RIVERSIDE STUDIOS LAUNCHES ICONS EXHIBITION
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ART HOUND GALLERY
Riverside Studios today announces brand-new Icons exhibition in collaboration with Cambridge’s premier modern and contemporary Art Hound Gallery. Launching on Thursday 24 September – with a press preview between 11am – 12pm, the exhibition runs until 31 January, and celebrates some of the many pop culture legends associated with Riverside Studios throughout the venue’s diverse history, with portraits of Amy Winehouse, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie and Princess Diana, among others.
What makes an icon? From Hollywood legends, to Rock and Roll superstars and theatrical celebs, icons have been an inspiration for a wave of artists exploring pop culture and beyond. The Riverside Studios has played host to so many icons and this exhibition picks out some of the most iconic: from The Sex Pistols to Amy Winehouse, from Prince and David Bowie. This selection of artwork by some of the most exciting Contemporary artists on the scene, takes things a stage further to explore the symbolism of iconography from historical figures, to the greater inspiration of the Universe and the very notion of what makes a “Star”.
The Art Hound Gallery Director Tom Arnold and Creative Director Natasha Dawn today said: “The Art Hound team is delighted to be collaborating with Riverside Studios, where so many of our personal icons have performed. Where we have snuck in to TV audiences, watched theatre and even had the odd audition back in the day. With our Icons exhibition we will be showing works by cutting edge artists which celebrate all these wonderful connections.”
Featuring work by exciting contemporary artists including David Studwell, Lauren Baker, Mark Illuminati and Terry Pastor, Icons will explore the notion of what makes a ‘star’ – from the symbolism and iconography of celebrity to the inspiration of the universe itself.
As Riverside Studios opens its doors to the public following lockdown, the multidisciplinary arts venue continues to offer its Dive In Programme for local residents across the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. A Dive In Membership offers free or heavily discounted yoga classes, storytelling sessions for pre-school and primary age children through Storystock, which this week features best-selling author Michael Morpurgo, film clubs and dance sessions aimed at encouraging creativity and well-being in the area for all ages.
ABOUT RIVERSIDE STUDIOS
Riverside Studios believes that the arts have the power to change lives. As the place where art and community meet in West London, we create opportunities for people to have extraordinary experiences, to engage and to discover. We want to make a difference.
Riverside Studios has a long legacy and reputation as a boundary-pushing home for the arts and creative expression. This dynamic cultural venue is home to a confluence of theatre, film, music, dance, comedy, visual art, enterprise, innovative technology, events and hospitality – a constant stream of inspiration where creativity and community flow.
For over 40 years, Riverside Studios has brought the world to West London with a programme of theatre, dance, television, comedy and music. Some of the unforgettable figures who have appeared at Riverside include Samuel Beckett, Helen Mirren, Tadeusz Kantor, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Ant and Dec, Benjamin Zephaniah, Robert Lepage, Allen Ginsberg, Margaret Atwood, Lenny Henry and Michael Clark.
Riverside Trust is a charity, aiming to present high-quality arts that are accessible to all.