Bacanal by Night & Proud to Be British Art Preview

15/07/2012

Two events featured below:

Event 1.  Bacanal by Night - The Commandments of Bacchus at The Hurlingham Club Friday 6 July 2012

Bacanal turned up the heat by hosting a summer masquerade ball ‘The Commandments of Bacchus' at The Hurlingham Club London - luxurious private members club and beautiful historic Georgian building set within acres of lush landscaped grounds. 

BBQ food was served to guests outdoors in the gardens by the fountain terrace and, for those who appreciate art, an exhibition was specially set up at the party showcasing the work of various artists inside the Palm Court.  An interesting work of art that drew most attention was a sculpture of a car made entirely from papier-mâché by artist Chris Jones - it was apparently modelled on a car that burnt in the Hackney Riots. Work by the same artists can be seen at ‘The Impossible Heap' exhibition at Galerie8 from 19 July - 26 August 2012 www.galerie8.co.uk.

Music by live jazz band ‘Organic Jam' set the atmosphere under the high-ceilinged glass domed roof of the Palm Court and the stage then extended into a catwalk for party guests to watch a fashion show featuring sensual lace lingerie made by Sonata. 

Later in the evening guests were treated to a Burlesque performance from ‘The Sweet Harlots' two buxom ladies in corsets, suspenders, girdles and tittie tassles who took pleasure in dripping candle wax on each other...a rather raunchy and tantalising show which left the audience gasping.

Stilt walkers wearing bright green peacock masks entertained guests while they danced to international house music.  The crowd was generally very well turned out with some men wearing tuxedos and ladies in modern masquerade party outfits.

The only disappointment for car enthusiasts was the Concours d'elegance being cancelled but other than that there were several enjoyable elements - a stunning venue for art, fashion, entertainment and an eclectic crowd which made a refreshing change to the usual London club scene...Viva Bacchus!

© Article and photos below by Gina Chrysanthou

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Event 2.  ‘Proud to Be British' Art Preview Evening at Intimate Modern Gallery

Pukka PR attended the ‘Proud to Be British' art preview evening on 11th July at the Intimate Modern Gallery "an exhibition dedicated to everything quintessentially British, from icons to iconic landmarks."  The exhibition featured the work of eleven contemporary artists:- Rich Simmons, Romero Britto, Banksy, Goldie, Tyler Shields, Natalie Goldstein, Terry O' Neil, Thibault Sandret, Maxime Xavier, Fin Dac and Maximillian Wiedemann.

Images of well known British figures including the Monarch were represented in different mediums with paintings of HM Queen Elizabeth II portrayed with a cheeky sense of humour and there was a series of colourful cartoon-like paintings of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Other exhibits included Banksy's controversial ten pound notes with images of the late Princess Diana printed on them and pop art prints by Maximillian Wiedemann featuring Supermodel Kate Moss.  British heavyweight boxer Derek Chisora was also at the event as the artist Fin Dac had included a portrait of the boxer at the gallery and Derek was happy to pose for us.

Whilst sipping lychee cocktails we met Robert, Francis and his father and Mark whom we exchanged views with relating to the art exhibition.  We also met pop singer Sinitta known best for her 80's hits ‘So Macho' and ‘Toy Boy.'  She in fact would have been performing at the ‘Hit Factory Live' music concert in Hyde Park on that same evening but the gig was cancelled due to grounds being completely waterlogged so instead Sinitta came to support her friend artist Natalie Goldstein at the exhibition.

‘Proud to be British' exhibition runs till September 2012 at the Intimate Modern Gallery. http://imitatemodern.com

© Article and photos by Gina Chrysanthou

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                   Gina Chrysanthou, Pukka PR

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                               Poet/Writer Amita Chatterji

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