The performance hall of the Art Workers Guild is filled with the portraits of its former members. Lining the walls, they commemorate the long history of artists who have been part of this ancient institution in the centre of London, now gazing upon the activities of the room from their elevated, wall-mounted positions.
Last month they were joined by an audience of living humans to experience the magnificence of Giles Francis and Marije Vijselaar playing a violin and harp duet. From Vivaldi to the contemporary compositions of Valeri Kikta, they played a variety of beautiful pieces interjected by funny and informative interludes explaining the instruments, musical arrangements and dynamics of their performances.
In the interval, audience members drank prosecco, and enjoyed cream teas and cakes created by Gwyneth and Mel amongst an exhibition of art and photography. Andrew Pegram exhibited a selection of illustrations of buildings of London, including the Art Workers Guild, and Paul Whittaker showed a series of photos from his time in Bangladesh documenting the progress of the CLEFT centre in Dhaka.
CLEFT would like to thank everyone who was part of the event, the musicians, cake bakers, scone makers, artists and most importantly the wonderful audience whose engagement and support made the whole event so special. Thank you all!