Art for Youth London 2015 launch party
4th June 2015
On 3rd June, Strutt & Parker provided their spacious head office boardroom with adjoining garden for the Art for Youth London 2015 launch party, and what a swell party it was!
The weather held, and about 70 ‘angels’, buyers, donors, punters, patrons and loyal volunteers shared delicious canapés over a glass of wine, while admiring the assembled art provided by this year’s invitation artists.
The speaker for UK Youth, Dean Joseph, gave a moving account of how the charity has enriched his life. He grew up in the care system and used to attend Windsor Youth Centre from time to time, not finding much of interest until it became part of UK Youth’s Big Music Project. Then, he saw his chance to pursue his dream of becoming a rapper. His youth worker arranged for him to spend time in a local studio to develop his production skills and Dean then set up regular sessions for young musicians, teaching them what he had learned and giving them a space to collaborate. Expressing huge gratitude to the charity and to the youth club, he then treated guests to a special performance of his considerable talent.
You can check out Dean's music here: soundcloud.com/dean_m_joseph
Guests were also treated to the accounts of two young artists whose careers have been greatly affected by winning The Wates Foundation Diana Brooks Prize. Alice Shirley won in 2013 and occupied Art For Youth London’s 2014 solo exhibition platform created by Caitlin Mavroleon to mentor young artists. Kate Morgan won in 2014 and will occupy the solo platform this year.
Brian Wheelwright, Director of the Wates Foundation, spoke on the value to Wates in sponsorship of the prize. Diana Brooks then lead the heartfelt thanks to Amlin for six years of generous sponsorship for the exhibition itself.
The evening ended with pre-exhibition art sales of over £4,000.
Grateful thanks go to Lisa Drew from the South Bank Collective for capturing the evening with these wonderful photographs.