was held this month at the National Trust property, Beningbrough Hall (North Yorkshire) with David Hoyle.

Tanya has many more things planned after this event and hopes to exhibit the Portraits Untold work at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Future plans anticipate further drawing events in the public domain, international portrait events and has conferences planned to celebrate disabled artists.

Many members of the public attended the drawing session. It was great to see a variety of people from in and around Stoke-on-Trent getting stuck in drawing both Neil and Tanya.

Chloe Belcher
Appetite Cultural Reporter

The Appetite Cultural Reporter Team is a roving group of local writers, photographers and bloggers who are passionate about the arts in Stoke-on-Trent.  Cultural Reporters discover and promote exciting stuff happening locally and regionally through reviews, blogs, vlogs, photography, back stage interviews and more. From theatre to circus to spoken word, they get to the heart of the action and bring it to you. Got an event coming up you’d like one of the team to review? Contact us at  


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