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A captivating hand-drawn animated short film by artist Epoh Beech inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness and Ben Jonson’s Jacobean play The Masque of Blackness, exploring the spirit of place to take you on a journey from West Africa to the Thames.

More than 7 years in the making, Epoh Beech's hand-drawn animation featuring an original musical score by Esben Tjalve and choreography by Julia Gillespie evoke a sense of place and spirit in the busy heart of London as they are projected onto the National Theatre fly tower.

Epoh Beech studied as a fine artist in Florence, at Cheltenham Art School and Chelsea College of Art. She has an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire and works out of the ACAVA studios in West London. She has completed five major series of works, each follow a journey, tell a story, and illustrate a particular poem or Jacobean “Masque”. Each has been exhibited in either London or Oxford. The work is strongly influenced by the narrative force and the quest for the sublime through the balance of colour and light most evident in the work of 15th Italian Renaissance and German Romantic painters.

Find out more about the project here.

Supported by Londonewcastle

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Thu 6 Sep - Sat 6 Oct
Opening times: midday - 6pm (Mon - Sat)
Gallery 46, 46 Ashfield Street, London E1 2AJ

A major solo exhibition of Epoh Beech curated by Lee Sharrock

Epoh Beech's animated film The Masque of Blackness will be screened at Londonewcastle's project space, Gallery 46. The exhibition also features an extensive series of drawings and preparatory sketches of varying scale, detailing the journey of the painstakingly created animation.

Epoh Beech has been working on the animation and accompanying drawings for more than 7 years. Collaborators on the 12 minute animated film include; film editor Matthew Thomas; musician Esben Tjalve - who has composed a unique soundtrack; and Julia Gillespie - a former ballet dancer with Rambert Dance Company. The exhibition will also feature 3D paper maquettes made by Duncan Mude.

Event times

  • Epoh Beech

    The Masque of Blackness

    Thu 27 Sep
    8pm - 11pm

  • Epoh Beech

    The Masque of Blackness

    Fri 28 Sep
    8pm - 11pm

  • Epoh Beech

    The Masque of Blackness

    Sat 29 Sep
    8pm - 11pm