This drawing was selected for the Derwent Art Prize, Mall Gallery, London, 2013.
Featured on the artspan website in an article about GATHERINGS:
"Ann Marie Whaley tells the story of people gathering for a formal occasion who share an unexpected, beautiful moment that brings them closer together in celebration than their original reason for coming together could have done. “The drawing, Torch Parade was made in response to a memorable evening at Lyme Regis, on the South coast of England. I joined a casual gathering of several hundred local people and tourists on the beach. People were spread out over a large area – some playing football in the sand, or finishing picnics and others, like me, were just waiting for the torch parade and lighting of the beacons. The date was 4 June 2012, high summer in England, when the days are long, and night never really comes. We were there to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, and there was a sense of shared anticipation. The colours began to fade as the sun set behind us and it seemed the only light came from the flaming torches. Suddenly the moon began to rise over the sea; it was huge and bright, and it took us by surprise. As a group, we moved cautiously toward the water’s edge, as if to test the reality of the unplanned spectacle that we shared.” "