On Wednesday 19 June, Founder & Director of Arcadia Missa, Rozsa Farkas led a conversation with French fashion designer, Roland Mouret. Rozsa and Roland spoke about everything from when he first knew he was destined to be a designer, how he empowers women through fashion and his plans on how to make fashion more sustainable, including his launch of the very first sustainable clothes hanger! Delicious summer cocktails and canapés were served.
On Saturday 15 June we went to Margate for a tour of the newly opened Carl Freedman Gallery in Margate, Kent. The new 10,000 square foot space is spread over two floors of a concrete 1960s commercial building which also houses Freedman’s print publishing business Counter Editions. The Gallery’s Founder, Carl Freedman and Director, Robert Diament spoke about the new space and led a tour of the Gallery’s opening show, Billy Childish: ‘man in the mouth of a cave’.
Following the tour, guests headed for lunch at the nearby Post Office where Mirabeau wine was served.
Image: Billy Childish, man in the mouth of the cave.
On Monday 10 June, we celebrated the launch of Kate Bryan’s book, The Art of Love, at Sketch. The Head of Collections at Soho House and now author, Kate Bryan spoke with Founder of @thegreatwomenartists, Katy Hessel all about the romantic stories behind some of the most fascinating art world couples! Kate shared tales of couples who’ve enjoyed peaceful collaborations - to those who’ve suffered passionate and explosive clashes - from Gilbert & George to Ana Mendieta & Carl Andre.
On Tuesday 4 June, Founder & Director of Sophie Macpherson Ltd, Sophie Macpherson spoke with three leaders in their field: Director of Michael Werner Gallery, Kadee Robbins; Director of the ICA, Stefan Kalmár; and European Chairman and Senior International Specialist of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, Oliver Barker. We heard how all of our speakers started off as interns, the importance of bring your team along with you and ensuring that they feel part of the journey and the importance of making mistakes sometimes!
This event was hosted in partnership with Sophie Macpherson Ltd.
On Saturday 25 May, Marguerite 1938 members enjoyed a 360 experience at The Ned, giving them an exclusive taster of Ned’s Club. Highlights of the day included a mindful yoga class on the 6th floor terrace, brunch, cocktails in a hidden Martini bar and a floristry masterclass with Grace & Thorn!
On Wednesday 22 May, members of Marguerite 1938 enjoyed a spectacular dinner to celebrate Chelsea Flower Show at Ennismore Sessions House with artist, Alexandria Coe and floral designers, WORM as part of Alexandria’s residency at Ennismore. WORM’s Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler created the most incredible floral display, wine was poured by Mirabeau wine, floral cocktails were served by Theodore Gin and a delicious seasonal dinner was served by Ennismore Sessions House.
On Monday 20 May, we hosted our very first Marguerite Salon on the hustle of launching a successful business at Chiltern Firehouse. Founder of @thegreatwomenartists, Katy Hessel chaired the panel with: Founder of Partnership Editions, Georgia Spray; Founder of PRICK, Gynelle Leon; and Co-Founders of RIXO, Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey. We loved hearing Gynelle’s tales of driving through the American desert to meet old cacti gurus, Henrietta & Orlagh’s stories of the two years they spent running RIXO from their tiny flat and Georgia’s brilliant advice on the importance of investing cash in the boring legal stuff and what an amazing difference having a press consultant has made to her company! Chiltern’s finest drinks and nibbles were served!
On Tuesday 9 April, writer and editor, Maisie Skidmore chaired a conversation at Benk + Bo on branding and design with the Head of Marketing at Tate, Chris Condron and Marguerite’s very own designers, Co-Founders of The Bon Ton: Amy Preston and Amelie Bonhomme whose other clients include Barbican, Hayward and Frieze. Planche Kitchen provided food and Theodore Gin served cocktails.
On Wednesday 20 March we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at Chiltern Firehouse where Editor of Archivist, Dal Chodha chaired a conversation on the future of fashion editorial with: Luxury Content Director at The Sunday Times and Editor-in-Chief of Style magazine, Lorraine Candy; Fashion director-at-large of Glamour UK, Alexandra Fullerton; Content Director of Refinery29, Gillian Orr and Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Justine Picardie. We learnt that fashion is the 2nd biggest employer in the UK (bigger than cars, who knew?!); heard the panel’s thoughts on digital & print not being against each other - that there is space for everyone to coexist; and their agreement that fashion editorial exists to tell a story and make you dream and will never go out of fashion.
On Tuesday 26 February, the collector and Founder of Valeria Napoleone XX, Valeria Napoleone hosted us for an event in her Kensington home with artist, Linder Sterling. Linder spoke with writer, Charlie Porter all about: where her love of photomontage began; her appreciation of Indian music; her infatuation with incense; how she fell in love with Barbara Hepworth at Tate St. Ives; her hilarious experience of sex shops in the North; her favourite glue stick (it’s not Pritt!) and SO much more!
Image: Linder, Origin of the World, 2016, photomontage, 49.1 x 42.1 cm, 19 3/8 x 16 5/8 ins. © Linder. Courtesy the artist & Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
On Wednesday 20 February, we enjoyed an Italian-inspired evening at Rosewood London for a conversation between Curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019 and Curator, International Art at Tate, (and soon to be Senior Curator at The Hayward Gallery!), Dr Zoe Whitley and Editor at Large of Elephant Magazine, Holly Black. Zoe and Holly chatted about the 58th Biennale Arte 2019, Zoe’s ‘Soul of A Nation’ at Tate, her PhD, her young daughter and so much more!
On Wednesday 6 February, the CEO of the Serpentine Galleries, Yana Peel hosted a conversation with Grace Wales Bonner on the occasion of her commission for the Gallery, the first in a series of unique interdisciplinary presentations by leading voices in the creative fields. Yana and Grace explored the visual aesthetics at the intersection of art and fashion over delicious drinks and canapés prepared by TopHat.
Read our interview with Yana AKA the February Marguerite ‘Woman of Influence’ right here!
To mark the 70th anniversary of the declaration of human rights, Riposte curated an exhibition at Coal Drops Yard in partnership with Amnesty International. For the exhibition Riposte invited 30 artists to create work in response to the theme of protection.
On Wednesday 12 December, we co-hosted a conversation where artists from the exhibition explored the galvanising effect of anger and rage on their work. Arts & Culture Editor of Dazed, Ashleigh Kane chaired the discussion with artists, Joy Miessi, Phoebe Collings-James, Lotte Andersen and Steph Wilson.
On Tuesday 4 December, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, Iwona Blazwick spoke about her life, career and Whitechapel Gallery with Contemporary art critic and senior lecturer on the Goldsmiths MFA, Dr Gilda Williams. The event will be generously hosted by Patron and collector, Maria Sukkar in her art-filled Kensington home.
On Tuesday 27 November, we visited the new studio of artist and designer of interiors, fabrics and ceramics, Luke Edward Hall and artist and illustrator, Fee Greening. Luke and Fee were in conversation with Director of COB Gallery, Victoria Williams all about their work and lives over carols, Sloe Royales, mulled wine and mince pies!
On Wednesday 21 November, we enjoyed a Buck’s Fizz breakfast in The Connaught Bar with artist, Michael Craig-Martin ahead of the unveiling of his Connaught 2018 Christmas Tree.
Michael was in conversation with Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper, Louisa Buck all about this year’s tree and his impressive career and practice. Guests were invited to return to Mayfair the following evening for mulled wine and mince pies at The Connaught Christmas Tree 2018 unveil!
This event was co-hosted with Sophie Macpherson Ltd., the leading specialist firm in art world search.
On Saturday 10 November, we hosted our annual event exclusively for members of Marguerite 1938 in collaboration with Partnership Editions.
Partnership Editions is a curated platform which unearths accessibly-priced original artworks by today’s most talented emerging artists – a springboard for anyone looking to start or enhance their art collection. The lunch will celebrate their upcoming exhibition Modernist Miniaturists; which celebrates the beauty and intrigue of the small format in contemporary art and opens at Benk + Bo on 15 November.
Especially for 1938 members, Partnership Editions artists hand-painted our lucky guests’ place cards which accompanied the opulent lunch laid on by Thomas’s at Burberry. We were then lucky enough to hear from the Founder, Georgia Spray, followed by fine dining with her and Partnership Editions artists: Venetia Berry, Julianna Byrne, Alexa Coe, Isabella Cotier, Hester Finch, Fee Greening and Rose Electra Harris. What a day!
On Thursday 18 October, we enjoyed a lively conversation about the resurgence of plants in contemporary interior design at Aesop’s Richmond townhouse. Author of 'How To Grow Stuff' and Creator of @noughticulture, Alice Vincent spoke with: Co-Founder of WORM London, Terri Chandler and Founder of London Terrariums, Emma Sibley all about their thoughts on how attitudes towards plants has changed over the past decade.
The conversation was accompanied by an asparagus fern planting workshop by Heaps + Stacks, cheese and Aesop red wine aplenty and fabulous Aesop goodie bags!
Inspired by Lee Miller's cook book, Surrealist drinks and canapés were prepared by artist Maisie Cousins at TJ Boulting to celebrate their exhibition, In The Company Of, a show exploring the relationship between historic and contemporary women artists, curated by Katy Hessel of @thegreatwomenartists.
The exhibition showcases three historic female artists, Barbara Hepworth, Lee Miller, and Alice Neel, alongside twelve dynamic contemporary female artists working today, who indirectly reference the former. The exhibition aims to highlight the legacy of Hepworth, Miller, and Neel and how the impact of their work still resonates with artists working today.
Curator Katy Hessel lead an introduction to the exhibition and creepy-crawly-inspired food and drinks were consumed!
On Thursday 28 September, we enjoyed a studio visit with artist, Conrad Shawcross. Conrad will give us a tour of his Clapton studio followed by a conversation in his home above the studio with art critic and Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper, Louisa Buck. All accompanied by FIOL Prosecco and Yard Sale Pizza!
On Tuesday 25 September, we enjoyed a conversation between Director of Tate, Maria Balshaw and Arts Commissioning Editor at The Times, Nancy Durrant. The event was generously hosted by patron and Co-chair of the Tate Modern Middle Eastern Acquisitions Committee, Maya Rasamny.
On Thursday 13th September we hosted a conversation chaired by Founder & Director of Sophie Macpherson Ltd, Sophie Macpherson with three leaders in their fields: Director of Frieze Fairs, Victoria Siddall; Head of Collections, International Art at Tate, Gregor Muir; and Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan.
This event was part of the 'How To' series and was hosted in partnership with Sophie Macpherson Ltd.
On Tuesday 24 July, in partnership with Refinery 29, we hosted our ‘Literal Literary Salon’ with Editorial Director of Refinery 29, Sarah Raphael and the author of ‘Peach’, Emma Glass. Long gone are the days of your standard 'literary salon'; at Marguerite we do things differently and hosted our literary salon in an actual salon - complete with: blow dries by Hershesons; Provence rosé by Mirabeau and snacks by Sans Pere - all topped off with goody bags from Glossier!
On Thursday 19 July, In partnership with Sophie Macpherson Ltd., we hosted a panel discussion on how to communicate your brand most effectively with some first-class communicators who do just that. FT and Guardian journalist and founder of workinfashion.me, Yasmin Jones Henry steered the conversation between the best in the business: Founder and Director at Zetteler, Sabine Zetteler; Director Of Communications at Damien Hirst and Science Ltd., Belinda Bowring; and Head of Editorial at Sutton, Laura Preece.
Our speakers shared their advice on the importance of authenticity and finding advocates and ambassadors over disengaged 'influencers', ensuring that your brand's messaging is echoed over all of your platforms, building a network of genuine and engaged contacts over Instagram followers and so much more.
Our next 'How To' will take place on Thursday 13 September and will be a conversation chaired by Founder & Director of Sophie Macpherson Ltd, Sophie Macpherson between three leaders in their fields: Director of Frieze Fairs, Victoria Siddall; Head of Collections, International Art at Tate, Gregor Muir; and Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan. The guest list for this event will open on Thursday 23 August.
On Wednesday 4 July, we enjoyed an immersive dining experience to celebrate the V&A's current show: 'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up', hosted by food artist, anthropologist and Founder of thePOP, Caroline Hobkinson at Norn in Shoreditch. We experienced Frida's life and death in six 'moments', each accompanied by musical recitals, readings and of course food!
On Monday 3 July, we hosted a panel on how to turn your side hustle into your main business with some amazing women who've done just that. The refreshingly honest and frank discussion was chaired by the former News & Events Editor for Time Out, Sonya Barber and speaking on the panel were: Founder of The Dots, Pip Jamieson; Founder & Director of Sid Motion Gallery, Sid Motion and Founder & Creative Director of Paradise Row, Nika Diamond-Krendel.
Our speakers shared their advice and practical tips on what it's really like to 'go it alone' - sharing stories about the lows but also the incredible highs of starting your own company. The most important piece of advice they gave? If you have a burning desire to start something, let go of your fear and DO IT!
On Monday 25 June, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the Preferred Members' Room, followed by a tour of the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Exhibition including works by Yves Klein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cecily Brown, led by Cataloguer, Contemporary Art, Constanze Nogler.
'Where They Are Now', 2013
Contemporary Art Evening Auction
London 26 June