FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER ❤

08.02.21

Sending love and a large dose of Margaret cultural inspiration your way to help you through this day and the next. We’re still here, working hard to give our clients a voice and spread positivity and good cheer. More than ever, we’re feeling the collective need for culture to lift our spirits, make us laugh […]

Sending love and a large dose of Margaret cultural inspiration your way to help you through this day and the next. We’re still here, working hard to give our clients a voice and spread positivity and good cheer. More than ever, we’re feeling the collective need for culture to lift our spirits, make us laugh (and cry), to transport us into different worlds, to inspire us to be creative, to help us slow down, to reflect and recover.

We’ll be back very soon, but for now please enjoy reading and follow us @margaret_london for more cultural inspiration, including our new ‘Five Things’ recommendations from our friends. We’d love to hear your recommendations too. We’ll get through this together 🙂

Margaret x

Image: Vasantha Yogananthan, Tree of Life, 2014 © Vasantha Yogananthan. Courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING/ READING/ EATING / LISTENING TO

Emma is loving Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema on BBC4 and can’t wait for the online Wong Kar-Wai film season with the BFI & ICA!

Jose is watching It’s A Sin on 4oD.

Katy has just finished watching all 86 episodes (4500 minutes) of The Sopranos (in her own time she assures us..)

Harriet is watching The Serpent on BBC 1.

Lucy is listening to the Towpath cafe podcast, recipes and stories and can’t wait to see the Capote Tapes at The Rio Player.

Eliane is listening to the latest playlist from Reprezent Radio, curated by the station’s presenters and broadcast producers.

Grace has two books on the go: Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.

And Becca is looking forward to watching the film Minari when it’s released on 12th February.

 

A NEW MARGARET

We are very grateful to be able to welcome a new team member, Eliane Appassamy-Brown who is our social media & content executive. Eliane has been a presenter and broadcast producer at Reprezent Radio and she’s already busy creating some new and exciting Margaret content.

 

INVISIBLE DUST

New client alert! We couldn’t be prouder to be working with the award-winning art and science organization Invisible Dust on a range of its upcoming projects, all of which have the impacts of climate change and environmental breakdown at their heart.

Amongst the most urgent and important agendas globally, the conversation about the climate crisis needs to increase amongst us all. Invisible Dust is an interdisciplinary agency who create cultural projects exploring our environment, help audiences engage and empower us to act – and we will be spreading the word through media relations and social media.

First up is FORECAST, a new programme of artworks, discussions and events exploring what’s next for our planet, asking “What is shaping how you think about the planet’s future?” The project has just launched, with a newly commissioned and powerful digital artwork from acclaimed Chinese artist Fei Jun. Take a moment to sign up to their new newsletter too and follow them on TwitterInsta or Facebook to stay in the loop!

 

GLORIOUS IS HERE

We’ve been busy squirrelling away on the PR campaign for a really exciting, new female focused digital community and membership platform, Glorious, which launches on 26th February 2021. Glorious is spearheading an original aesthetic that intersects sport and culture through collaborations with leading photographers, illustrators and musicians such as photographer Coco Capitan, designer Kelly Anna, Sports Team’s Al Greenwood and with special content from Miquita Oliver, amongst others.

There will be a new community, the Glorious Club, with a membership service that will provide access to a weekly download of interviews and trend pieces as well as podcasts, events, classes, weekenders and panel discussions.

Sign up to the newsletter here for more info and the first month’s membership for free.

SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2021

We are feeling super honoured to have been selected to work with the World Photography Organisation on one of the world’s leading photography competitions, the Sony World Photography Awards 2021.

The World Photography Organisation celebrates the best imagery and photographers from across the globe through a varied programme of initiatives including awards, competitions and art fairs. We will be leading the global communications campaign for the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards 2021. Now in its 14th year, the free-to-enter Awards are a global voice for photography showcasing young, established and emerging artists. The Awards also recognise the world’s most influential artists through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Awards; previous winners include Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Mary Ellen Mark, Candida Hofer and Nadav Kander.

Stay tuned for this year’s instalment! Winners will be announced on 15th April 2021.

For more details see worldphoto.org. Follow the World Photography Organisation on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Our hashtags to follow are #sonyworldphotographyawards #swpa.

Image: Sony © RAM KAUSHALYAN  Ramakrishnan, India, Shortlist, Youth competition, Street Life, 2021 Sony World Photography Awards

 

BIRCH AT HOME

Ahhh how we miss our dear Birch, our Birch family and the girls (the chickens to be clear!). But all is not lost as the amazing team is still keeping us busy with creative ideas and skills to learn and do at home while we’re on lockdown. Next up is a free four-week Fermenting course. Saturdays 11-11.30am live on Instagram. Keeping you busy on a Saturday morning and making delicious treats to aid digestion no less. Learn how to make Sauerkraut, Kimchi and beer pickled onions with Birch’s renowned chef, Robin Gill.

Find out more here @birchcommunity.

 

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY! 

On the 14th January, our client The Photographers’ Gallery officially celebrated its 50th birthday! Founded in 1971 by Sue Davies, OBE, as the UK’s first public gallery dedicated to photography, TPG has played a pivotal role in championing photography’s position as a leading artistic and cultural form both in the UK and internationally.

It continues to support photographers from all over the world, exploring topical themes and issues such as identity, race, sexuality and gender amongst many other social, political and cultural arenas. To mark its 50th anniversary, the team have explored the rich archives to revisit 50 exhibitions that mark significant moments in the history of the Gallery, and of the photographic medium itself. Watch out for more birthday activity across the year.

While the Gallery in Soho is sadly closed at the moment, they have moved to the virtual world with an exciting online talks and events programme and daily social media content. We look forward to visiting again as soon as we can.

Image: Sue Davies OBE at The Photographers Gallery
© The Photographers’ Gallery Archive

 

 

 

CLOWN SKATEBOARDS

Welcome to renowned skate brand Clown Skateboards, a new client for Margaret for 2021. We are super chuffed to be working on the PR for its new Guest Art Project which will see four internationally acclaimed artists joining forces with talented independent printers and makers, to bring to life a new series of limited-edition, hand-crafted skateboards.

The first artist taking part is Paris-based street artist Ludo, whose work contrasts the beauty of the natural world against darker forces. Each release will be strictly limited to an edition of 100, with a third of all profits from the boards reinvested to help support socially deprived young people through kit donations and mentoring within the skate community.

 

 LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT OUR KIDS MEALS FUNDRAISING ART PRINT SALE 

With many mums amongst our team our hearts have gone out to those who continue to struggle to put meals on the table for their children. Our art print sale was set up to try and do our bit to help the growing number of people that find themselves in this awful situation. With the full purchase price of the prints (£30) going to Magic Breakfast and Fare Share UK we have so far raised over £6,000 or the equivalent of 17,600 breakfasts.  But we’d like to do more so if you’ve not yet bought one of these fantastic prints kindly donated by a range of brilliant artists and illustrators then it’s not too late.  They’re available until the end of February for £30 plus p&p from our campaign partner Homeplace.  You can also see all the prints and follow our progress at Yellow Crayon.

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