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Tuesday 19 October 2021

Artist & Actor Rebecca Grant Taps Into Her Ancestry For Her New Sussex Based Exhibition

Artist and actor Rebecca Grant launches her new work at her upcoming exhibition of boats called the Set Sail Collection at the Brett Galleries in Midhurst, West Sussex, next month. Her previous work has sold all over the world including Paris, New York & London.

Her late grandfather Raymond De Longueuil was a famous artist in the South of France from an 11th century town called Navarrenx at the foot of the Pyrenees. 

Raymond was the 12th Baron De Longueuil, whose mother, Ernestine Bowes Lyon, was first cousin to the Queen Mother. 

The de Longueuil line of barons originated from Rebecca's ancestor Charles Le Moyne who administered the French part of Canada and was the only Royal title appointed and recognised by Queen Victoria.  

Raymond had a passion for boats, yachts, docks and horizons and so Rebecca found herself setting sail towards this familiar path using mixed media - acrylic, coloured ink, gold leaf and coloured pencil. 

In her early years Rebecca was hand-picked by HRH Prince Charles as one of 50 young British artists to commemorate his 50th birthday. 

The piece of work called Britain in its 21st Century was exhibited at Hampton Court Palace.  

More recently, she continued and updated this theme with a much larger piece. This collection is called The Yellow Brick Road Collection

Rebecca states that this is from depths of her mind in relation to the current world around her. 

As well as being an established artist in her own right, you may recognise Rebecca from various TV shows as an actress.
The ex Holby & Doctors star has also announced two new acting roles as well as her third art exhibition from this October.  

Also, Rebecca is due to start filming the lead role in the film The Rainbow is Black.  

Written by award winning writer Marie Delanote, the film follows her character's journey in how mental health patients are treated in today's world. 
She is an ambassador for UK charity Unseen that fights modern day slavery and trafficking, one of the world's biggest problems. 

To highlight this cause, she produced and starred in a short film Safe Space directed and written by award winning writer Ben Hyland who has currently garnered 26 nominations and 6 awards. The film was based around survivors of human trafficking. 

Rebecca is married to businessman Ivan Pierson, and they have two young children. This autumn the family are relocating from Norfolk to East Sussex. 

Artist and actor Rebecca Grant's 'The Set Sail Collection' will be showing at the Brett Gallery in Midhurst, West Sussex, from 1st November 2021.  For more information CLICK HERE. 

by: Mike Cobley


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