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Last chance to see Magna Carta Turns 800 exhibition

An exhibition of paintings celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta is on display in Hanwell.

Paintings celebrating 800 years of British democracy will be on display in Hanwell until the end of January.

The 26 artworks were created as part of this year’s Ealing Autumn Festival, under the theme of Magna Carta turns 800 , and displayed at 12 different venues in the Ealing borough over five months. Each painting is based on the coats-of-arms of the 25 Magna Carta barons and King John and will be at Hanwell Community Centre until end of January.

Festival artistic director, Gillian Spragg said: "Since June 13 the Magna Carta Exhibition has toured throughout Ealing Libraries accompanied by information posters initiated by the studies of young Magna Carta ambassadors. The programme of live music and literature has pointed up how sensitive repressive political regimes can be towards the arts.

“The Poetry Competition’s theme, judged by George Szirtes, was Magna Carta. There were some exceptionally fine poems from among Ealing people but with entries also from every inhabited continent in the world. Celebrating Magna Carta is a great way to revisit what we think of our freedoms, human rights and democracy. 2015 has been challenging year. There continue to be events at home and overseas which have brought into focus very vividly what it is that gives us freedom and happiness.

"We have also had to consider some of our rights and how we should or should not review them so that we can share them within a wider community."

The exhibition was designed and organised by Diana Braybrook, a practicing artist in west London, and tutor to the 4020 Art Group based at Hanwell Community Centre.

Group members each contributed a painting to the event which is inspired by the vibrant colours of medieval stained glass and the highly decorative illuminated manuscripts of the period.

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