House of Voltaire is a project to raise money for Studio Voltaire, the leading independent contemporary arts organisation. This Christmas they've roped in some famous friends both to design stock and may the shop. Buy works by Linder and Jeremy Deller, and get served by Fergus Henderson, Russell Tovey or James Franco, and maybe even Sharleen Spiteri (see schedule below).
"Studio Voltaire the highly regarded London Contemporary Art space opens its must see pop-up shop, HOUSE OF VOLTAIRE, in Mayfair from 21 November until 15 December 2012. They have enlisted members of the Art-Elite to mind the shop and make each day an event. The artist/actor James franco will be on hand to sell bijou items not likely on your Christmas list, but great ideas just the same.
Highlights include t-shirts and bandanas by artist Linder and fashion designer Richard Nicoll; a silk scarf by Mark Titchner; a woolen blanket by Paulina Olowska; a portfolio of hand tinted etching by Pablo Bronstein, a new photographic edition by Ryan McGinley, a leather House of Voltaire bag designed by Stefania Pramma, and a unique work by Francesco Vezzoli. Other participating artists include Cory Arcangel, Matthew Darbyshire, Jeremy Deller, PMartino Gamper, Anthea Hamilton, Mark Leckey, Elizabeth Price, Dan Rees, Daniel Sinsel, Hayley Tompkins and Lily van der Stokker.
On sale will be a wide range of original art works and editions, with the proceeds of which will raise much needed funds for Studio Voltaire’s award-winning gallery and education programmes. Taking place in a converted Edwardian stables in Adam's Row, Mayfair, the shop’s interior will be designed collaboratively by 6a architects and Simon Jones, two of the most exciting young architectural practices working today. Throughout the month, leading figures from the arts and fashion worlds will be fronting and staffing the shop, as well as various events and ad hoc happenings taking place on site.
Wed 21 Nov: Valeria Napoleone & Stefania Pramma
Thurs 22 Nov: Margot and Fergus Henderson
Thurs 22 Nov: Anthea Hamilton Book Launch
Sat 24 Nov: OUTSET FAMILY DAY
Sat 24 Nov: Russell Tovey
Wed 28 Nov: Gillian McVey + Friends (likely to be Sharleen Spiteri and Ragi Dholakia)
Fri 30 Nov: Julie Verhoeven will be installing Christmas decorations in the evening - will shop keep herself at some point)
Sat 1 Dec: Emily King and Penny Martin (The Gentlewoman) with ices by Kitty Travers and Music by John Mclean (ex Beta Band)
Sat 1 Dec: Jane Suitor and James Franco
Wed 5 Dec: Outset Patrons with Mark Titchner
Sat 8 Dec: Alice Rawsthorn (3 - 5pm)
Thurs 15 Dec: Alexandre da Cunha and Mariana T. Carvalho"
When - 20th November - 15th December 11am - 7pm (12pmm - 6pm on Sundays)
Where - 17a Adam's Row, London W1
Link 1 - House of Voltaire
Link 2 - Studio Voltaire
Link 3 - Article in Artlyst