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Colour and Life: Joan Eardley and the Children of Townhead
A small display of drawings of children from the Townhead area of Glasgow by Joan Eardley that demonstrate the artist’s ability to capture character and the vibrancy and optimism of childhood through colour, in the face of poverty.
Eardley moved to Glasgow at the outbreak of World War II. She began drawing in Townhead in the east end of the city in the late 1940s, describing it as ‘the living part of Glasgow where the people are’. From 1953 she rented an old photographer’s studio on St James Road. Living there, she developed strong relationships with the local children, who would pose for her.