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
On Wednesday 13 June, we enjoyed a conversation between artist, Polly Morgan and art critic and contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper, Louisa Buck, in the beautiful former pub in which Polly lives and works. Following the conversation, Polly showed us around her basement studio (frozen snakes included!) and we were treated to canapés from Cocotte and goody bags for the journey home from the Art Newspaper!
On Saturday 9 June, we visited Houghton Hall in Norfolk for a tour of Damien Hirst: Colour Space Paintings and Outdoor Sculptures led by UK Director of Dorotheum and Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist, Martina Batovic. The tour was followed by a gorgeous lunch of local Norfolk produce followed by time to roam amongst the outdoor sculptures and beautiful grounds.
Damien Hirst, Myth (2010) and Legend (2011)
On the occasion of Frieze New York 2018, Art & Culture writer Margaret Carrigan spoke with Deputy Director of Frieze Fairs, Kristell Chadé; Artist, Shantell Martin; Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephanie D'Alessandro; Painter and Curator at Wythe Hotel, Kimia Ferdowski Kline and Acting Executive Director of Creative Time, Alyssa Nitchun about navigating a career in the arts as a woman.
On Tuesday 17 April, Push PR hosted a panel discussion on all things mentoring. How to find a mentor, how to be a mentor and how to get the most out of both!
The panel was chaired by Creative Lead at Refinery29 and Co-Director of Who's Your Momma mentor scheme, Casey Bird and speakers were: Author, Broadcaster, Podcast host and class of the 2018 ’30 under 30’, Emma Gannon; Social Impact Consultant, Joseph Gray; Head of Brand Innovation at Google, Anais Hayes and fashion commentator, creative consultant and former judge on U.K. & Ireland's Next Top Model, Grace Woodward.
Thanks to Push PR for hosting, Chazalettes and Wild Fizz Kombucha for pouring drinks all night long, LeyLey's for cooking up chicken and veggie nuggets and donuts to keep our hunger pangs at bay and Papier for treating us to our very own Marguerite notebooks!
On Saturday 7 April, we enjoyed lunch at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park followed by an introduction to the park and tour of Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil by YSP’s Director of Programme, Clare Lilley. The tour was followed by a viewing of Chiharu Shiota’s brand new installation in the Park’s chapel and refreshments before hopping on the train back to London town!
On Tuesday 20 February, we enjoyed drinks and canapés with UK Director of Dorotheum and Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist, Martina Batovic and Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s, Brandei Estes. Martina and Brandei shared their experiences of: auction house life; how Martina juggles being a powerhouse and a mum and the importance of networking to advance your career in the arts. The perfect evening, made all the better by Jackson Boxer's scrumptious canapés and wine in the beautiful setting of Chess Club, Mayfair.
On Saturday 3 February, Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll hosted the second 'FEMpowerment' at new co-working space/private members' club Mortimer House.
FEMpowerment is for ALL women wanting to work it in the workplace; focussing on the importance of looking after your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health in order to get the most out of your careers and most importantly, your lives!
Here's what the programme looked like for the day - and what a day it was!!!:
FEMpowerment Volume II
10.30 - 11.15am Beyoncé barre class hosted at the newly-opened Frame Fitzrovia
11.15am - 12pm Shower time!
12 - 1.30pm Nourish-me brunch
1.30 - 2.30pm 'Realising Your Dreams' Panel
With Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll; Founder of Grl Pwr Gang, Kirsti-Nicole Hadley; Co-Founder of Frame, Pip Black and Executive Director of Women for Women International, Brita Fernandez Schmidt.
2.30 - 3.30pm 'Self Care' Panel
With Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll; Carrie Anne Roberts AKA Mre Soeur; Transformational Life Coach, Certified Macrobiotic Counsellor and Chef, Nicky Clinch; and cook and author of Eat Happy, Melissa Hemsley.
3.45 - 4.30pm Modern meditation for the real world with Michael James Wong at Just Breathe
4.30 - 6.30pm Party time with Marguerite
With nail art by Shoreditch Nails, wellness workshops by Heaps + Stacks, drinks and music aplenty!
We kicked 2018 off with a bang with art world royalty, Founders of Frieze, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover. Amanda and Matthew spoke with former Associate Editor of frieze magazine and current Director of Nottingham Contemporary, Sam Thorne all about their rise (and rise!) to the top of the art world. Starting out back when they met as kids, how their friendship developed at Oxford University, what inspired them to launch an art magazine - and of course later, an art fair and of course, what's next for the dynamic duo!
Our final event of 2017 was an evening of Christmas cheer and cocktails with artist, Chris Levine at Sketch London. Developed as an entrancing meditative experience, this exclusively created laser generated installation, inspired by solfeggio sound frequencies, aimed to supercharge our spirituality and sense of wonder.. a physiological immersion which resonates with the inner workings of our minds and bodies.. A moment of calm - just what we needed after a month of partying!
On Monday 11 December, we hosted our first ever 'Marguerite How To’ event in partnership with Sophie Macpherson Ltd. We kicked things off with a night of NetWERKing in London's most instagrammable bar, Tonight Josephine - with chats about the dos and the don’ts, the highs and the lows of everyone’s most dreaded pastime: networking. Our panel was chaired by Lifestyle Editor of HuffPost UK, Brogan Driscoll and included cook and author of 'Eat Happy, Melissa Hemsley; Co-Founder of Bompas & Parr, Sam Bompas and Head of Collections for Soho House & Co., Kate Bryan.
After hearing our hosts' top tips, we put our skills to the test with our very own Marguerite Speed NetWERKing, hosted by drag queen, Bourgeoisie and aided by pizza and cocktails aplenty!
On Tuesday 5 December, we enjoyed an intimate dinner with legendary British fashion and textile designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes in her joyful Rainbow Penthouse. Guests were welcomed to the penthouse with cocktails and the tuneful tones of Zandra's all-time favourite band, ABBA, before being invited to see the infamous Zandra Rhodes print studios (the last of its kind) in action.
The exclusive tour was followed by a colourful dinner laid on by the amazing Planche Kitchen, accompanied by an informal conversation between Zandra and her Brand Director, the well versed fashion creative Grace Woodward. Guests left happy with a bespoke printed piece from the newly launched exclusive silk scarf range. It was a night to remember!
On Friday 10 November, we bound out of bed early for pre-work coffee and croissants at South Kensington Club. We then strolled over for a private tour of 'Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion' led by curators, Holly Hay and Shonagh Marshall.
Click here for the full scoop on the show from Holly and Shonagh themselves!
Image: Blommers & Schumm for The Gentlewoman.
On Saturday 21 October, a conversation between Features Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Helena Lee and Director of Maureen Paley, Maureen Paley was held at The Hoxton. Maureen, who featured in the original Harper’s Bazaar Women in Art Portfolio shot by photographer, Jermaine Francis in 2015, spoke ahead of Marguerite’s very own photo shoot by Jermaine himself. Clothes and accessories were lent by Marguerite’s Summer Programme partner, THE OUTNET.COM for members to try on and wear during the shoot. Food and drinks were served by Lady Bakewell Park, Planche Kitchen and Wild Fizz Kombucha!
Image: Maureen Paley by Jermaine Francis for Harper’s Bazaar UK (2015).