AUTUMN 2020 NEWSLETTER
Well, thank goodness for culture. In a time of turbulence, social unrest, political rollercoasters and disrupted lives, we can count on culture and the arts to put a mirror up to the world, tell us how it is, give us hope and let us escape to other realms when it all gets too much. Which is […]
Well, thank goodness for culture. In a time of turbulence, social unrest, political rollercoasters and disrupted lives, we can count on culture and the arts to put a mirror up to the world, tell us how it is, give us hope and let us escape to other realms when it all gets too much.
Which is why, despite the amazing resolve and creativity being shown by many in this space, it’s profoundly sad to hear of the struggles and challenges many of our beloved cultural institutions and creative businesses are continuing to face. And as lockdowns and social distancing measures necessarily prevail, the vital essence of what it means to have access to culture just isn’t being taken seriously enough by our government.
We’re working hard to support our clients and give their projects a voice – and feel lucky to be able to showcase some of the fantastic work they’re continuing to do. Read on to find out what we’ve been focusing on over the last few months and how you can still enjoy a hearty fix of culture through virtual cinema screens, digital art biennials, online Q&As, podcasts, short films and more.
You can also check out our latest ‘Margaret Meets’ with Tyler from Outrunners here, listen to our latest playlist from Noughticulture (see below), get some creative and community inspiration from our client the Arts Building here and if you really like us, you could even join our team – scroll on…
OUR AUTUMN PLAYLIST:
ALICE VINCENT OF NOUGHTICULTURE
This edition of our playlist comes from writer and gardening expert Alice Vincent, who alongside authoring beautiful books like Rootbound and helping us keep our plants alive, also has a sharp ear for a sweet tune. Alice says, “These days, I tend to garden to the skeins of the DJ sets from the club near my house (which had, until lockdown 2, resorted to daytime parties). Also, I love a bop. These are songs that make me want to move, and gardening is inherently about movement and about life. Also as the days get shorter, it’s the clubs and the parties and the gigs and the nocturnal fun I’m missing the most!”
A LOVELY NEW CLIENT!
ACORN VASE BY ILEX STUDIO
Speaking of green fingers… We are also super excited to welcome Ilex Studio into the Margaret fold this month. We’ll be working with them to spread the word about their vision to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate the value of plants and trees. A studio dedicated to addressing climate change in a simple and meaningful way, we’re looking forward to growing trees together! Our first focus are their innovative and beautifully designed Acorn Vase and Avocado Vase. Early Christmas present or lockdown project anyone?
A FRESH NEW PERSPECTIVE ON WOMEN’S SPORT
We have also been working away behind the scenes on GLORIOUS – a new global digital platform for women’s sport that’s launching in February 2021. At Margaret we’re all about culture, and so is Glorious, looking at women’s sport through the lens of culture and celebrating the incredible stories and communities surrounding it. You can sign up to the waiting list and find out more here – be one of the first to join up and enjoy fascinating reads alongside a unique programme of events, podcasts, exclusive offers, original merchandise and collaborations.
WORK WITH MARGARET
SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTENT EXECUTIVE / JUNIOR PR EXECUTIVE
We are looking for a culturally curious, down to earth and can-do digital expert to join our team. You will have an interest in cultural and consumer trends across digital and will bring with you 2-3 years of social media experience, either from working for another company or through having set up and creatively grown your own channels. We’re also looking for a junior PR person with 1-2 years experience to work with us on all things press and publicity. Please send your CVs and a covering letter through for either role to email@example.com and we’ll tell you more.
SUNDAY TIMES HOTEL OF THE YEAR AND MORE!
That’s right, our brilliant client Birch has been crowned Hotel of the Year 2020 by The Sunday Times. And that’s not all, Birch continues to bring in the accolades with top reviews from the Sunday Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller and the Evening Standard, to Time Out, Forbes, ES Magazine and national features galore. Pre-book yourself in for stay in one of their cosy rooms and look forward to enjoying 55 acres of grounds to explore and delighting in Robin Gill’s incredible tasting menu at the newly opened Zebra Riding Club restaurant! You can also become a member, to make the most of their beautiful co-working and wellness spaces and lovely array of cultural and creative workshops and activities, which will all be back up and running again after lockdown.
LUXOR: DIRECTED BY ZEINA DURRA AND STARRING ANDREA RISEBOROUGH
STREAMING ONLINE NOW
We are currently publicising new feature film LUXOR, which has just opened to a host of beautiful reviews (see The Guardian, Times, FT, BBC News). Written and directed by British filmmaker Zeina Durra, LUXOR is set in the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor and follows British aid worker Hana (Andrea Riseborough) as she returns to a place she knows well from her past. On a break from her work on the Syrian-Jordanian border, in need of some time out to process her frontline experience and trauma of working within the throes of conflict in the region, she unexpectedly bumps into Sultan (Karim Saleh), an archeologist and former lover. Available to stream digitally via modernfilms.com/luxor as a way of keeping cinemas and screening venues open while their doors are closed, you can also view it on Curzon Home Cinema and the BFI Player. Look out for our special Q&A events with director Zeina Durra in partnership with Treadwell’s bookshop, The Frontline Club, Arab British Centre and the other brilliant partners who we’ve been working with.
DEUTSCHE BÖRSE PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATION PRIZE:
2021 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
This week The Photographers’ Gallery revealed the four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021 as Poulomi Basu, Alejandro Cartagena, Cao Fei and Zineb Sedira. 2021 will also mark the 25th anniversary of this prestigious and influential annual prize. The shortlist presents four bold and wide-ranging projects covering geographical territories from Algeria to China and issues affecting both the local and the global. Nominated projects include Poulomi Basu’s complex depiction of conflict in Central India, Alejandro Cartagena’s exploration of the repercussions of homeownership and developments in northern Mexico, Cao Fei’s dystopic multi-media fabrications and Zineb Sedira’s auto-fictive explorations of memory, culture and belonging. The exhibition will be open at The Photographers’ Gallery from 19 March – 27 June 2021.
A VISIT TO MANDALORE:
POLAROID X MANDALORIAN COLLECTORS EDITION
Calling all Star Wars and Mandalorian super fans! This year we’ve been working closely with our client Polaroid, in collaboration with LucasFilm, on the major new launch of The Mandalorian™ collectors edition Polaroid camera and instant film. We’re obsessed with all things Mandalore and of course, Baby Yoda (for those in the know, The Child) and so are the media, with coverage in NY Mag, New York Post, CNN, CNET, Hypebeast, Buzzfeed, METRO and Mashable, amongst others! Get your special edition camera and film here.
BEYOND THE VISIBLE – HILMA AF KLINT
STREAMING ONLINE NOW
New documentary Beyond the Visible – Hilma Af Klint, from our client Modern Films, is the first film about the life and work of visionary Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint, whose exhibition broke the Guggenheim museum’s all-time visitor records in 2018. Also previously the subject of critically acclaimed exhibitions at the Camden Art Centre and Serpentine Galleries, these galleries recently supported a special launch event for the film here in the UK, in partnership with Frieze magazine. Discover the story of this incredible painter, spiritualist and artist ahead of her time by watching the film through Modern Films here. In these challenging times, independent film distributors, cinemas and galleries really need your support, so please consider skipping Netflix/Amazon and seek this out instead and you’ll be supporting your local cinema or cultural institute at the same time!
SUNIL GUPTA & EVGENIA ARBUGAEVA
EXHIBITIONS AT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY
In October, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its doors to two hugely popular Autumn exhibitions, From Here to Eternity, the first major retrospective of works by pioneering Indian photographer Sunil Gupta, and Hyperborea – Stories from the Russian Arctic, the first major UK exhibition of the award-winning Russian photographer, Evgenia Arbugaeva. For the first time, From Here to Eternity brings together 50 years of Sunil Gupta’s ground-breaking and politically-charged photographic practice, which tells the story of the worldwide fight for gay liberation and offers a powerful visual history of the most significant moments in the history of LGBTQ rights across the world. Meanwhile, Hyperborea features brand new work, and is the stunning culmination of a long-term project begun by award-winning photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva in 2013. Focused on the remote land and people of the Russian Arctic, it brings a mythological world to life through exquisite depictions of endless white nights, strange light effects and rich fertile terrain. Make sure you escape to this magical realm when the Gallery re-opens later this year. In the mean time, you can watch TPG’s brilliant short film about Sunil Gupta here and listen to Evgenia Arbugaeva talk about her beautiful work through a specially commissioned podcast, here.
YEREVAN BIENNIAL ART FOUNDATION
DIGITAL BIENNIAL ONLINE NOW
In September, the Margaret team helped launch Armenia’s first contemporary art biennial as a digital platform and exhibition. The first chapter of the new biennial, founded by Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation (YBAF), invites audiences from across the world to experience a Biennial’s true journey in an extraordinary year. Named ‘The Time Complex’, with its title and concept inspired by the philosopher Armen Avanessian, the beautifully curated and urgent digital exhibition (online until January) presents a virtual space that evolves and shifts in line with this theme. The rolling programme of newly commissioned pieces, historic works and special projects includes work from acclaimed contemporary artists such as John Akomfrah, Ryan Gander, Anton Ginzburg, Oliver Laric, Lawrence Lek, Karén Mirzoyan and Time Out of Joint curated by Eva & Franco Mattes amongst others. There is also a brilliant selection of curated exhibitions presented via the YBAF space on Google Arts & Culture, including the work of the incredible Aslamazyan Sisters – a new partnership for the Biennial which Margaret set up.
IRELAND’S BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART
September also saw the 39th EVA international – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art – open to the public, presenting the first of a three-phase exhibition programme unfolding across venues in Limerick city and online until December 2021. Since its foundation in 1977, EVA International has worked with some of the world’s leading artists and curators, bringing outstanding exhibitions to audiences on the west coast of Ireland. Phase 1 of the 39th EVA International features a Guest Programme titled Little did they know, curated by Merve Elveren and features artists Yane Calovski, Eirene Efstathiou, Michele Horrigan, Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie, Driant Zeneli, and Women Artists Action Group. Whilst the physical venues are currently closed, EVA’s online and offsite programme is still available to enjoy and the next instalments of this year’s edition of EVA will be announced soon!
COLLABORATION FOR EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE
Remember that great idea you had for a VR Opera / origami chess set / pine wine / foldaway garden tool set, but just didn’t know how to make it happen? Well we’re pleased to say that we now know just the people. Margaret have started working with a brilliant new social enterprise called Folkalist which is building a game-changing platform for collaboration on a global scale. Launching next spring, we’re currently working with them on their marketing activities and to find some ‘Founder Folkalists’ that will receive life long free membership and free referrals to their friends in return for helping them test the app pre-launch. If you’re interested in finding out more, or being one of these brilliant people, visit www.folkalist.org to sign up to their newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.