Welcome to the July Hot List!
We're feeling the love of Summer and hope to spread a little joy your way with this month's suggestions of things to see + do. We have teamed up with talented jewellery designer Clarice Price Thomas to give away a beautiful 18ct gold necklace to you or a loved one of your choice. There are plenty of exhibitions and events taking place in July - we've selected two that caught our eye from YSL and Jackson Pollock that mustn't be missed, as well as a street art festival that will have you pouring over our most talented graffiti artists of today. We've created a playlist of our favourite new records for your Summer Soundtrack and have a new novel and biopic film release to tell you about too.
Our Quote of the Month... "You can observe a lot by just looking." - Yogi Berra.
& the Rockett St George Team
WIN: 18ct GOLD SPECTRA NECKLACE
We have found a wonderful treat for you to win this month! Inspired by the cityscapes and shapes found in the city, jewellery designer Clarice Price Thomas explores how traditional watch maker’s tools and machines can be used for making jewellery and uses her beautiful old milling machine to create all of the shapes in her collection. This months prize, the Spectra Necklace, features delicate and precision cut steps following the curve of the neck and suspended on a short chain to sit in between the collar bones. Intricately cut in hallmarked sterling silver, the Spectra necklace is plated with 18ct Yellow Gold and polished to a mirror finish. Whether it's for you or a loved one, enter our July Hot List competition below for your chance to WIN!
WHAT'S ON: YVES SAINT LAURENT - STYLE IS ETERNAL
The Bowes Museum and the Foundation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent are collaborating to create Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal, the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life. The YSL show will highlight the defining elements of his vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.
EXHIBITION: JACKSON POLLOCK - BLIND SPOTS
For the first time in 30 years the Tate Liverpool are showcasing Jackson Pollock's black pourings. These black pourings are the less known area of his work but have had a huge impact on every one of his creations.
Many pieces displayed in the exhibition are brand new to the United Kingdom offering an exclusive showcase. Tickets are free to Tate card holders. Adults are £10. Concession £7.50. Children Under 12 go free. Entry to the Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions is also included in the price.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots at the Tate Liverpool. 30th June- 18th October 2015.
READ: GO SET A WATCHMAN
From the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee is due to release a sequel to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on the 13th July, called Go Set A Watchman. This new release is set to be the hit novel of the Summer and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, some twenty years later. Set in the 1950's, Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to face both personal and political issues as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. A classic, moving, funny and compelling addition to Harper Lee's repertoire.
Launches at Waterstones, London - Piccadilly 13th July 2015.
MUSIC: SUMMER SOUNDTRACK
With Summer finally on our doorstep and an abundance of great music that has been released so far this year, we have put together a songlist of our favourite new tracks for you to enjoy in the sunshine. We'll be listening to it in the office and using it as our party playlist for the ultimate background sounds. Enjoy!
1. Momotaro - Roots
2. Jaime XX - Loud Places
3. Disclosure - Holding On
4. Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
5. Django Django - Shake + Tremble
6. Beirut - No No No
7. Rae Morris - Closer
8. Lianne La Havas - What You Don't Do
9. Rhodes - Breathe
10. Warpaint - I'll Start Believing
GO: UPFEST, BRISTOL
Something a little different if you live or are heading west this month - Europe's largest Street Art & Graffiti festival, based in Bristol. Whether you're into street art or not, it's always a good thing to broaden your mind and discover something that may be outside of your usual comfort zone. The festival will attract over 250 artists painting 28 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville during the last weekend in July. Many talented artists will travel from all across the UK as well as worldwide to paint live on 30,000sqft of surfaces in front of 25,000 visitors. The affordable art sale, music stages and art workshops round off a visually spectacular weekend. We're looking forward to seeing the fabulous bohemian portraits by Hannah Adamaszek, and the urban surrealist works by Famous When Dead, whose 'Faceless No2' print is one of our best selling prints!
FILM: AMY - THE GIRL BEHIND THE NAME
A new film documenting the tragic and tempestuous life of one of the greatest artists of our time, the late Amy Winehouse, opens nationwide on 3rd July. Directed by BAFTA winning filmmaker, Asif Kapadia who states "We all played a part in what happened to her."
Kapadia documents the incredible true story of the talented soulful singer who was embraced by the public and music critics alike. The film features extensive unseen footage and previously unheard tracks. Amy Winehouse died in 2011 aged just 27 - the same age as Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, who died in 1994 and also recently had a biopic dedicated to his life; Cobain: Montage of Heck.