Ellie Goulding and husband Caspar Jopling attended Lily Lewis exhibition opening, gala dinner and auction, to raise money for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Other VIP’s like actresses Anna Friel, Claire Forlani and Ewan Venters CEO of famed international gallery Hauser & Wirth were at the event.
Ellie Goulding and art dealer Caspar Jopling, attended the Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, where Lily Lewis’ new art collection, ‘Safe Places’, officially opened its doors to the public on 18th of June 2021.
Lewis’s latest work features actors and actresses from the silver screen of the 1930s and 1940s and aims to shine a light on the suffering of domestic abuse victims, cases which have rise significantly in 2020 during the lockdown.
£70k proceeds from the event
In partnership with Petersham Nurseries and UK charity Refuge, artist Lily Lewis hosted a three-course fundraiser dinner followed by an auction with Lord Dalmeny, Chairman of Sotheby’s.
All proceeds of £70k raised at the event for Refuge will provide support for domestic abuse victims especially women and children. Refuge charity aims to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear.
Anna Friel, Claire Forlani and Ewan Venters among the stars attended the venue
VIP’S at the Petersham Nurseries x Lily Lewis Gala Dinner and Auction included actresses Anna Friel, Alessandra Balazs, Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black, CSI: New York). Also, the English aristocrat Charlie Roxburghe – the Duke of Roxburghe and Prince Harry’s army pal – accompanied by his fiancée Annie Green; movie director Arthur Landon, the Chairman of Sotheby’s UK Lord Harry Dalmeny, Ewan Venters CEO of famed international gallery Hauser & Wirthformer, Poppy Jamie – founder of Happy Not Perfect app and entrepreneur Diego Bivero-Volpe.
‘Safe Places’ by Lily Lewis reflects the ‘perfect’ appearances and the imperfect realities
The faces portrayed in the exhibition are actors and actresses who appear as ‘perfect,’ while the realities of their actual lives were far from it. The materials used in the show are what the artist had available at her home during lockdown: pencil, biro, and the colours are from makeup pigment. Through these restricted mediums for this collection, Lily Lewis adds another layer of meaning to many felt limitations in 2020.
65% increase in domestic violence cases during the coronavirus pandemic
According to the Office of National Statistics in England and Wales, “there has been an increase in demand for domestic abuse victim services during the coronavirus pandemic. Between April and June 2020, there was a 65% increase in calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline compared to the first three months of the same year.”
Photo credit: Getty Images