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Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process - Tate Britain

Untitled from the series ‘Alexander McQueen Working Process’ 2013 Nick Waplington.

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TATE Britain’s spring 2015 photography exhibition presents the result of a unique collaboration between the artist Nick Waplington and the acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

This major exhibition will reveal McQueen’s working practice through a selection of over 130 large and small scale photographs, including images never seen before.

The exhibition, entitled Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process, is timed to coincide with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty fashion exhibition, and is on display in the Level 2 Galleries from March 10 to May 17, 2015.

Waplington photographed McQueen’s idiosyncratic creative journey as he prepared and presented his final Autumn/Winter collection, The Horn of Plenty, in 2009. He was given unprecedented access to McQueen’s studio, and captured an intense and theatrical working process, from sketching to production to the Paris catwalk show.

McQueen conceived The Horn of Plenty collection as an iconoclastic retrospective of his career in fashion, reusing silhouettes and fabrics from his earlier collections, and creating a catwalk set out of broken mirrors and discarded elements from the sets of his past shows. This radical theme provided inspiration for Waplington, best known for his photographic work centred on issues of class, identity and conflict.

Their artistic collaboration reveals a raw and unpolished side of the fashion world, juxtaposing candid images of McQueen’s working process with rigorously produced photographs of landfill sites and recycling plants, to create a powerful commentary on destruction and creative renewal.

The photobook that resulted from this collaboration is unlike anything of its kind. Waplington and McQueen worked on the book together and a large maquette of the book, which they shared as they edited the work, will be on display.

Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process is curated by Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art, Tate, Carolyn Kerr, Head of Programme Management and Isabella Maidment, Assistant Curator Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain.

Nick Waplington (b.1965) is a British photographer born in Aden, Yemen, and based in London and New York City. In addition to Alexander McQueen: Working Process (2013), he has published a number of photobooks including Living Room (1991), Safety in Numbers (1996) and Settlement (2014).

He has exhibited internationally with solo shows such as Double Dactyl, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2007). Group shows include 49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (2001) and he will participate in This Place – Artists look at Israel and Palestine at the Brooklyn Museum in 2015.

Waplington received an ICP Infinity award in 1993 and his photographs can be found in public collections including the Guggenheim Art Gallery and Moma in New York, and the V&A and The Government Art Collection in London.

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (1969-2010) was a British fashion designer and couturier. He is known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own hugely successful, eponymous label. McQueen won the British Fashion Awards’ British Designer of the Year four times and won the Men’s Wear Designer of the Year award in 2004. In 2003, he received the CFDA Award for Best International Designer and was honoured with a CBE for his services to the fashion industry.

For more information, call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 or visit www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain.

Image: Untitled from the series Alexander McQueen Working Process 2013 Nick Waplington.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Big stage productions at Empire Cinemas in March

EMPIRE Cinemas has announced a compelling March 2015 line-up of arts and live performance screenings available nationwide through its Empire Extra programme.

From musical theatre to opera, comedy and ballet, Empire Cinemas invites enthusiasts to enjoy screenings of their favourite productions in the comfort of their local cinema at a fraction of the theatre ticket price. Some showings will even be screened live simultaneously, with the action taking place on stage, meaning cinema-goers needn’t miss a moment.

Straight to the big screen on March 4 is the Royal Shakespeare Company LIVE 2015 – Love’s Labour’s Won. Set in autumn 1918, Christopher Luscombe directs the second of Shakespeare’s matching pair of comedies that rejoice in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places.

Better known as Much Ado About Nothing, the play is performed under the title Love’s Labour’s Won, a name believed to have been given to it during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

The tragic and resonant tale English National Opera: La Traviata (Live) will be screened on March 11. La Traviata tells the moving story of how the beautiful but fragile courtesan Violetta is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover’s reputation.

Making her UK debut as Violetta is soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, who stars alongside ENO Artist Ben Johnson as Alfredo and acclaimed baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.

National Theatre Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, starring Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me) and directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road), comes to Empire Cinemas on March 12. Fashioned on Pulizter Prize-winner Katherine Boo’s uncompromising book, David Hare’s epic play looks beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport, where lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own…

Screening at Empire Cinemas on March 17 is Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (Live). Surely the greatest of all romantic ballets, Swan Lake is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. Though Tchaikovsky did not live to see it become a success, his first ballet score is now synonymous with ballet itself, inspiring generations of dancers and crossing over into popular culture.

Hitting the big screen on March 23 is Maxine Peake as Hamlet (Royal Exchange Manchester 2014). Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.

This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women.

Starring the talented Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge, the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014, screens on March 26. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale.

In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price…
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Jon Nutton, Marketing Director of Empire Cinemas, said: “Empire Extra brings the excitement of live events and stage productions from around the country to our customers’ local cinema. This March’s Empire Extra line-up is one of our strongest to date and we’re proud to offer a diverse range of content to our customers.”

For further ticketing information visit www.empirecinemas.co.uk/ or call 08714 714 714.

João Penalva at Simon Lee Gallery

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SIMON Lee Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of new work by the London–based Portuguese artist João Penalva. Featuring a series of large scale photographs of London pavements taken at points along the artist’s daily routes between home and studio, it will be on display from March 27 to April 25, 2015.

Printed onto linen and mounted on aluminium, like all of Penalva’s photographs these works are historical documents. Records of surfaces laid down over time by the addition or replacement of material and texture, they stand as transcripts of the labour that makes them and of the passage of man and machine across their surface.

While he works across many media, photography is central to Penalva’s practice. Often shown accompanied by narrative text, Penalva’s photograph, slide and film installations suggest themselves as documentary, but jarring notes or a fictional tone offer other potential readings.

Shown alongside these large scale images, small format silver gelatine prints are also titled after the places the photographs were taken, mostly in areas of Tokyo. Their title includes as well the name Michio Harada, and for each a date, between 1966 and 1978. A book accompanying the exhibition reproduces these and other works by the Japanese photographer.

This is an exhibition within an exhibition, an appropriation or homage, but the precise status of these works — their authorship, the place and date of their making, is unclear.

This ambiguity casts doubt in turn on the status of the street pavement photographs, and continues in the exhibition’s final element, a slide installation entitled Monument shown in the lower gallery.

An image of a photographic enlarger is projected alongside a text describing three members of a single family from Northern Ireland, one of whom is supposed to be the photographer. The work suggests an exercise in genealogical reminiscence, but also the weaving of a complex and whimsical story, perhaps fact, perhaps fiction, that crosses generations.

João Penalva was born in Lisbon in 1949 and has lived and worked in London since 1976. He represented Portugal in the XXIII Bienal Internacional de São Paulo in 1996 and in the XLIX Biennale di Venezia in 2001, and was awarded the DAAD Berlin Artist’s Residency in 2003-2004. He exhibited in the Berlin Biennale 2 (2001) and the Biennale of Sydney (2002). His work has been shown extensively in museums and public institutions.

Major solo exhibitions include: Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim (2014); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (2012); CAM – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2011); Lunds Konsthall, Lund (2010); Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto (2005); Ludwig Museum — Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2005); Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (2002); Tramway, Glasgow (2000); and Camden Arts Centre, London (2000). His work is included in the group exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern, London (2015).

Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DT

Tel: 020 7491 0100

Website: www.simonleegallery.com/

Genes, culture and connectivity in the ocean - The Royal Society

Humpback Whales. Credit: Ed Lyman, NOAA.

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ON MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (6.30pm to 8pm), you can find out how culturally transmitted behaviour is shaping marine ecosystems in this Café Scientifique with Emma Carroll.

Populations of marine animals, like whales and dolphins, rely on the transmission of behaviours – such as where to find suitable breeding grounds – from their parents and peers. Local extinction can lead to patchy recovery of species and a decrease in the connectivity between populations.

Join Emma Carroll, who is using studies of behaviour and the chemical signatures of feeding grounds, in conjunction with next generation genomic data, to shed light on ecologically important species, leading to better understanding, better management and better conservation.

Attending this event

Free to attend but registration is required.

80 seats are available.

Registration opens on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10am.

Doors open at 6pm.

A recorded audio will be available a few days after the event.

Enquiries can be sent to events@royalsociety.org.

About Café Scientifique

This is a dialogue-based event.

There is a 10 minute presentation from the speaker (without Powerpoint).

There is (approximately) a 1 hour Q&A session, plus 15 minute break.

There is informal seating at tables rather than lecture-style arrangement.

Café facilities include drinks and snacks.

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Website: royalsociety.org/

Alternative Comedy Legends - A Retrospective - Museum of Comedy

Alternative Comedy Legends - StingRay - Copyright-Trevor Rogers

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ALTERNATIVE Comedy Legends, an exhibition of images of iconic British comedians shot by photographer and filmmaker Trevor Rogers during the ground-breaking comedy era of the 1980’s, will be on display at the Museum of Comedy from March 11 to September 30, 2015.

Trevor Rogers, award-winning photographer and film maker, literally stumbled upon his archive of 1980’s ground-breaking alternative comedy portraits when he moved studio a year ago. Boxes long sealed and stored were unpacked and among them were the rediscovered treasures about to be unleashed on the British public.

Rogers will reveal images of some of Britain’s most iconic and influential comedians in the exhibition: Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Alexei Sayle, the much loved and sadly missed Rik Mayall (1958 – 2014), Ade Edmondson, Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer and Arnold Brown, all of whom featured in many landmark shows; all were pioneering risk-takers. Dominating the alternative comedy scene throughout the eighties they paved the way for a whole new generation of comedians.

“Moving studio does have its benefits” joked Rogers. “I’ve moved a few times over the years, but for some reason, this time I decided to open up a few crates. I couldn’t believe it. I’d forgotten how much material I’d hidden away. It didn’t seem right these British comedy giants should stay sealed up”.

The exhibition will be held in the Museum of Comedy in Bloomsbury. “It’s the perfect venue” added Rogers. “Martin Witts, the Museum’s owner, enthused over the images and has been a great supporter of the show; with Comic Relief 2015 kicking off on March 13, the timing couldn’t be better. I’m excited to think that a whole new comedy audience will get the chance to finally see these images for the very first time”.

All prints will be signed by Trevor Rogers and a limited edition number of selected prints will be signed by some of the comedians. Both signed and non-signed prints will be available for purchase and to order.

A percentage of ticket and print sales raised during the exhibition will be donated to Comic Relief 2015.

Admission Price: £5, Concessions £4, Family £15.

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.

Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2PX

Tel: 020 7534 1744

Website: www.museumofcomedy.com/

London Super Comic Convention - ExCeL Centre

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THE UK’s biggest and most exciting comic convention, London Super Comic Convention, is returning to the ExCeL Centre for its fourth year – on March 14 and 15, 2015.

London Super Comic Convention features two days of comic heaven – meet and greet your heroes and some of the biggest names in the industry, see some of the world’s most amazing costumes and browse the huge collection of comics on show.

Neal Adams (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern); John Romita, Jr, co-creator of Kick Ass and illustrative mastermind who has worked on practically every character in the Marvel Comics back-catalogue; Dave Gibbons, the UK’s first Comics Laureate and co-creator of The Watchmen; and Charlie Adlard, long term artist on The Walking Dead, are just a handful of the names on the bill.

Each year, over 20,000 comic fans attend donning eye-catching costumes from some of the world’s most loved super heroes and characters. The 2015 L.S.C.C. will welcome the return of the London Super Costume Championship, a competition open to all attendees and the biggest independent prize in Europe. Yaya Han, star of the American series of Heroes of Cosplay, is on this year’s judges panel. Comic fans with the best costumes can enter the Championship for a chance to win the title and a trip to Dragon Con in Atlanta.

L.S.C.C. goers will also have the chance to get an exclusive first look at the brand new Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor mini series, which Titan Comics will premiere at the event. Furthermore, a charity auction, held in aid of the American Cancer Society, will take place on Saturday, March 14.

Gary Morris, Chief Press Officer at L.S.C.C. said: “With just over a month to go we’re looking forward to our biggest L.S.C.C. year yet. There are lots of surprises in store at this year’s event. If you love comics, you have to be there!”

Tickets for the two-day event start from just £18.50 and are available at www.londonsupercomicconvention.com/.

Unseen McQueen photographs on show at Foyles

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A COLLECTION of previously unseen, backstage photographs from Alexander McQueen’s seminal show Dante, are to be displayed for the first time at the Gallery at Foyles from March 20 to May 3, 2015.

The striking images are taken from Kent Baker’s new book, Inferno: Alexander McQueen, published on March 30, 2015, by Laurence King Publishing.

The exhibition is curated by Olly Walker and Futurecity.

Iconic British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was a recent Central St Martin’s graduate when in 1996 he showcased an early collection Dante at Nicholas Hawksmoor’s architectural masterpiece Christchurch in Spitalfields. The audience was treated to an evening of theatrical spectacle.

Photographer Kent Baker, a member of McQueen’s intimate circle of friends, was in a unique position to capture a singular moment: the emergence of a radical and visionary force in contemporary fashion.

Shot entirely on film, Baker’s on-the-fly backstage photographs echo reportage photography whilst perfectly capturing the excitement and baroque theatre of the evening. At the centre is Alexander McQueen, directing proceedings, at his side Kent Baker quietly recording a portrait of the surprisingly intimate friendships and interdependent creative relationships, which together shaped a sublimely unforgettable moment in British fashion history.

“I said that night that I’d like to bring a camera backstage at Dante. I promised to keep a low profile. To my surprise, Lee said okay,” says Baker in his introduction to Inferno (Laurence King). “As it worked out, everyone there, including me, knew each other socially as well as being colleagues and I’d shot many of the models at one time or another, so my presence wasn’t out of place. In the end Lee was even suggesting shots for me to take.”

Dante was the first time the rich coherent visual narrative and sculptural presence that became synonymous with his name had been seen at Alexander McQueen. Set on a candlelit cruciform catwalk, the show’s atmospheric staging referenced performance art and immersive theatre. What followed was a half-hour spectacle presenting models clad in surreal shapes and cuts, aggressive, yet elegant.

Many of the models were local East End kids approached to take part; the collection was positioned firmly in the luxury market, but it spoke about reality and the street more than the world of establishment fashion.

Nothing like it had been seen before on the London catwalk, explains Melanie Rickey in her introduction to Inferno: “Twelve minutes into the show darkness fell and LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out was subsumed by disembodied Gregorian chanting as lighting designer Simon Chaudoir’s 20-kilowatt light exploded through the giant stained-glass window of the church, rendering everyone, as I remember it, utterly mute.”

In striking contrast to the opulence of the Dante show that the audience experienced, Baker’s portraits reveal the inner workings of this incredible project; hair and make-up artists, fashion stylists and costume fitters, jewellers, prop suppliers and a cast of models. Many of the young models and designers Baker captured on that extraordinary night have gone on to become global names in their respective fields.

Colin Ledwith, Senior Curator of Futurecity, comments: “Kent Baker’s exceptional and beautiful documentary shots perfectly capture an emerging career caught in an electric moment, revealing just how much one man’s singular vision was destined to challenge and fundamentally alter notions of beauty through the lens of contemporary fashion.”

Mohara Gill, Head of Art at Foyles, comments: “Beautifully crafted with reminisces of that eventful night, the accompanying catalogue from design specialists Laurence King is the definitive chronicle on one of McQueen’s most original and creative collections.”

Kent Baker will be in conversation with Olly Walker (Creative Director), Jean Wainwright (Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography, UCA & Associate at Futurecity), and Melanie Rickey (Journalist, Fashion Editor and Trend Consultant) on Saturday, April 11 at Foyles, Charing Cross Road.

Admission: Free.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 9pm; Sundays, 11.30am to 6pm (11.30am – 12 noon browsing only). The Café closes 30 minutes before the shop.

Level 5, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT

Website: www.foyles.co.uk/bookstore-charing-cross

Spitting: Photographs by Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox

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IN THE lead-up to the UK General Election in May, James Hyman Gallery is presenting Spitting: Photographs by Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox.

An exhibition of never-before seen photographs by acclaimed British documentary photographer Anna Fox and rising star Andrew Bruce, it will be on display from April 22 to May 8, 2015.

One of the most popular television programmes of the 1980s and 1990s, watched by an audience of 15 million people at its peak, Spitting Image was a British satirical show featuring puppet caricatures of prominent celebrities of the time, including international politicians and the British Royal Family, among others.

The series was cancelled in 1996, but remains a seminal piece of British television.

It has recently been announced that a brand new six-part series, entitled Newzoids and featuring modern-day personalities such as Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Russell Brand, will air in 2015.

On the termination of the original series, James Hyman began to acquire some of the most important puppets used in the show for his private art collection, the Hyman Collection. A life-long fan of Spitting Image, Hyman believes that the life-size puppets should continue to be seen and enjoyed, and is delighted to be collaborating with photographers Fox and Bruce to bring these politicians back into the public eye in this important election year.

Echoing the garish photographs made by Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law before Martin Lambie-Nairn approached them to suggest adapting their creations for television, Fox and Bruce spent weeks in the studio working with a selection of the original puppets, crafting these ominous images. Photographed either against brightly coloured neon backdrops or shrouded by darkness, each image depicts a former Tory party member.

Rendered in extraordinary detail on large format film, at times stripped of their clothing, every mark on the latex or foam is made visible and accentuated, including signs of wear, fragility and decay. Presented in this way, the puppets become evocative emblems of a past era and a faded power. There is an awkward tension in these photographs between the puppets as depiction of people, as cultural icons and also as crumbling modern artifacts.

Key works in the exhibition include Margaret Thatcher, her predecessor Edward Heath and successor John Major, and cabinet ministers Cecil Parkinson, Norman Tebbit, Michael Heseltine, Leon Brittan and Douglas Hurd.

Fox and Bruce said: “Once we had them out of their packing cases, lying on the studio floor, the puppets looked broken, aged, decrepit and lacking any glimmer of life. The orange latex protruded pathetically from underneath their clothing as we re-arranged them on the stand. At one point, Norman Tebbit’s head came off as if he was being decapitated by some unknown force. The glamour faded, the sheen gone. Failed characters abandoned in storage…

Spitting Image was a great show that was made, in the wake of Python, at a time when humour really could be outrageous. These puppets, imbued with satire, represented our most significant politicians at their worst… Now, like all political fortunes, we are left with the remnants of a different age.”

James Hyman said: “When I mentioned these puppets to the wonderful British photographer, Anna Fox, she was immediately excited by this crazy purchase and we discussed the possibility that she might photograph them. So I’m delighted that after a gap of some years the opportunity arose for her and Andrew Bruce to collaborate on these exciting new pictures.

“For me these new photographs, often on an enormous scale, are about more than recording appearance, although they do that in extraordinary detail, but are also about the expendability of politicians. We are shown that beneath the veneer there is fragility, underneath the power-dressing there is vulnerability. These photographs remind me of right-wing politician Enoch Powell’s assertion that “all political careers end in failure.”

Hyman continued: “One of my favourite pictures shows the puppets dumped in a pile on the floor as though ready to be swept away as garbage. But whilst it may be true that these puppets have lost some of their shine, through Spitting Image and now these remarkable photographs, these politicians have achieved a form of immortality.”

James Hyman Gallery, 16 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PL

Website: www.jameshymangallery.com/

Hear My Voice and Answer Me - The Swiss Church, Covent Garden

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Hear My Voice and Answer Me, a sound and video installation produced in collaboration between artists Rachael Finney, Anna FC Smith, and curator Nathalie Boobis and featuring artist Doreen Kutzke, is on display at The Swiss Church, Covent Garden from March 5 to March 21, 2015.

Responding to the specific culture, architecture and use of the Swiss Church, the work uses the vocal act of yodelling to evoke the force of the voice without language and its powers of transcendence, communication and play.

By capturing the sound and visuals of Doreen Kutzke’s yodels in the Church, and re-presenting them in the space as recorded sound and filmed image, the artists’ intentions are to highlight the fundamental tie between voice and body; emanating from the mouth and returning back to the ear. Kutzke’s yodels will become both a trace and an echo of her existence and experience.

Attention will be drawn to the power of the voice without language to transcend linguistic limitations and the body, and to reach beyond the self in order to assert the existence of the self, like a cow herder in the Swiss Mountains using his yodels and the mountains’ echoes to assert his presence.

The aim of the exhibition is to herald the power of yodelling, an ancient mode of vocalisation to communicate existence, to connect with other beings, and to transform physical and mental space. The installation as a whole will not only represent these ideas but will bring them to life through the haunting power of yodelling and the physical and spiritual resonance of the Church.

The exhibition is funded by the Swiss Church in London as the winning proposal in their annual Goldsmiths Exhibition Competition.

There will be a closing event on the March 20 at 7.30pm featuring live performances from Phil Minton and Rachael Finney.

Phil Minton is the master of vocal improvisation and the sole purveyor of Welsh yodelling. He will be performing his Welsh yodelling, working with the long echo and expansive acoustics of the Church, and a yodelling version of John Cage’s mesostics poems.

Rachael Finney will be expanding on her work in the exhibition by performing live with her original recordings of Doreen Kutzke’s yodelling.

Tickets for the performance cost £5 via Eventbrite or on the door.

For more information visit hearmyvoiceandanswerme.wordpress.com/ or www.swisschurchlondon.org.uk/pub/home.

The Swiss Church, 79 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9DY

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair 2015

Jen Ricketts. Wine Coaster.

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CHELSEA Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair, which this year runs from March 6 to March 8, 2015.

This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event, where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK, is an event not to be missed.

Desire offers visitors a choice of around 90 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create. Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.

Exhibitors include jewellers working in gold, silver, platinum, palladium, aluminium, copper, brass, glass and bronze and incorporating felt, gemstones, seaglass, buttons, pearls, glass, enamelwork and beads into their work. Also exhibiting this year will be Robert Ingham who designs and makes beautiful jewellery boxes.

Anyone celebrating a special occasion – maybe a birthday or anniversary – may also like to speak to many of the makers about commissioning bespoke pieces of jewellery or silverware.

Several visitors in the past have commissioned engagement or wedding rings at the event and, by working with the designer maker, have been able to have input into the design and come up with something that means so much more and is completely individual. Many of the makers will also be happy to speak about remodelling old jewellery to give it a more contemporary feel.

Amongst the silversmiths exhibiting at the event is Rebecca Joselyn who was featured with her work on the Channel Four programme, Four Rooms. The work, inspired by today’s lifestyle of throwaway packaging is highly collectable and has been purchased by the Duke of Devonshire.

New to the show this year is silversmith, Jen Ricketts who creates city skylines by hand piercing silver.

Whether you are looking to treat yourself, purchase a unique gift for someone special or commission something for a special occasion, make a date to visit Desire at Chelsea.

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair Gallery.

Admission: £6.

Times: Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE

Website: www.desirefair.com/