Christmas here, there and everywhere at Sketch as it undergoes a complete transformation for the festive period...
- Sketch, 9 conduit street, London, W1S 2XG
- 13/11/2019 to 05/01/2020
- Mon-Fri 07.00-02.00, Sat 08.00-02.00, Sun 08.00-00.00
The biggest Christmas installation at sketch to date brings together over seventeen collaborators to add a touch of Christmas to the already magical world within... they've called upon the expertise of a diverse collection of prop makers, set production designers, landscapers, artists, dancers, snow-makers and a milliner to complement the unique décor led by florists Carly Rogers, Figa & Co and Ricky Paul Flowers.
You can expect entertainment in the form sketch’s in-house Jazz trio who will perform in the Gallery, where a festive twist on the signature Afternoon Tea will be served and on weekends throughout December, Ballerina Jenna Lee will perform at sketch and there will be carol singing in the main reception area.
In the main reception area Carly Rogers has created a street scene inspired by popular imagery surrounding Christmas from the past and present, both real and imagined. Alongside the scene, milliner Piers Atkinson has designed a Christmas shop front window display featuring pieces worn by Lady Gaga and Kate Middleton amongst others. In addition, artist Alex Haw is installing a colourful LED tree
In The Parlour, Pom Pom Factory have installed a series of decorative structures taking inspiration from the Christmas Parol, a traditional star-shaped ornament found in the Philippines. For this occasion, Pom Pom Factory will be representing the Parol star as seen through the optical gaze of a Kaleidoscope, radiating throughout the Parlour. The room will be adorned with mirror starburst wallpaper gems, tassels, pom poms and a giant origami bow. Animation collaborator Ping has created a never-ending Kaleidoscope-like video that brings all the decorations to life.
Enter the enchanted forest Glade to marvel at their 'Storm in a Tea Cup' installation. A column of winter leaves and faded blooms made with tall stems of gossamer and winter seedheads spiralling out of a delicate china teacup. The vortex climbs upwards to a luminous, rolling snow-cloud inspired by the first falling snow.
Then Carly Rogers returns to the East Bar and Pods with an installation drawing inspiration from the mid-century creative interpretations of what the future would look like. An imagined scene of a faraway planet four-meter-wide UFO has landed, bringing back from earth a variety of Christmas samples and items.