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Global issue 12

Arena Arts Olympic glory Road to 2012: Aiming High, the culmination of the National Portrait Gallery’s largest ever commission, celebrates the contributions of all those who made the London 2012 Olympic Games a success Elissa Jobson F between – would have embraced the Olympic and Paralym- would have little impact.waste of money, especially to those living outside the south-eastin areas where the promised Olympic-led boost to the economy-ew could have predicted just how wholeheartedly the British public – from Inverness to St Ives and everywhere in pic Games. In autumn last year, as the country recovered from the But as the Games drew nearer, and the Olympic flame made shock of the rioting and looting that had seen some of England’s its circuitous journey around the British Isles, passing through major cities burn, and with the coalition government’s austerity more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages and the hands of 8,000 measures biting hard, London 2012 seemed to many a colossal torchbearers, the mood began to change. This new zeitgeist was Credit: Jillian Edelstein National – Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project Credit: Finlay MacKay - National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project Boris Johnson photographed by Jillian Edelstein, David Weir photographed by Finlay MacKay, 12 May 2011, Richmond Park, London 13 January 2012, City Hall, London Credit: Anderson & Low – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project Credit: Jillian Edelstein – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project Tom Aggar photographed by Anderson & Low, 28 March 2012, Eton Dorney Philip Sheppard photographed by Jillian Edelstein, 19 October 2011, Suffolk 48 lwww.global-briefing.org fourth quarter 2012global


Global issue 12
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