The UK’s largest arts centre has collaborated with iconic portrait and fashion photographer Rankin to showcase British cultural leaders in a range of jewellery influenced by the interplay of light on and within Southbank Centre’s historic buildings.
A series of portraits have been designed as part of the centre’s Let the Light In campaign – a fundraising initiative to aid the refurbishment of the Southbank Centre’s 1960s Brutalist buildings which are due to reopen in 2018.
The jewellery in the showcase have been created by prominent UK designers Tatty Devine and Wolf & Moon, and emerging designer-makers including Maria Allen and Materia Rica.
The jewellery celebrates the importance of light in the architecture of Southbank Centre’s 1960s Brutalist buildings – Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room – as the historic venues undergo an important period of restoration.
Rankin’s models will include musician Marc Almond, artist Grayson Perry, actress and activist Joanna Lumley, blogger and YouTuber Grace Victory, journalist and activist Paris Lees, radio and TV presenter DJ Nihal, presenter Gemma Cairney, author Kathy Lette and psychologist and graphic novel author Philippa Perry.
The photographs will be on display this autumn in a one-off pop-up exhibition called Light Up the Room: Portraits by Rankin for a fortnight from Thursday December 8. The exhibition will take place in the Royal Festival Hall Level Four exhibition space to celebrate Southbank Centre’s unique heritage and British contemporary design and culture.
The jewellery will also be available to buy from the Southbank Centre’s own shops and online with proceeds going towards Southbank Centre’s Let the Light In campaign.