Southbank Centre has teamed up with internationally-renowned fashion and portrait photographer, Rankin, and leading UK names from culture and the arts in a new exhibition of portraits, Light up the Room.
The exhibition celebrates the launch of our exclusive new Let The Light In jewellery collection, to raise funds for the restoration of our brutalist 1960s arts venues Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell room.
Rankin’s portraits showcase famous faces including Joanna Lumley, Grayson Perry, Marc Almond, Paris Lees, DJ Nihal Arthanayake, Gemma Cairney, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kathy Lette, Philippa Perry, Grace Victory, and the Fabulous Fashionistas, wearing jewellery by acclaimed and up-and-coming British jewellery designers.
Watch our film above to see behind the scenes at the two-day shoot at Rankin’s studio in North London.
Gemma Cairney, said: ‘Southbank Centre remains a magical place and provides a needed 'cultural root' in this ever bottle-necking city, a city that can often feel it’s more about money rather than its fantastical people. A city that can often feel it's more about corporations over any arts whatsoever. I love it here.’
Joanna Lumley, said: ‘This project drew me like a magnet. First, the photographer Rankin is outstanding by any measure, and I love working with him. Second, the jewellery aspect, as I am like a magpie with gorgeous things and the necklace I wear is adorable. Third, my respect and affection for Southbank Centre knows no bounds. I was a Governor of Southbank Centre Bank for a few years, and grew to value every single public space and venue it contains. Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery have long cried out for our care and attention, and this is our chance to show how central to the lives of all of Londoners and visitors are the great stars of Music and Art.’
Grace Victory, blogger and YouTuber, said: ‘It is important we help protect and restore London's architecture so that future generations can enjoy it. I am honoured to be part of this project.’
Marc Almond, musician, said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in this project, Let The Light In, to refurbish Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. It was wonderful to do the photo session with Rankin, and the ring I wore was inspired by the Hayward. It’s been a great thing to be a part of as I’ve performed at Southbank Centre many times.”