St Peters church on Kensington Park Road has a gallery space on the first floor called the Curate Art Space and as the gallery curator I recently invited two designers to use the space as a visually exciting place to show off their collections. The gallery space was set up in conjunction with the former vicar Mark Hargraves, who was interested in the arts and welcoming visitors into the church who might ordinarily feel intimidated and possibly reluctant to come into church. The gallery space has been open for the past six years showing a variety of artworks and it was time to branch out into other areas.
Fashion seemed like the perfect fit, especially with the focus on UK designers during London Fashion Week. Jill De Masi of De Masi London was thrilled to be able to show her work in the space and to have the opportunity to photograph her new collection (pic right) with the dramatic architectural backdrop provided by the church. “The clothes really came to life in this beautiful setting,” she says, “Everyone involved from the model and the photographer to the make-up artist had a great time deciding which backdrop to use with which outfit, and I think the photos really speak for themselves.”
It is very forward thinking of the church to open it’s doors to all sorts of creative businesses. I know Gucci put on a fashion show in Westminster Abbey this summer and I read that some members of the clergy felt this was a ‘Disneyfication’ of a sacred place, but I think the church has to diversify in order to survive. Everyone at the event was very respectful and happy to be in such a beautiful building, it may even inspire a few to visit on a Sunday morning.
The Curate Art Space is available for hire at very reasonable rates and Curate Events are happy to assist with corporate or personal events curatevents.com