April 2021 Newsletter ☀️
Your regular dose of cultural inspiration from Margaret.
There’s nothing like a global pandemic/existential crisis and some enforced staying still time to make one pause and reflect, then gradually emerge with some new ideas and sense of purpose. And this is exactly what we’ve done; with the promise of Spring and the start of a new financial year marking a new chapter for Margaret, we’ve regrouped (from a social distance) and made some important plans and pledges.
So in this edition as well as sharing our usual cultural news and inspiration from our clients and creative network we have some exciting announcements to make. This includes the appointment of a new Managing Director and a commitment to give 1 percent of all our sales to environmental charities via our membership of 1 percent for the planet.
(Co-founder and Former Managing Director)
📸: © Vasantha Yogananthan Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery
INTRODUCING OUR NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
New in this role but far from new to us, Lucy joined Margaret in 2010 and has been a key partner and driving force ever since. As Katy steps back and takes on more of an advisory role, Lucy will be springing forward to take the reins of the good ship Margaret keeping clients and team happy and inspired.
OUR PLEDGE TO 1 PERCENT FOR THE PLANET
We’re lucky enough to work with brands and institutions that are making a positive impact on the planet and now it’s our turn to make a difference. As of the 1st April 2021 we’ve pledged 1% of our gross sales to 1% for the planet, the global movement set up by Patagonia to inspire businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual memberships and everyday actions. We know we’ll be in good company.
CULTURAL INSPIRATION FROM OUR NETWORK
Here’s what some of our friends are watching, reading, eating and listening to right now, taken from our Five Things cultural enlightenment series. For more, head to our instagram.
Rod Stanley – Former editor of Dazed and now editor of arts activist magazine Good Trouble is reading Mark Hinton’s Blacklock (Granta) Based around metaphysical adventures in the fourth dimension by real-life polyamorous mathematician-philosopher Howard Hilton. Victorian madness!
This month’s playlist has been created by our very own Rachel, who has been working on the PR campaign for Sisters With Transistors. Click here to discover tracks from the best electronic music, female pioneers.
📸: © Craig Easton, United Kingdom, Photographer of the Year, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Today, we’re delighted to announce The Photographer of the Year title (and accompanying $25,000 (USD) cash prize and a range of Sony’s digital imaging kit) is awarded to the esteemed documentarian Craig Easton (United Kingdom) for his series Bank Top. Bank Top, a collaboration with writer and academic Abdul Aziz Hafiz, examines the representation and misrepresentation of communities in northern England, focusing on the tight knit neighbourhood of Bank Top in Blackburn.
Read more about the awards and see worldphoto.org.
📸: © Kensuke Koike VS, 2017 Unique cut postcard Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery
THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY
The Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop and Print Sales Gallery have now reopened (hurrah) with ‘AMMA’, an exhibition by Vasantha Yogananthan (open until the end of this weekend so if you’re in Soho enjoying a pint pop in!) followed by new work by Kensuke Koike from 22 April – 27 June 2021. The main gallery will open its doors again on the 17th May with a last chance to see the acclaimed exhibitions Sunil Gupta: From Here to Eternity. A Retrospective and Evgenia Arbugaeva: Hyperborea -Stories From the Russian Arctic (17 – 31 May 2021), before launching its Summer programme on 25 June 2021.
📸: © Sisters With Transistors, Peggy Wells
MODERN FILMS – SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS
We could not be prouder to be working with Modern Films on the release of writer-director Lisa Rovner‘s SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS, the untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, remarkable composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. As well as the PR campaign we have also initiated partnership screenings with Rough Trade, Supersonic and Sound and Music.
INVISIBLE DUST – UNNATURAL HISTORY
This month we’ve also announced UnNatural History 21 in partnership with The Herbert museum in Coventry. This expansive new exhibition of works by international naturalists and artists will explore the role of the artist as an intrinsic part of the science of natural history, enabling our modern understanding of ecology, climate change, extinction and the threats to biodiversity. The exhibition will form part of the launch programme for Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture 2021.
POLAROID x LACOSTE
Lacoste, the brand born from an early fan of customisation, has partnered with our brilliant client Polaroid. The two iconic brands have teamed up to create a bold and colourful capsule collection, inspired by Polaroid’s technicolour logo. The collaboration has also seen the launch of a limited edition Polaroid X Lacoste 600 Camera and a new Lacoste Live collection.
The new collection and camera are available on the online store at lacoste.com and selected stores in New York, Paris, Milan, Shanghai and London.
Did we mention the lido at Birch opening from the 17th May? (We did, didn’t we!) Still, it’s true and we are very excited. Designed by award-winning architecture and design collective Red Deer, the lido is hidden away in the walled garden with David Hockney inspired tiled flooring in natural pastels and wildflower planting giving it a fun bohemian vibe. See you there for a margarita.
Birch is open now to members to use the Hub and for stays from the 17th May.
📸: © Trials, 2020 Artwork by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi Courtesy of Glorious
Our friends at Glorious are continuing to raise the profile and representation of women’s sport through arts and culture. Our pick of its weekly articles this month is ‘City Slickers’ an interview with director of tokyobike US Juliana Rudell Di Simone. Empowering reading for those thinking of jumping back on the bike for a new office commute. “When I think of women on bikes I think of the suffragettes. Historically, bikes have been associated with women’s rights movements. I mean look at us – riding bikes and wearing trousers. I speak to women all the time to help them feel comfortable on a bike. One by one, we’ll get there.”
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Two watch back opportunities for your mid week cultural viewing;
FORA X MARGARET TALKS ON TOAST FOR MAGIC BREAKFAST CHARITY
Last month’s talk on How To Use Creativity To Get Your Voice Heard, hosted by Miquita Oliver with guests artist Andy Leek (Notes to Strangers) and Zing Tsjeng, Executive Editor of Vice mag, a fun and inspiring 60 min talk.
Your diary date for the next talk is 20th May 9am with a theme of Sustainability.
INVISIBLE DUST WATCH-BACK PASS
The recent Forecast event series brought together artists, scientists, thinkers and leaders from across the globe to make space for fresh ways of seeing the world we live in and promote creative responses to climate change worldwide. The events are now available to watch back on all in-conversations and panel discussions featuring an amazing array of artists, scientists and thinkers, plus two new artist films.