The Mark Evison Foundation
Lt Mark Evison was shot while leading a British Army patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in May 2009. In spite of his serious wound he remained conscious and continued to issue orders to his men, and the entire patrol returned successfully to their base. Mark died shortly after being flown back to England: he was 26. There was wide public interest in his diary, written in Afghanistan to the time of his death, and published in the Daily Telegraph in July 2009.
Mark was a local South London boy, and was loved by many. The Mark Evison Foundation was set up after his death by a group of his friends, all energetic and involved. The Foundation aims to promote the personal, mental and physical development of young people, particularly those who have less opportunity. It provides funds to enable young people to stretch themselves constructively and so gain more confidence, courage and self-reliance, as well as new skills.
If they are between 16 and 30 and wish to pursue a specific personal project they can apply for capital grants of up to £5000. There are also awards of up to £500 for specific efforts in selected schools. To obtain funding they need to show initiative, evidence of a can-do attitude, and a willingness to develop. They must show that they are caring and that they understand the importance of mutual support, collaboration and team work, so that their activities may inspire others.
The Foundation has grown apace, with a board of trustees of largely young people, and many supporters and those interested in the Foundation and its aims. We are about to launch a wider advertising programme, and the Heroes for Schools Scheme, whereby young achievers go into schools to talks to final year students about what they have done and why. There has been specific support from HRH Prince Charles, the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the present Chancellor the Rt Hon George Osborne.
Costs have been kept to a minimum by the use of volunteers and the good will of many businesses and organizations. We now need a volunteer to help us with administration, perhaps one or two days a week. Time would be flexible, and an amount of work could be done at home on one’s own computer, with occasional visits to the main office in Court Lane, Dulwich, London SE21 7EA. The person would be joining the team of a young and expanding charity, with broad horizons for the way ahead and a fantastic vision, and a fascinating programme of activities.
PO Box 59519, London SE21 9AL
Registered Charity Commission Nº 1130281
News from Dulwich Picture Gallery
Celebrating 200 years
England’s very first public art gallery will be celebrating its momentous bicentenary in 2011. To get the bicentenary of the Gallery off to a lively start, the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery have organised THE BIG BANG, a celebratory family day on Sunday 9 January from 11am onwards. The programme will include art workshops, music, food, falconry displays and will culminate with a spectacular firework display. The cloisters will come to life with music from the 30’s to 50’s with singer Alexandra Carter. In the Gallery (which will have free entry to the Permanent Collection) there will be a performance of 16th century music by Emily Atkinson and Kaitlin Ersey followed by a selection of American songs by Gershwin and Cole Porter performed by Suzanne Holmes and Martin Byatt.
Students from Dulwich College, JAGS, Alleyn’s, The Charter School, Kingsdale Foundation School and Dulwich College Preparatory School will play music in the adjoining Christ’s Chapel.
The Gallery is looking outwards for 2011 to enrich the public experience using the latest technology with the launch of its multimedia iGuide programme. By the end of 2011 the Gallery aims to have produced informative videos on over half of the works in the permanent collection.
In 2011 Dulwich gets its Domenicino back – but for only one month!. The Adoration of the Shepherds by Domenicino Zampieri was sold by the Gallery in 1971 to the National Gallery of Scotland. Its one and only sale of a painting from the collection which was claimed would never be broken up and which went against the wishes of its bequest by Sir Peter Bourgeois was widely criticised at the time. However, the finances of Dulwich Picture Gallery were in such a parlous state that the Trustees of the day took the decision to sell the painting to provide an increased endowment in order that the Gallery could continue to function. The Gallery still receives no government funding and relies on the number of its visitors and grants from various charitable sources, including its own Friends organisation, to exist. The Domenicino will be on exhibition in the Gallery in December 2011.
In the meantime there will be a ‘guest masterpiece’ on view each month to celebrate the Gallery’s bi-centenary. The series starts in January with the portrait of the Gallery’s architect, Sir John Soane by Thomas Lawrence from the Sir John Soane Museum. In February Velasquez’s ‘The Bufón’ – Don Sebastián de Morra from the Prado, Madrid, in March – Vermeer’s ‘The Music Lesson’ on loan from The Royal Collection. There will be a lecture to accompany each month’s painting (see What’s On in Dulwich page 15)
Mary Boast Walk
A passageway linking Camberwell Grove and Grove Lane has been renamed MARY BOAST WALK by Southwark Council in honour of Mary Boast, a member of the Dulwich Society’s Local History Group and the author of a number of guides to various parts of the borough, whose obituary appeared in the last issue of the Journal. The Council is to be congratulated on so speedily recognising the distinguished public service of Mary.