AT THE BUS

AT THE BUS

WHY WE SUPPORT AT THE BUS

2019 marks the launch of a new charity initiative that is close to the hearts of Branch Arts. The charity, AT The Bus, will launch later in the Autumn at Cherwell School, Oxford and will provide group workshops for children and young people who face particular challenges and might benefit from the powers of creativity to support them. As both patrons and trustees of this wonderful new charity, we are thrilled to be taking an active role in helping to get it off the ground, at a time when more and more vulnerable children and young people are facing challenges and dealing with mental illness…

VENICE BIENNALE 2019

VENICE BIENNALE 2019

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE VENICE BIENNALE 2019

The Venice Art Biennale has now been running for more than 100 years and is often regarded as the Olympics of the Art World. It is the time when different countries from all over the world have a chance to show to the rest of the world art by some of their most exciting artists and it is a stark reminder how small the international art world really is. Collectors, critics, museum directors, gallerists, artists, art aficionados and A-Z list celebrities jostle against each other in endless queues for the most hyped exhibitions, performances and “happening’ parties.  For many people, the Biennale is just another glamorous international event and a place to be “seen”, but for artists, its one of the most important and high profile international platforms for their work and can enable a mid-level artist’s career to literally soar overnight.

After reflecting on the dozens of exhibitions and projects we saw during the inaugural week, we’ve opted to pick out five which made a real impact...

ATAIROS COLLECTION

ATAIROS COLLECTION

ATAIROS CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF ITS UK HEADQUARTERS WITH A NEW LONDON ART COLLECTION

The Atairos London Collection celebrates the opening of the Atairos UK headquarters in 2018. Branch Arts Co-Founders Susie Lawson and Flora Fairbairn were delighted to be engaged to build the art collection for their new offices in St. James’s. There was a synchronicity from the outset as both the names Atairos and Branch Arts imply ‘partnership’. The combined focus on the importance of relationships was a huge attraction, with a mutual aim for the collection to be shared and enjoyed. These selected artworks have a timeless quality and reflect a good cross section of the UK art world…

LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY MAY 2018

LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY MAY 2018

BRANCH OUT INITIATES NEW PARTNERSHIPS AND SECURES MEDIA COVERAGE WITH AN ESTIMATED READERSHIP VALUE OF 370K COVERAGE VIEWS 

2018 really was a special year for the London Original Print Fair, London’s oldest art fair. I’ve been involved with the Fair in some capacity since 2001, and through it have grown my knowledge and understanding of the unique integrity of the print world. LOPF hosts some of the world’s most esteemed printmakers, both artists and master printers. The atmosphere is vibrant and welcoming and having worked with the fair so long, each year is like being reunited with an old friend…

'IN OUR DREAMS WE SEE FOREVER'

'IN OUR DREAMS WE SEE FOREVER'

Robert Montgomery Reveals New Artwork at Centre of Campaign for Royal Society for Blind Children

At dusk on 31 January, The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) revealed the sculptural commission, In Our Dreams We See Forever (2018), by internationally acclaimed artist, Robert Montgomery. The custom-designed vehicle with light-poem and video-installation lit up Granary Square, King's Cross, kickstarting a 6-month nationwide tour.

Topped by one of Montgomery’s trademark light poems, In Our Dreams We See Forever, includes Braille statements from visually impaired children so that the sculpture only fully reveals itself to Braille-literate blind audiences...

THE LOST WATERCOLOURS OF ERIC RAVILIOUS

THE LOST WATERCOLOURS OF ERIC RAVILIOUS

Eric Ravilious, one of most admired and popular British artists of the 20th century, produced a remarkable number of watercolours in a career cut short by his untimely death in 1942 while serving as an official war artist. Over 250 of these watercolours are known, but it is believed that around 40 are lying undiscovered or uncatalogued in collections around the world...

POLLY MORGAN: DEATH, YOU'RE KILLING ME!

POLLY MORGAN: DEATH, YOU'RE KILLING ME!

Recently described the by the FT’s How to Spend It as the “artist whose sculptural work has subverted the traditions of taxidermy”, Susie was delighted to be invited to interview Polly Morgan as part of Soho Farmhouse’s series of artist talks.

Polly outlined new directions in her work taking inspiration from architecture. Exploring how we, as a race, use materials to create boundaries to protect us from nature, although what was built to contain can come to constrict. Entitled How to Behave at Home, the new series use corset-like geometric forms, inspired by Brutalist architecture, from which snakes bulge. In Polly’s own words “geometry is traditionally used to represent power and order, my forms can be read as a metaphor for etiquette and all the other figurative structures we put in place to marshal us into particular behaviours”...

ART FOR GRENFELL AUCTION AT SOTHEBY'S

ART FOR GRENFELL AUCTION AT SOTHEBY'S

Branch is delighted to be supporting the Art for Grenfell auction at Sotheby’s on Monday 16 October 2017.

Flora Fairbairn lived in Notting Hill for 10 years, very close to the tower, and was so thankful to Katie Heller and Hamish McAlpine for instigating this charity auction to help the victims of the fire.  Having taught art in a homeless centre in the neighbourhood, when Flora heard about the fire, she realised that some of those vulnerable people she had got to know through teaching them over the years had most likely since been housed in the tower.  The horrendous nature of the tragedy and the shocking number of deaths, including that of the very talented artist Khadija Saye who had just reached a very exciting point in her career, compelled Flora to want to help any charity project focused on the Tower...

SPECIALISING IN CUBAN ART

SPECIALISING IN CUBAN ART

Flora Fairbairn has been working with cuban artists since 2009, having launched the Havana Cultura Visual Art Project in 2010 in Cuba with independent curator, Yuneikys Villalonga. Through this dynamic collaboration and several exhibitions, Branch Arts has built up an extensive network of Cuban artists. We look forward to introducing the wealth of work coming out of Cuba to our clients...