Looking for an alternative night out in London? Later this week, on Friday August 5, the National Portrait Gallery will launch a one-night-only exhibition that will offer a 'total sensory visitor experience' - Late Shift Extra: ReAnimate.
Curated by Martyn Ware, Illustrious and Karen Pearson, Folded Wing, in partnership with FTI Consulting, you can listen to sonic landscapes and DJ sets, see exhibitions and films, taste cocktails and even be intoxicated by a specially created perfume to cover all senses.
There will be live performances by Andreya Triana, a self-taught, experimental singer/songwriter, Ben Westbeech, a DJ, singer and producer and Marvin Ayres, a British composer/cellist/pianist/producer who, has released minimalist and modern classical orchestral music for both himself and other recording artists.
Illum Sphere’s soundscape for the evening attempts to reflect the work of such sitters in Gallery portraits as Wordsworth, Scott, Byron, Brunel and Stephenson.
Mira Calix’s piece features lyrics inspired by letters written by Parr to Henry VIII whilst he was in France, while Marvin Ayres’s Anthromorphic draws on the history of the feuding relationships represented within Gallery portraits and re-animates these connections by means of the sound of a distant, echoing piano.
The bespoke reanimate perfume has been created especially for Late Shift by scent artist Sissel Tolaas will fill the Gallery’s spaces with extraordinary fragrances.
ReAnimate cocktails will be on sale on a two-for-one drinks offer at Late Shift bar with tickets bought for the Gallery’s current exhibition Glamour of the Gods. And there are drop-in drawing sessions led by a professional artist. All events are free but tickets are required for some activities.