Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, East, United Kingdom
This free exhibition offers an unrivalled insight into the making of Ed Sheeran, intimately portraying his creative and musical journey whilst celebrating his strong connection to Suffolk and its people. This special exhibition, exclusively curated by Ed’s father John Sheeran, includes an array of private family photographs, unseen works of art and personal items relating to key moments in Ed’s life and career. On display are pieces by Damian Hirst, Colin Davison, Mark Surridge and The Jim Henson Company. Brought up in a creative environment, Ed saw being artistic as a natural part of everyday life, and as fun. There was lots of drawing, painting, singing and music-making in his early life and the exhibition showcases the impact this creativity has had on him. It includes various pieces of his own original artwork, including self-portraits and early self-produced album covers. In 2015, Ed welcomed the renowned Northern Irish painter Colin Davidson into his Suffolk home. Three superb drawings, five oil studies and two large portraits resulted. The National Portrait Gallery in London later acquired one of the large portraits, and the remaining nine pictures, never seen before, feature in this exhibition. Since Ed’s career took off in 2011, he has been photographed by hundreds of photographers around the world; but there have only been a handful who have been there from the beginning. Mark Surridge is one of them. He has an instinct for the right moment and the right shot, whether before, during or after a performance. This exhibition will include a selection of Mark’s photographs, including some that have never been seen. These exclusive works of art give you a glimpse of the man behind the public figure, capturing the private, thoughtful and feeling Ed that the public never gets to see.