The Carnival Village Trust have just held a multi-media art competition to mark 50 years of the Notting Hill Carnival.
There is a free exhibition of selected entries at the Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY, until 5 March 2017, 10am-9pm.
I won second prize in the 18+ category with these five drawings. Elimu
Carnival Band and Paddington Arts kindly allow me to draw people
getting ready in the morning. It's indoors, and quiet, with a proper
This photograph, taken in 1994 by Chandra Prasad, is the competition winner. It looks at skin but is the only image in the show which gets under the skin of the carnival. No one is smiling. Hard to date (and hard to photograph in the gallery lighting), it's in one of those parts of Notting Hill haunted by Peter Rachman.
And do you know who this woman is? She was dancing at last year's carnival. It would be nice to find her before the exhibition ends. This photo, by Denise Turley, shared third prize.
Thanks are due to the competition benefactors - Arts Council England, the Royal Borough of Kensington and
Chelsea (despite what I said about them in a recent blog post and in
repeated submissions to the planning department), the Tabernacle and the