Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Chelsea Arts Club

I'm pretty excited about this. Our friend Richard Kindersley (renowned artist, sculptor, stone-carver, designer, etc.) has invited us to dinner at the Chelsea Arts Club this weekend.

Chelsea Arts Club membership (waiting list) is by invitation only. Two members who've known you for at least two years have to recommend you. The club was formed in 1891 on the instigation of James Whistler (gulp). From 1908 to 1958 the club held fancy dress balls at Albert Hall to raise money for artists' charities, but ceased the Albert Hall events due to their notoriety and rowdiness (Yes!). Those events were replaced with private functions that include lavish decorations and themes. Some events are what some would call slightly controversial.

The Chelsea Arts Club building looks interesting, to say the least. Details later this weekend. My-oh-my.

There are other photos of the Chelsea Arts Club that show a completely different (and even wilder) facade painting. It'll be interesting to see what it looks like when we get there.

Good First-Class Day

Robin's first class was great, nice students, interesting presentation, no problems getting to the Brunel campus on time, good weather, and a celebratory pint of cider after class in The Hub, the student pub in the middle of the campus.

Preparing for class.

Pints of cider in The Hub.


A visual study of people sitting near me on the Tube.
Important work.
Someone's gotta do it.
More to come.

Waiting to depart the Uxbridge Station on the Piccadilly Line. 

Interesting looking guy. I'd guess he's a secret agent, but he's not wearing all black.

This guy is wearing all black, but I'm pretty sure secret agents don't wear hats with ear flaps. He raised the iFlap on his hat so he can use his iPhone. An actual quote from him: "Ok Sweetie, let me speak to your Mum. Hi Dear, why are you teaching her to be mean to me? She's criticizing my diction."