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Scarlett Raven: ‘The Eleventh Hour’ Private view in Mayfair

2 Oct


Central St Martins graduate Scarlett Raven was joined by celebrity fans and VIPs for the debut of her new collection at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair.

Last week, (Thursday 25th) fans and art lovers alike came together at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair to view Scarlett’s newly unveiled collection, which celebrates the meaning of flowers, in particular the humble poppy.

Scarlett was joined by TV personality, Kate Thornton, British singer songwriter Judie Tzuke, as well as Grammy award winning pop sensation, Duffy.

At just 27 years old, Scarlett is a rising star on the contemporary art scene and has already gained the support of celebrity fans such as Orlando Bloom, Take That and Lord Jonathan Marland, who are all avid collectors of her work.

The collection, which features thirty three unique pieces, includes a painting that will be donated to the Royal British Legion, and it will be auctioned to raise funds for the Poppy Ball on 30th October.

Working closely with Blippar, an augmented reality app, Scarlett’s Royal British Legion painting is an interactive piece of art, which allows audiences to experience the deconstruction and the processes behind her artwork from start to finish. This enabled guests and clients to experience Scarlett’s artwork through an engaging and immersive medium.

Helen Roden, Castle Fine Art, Mayfair’s gallery manager, said: “We are so pleased to unveil Scarlett Raven’s bold new collection to our clients and fans of her work.

“It is particularly poignant in this, the centenary of the beginning of World War I that she has chosen the poppy as the centrepiece of her work.

“It is an incredibly emotive collection, so it comes as no surprise that Raven’s work has already had a lot of interest, including a growing celebrity fan base.”

Having already been cited as a ‘Van Gogh in the making’, Raven’s vivacious attitude towards life and nature is reflected in her artwork.

Her unique abstract technique of intricately incorporating everyday items such as rope, wood, fabric and wax into her artwork create pieces that hold the most fragile of meanings despite their heavy structure.

Speaking of her debut, Scarlett said: “I can’t believe how incredibly lucky and thankful I am to be able to display my ‘Eleventh Hour’ collection at Castle Fine Art in Mayfair.

“This collection is my most emotive and ambitious yet and the growth of poppy fields amongst our fallen soldiers truly ignites the passion of the public and remains closely rooted in our consciousness as a symbol of remembrance.

“I am so overwhelmed and moved by the amount of support I have received during the launch of my collection and all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Scarlett Raven’s new collection is now on display at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair (address 24 Bruton Street, W1J 6QQ) and is free of charge to view until 11 October.

For more information please visit http://www.castlefineart.com or telephone the gallery directly on 020 3588 0011.


Review: Lesbian Prom

1 Apr



What can we say that hasn’t already been said about Lesbian Prom? We realise this review is late… to be fair it’s been all systems go in the Girl Guide London camp; we’ve been tweeting, attending events, checking out new sites (more on that later!) and by the time we realised we had shamefully not written our review of the Prom so many articles and praises had already been put out there. We could just not bother – it’s pretty late in the day – but this review has to be written, it needs to be written, not just for us but for you – we just have to say how much fun we had at Lesbian Prom!

Organised by the girls behind MissFit – Effi Mai Paul and Sandra Davenport, they brought their relaxed and upbeat vibe to the party, roped in some excellent acts and ensured the night was a success.

Taking over every inch of popular – and massive – London venue Scala, Lesbian Prom was an ambitious undertaking, but the MissFit girls nailed it. There were four rooms of acts and DJs, including the popular Boi Box (@BoiBoxSoho) with Adam All Drag and Apple Derrieres overseeing some great drag cabaret fun. Elsewhere the hugely talented Lauren Mayberry from fab band Chvrches DJ’d playing some corking tunes and keeping the crowds dancing.

The main room was a sea of dancing lesbians (this was definitely my kind of night!) and things really kicked off when Charlie XCX and band got going at about 1 am. The leading lady looked amazing wearing retro sunglasses indoors (as you do) and dancing around the stage insanely, the crowd loving it.

We managed to bag VIP tickets so of course had to check out the bar and enjoy our free glass of bubbly and goody-bag (complete with Sh! Women’s Store bullet – my kind of goody bag).

Coming down from our VIP castle, girls were having fun all over the venue, there were some fantastic outfits with partiers really making an effort and going for the Prom theme – so tuxes and pink dresses galore! I felt pretty swish in my silk bowtie and shirt I have to say!

All in all a fantastic success of a night! It’s great that MissFit are putting on these types of parties; Lesbian Prom was not only a crazy-fun night out just for us girls, in my opinion it’s helped put the London lesbian scene squarely back on the map. Bring on Lesbian Prom 2!



Review: Winter Pride

12 Feb


London’s first ever Winter Pride took place last week and we were there to find out what all the hype was about!

It was a long trip to Wapping Tobacco Dock where the party took place but we were definitely convinced it was the right venue when we arrived. Utilising every inch of the Tobacco Dock warehouse Winter Pride certainly did feel like a festival – indoors!

The warehouse was completely transformed with stages, attractions, displays and stalls. A games room complete with ping pong tables was flanked by a mini market and art instillation room. Walking around there were some fantastic acts on stage, dancing or performing burlesque in some amazing costumes. Over the top drag queens and performers roamed through the party giving the place a festival-magic feel.

A range of different rooms hosted some popular LGBT parties including Salsa night Exilio, One Love, Work and – my favourite –  Popstarz. DJ El Conchitas kept the party going in the Popstarz room playing some crowd pleasing pop, RnB and 90’s classics.

Refreshingly there were a lot of women at the party, in my view possibly outnumbering the men! This was pretty exciting for me, and is probably thanks to the hard work of event organiser Nicola Chubb (CODE, L-Wired), and her popular lesbian parties.

A couple of things let Winter Pride down in our opinion, firstly the lack of toilets! This was kind of a serious issue with only ten toilets to be found for well over a thousand people. The queues were long, but on the flip side I met some great people – nothing brings people together quite like a long wait in a toilet queue! Secondly the large venue meant that some areas felt empty, which didn’t help with the atmosphere. If Winter Pride carries on however we’re sure it will get even more popular, and these empty areas will be filled. Just make sure there’s enough toilets! (Have we talked about the toilets enough..?)

Overall however we loved the party and had an amazing gay-fuelled night. It was so much like a festival we thought it could have benefited from starting earlier and being more of a day event – with activities and attractions that went into the evening party. Just an idea guys!

We hope Winter Pride will be back next year. It was an awesome party on a scale I’ve not come across before and with so much effort and attention to detail! Organisers should be proud of themselves. They certainly gave Summer Pride a run for it’s money!


GGL Run down of 2013

28 Dec

It’s been a busy year on the scene in lesbian London! There’s been a lot of changes, highs and lows. Here’s our run down of 2013.

Theatre and Film

LGBT Theatre and in particular female leading casts and lesbian themed films were centre stage this year. Halbwelt Kultur was a hugely popular show based on the women of the Weimar Republic and dealing with some famous lesbian relationships, this show went from strength to strength this year. Then there was the Canne’s Palme, d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour, a coming of age tale realistically depicting a lesbian relationship warts and all which wowed audiences everywhere. Other theatre mentions include Sappho and Spring Tide.

Candy Bar announces it’s closing

The iconic Candy Bar announced this year that it will be closing it’s doors in Jan 2014 after an increase in rent and the economic downturn meant that it could not feasibly stay open in future. Candy Bar has been open since the 1990’s and became the most popular lesbian bar in London. It has a variety of nights on appealing to a range of tastes and a few years ago featured in a documentary about lesbians in London, ‘Candy Bar Girls’. It was recently taken over by the Ku bar group and refurbished but despite all of this tough economic times still got the better of it.  Never fear however! Candy Bar will be moving to the Ku Bar on Frith Street! So no need to panic ladies, Candy Bar’s new incarnation will be with us soon with a host of parties in Soho for women!

New bars and nights

A host of exciting and innovative new nights appeared this year including the fun and fancy free TLC, the concept night, Create, and new east London night Culture Clash. Plus of course new bar Labels on Frith Street – another great space for lesbians in the heart of Soho.

Special mentions

Lot’s of exciting parties have been on for lesbians this year making 2013 a more eclectic one for lesbians looking for great nights out. Chica Bonita appeared at Candy Bar with it’s special brand of female party, celebrating women with some very talented dancers and performers. Unskinny Bop moved back to it’s spiritual home at the Star of Bethnal Green pub and is still going strong as one of the best queer nights on the scene. Live music night Chick Habit at Candy Bar managed to bag Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry for a DJ set, and band HAIM. Cabaret and queer nights took hold at Candy Bar with Adam All Drag’s (@AdamAll_Drag) special brand of party – Boi Box. Other nights still drawing in the London lesbian crowd in droves include our faves Southbank Surfing, Bijou Cocktail Social and Bar Wotever.

Looking forward

Next year should see some fantastic nights lined up including the Lesbian Prom in March – a huge event at Scala; plus the first ever Winter Pride from the L-Wired ladies. With Candy Bar moving to Frith street we can’t wait to see what nights they’ll have on for us there, plus who knows what’s in store all over London?? We’ll be sure to let you know!

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