John Sheeran has gathered together an array of private family photos, unseen works of art and personal items relating to key moments in Ed’s life and career for the exhibition, which coincides with the singer’s “coming home” concerts in Suffolk.
The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition opens in Ipswich when the global superstar returns to play four concerts in his home town. The exhibition, which will be open for nine months, gives an unrivalled insight into the making of the star, intimately portraying his creative and musical journey, while celebrating his strong connection to Suffolk. It features portraits, photos, as well as personal items, such as school reports, a guitar and awards, showing the singer’s journey from growing up in Suffolk to international stardom.
Ed was brought up in a creative environment and there was lots of drawing, singing and music-making in his early years. The exhibition shows the impact this had on him with pieces of Ed’s original artwork, as well as album covers and self-portraits. Pictures of Ed by renowned Northern Irish painter Colin Davidson will also be showcased at the exhibition. The painter visited Ed’s home in 2015 and did three drawings, five oil studies and two large portraits. The National Portrait Gallery in London later acquired one of the portraits, but the other nine pictures have never been seen before and will be on display at the exhibition.
There will also be an opportunity to view photos of Ed by Mark Surridge, who has been taking pictures of the musician since the start of his career.