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Landmark Place
1 Water Lane

3 July to 9 July, 2019

LANDMARK Place, Barratt London’s stunning Thames-side development with views over Tower Bridge, was the setting for a week-long celebration of art and culture running from 3rd until 9th July. The celebration kicked off on Wednesday with yoga and dance on the terrace of one of the spectacular new penthouses at Landmark Place, and ends on Tuesday with a rare opportunity to see artist Stephen Wiltshire completing one of his famously detailed architectural drawings.

The inaugural Building Culture Art Festival, sponsored by Barratt London, is curated by Mariana Haseldine, an award-winning producer, concert pianist, entrepreneur and art collector who put together a series of exclusive events and exhibitions focusing on the themes of modern luxury, wellbeing and love. Over a packed week of activities, visitors to Landmark Place, the only residential riverfront development in the City of London, have enjoyed workshops, talks, live events and exhibitions, set in the spectacular surroundings of this luxury development.

Stuart Leslie, International Sales and Marketing Director at Barratt London, said: “We are tremendously proud to be involved in the Building Culture Art Festival, which has brought together experts in so many different fields, from dance and music to fashion, photography and art. London is one of the great cultural cities of the world, so Landmark Place, with its fabulous views over the historical and contemporary architecture of the City, is the ideal venue for such a diverse celebration of art in all its forms.”

The programme of events at the festival included:

Secret Sunrise Yoga and Dance (Wednesday 3rd July, 6.30-7.30pm). Anna de Pahlen and Secret Sunrise present a unique yoga and dance immersion class on the panoramic terrace of one of Landmark Place’s spectacular new penthouses.

Celebrating the meaning of modern luxury: The Futures (Thursday 4th July, 7.00-10.00pm). A unique opportunity to hear from some of the world’s most innovative creators and thinkers, including:

  • Martin Kemp, world-famous Leonardo da Vinci expert and art historian, will be bringing the great artist’s genius to life with a mix of personal anecdotes and fascinating historical research, as well as relating his work to the current generation of digital innovators. Kemp has studied Leonardo da Vinci for 50 years, and his new book, Living With Leonardo was released to coincide with this year’s 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.
  • Connie Karol Burks, Assistant Curator of the current major Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will be talking about the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior himself.
  • Sasha Siem, British-Norwegian singer-songwriter, will be presenting some of her work during the evening. Siem studied music and poetry at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and in 2010, she became one of the youngest people to win a British Composer Award.
  • Christian Furr, the youngest artist ever commissioned to paint an official portrait of the Queen, producing a unique piece of work which demonstrated both the regal and human qualities of Her Majesty. Today Furr focuses on keeping oil paint a fresh contemporary medium, and is continually interested in experimentation and exploration of new concepts.
  • Vlad Loktev, a fashion photographer and artist who began his career as a photographer in the late 1980s at the Slava Zaitsev Fashion House. His early work was inspired by masters of fashion photography such as Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Herb Ritz, and his work has featured in a wide range of titles, from Vogue and Tatler, to Cosmpopolitan and GQ.
  • Joanna Smith-Ryland, a designer who specialises in fabric design, traditional patchworking and curtain making. Her passion for traditional patchwork design has led her to create a line of luxury handbags using techniques such as Old English and Cathedral Window patchwork, while her collection of fabrics reflects her love of nature, wildlife and fine art.

Day with Legends: Rolling Stones Iconic Images (Sunday 7th July, 7.00-10.00pm). Created exclusively for the festival, this exciting collaboration between the godfather of rock music photography Gered Mankowitz and royal portrait painter Christian Furr showcased both artists’ unique styles.

A Celebration of Art (Tuesday 9th July, 4.30-7.30pm). A specially-curated exhibition by world-famous architectural artist Stephen Wiltshire, who is known for his incredible talent for producing finely detailed, accurate representations of cities, often after seeing the subjects for only a few minutes. As well as admiring the work by Wiltshire on display, visitors can watch him work his magic on the view of the London skyline from Landmark Place, with the completed pen and ink drawing being auctioned at the end of the evening. All profits will be going to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably); a leading charity against male suicide.

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