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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”...

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...

ENDURANCE : CUBAN ARTISTS TODAY

ENDURANCE : CUBAN ARTISTS TODAY

An online exhibition curated by Flora Fairbairn, Elvis Fuentes and Gabriela M. Fernàndez for Collectionair - until 3 July 2017

Flora Fairbairn has been visiting Cuba since 2009, having launched The Havana Cultura Visual Arts Project for Havana Club in 2010.  The purpose of the initiative was to support young emerging Cuban artists, so over the years she has become very familiar with the Cuban contemporary art scene and has watched it explode over the last 8 years. At the 2009 Havana Biennial, Flora met the Cuban curator Elvis Fuentes who had recently curated the groundbreaking exhibition, Killing Time in New York. Over 80 artists featured in the exhibition, their work metaphorically recording some of the tensions in the cultural, social and political landscape of the preceding two decades, having been dismissed by the official discourse on the Island or stereotyped by narrow conceptions of identity. Flora invited Elvis to curate this on-line exhibition for Collectionair, featuring up and coming Cuban artists of today, and ENDURANCE: Cuban Artists Today reflects on the circumstances of growing up in Cuba.

PAUL BENNEY - SPEAKING IN TONGUES

A multi-dimensional exhibition in Venice, co-curated by Flora Fairbairn and James Putnam

13 May – 26 November

In the intimate 16th Century Church of San Gallo, just yards from St Mark’s Square, is Paul Benney’s Speaking in Tongues exhibition.  A sound and visual feast which represents the culmination of many months of planning and collaboration fuelled by Benney’s creativity and vision. 

On entering the church, the visitor is transported into another world. Accompanied by a powerful holosonic landscape of sound, each of the 12 characters in the 3.5m painting recount intimate life-changing moments. The experience transports one into a reflective oasis and a mesmerising moment of calm and it can feel as if you have stepped into the painting, or that the characters have stepped out. As the visitor moves around the church, the hushed murmuring sound that one had encountered on arrival, is transformed into a clear stream of personal monologues, that one-by-one, seem to reverberate through one’s own head. 

The exhibition, picked as a highlight of the 2017 Venice Biennale in The FT's How to Spend It, has been a joy to work on. The outstanding reviews have been an added bonus to the pleasure of working with a brilliant team and a multitude of fantastic supporters. 

The Venice Biennale has been described as a ravishing carousel of international art, where no two people see the same Biennale, as there is so much to see.  It's an amazing experience to be immersed within thousands of exhibits dotted all over Venice, and the glowing reports from visitors experiencing Paul Benney’s exhibition has made the 2017 Biennale all the more magical.

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THE ARTIST'S OWN FAIR: LOPF

LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR 2017 AT ROYAL ACADEMY

Spring heralds the return to an old friend with the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy. Having been involved with the fair in some capacity since 2000 and responsible for the very successful PR campaigns for 5 years, it is always a treat to return to the world of print makers, dealers and general print enthusiasts. This year, like all others, brought together some of the leading contemporary artists in support of the medium.

The LOPF truly is the "artist’s own fair" with many wondering the aisles of the Fair including the genius Norman Ackroyd alongside his fellow RA’s Peter Blake, Paula Rego, Cornelia Parker, Bob & Roberta Smith, Basil Beattie Tess Jaray and Gavin Turk. Print makers celebrating the age long traditions also included Glenn Brown, Tom Hammick, Ben Eine and Weimin He – Browns, fantastic after Half Life (after Rembrandt) capture the very essence of printmaking as they showcase how prints have been at the heart of artistic practice for centuries but continue to develop new and wonderful techniques.

Collaborating with Alison Wright on the communication campaign, this year’s audiences increased by 12% with peak sales at the Private View and buzzing Young Collectors evening. It is always a pleasure working with print makers, capturing the essence of their craft and sharing this, through well informed media, to those who can appreciate the wealth of the print.