Art for Youth London 2017 launch party
20th June 2017
On 7th June, about 90 guests were given the opportunity to mingle with auction donors, buyers, angels, sponsors, volunteers, and committee members to enjoy artworks displayed by this year’s invitation artists and to hear, first-hand, about the work of the charity through young people who have benefited by UK Youth. Both the Mayfair venue and delicious canapés were donated by long-term supporter, Strutt & Parker. In her opening remarks Anna Smee CEO of UK Youth said that going to the launch was like “coming home to family” with, in many cases, three generations of the same family enabling thirty years of the annual exhibition to flourish.
Sam Melluish Chairman of the Art for Youth London Committee introduced Mark Nicholls Chairman of Rathbones, who said how delighted they were to be sponsors for 2017 to further the careers of both artists and young people. Maya Darnton, aged 19, then shared what she has gained through UK Youth involvement. Caitlin Mavroleon Art for Youth London’s Creative Director shared the platform with Diana Brooks Founder to speak for the artists and to introduce Jake Barker, winner of the Wates Foundation Diana Brooks prize in 2016, whose work was also on display. Alex Middleton, a participant in UK Youth’s Big Music Project, finished off the speeches by playing guitar.
Artists taking part included: Tom Coates RP, PPNEAC, Vice-Patron Art for Youth London, who helped hang the first exhibition in 1987; Jean Noble; Peter Searight, a photographer who recently won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show; Alexandra Simondetti, who works in gold leaf; Michael Wallner, whose brushed aluminum vision of St Paul’s is on this year’s invitation cover; Malcolm West, with his lyrical ballet sculpture; and Hannah Campion. All these artists have generously donated their invitation pieces to the live auction in December.
Grateful thanks go to Bronac McNeill for capturing the evening with these wonderful photographs.