Dreamland Trust Exhibition Celebrating the work of designer and colourist Thomas Beaumont Walpole Champneys (1879-1961)

Dates:20 June 2013 to 3 July 2013
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Dreamland Trust Exhibition Celebrating the work of designer and colourist Thomas Beaumont Walpole Champneys (1879-1961)
Wayne Hemingway’s Dreamland vision talk at Pie Factory, Margate
Sat 29 Jun 3.45pm
Dreamland designer Wayne Hemingway MBE gives an informal talk about HemingwayDesign’s vision for Margate’s Dreamland amusement park.
Free entry.
A Cinematic Vision: Walpole Champneys and the Lost Dreamland Mural
The Dreamland Trust open’s this year’s RIBA Love Architecture Festival at 11am on Saturday 22 June 2013 with a free exhibition celebrating the work of designer and colourist, Walpole Champneys (1879-1961), whose mural and decorative schemes adorned the interior of the 1934/35 Grade II*-listed Dreamland Cinema and Sunshine Café, Margate. The question remains as to whether this mural still exists, hidden beneath layers of paint just waiting to be rediscovered…
29 June, 3.45pm: Award-winning designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, will give an informal talk on the vision for Dreamland. Free event, no booking required, but do come early to avoid disappointment.
29 June, 4.30pm: In conversation with Walpole Champneys’ granddaughter, Jacqueline Maynard, Richard Gray of The Dreamland Trust and architect, Sam Causer. Free event, no booking required.
Also part the festival on 30 June, 5pm, Carlton Cinema, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RE, The Dreamland Trust presents a triple film screening fund raiser. A rare opportunity to see Lindsay Anderson’s 1953 short documentary filmed in Dreamland, O Dreamland; Tomorrow Calling a short adaptation of William Gibson’s, The Gernsback Continuum and Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract. Supported by the British Film Institute – programme details at www.dreamlandmargate.com news and events page.
Tickets include a limited edition Nick Morley Dreamland print – all proceeds go towards rebuilding Dreamland. There are a limited number of tickets available at www.westgatecinema.co.uk or Tel 01843 834290.
Other festival events taking place in Margate are listed on the RIBA Love Architecture website at www.lovearchitecture.org.
Walpole Champneys was the commissioned Interior Consultant for the Dreamland Cinema building. He worked closely with architects,
Julian Leathart and F W Grainger, at a time when sumptuous interior decoration of cinema buildings was the norm; the Dreamland Cinema building is an important example of that contemporary mood. In the Swedish Grace style, the work has both art deco and constructivist influences and reflects the immersive experience of cinema-going as an ‘other-world’ event of the 1920s and 30s.
Co-curated by designer-artists Lindsay Marsden, Jenny Duff and Dawn Cole, the exhibition will feature original works, images and documents from the Champneys Collection, including Walpole Champneys’ studies for decorative panels within the Dreamland Cinema, alongside archive images of the Sunshine Café and the 40ft mural painted by Walpole Champneys (images supplied by RIBA).The question remains as to whether this mural does still exist, hidden beneath layers of paint just waiting to be rediscovered once restoration of the Cinema building begins…As part of its festival, the RIBA is holding a Sandcastle Challenge on Margate Sands, CT9 1HX on Saturday 29 June. Families, groups of friends and even architects are invited to take up the challenge to build Margate’s best ever sandcastle! Whether you are a budding young sandcastle designer or someone with a little more experience; or whether you are part of a team or plan to go solo, this will be your chance to show off your sandcastling skills. The judges include the Mayor of Margate and award-winning designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer for Dreamland. Prize categories include: Tallest sand structure;  Most technically daring;  The peoples’ choice;  Curiosity (Turner Contemporary prize);  Mayor’s prize. The Sandcastle Challenge starts at 10am. Judging at 2.30pm and winners announced 3pm. Registration and entry free but you MUST book in advance. We’re gonna win – we know the judge!! Contact event organiser, Emma Hardy, at emma.hardy@riba.org or by telephone on 0118 987 4900. 3WAYNE HEMINGWAY: A VISION FOR DREAMLAND
After judging the Sandcastle Challenge on Saturday 29 June, Dreamland designer, Wayne Hemingway, will talk about the vision for Dreamland in the Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW at 3.45pm. We are thrilled to have the multi-disciplinary, award-winning HemingwayDesign team on board to bring forward the overall design scheme and branding for the forthcoming revival of one of the UK’s best loved amusement parks. Their impressive track record spans urban design, regeneration, fashion, seaside heritage, vintage culture and festivals – a perfect match to The Dreamland Trust’s vision for the world’s first amusement
park of thrilling historic rides and a snug fit for Margate’s creative and vintage vibe. This is the first time Wayne has talked about the vision for Dreamland at a public event in Margate, so we anticipate a lot of interest. This is a free event, with no booking required – but do come early to avoid disappointment!
Following on from Wayne’s talk will be an ‘in conversation’ event at 4.30pm until 5.45pm also at the Pie Factory Gallery between Walpole Champneys’ granddaughter, Jacqueline Maynard; Richard Gray, The Dreamland Trust specialist on architectural history of theatres and cinemas; and Architect and Lecturer, Sam Causer. Another free event – places available on a first come basis. 

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The Dreamland Trust is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (06936961) working in partnership with
Thanet District Council and awaiting charity status.