The most prestigious portrait competition in the world, the BP Portrait Award has been raising awareness of the very best in portraiture for the last 28 years. This year saw the removal of the upper age limit, opening up the competition to artists of all ages and resulting in a record number of entries. The National Portrait Gallery is now exhibiting the top sixty works from the entries including that of the winner of the £25,000 prize, Paul Emsley. The portrait shown here is of Christopher Darroux-Xavier by Rupert Alexander
During the Stepevi press trip to Turkey we visited a rose distillery and enjoyed learning about transforming freshly picked roses into rose water. During the tour we couldn’t help jumping into one of the huge piles of beautifully scented rose petals. Once a rose has been picked it must be transported to the rose distillery centre and begin the distilling process within 4 hours of to keep the delicious scent.
Last night, Caroline Roux, design journalist extraordinaire and editor of Craft Magazine, hosted a party at the Jerwood Space to celebrate 12 years of the Jerwood Prize and to view the shortlist for 2007.
In 2007, the 30,000 prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding creativity; craftsmanship and significant contribution to the discipline of jewellery. The short-listed artists are Susan Cross, Nora Fok, Yoko Izawa, Grainne Morton, Adam Paxon and Mah Rana.
The prize will be awarded on 25 June 2007. My money is on Adam Paxton’s Takashi Murakami inspired blown glass jewelry (pictured)
I went to Nick Jones latest addition to the Soho House series of clubs – Shoreditch House last night. Located on the three top floors of a former tea warehouse, the club mixes the Soho House “Home from Home" signature style with Tom Dixon’s own futurist style. While admiring the stunning views you can get fit in the gym, pamper yourself with Cowshed treatments, tuck into head chef Andrea Cavalliere’s delicious food, cuddle up in the Snug room or lounge by the roof-top pool. There is even a little two-lane bowling alley, with its own bar.
I think I may have found a new home…
Buying art can be such an intimidating prospect, but not so at a fabulous new art gallery in East Dulwich called 14 Upland Road, which I stumbled across at the weekend. The Gallery is the brainchild of artist Lou Champion. Lou has formed a collective of local artists and photographers who display there work in her bijou gallery space. The Gallery is only open on Saturday’s and because you buy the work straight off the walls the art changes every week. The gallery can be found at 14 Upland Road East Dulwich, SE22 and is open from 10am-5pm every Saturday.