Huddersfield

Ian Berry campaigns to save the Bacon in Huddersfield by Ian Berry

Francis Bacon Figure Study 2

Francis Bacon Figure Study 2

Ian was asked to join the debate by the Huddersfield Examiner about the councils proposed sale of Francis Bacon's Figure Study 2 which had been donated to the Council but is expensive to insure.

Luckily, as he had followed the debate, and also its not the first time it has been spoken about, he had an opinion. Too much so and ended up sending an essay in response. You can read it here

Ian actually got many positive responses about his view on protecting the piece, as well as what it represents about how we treat culture n a wider context. One warm review came from the Contemporary Arts Society themselves

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Ian talks about how regional towns need to have culture and to be able to share it around the country to help inspire other people, especially children. He goes on to discus the soft power that culture represents and the negative impact a possible sale would have on the town. To read the extended version click here

UPDATE!

It was a success! the Contemporary Art Society slapped the council down and pointed out that if they tried to sell, ownership would revert to them and they would give it another Institution. Good news!

Lewis Hamilton emulating his Icon by Ian Berry

   All through his career Lewis Hamilton has spoken fondly and passionately about Ayrton Senna, and has always been linked with the Brazilian. Lewis grew up wanting to emulate Ayrton when he was watching him as a young boy and this year his childhood dream came true by matching his thrice World Champion title. As someone who has kept Ayrton constantly talked about and keeping his name alive the Senna family wanted to give Lewis a personal gift to mark his achievement.   'Having seen how Lewis talks about Ayrton it is a great honour for me to know that to mark his achievement the family chose to present him with a piece of my work. It is a beautiful story, every time I see Lewis talk he talks about Ayrton, and especially this year. He has spent his life wanting to emulate him and now he has. To get that 'you made it, well done' from Ayrton's sister Viviane and family to represent his hero was a special moment and it is great that this symbolic moment of the realisation of the dream they chose the work I made. And to get Lewis's reaction was even more special.'   Lewis was presented Number 3 of 11 special Edition to the same scale as the original piece, specially printed onto denim with stitched edges, a leather patch personalised for him as well as personal messages lasered into the denim.

 

All through his career Lewis Hamilton has spoken fondly and passionately about Ayrton Senna, and has always been linked with the Brazilian. Lewis grew up wanting to emulate Ayrton when he was watching him as a young boy and this year his childhood dream came true by matching his thrice World Champion title. As someone who has kept Ayrton constantly talked about and keeping his name alive the Senna family wanted to give Lewis a personal gift to mark his achievement.

'Having seen how Lewis talks about Ayrton it is a great honour for me to know that to mark his achievement the family chose to present him with a piece of my work. It is a beautiful story, every time I see Lewis talk he talks about Ayrton, and especially this year. He has spent his life wanting to emulate him and now he has. To get that 'you made it, well done' from Ayrton's sister Viviane and family to represent his hero was a special moment and it is great that this symbolic moment of the realisation of the dream they chose the work I made. And to get Lewis's reaction was even more special.'

Lewis was presented Number 3 of 11 special Edition to the same scale as the original piece, specially printed onto denim with stitched edges, a leather patch personalised for him as well as personal messages lasered into the denim.