Bishopsgate Institute based in Spitalfields London, offers a welcoming and inspiring space for people with a thirst for knowledge to learn and flourish. They are home to a library and historical archives and host talks, discussions and courses.
Bishopsgate approached me after seeing my work for the Bristol Folk House. Their requirements were similar — a programme of courses and workshops for each term.
Bishopsgate are able to supply me with rare historic images and ephemera to illustrate their 12pp printed, fold out programmes.
My Myra Events
Bishopsgate Institute is home to a 1927 Rosewood Model D Grand piano that was previously owned by Dame Myra Hess. After Dame Myra’s death Bishopsgate acquired the piano in the 1990s. The piano affectionately known as ‘Myra’ has recently been repaired and rennovated by Steinway and a series of events were planned for her homecoming.
The brief, to come up with an identity for a series of musical concerts inspired by and starring Myra. For me it had to be strong lines, bold silhouettes and simple shapes for typography to sit upon. Myra’s curves say it all.
Wherever possible I like to make mood boards to suggest the vibe of a project.
Photography: Dan Weill
LGBTQ Display Boards
To mark fifty years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act, Bishopsgate asked me to create display boards highlighting the LGBTQ special collections and archives documenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer histories in Britain.
All source imagery supplied by the Special Collections and Archives at Bishopsgate Institute.