Words by Bryony Rosier, Monday 19 February 2018
Don’t know what’s on this weekend? We do… Cuckooz Curates is a weekly blog dedicated to highlighting our picks of the best events happening in East London. We’ve done the groundwork so you don’t have to.
Propelled by the recent launch of our stunning new Mansion House apartments, we’ve been doing some research around upcoming events in the city area, and came across the Nature Morte Late at Guildhall Art Gallery.
Lured by the promise of crafts and craft cocktails, our team members headed down on Friday evening to check out the late night exhibition open and get hands on with some ‘Life and Death’ themed activities. We were welcomed into the grand atrium by a friendly gallery assistant, where we enjoyed the soundtrack provided by live DJ and casually made a beeline to the pop up bar, set up by the Botanist (who also conveniently have a bar near our Aldgate nests in Broadgate Circle.) Fittingly with the theme of the evening, we were offered two options for drinks; Life (non alcoholic) and Death (passionfruit, vodka and lemon sour) at which point we decided to shimmy downstairs to the main exhibition and see what the fuss was all about.
We were all pleasantly surprised to find a contemporary and well-curated exhibition, featuring work by a wide variety of artists in a wide variety of mediums. Sculptures, ready-made objects, psychotropic video installations and breath-taking Vanitas paintings lay side by side and each presented a unique interpretation on the theme.
Whilst heading to the bathroom, we chanced upon a viewing window, which gazed down upon the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was rediscovered in 1985. Peaking our heads round out of curiosity, we were swiftly ushered in by an actor portraying the character of Oscar Wilde, where we were seated and enjoyed a performance including a recital of some of his most famous work.
Although, sadly at this point we had missed the taxidermy demonstration which was promised to us, we nonetheless managed to finish the evening with a spot of creativity as we created our very own tote bags reflecting our own inspirations accumulated by the evening.
For those who are yet to visit the gallery, we would all strongly commend paying the Nature Morte exhibition a visit. Tickets are £8 and the show is on until 2nd April 2018. More information here.