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CultureLabel Auction Artist-Decorated Eggs For Easter

A DOZEN wooden eggs, stunningly decorated by 12 contemporary British artists are to be auctioned at the end of this month. British-based art gallery and online retailer, CultureLabel has teamed up with The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) to launch The Egg Masterpiece Auction in order to raise funds and awareness for the plight of battery hens. The sale of each artist-designed egg will contribute towards establishing a new BHWT Welfare and Education Centre in Devon. The Trust’s founder, Jane Howorth MBE said, “We are blown away by Culture Label’s offer to raise money for us by auctioning off what we’re sure will be incredible, unique pieces of art.”

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by David Shillinglaw. Courtesy of Culture Label

Since 2005, BHWT has rescued and rehabilitated over 500,000 commercial laying hens. Jane Howorth initiated the Charity after watching a BBC Panorama documentary, in 1977 which highlighted the dire conditions within battery cages. Public interest in the concerns surrounding battery farming grew after BHWT featured in the Channel Four programme, Jamie’s Fowl Dinners and the BBC documentary, The Private Life of Chickens.

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by Mr Doodle. Courtesy of Culture Label

Either quasi-religious, stippled with paint or doodled to perfection, Egg Masterpieces have proved to be wonderfully original. Some artists certainly travel that extra mile for their inspiration, like Mark Adlington who journeyed to the Arctic in search of polar bears.

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by Mark Adlington. Courtesy of Culture Label

Egg decorating is certainly tricky, even for an Egg Masterpiece expert, as London-based artist Steven Quinn explains,“I think I somewhat underestimated the geometry involved but I got there in the end!”

Street artist, David Shillinglaw experimented with various ideas but settled eventually for one of his classic designs, a bandit wearing a bandana. He maintains, “The inspiration of the design was the shape of the egg itself, because it’s quite difficult shape; you can’t paint everything you’d want to paint on that surface.”


Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece Auction

Prolate Spherical, Egg Masterpiece by Steven Quinn. Courtesy of Culture Label

by Miranda Charalambous

The Egg Masterpiece Auction is on until April 30 2017. For more information, please visit the Culture Label site

For more information about selling your products on CultureLabel:
Telephone: 020 7908 1615

Front page image: Out of the Darkness, Egg Masterpiece by Louise McNaught, Courtesy of CultureLabel

Charity Fashion Live to Feature at London Fashion Week

DURING LFW AW17  fashion stylist Emma Slade Edmondson will style a rather different kind of runway show during the upcoming London Fashion Week – one entitled Charity Fashion Live.

A look from last year’s Charity Fashion Live 2016 event

As next season’s trends emerge on the AW17 catwalks, Emma and her team will immediately replicate the designer looks using charity shop clothing, using only what is available in the store at the time. The objective of the show is to display the incredible variety of garments available in charity shops and to demonstrate how, with a little creativity, fashion need be neither expensive nor high-end to be beautiful – something that last year’s event certainly proved.

A look from last year’s Charity Fashion Live 2016 event

A short video will later be released showcasing all of Emma’s looks on the runway as well as providing a glimpse of backstage action.


Pieces from last year’s Charity Fashion Live 2016

by Hannah Bergin

Charity Fashion Live takes place on February 18 during LFW.

Henry Moore Foundation Launches New Visitor Centre and Show


THIS summer, arts charity the Henry Moore Foundation opens a new visitor centre and archive at the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire. The Henry Moore Foundation aims to encourage the appreciation of the visual arts and to demonstrate why sculpture matters. The charity is also opening a new exhibition The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

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Stuart Brisley, Louise Bourgeois’ Leg (2002) Performance Object Plaster, ironing board, wood.
Courtesy of the Artist and Hales London New York © The Artist Photograph: Andy Keate


The show aims to focus on the relationship between prosthetics and sculpture, with examples dating from World War I until today. The show will present over 70 artworks, objects and images, exploring how sculpture and medical science have collaborated in order to augment the human figure and rebuild the lives of those affected by the war.

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Yael Bartana, Entartete Kunst Lebt (2010) video still.
Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

The exhibition will include a new sculpture by British artist Rebecca Warren RA, which will be located outside the Leeds’ Institute.  Additionally, there will be a series of talks and events led by sculpture scholars and medical historians.


facialprosthesiscrop_2Painted metal facial prosthesis attributed to Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939), made in France, 1917-1920. Courtesy of the Antony Wallace Archives of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons ©


by Rebecca Acres


Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire SG10 6EE Tel: 01279 844104

Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH Tel: 0113 246 7467

Begg & Co collaborates with cancer charity on exclusive scarf range

Model wearing Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Circles Scarf

Begg & Co, the luxury Scottish scarf brand, and the pioneering cancer charity Maggies have joined together to create an exclusive range to support the charitys groundbreaking work in the field of patient support and recovery.

blue scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Check Scarf

Maggie’s is a cancer charity that takes a unique approach to their work – their 18 architecturally distinctive centres have been designed to create comforting environments that simultaneously hearten, aid and inspire recovery and reinforcing well-being.

Begg & Co cashmere scarf for Maggie's cancer charity Begg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Borders Scarf

 The scarves are a result of Begg & Co designers joining forces with Maggies team and reflect the charity centres unique architectural features. All profits from the collaboration will aid Maggies far – reaching effort to support cancer sufferers and their familys in their day to day struggle.

This generous contribution will enable the charity in their ambitious path to reach out to maximum number of patients and their nearest and dearest across UK, abroad and online. The charitable collaboration came to life thanks to Kirsty Wark, journalist and broadcaster and Maggie’s Honorary Patron, who introduced the manufacturer to the charity.

labirynth scarfBegg & Co Wispy Superfine Cashmere Maggies Labyrinth

The designs include elaborate forms placed on plain backgrounds – a black and blue piece inspired by garden at Maggie’s Dundee and Chartres Cathedral in France and featuring a labyrinth that carries a metaphor of life and yellow and a blue and white scarf with oval patterns that was prompted by Maggie’s Aberdeen skylight. There are also simpler propositions – a white scarf with four coloured edge that reflect the straightforward, linear architecture of all Maggie’s Centres and a checked scarf that dwells into the visual heritage of both brands.

by Magda Pirowska

The scarves are being made in Begg & Cos unique Wispy quality and are 100 percent cashmere. They are available to purchase from Begg & Co’s website, at Fenwick department stores in Bond Street, London & Newcastle and in Jane Davidsons store in Edinburgh,  all priced at around £265.00.