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“Unique and rewarding experience”

Ted Coney's Family Portraits
Ranked #11 of 33 things to do in Ely
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

Over the summer I have toured Ted's family portraits 4 times. Each time I am astonished by the quality of the artwork and the variety of unusual ways he uses to express the multifaceted family experiences.He uses layers of fragments, and symbols which come together to form a picture that initially seems straighforward but draws you in to look closer and explore the minute details.Ted is the perfect guide, bubbling with enthusiasm,fascinating to listen to and always happy to answer questions.

Thank Linda A
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Having read the reviews here, I booked my wife and I on a weekday - Ted doesn't always do this, but agreed readily. I was half expecting to be disappointed - it seems almost too good to be true - but we were both blown away. The art is interesting enough to look at, but that experience pales compared to the explanations and stories woven by Ted about their creation. He is charming and friendly, and the frustration of only talking about a fraction of the works on show is removed once you realise that you can always come back and do another of the tours the next time you are in Ely.

If you're in any way partial to modern art, and will be in Ely, don't miss this. It's a perfect complement to the other, historic, attractions of the town.

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Reviewed 23 July 2012

For the smallest of entry fees you can spend a very enjoyable hour entering the fascinating world of Ted Coney. For those of you that might worry that you will have to purchase a work of Art rest assured you wallets will not be under threat. Ted is an artist who has no intention of selling you his works, you would not be allowed to purchase any exhibit - he paints because he has to - and the work is a visual diary of the important and trivial aspects of his life.
This experience is a small scale version of the Culture Show or South Bank Show only far more entertaining. There is a choice of themed tours so you can visit more than once and have a different experience and we intend to go again.
The only man to have called out the AA to the nave of Ely Cathedral!!!

Thank Jonty62
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

If you're visiting Ely, Ted's exhibition is a must. Ted guides you round his home which is a captivating treasure trove of artwork. We even saw the painting he was working on and heard about his painting methods. Ted is so inspiring, enthusiastic and welcoming. I really recommend a visit.

Thank Jane G
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

An enjoyable and thought provoking journey through the life of Ted and his family told through a variety of mixed media artworks. Ted gives a spirited and interesting account of his artworks and his inspiration over the many years that he has been working with different media. The tours, (I believe there are nine) are themed and every individual will find some aspect that resonates with their own life and experience. A wonderful opportunity to interact with the artist as you are guided through his delightful house where the artworks are displayed. Well worth a visit!

Thank Jill A
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