Artist cap­tures many faces of com­mu­nity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

MAR­GARETA Dug­gan could be for­given for see­ing dou­ble when an artist showed off his creative tal­ents. Res­i­dents of San­dling Close, Stan­hope, Ash­ford, were in­vited to a pri­vate view­ing of artist Roy Smith’s photography ex­hi­bi­tion – giv­ing Mar­gareta the chance to see his full-size por­trait of her­self. They were joined by coun­cil­lors, stake­hold­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Chrysalis con­sor­tium who are re­spon­si­ble for the Stan­hope’s £150 mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion. Roy’s ex­hi­bi­tion, called De­cant, com­prises pho­to­graphs and in­ter­views with San­dling Close res­i­dents. San­dling Close, a block of 36 flats and maisonettes, is due to be de­mol­ished this year. Mar­gareta, a Stan­hope res­i­dent since 1976, said: “Stan­hope is chang­ing dra­mat­i­cally. It’s good that Roy has recorded our thoughts and feel­ings about our homes and com­mu­nity.” Roy said: “I have been over­whelmed by the hos­pi­tal­ity and good­will of the res­i­dents I have spo­ken to and it has been fas­ci­nat­ing to share their sto­ries and hopes for the fu­ture.”

Mar­gareta Dug­gan with Roy Smith and Cllr Palma Laughton, next to a full-sized photo of Mar­gareta

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