"From the Rainforest to the Cotswolds - A floral fantasy" - Flower Sculptures Display
21/08/2017 - 25/08/2017 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Following the success of the “Tales of Silk and Music” Indian Dance Festival, Devonshire Square is continuing its celebration of the UK-India Year of Culture by hosting in its historic Western Courtyard three original and unique floral sculptures by British flower artist Katie Sparrow.
The exhibition, entitled “From the Rainforest to the Cotswolds”, has been conceived and curated by the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team with the aim of highlighting the diverse history of Devonshire Square’s estate, once a warehouse in which the most precious goods traded by the East India Company used to be stored.
The finely detailed sculptures represent a peacock, a lion and an elephant, symbols respectively of India, UK and the Asian continent as a whole. As the sculptures’ shapes clearly suggest, the artistic creations have been inspired by the flora, fauna and rich history of the two countries.
The imaginative artworks are made with a combination of fresh flowers sourced from both the UK and Asia.
The profuse, delicate blooms of the Phalaenopsis dendrobium orchids that decorate the peacock’s head and body are grown in UK while its elegant tail is made with three hundred stems of petit, candid, sensually perfumed Singaporean orchids.
The Asian elephant is covered with two thousands pink Baltica chrysanthemums sourced in England with details created by using UK-grown cream Maroussia gerberas, powder pink Hydrangea and a variety of beautiful English roses, ranging from the soft, pastel shades of the pink heaven rose to the more intense nuances of pink Aqua blooms, the velvety cherry-reds of the Ivy roses and the refined dark fuchsia tones of the sweetly fragranced Piano rosebuds.
The artist used tree fern to shape the lion’s mane and decorated its face and back with two hundred passionate red Naomi and ruby-red Mirabel roses. The lion’s body is covered in Chrysanthemum spray, "feeling green" variety. All artworks elegantly pose on bases of fern moss with details made of eucalyptus leaves and wild asparagus fern sourced in the picturesque, fairy tale scenario of the English Cotswolds.
The title of the exhibition “From the rainforest to the Cotswolds” is meant to evoke an imaginary journey through the beauty of the very diverse landscapes of India and UK, highlighting at the same time the cultural link between the two countries.
The free attendance exhibition runs from 21st to 24th August and is open to the public from 8am to 7pm. Photography is allowed and registration is not required.
14 December: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
On Thursday 14th December, at 5.30pm, the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard will be resounding with the beautiful and uplifting music of talented Jazz pianist and composer Alberto Ferro. The artist will engage the audience with the soulful, original music from his newly released album “In Fondo al Suono” [The Deep End of Sound, Master Chord Records, 2017], which Ferro describes as “the result of an intense creative work between composing and improvising”. Ferro says: “My artistic and aesthetic ideal is to merge writing and invention in a constant flow of ideas through Classical, Contemporary, Jazz and free music.” The performance will also include some Jazz and open improvisation, as well as a selection of virtuoso classical pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Gershwin. The open air concert is part of the Devonshire Square’s “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, a 4-week programme of FREE attendance world-class artistic performances, organised and curated by the Devonshire Square Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, London's busiest homeless charity, in aid of which the Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising from 1st to 21st December. Alberto Ferro graduated in piano at the prestigious Conservatorio of Milan and holds a Master of Arts in Music, granted by the Washington State University Music School. The award-winning artist specialises in improvisation and has performed worldwide as a Solo Piano, in Chamber Music Ensembles and Jazz bands in US, UK and Europe. He is currently teaching at London Contemporary School of Piano and the Windsor Piano School, and regularly performs improvisation for Contemporary Ballet Companies and classes. To know more about “The Deep End of Sound” open air concert or if you wish to have more information on the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on 02076450800.
15 December: 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
On Friday 15th December at 5pm, as a part of the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, Devonshire Square will be hosting “Violins and Butterflies”, a magical ballet show performed by professional ballerinas from the prestigious Sophie Adams Ballet Company who will be dancing in stunning LED tutus and enchanting butterfly costumes with illuminated wings. The dancers will be accompanied by a talented duet of musicians playing illuminated violins, offering the audience a mesmerizing take on the famous Swan Lake story. The FREE attendance show will take place in the picturesque surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard which will be decorated, for the whole duration of the festival, with beautiful Christmas trees and a sparkling artistic installation of golden “twilight trees” - sculptured cherry trees covered in floodlit blossoms - created by British artist Susie Reid Thomas. The Devonshire Square’s “Art for love” Christmas Festival is a 4-week programme of FREE attendance world-class artistic performances, organized and curated by the Devonshire Square Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk , London’s busiest homeless charity, in aid of which the Devonshire Square’s community will be fundraising from 1st to 21st December.
16 December: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Following the successful participation of Zalon and his band in the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival 2016, the international Soul artist and Urban Music Award nominee will be also taking part in this year’s edition of the festival with a free attendance concert that promises to be an amazing live Soul show. Zalon will perform with his band in the historical surroundings of Devonshire Square’s Western Courtyard on Saturday 16th December, from 7pm to 11 pm, playing hits from his newly released album “Liquid Sonix Sex” and popular Soul classics. The Devonshire Square’s "Art for Love" Christmas Festival is a 4-week programme of world class artistic performances, conceived and organised by the Devonshire Square Events Team to support The Connection www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, London's busiest homeless charity, in aid of which the Devonshire Square's community will be fundraising during the whole duration of the festival, from 1st to 21st December. Zalon was Amy Winehouse's leading singer and toured with her for three years to promote her "Back to Black" Album, which received five Grammy Awards. The talented singer has independently sold out tours in Europe, South America and iconic venues in UK. If you wish to know more about Zalon’s concert and the “Art for Love” Christmas Festival, please contact the Devonshire Square Artistic Events Team on 02076450800. *LIMITED FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE* To book your FREE ticket, please click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zalon-live-at-devonshire-square-london-limited-free-tickets-tickets-38810768052