Art 101 – Quaglino’s Hosts Comedic BAFTA Photographic Exhibition



Photography at Quaglino’s is back and will be showcasing the lighter side of life. From Monday 9 September, luxury restaurant Quaglino’s (, will host an exclusive photographic exhibition of images commissioned by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).Shot by official BAFTA photographer Jay Brooks (, the previously unseen collection, illustrates some of the best British comedy TV talent, including Miranda Hart, James Corden, Reece Shearsmith, plus many more comedy greats.


Funny Ha Ha?’ BAFTA Portraits by Jay Brooks will run until 31 October. Brooks spent three days in the hotel basement of The Gore Hotel in 2010, shooting a selection of British comedy performers. After the initial sketching, brainstorming and gathering of props, the subjects were given a brief and then left to let their creative juices flow, which they did in abundance. The title of the exhibition, was inspired by one of the subjects, Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville), who discussed during the shoot, his belief that he and writing partner Steve Pemberton were not comedians but comic actors and that neither of them were “funny, ha ha” but comedic in a darker sense. Each of the performers captured in this series of portraits all mirrored this similar ethos, as most were not stand ups, but actors who do great comedy and often work with a sense of pathos, which frequently borders on melancholy and darkness. This philosophy is also symbolised in Brooks’ photography.


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Jay Brooks is known for his cinematic style and ability to draw a seam of, often dark, humour from his subjects.  This has made him a popular choice across the worlds of advertising, TV, film, theatre and music. His characterful celebrity portraiture has graced the covers of some of the UK’s most respected publications. Jay has a continuing relationship with BAFTA, regularly contributing to their photographic archive.


Aside from his work with BAFTA, Jay has worked as a portrait photographer within music, entertainment and advertising for the last 12 years. Recent subjects include Kanye West, Daniel Radcliffe, Kim Cattrall, Ronnie Wood and Paul Weller.  He also boasts three portraits in the collection in The National Portrait Gallery.


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This is the ninth in Quaglino’s ongoing series of collaborations with established photographers and emerging talents.  The legendary venue is the perfect setting for this BAFTA exhibition.  From its inception in 1929 by Giovanni Quaglino, it has become a destination restaurant, welcoming the finest in entertainment and high society alike.  With its sweeping staircase and art-deco inspired dining room, guests can enjoy a glass of champagne as they browse the comedic photos, before dining in the iconic restaurant – Or spend a night in the mezzanine bar taking pleasure in the popular Joe & Seph’s boutique popcorn bar which for the autumn season has taken wine and cheese matching to a new level and has introduced new cheese inspired flavours to complement the exhibition with recommended matching wine selections for each flavour from the Quaglino’s sommelier team.


These images form part of a unique collection of stunning portraiture that BAFTA has commissioned for its Archive and Heritage programme. Since 2007, the Academy has developed a policy of using a new photographer each year for publishing commissions and awards portraiture. These photographers are working in the international visual arena already and have individual styles that enhance the variation of the organisation’s ‘Future Archive’. 


About BAFTA:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, master classes, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work.


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About Jay Brooks:

Portrait photographer Jay Brooks originally studied Film & TV Set Design at Wimbledon School of Art but truly fell for photography after a road trip across America in the mid 90’s.

His original theatrical studies have, however, left a lasting impression on his photographic style and method of working. Jay’s keen interest in location and acute attention to detail, storyboarding and props combine, often with a dark seam of humour, to create unique environments for his portraits.

His graphic, cinematic style and atmospheric lighting has made him a popular choice across the worlds of film, television and theatre, music and advertising. His characterful celebrity portraiture has graced the covers of some of the UK’s most respected publications including The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Sunday Times Culture, The Independent and Time Out.

Jay has a continuing relationship with BAFTA, regularly contributing to their photographic archive, much of which has been exhibited at their Piccadilly headquarters. His ongoing, yearly project shooting some of UK’s finest Screenwriters also continued into 2012 in conjunction with the BAFTA lectures.

Jay also works regularly for The Old Vic and The Royal Court Theatre providing promotional and advertising images.

Recent advertising campaigns include Adidas Footlocker, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile, Southern Comfort and Red Stripe and Laphroaig Whiskey

Despite being kept busy with such a varied raft of commissions, Jay still finds time to work on his personal projects; His project on Britain’s very first youth culture, the teddy boys, continues to gather pace and he regularly travels across the UK covering tradition-based dance events ranging from the conventional to the decidedly off-the-wall. Selections of both can be seen here alongside regular updates on his tumblr page.

Jay is also proud to currently have three portraits in the collection of The National Portrait Gallery.

He is based in North London where he lives happily on a diet of late nights and Haribo.

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About Quaglino’s:

From its inception in 1929 by Giovanni Quaglino to its reinvention by Terence Conran, Quaglinos of Mayfair has been a destination restaurant, welcoming royalty, rock stars and high society alike. It offers an extensive brasserie-inspired menu and specialises in fresh crustacea and platters of fruits de mer. The art-deco inspired dining room features a sweeping central staircase and eight decorated columns, and the space also features a buzzing mezzanine bar and two private dining rooms.






On Thursday 5th September Ian Schrager unveiled a creative partnership with online art boutique s[edition] to celebrate the launch of The London EDITION. British artist Mat Collishaw has created an exclusive piece which can be viewed on Berners Street; in the lead up to the launch from Sep 5th-Sep 11th before the hotel opens on September 12th. A gleaming 3D diamond is placed in the lobby’s glass vestibule; Collishaw’s work Prosopopoeia combines some of the artist’s most iconic imagery while taking on a new perspective, speaking with a new voice.




‘Generally I make artworks for myself and the people who see them. (For Prosopopoeia) I’ve given a voice to the Hotel.’ – Mat Collishaw.


EDITION has also mailed out the art work as an exclusive gift to friends of the international brand, celebrating Schrager’s imminent return to London after 15 years. The London EDITION is the latest offering from EDITION Hotels, the brand he conceived in a partnership with Marriott International.


EDITION Hotels combines the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Schrager is known for, with the global reach, operational expertise and scale of Marriott. As with all EDITION hotels, each one is a cultural epicentre and a microcosm of the best each city has to offer. Each is a portal into the essence of the city; and digs under the surface of what the city is about. Working with an artist like Mat Collishaw EDITION is able to establish itself among the cultural leaders within the world of luxury travel.


s[edition] aims to turn screens into art by offering  contemporary art enthusiasts the opportunity to buy original art, at affordable prices, directly from this innovative online platform. The art is sold as digital limited editions to be viewed on connected TVs, iPads, iPhones and digital screens at home or on the move. s[edition] already offers works by the world’s most recognised artists such as Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Tracey Emin, Yoko Ono, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Bill Viola among others. They also commissioned Tracey Emin’s Times Square Midnight Moment; which saw Emin’s ‘I Promise to Love You’ being projected onto all main screens in the NY landmark in the three minutes leading up to midnight.


Both EDITION Hotels and s[edition] share a forward thinking creative vision; which they hope to keep renewing for years to come.



What’s On: The Luxury Property Show Returns



The exclusive Hurlingham Club welcomes the return of the two-day exhibition which displays the most sought-after, luxurious properties on the market

Date:     29th – 30th October 2013
Venue:  The Hurlingham Club, Fulham, SW6 3PR    (Nr. Putney Bridge Tube Station)
What:    The Luxury Property Show is a unique opportunity to view and buy some of the world’s most lavish and     unique properties. Visitors can meet agents and developers as well as relax in the VIP lounge.

This Luxury Property Show returns for the seventh year. Set within the spectacular grounds of The Hurlingham Club in the heart of London, this two-day event introduces guests to the finest properties from around the globe. It guides attendees through the possibilities that await beyond the typical property market. Investors will be welcomed to enjoy talks and seminars held by industry experts enabling them to gain a fuller understanding on where and how to invest in various parts of the world. In addition to the property showcase, there is an opportunity to converse with other guests in the VIP Business Lounge and relax courtesy of the Beautopia Pamper Studio.

Furthermore, guests will have the opportunity to interact with and gain intelligence from property sector specialists, including surveyors, architects, interior designers and landscapers – all of which can offer insightful advice to mould a property to the wishes of a new buyer.

Rightmove Overseas return as Platinum Partner for The Luxury Property Show 2013. is one of the most visited websites in the UK for those looking to purchase property abroad. The website receives over 3,500,000 searches a month, offering advertisers huge market exposure to UK buyers searching for international property.

The Hurlingham Club is an ideal venue for such an exclusive event, set in 42 acres of magnificent grounds, combining its heritage with its future and presenting the perfect backdrop for this stunning showcase of luxury real estate.

Amara is a luxury homeware and accessory e-tailer, which was founded in 2005. Now housing over 170 aspirational
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Americas Bridge International, LLC
Americas Bridge International, LLC (“ABI”) is an investment and development company focused on investments in real
estate projects in Brazil. ABI has identified a viable investment opportunity in the north eastern state of Ceará, near the
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The Fund has been created to develop a beachfront parcel of land; consisting of 34 Private Homes and a 296-
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The Corcoran Group
The Corcoran Group, a leading residential real estate brokerage company in New York City, operates 32 offices with
2,200 sales associates serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, the North Fork, Shelter Island, Delray Beach and
Palm Beach, Fla. The Corcoran Group,, is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real
estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, operates Realogy’s company-owned real
estate brokerage offices.
Domaine de Manville
The Domaine de Manville, set in 100 hectares (250 acres) of natural unspoilt countryside is a unique project in one of
the most exclusive areas of Provence. It is located only 30 mins from Avignon TGV station, 45 mins from Marseille
airport and 10 mins from St Remy de Provence on the south side of the Alpilles hills.
The Domaine has been converted from a former traditional Provencal farm into an exquisite 5-star Hotel with a newly
designed eco-friendly 18-hole golf course. We are offering you a unique opportunity to become a privileged resident
of this exclusive and prestigious development. There are nine, and only nine, luxury contemporary stone and glass
built 5-star Houses, on the edge of the golf course with breath-taking views of the Alpilles and the Chateau des Baux
de Provence. We promise a completely stress-free holiday ‘chez-vous’ with all the services of a 5-star Hotel on your
Evergreen North Cyprus
Fall in love with exclusive Northern Cyprus and enjoy a world-class, luxury Mediterranean lifestyle PLUS secure, rising
investment properties! Leading development company Evergreen offers internationally recognised, pre-74 secure title
deed apartments and villas in the unspoilt, Turkish half of Cyprus – now increasingly emerging as the new offshore,
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Beachfront Village ( offers fully managed beachfront apartments with restaurant, allyear
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bedroom Bellapais retirement villas from only £109,950 and 4 bedroom Karpaz designer beach homes (private bay/
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Keller Williams Luxury Homes
Lori Famiglietti is an award winning Luxury & Waterfront Specialist in the Tampa Bay and surrounding West Coast
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integrity of your Luxury Real Estate investment, it’s all about you, your homes, and your definition of luxury.

Mallorca Houses

Mallorca Houses have been operating for 30 years. With over 2500 properties, they spend time with their clients to
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mallorca takes a design approach to creating exceptional, contemporary homes in prime locations all over
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Tigné Point
Tigné Point is the foremost high-end development in Malta. This award winning mixed-use, brown field project is
situated on a headland in the fashionable town of Sliema and set against the stunning historic backdrop of Valletta
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bustling heart of it all is Pjazza Tigné, with its selection of designer boutiques and lively restaurants, all set within a
tranquil landscaped environment.
Please note that entry is limited – register online to secure a place at this market-leading event by visiting The Luxury
Property Show website
Twitter: @LuxPropertyShow