Rob McDonald and Tania McCormack

Sandwich Guildhall
It will be all over

Rob McDonald’s work combines both graphic sensibilities of a visual narrative through complex structured images generated through silkscreen, collaged paintings whilst building an interaction between colour and mark making. The makeup of my work is derivative of our social conditioning which controls our values of taste, aesthetics and judgements. It also attempts to question the changing face of British and European society from Social Housing and Town planning to our interaction within the nucleus of family values, looking at TV culture to the importance of play.

Tania McCormack has worked on a variety of commissioned work in Vancouver and exhibited in the UK and Canada.

The mundane and everyday become minute records, a small history captured within her drawings. Her main tool is pencil. “Drawing with pencil is accessible and immediate, echoing my inspiration that to draw is a never-ending process, a record of intense, private moments of nostalgia, escape and loss.”

Associated Museum: Sandwich Guildhall

Associated Project: It will be all over


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Sandwich Guildhall

Sandwich Guildhall, built in 1579, holds the administration offices of the Town Clerk as well as an extensive library containing significant historical archival material relating to the history of Sandwich and Kent. The Guildhall Museum charts the town’s past from early medieval times with illustrated panels and artefacts dating back to the 13th century, including photographs of the nearby port of Richborough (a vital supply route during WW1). The Roll of Honour covers obituaries published in the East Kent Mercury during WW1 and the paper’s circulation in the local area.

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Associated Artists: Rob McDonald and Tania McCormack
Associated Project: It will be all over

It will be all over

We were initially taken with the idea of recording the stories associated with the objects and ephemera in the Museum but we were also really interested in the untold stories that the Museum archivist’s had told us. The little details of the lives of the soldiers but also the families and that of Sandwich it’s self during the war.

During our initial research we become more fascinated by the development of Richborough Port, the secret port of Sandwich and the role it played in the War.  Its location made Richborough unique compared to other ports along the Kent coastline at the time. The Port was able to transport soldiers, ammunition, tanks, horses, rations and fuel somewhat undetected.

This had a really bearing on Sandwich as the Port was top secret for most of the war and as we have found there are very few images of Sandwich during this period due to the Secrets Act, this we found interesting. We also know that even the population living in Sandwich were not completely aware of what was happening along the River Stour in close proximity even though the port was huge.

As the project has developed we wanted to illustrate not only the stories and lives of the soldiers from Sandwich that are commemorated on the Museums time line wall but also the story of life back in Sandwich and that of the Secret Port. Putting into context what was happening at the same time in the different theatres of war compared to life back at home.

We are generating an illustrated book highlighting the destruction and futility of the Western front against the story of the quiet town of Sandwich, a layered account of the different events and stories that occurred. The book will be created through archived photos from the museums collection as well as our paintings and drawings depicting the horrors in France and Belgium to the contrast to Idyllic Sandwich this will be created through printmaking process overlaying the contrasting images. We perceive the book to be an insight to the lives, stories and pain of the war to a new audience. Rob McDonald & Tania McCormack
Associated Artist: Rob McDonald and Tania McCormack
Associated Museum: Sandwich Guildhall