Soho’ites Bare All in Autism Appeal
The star studded exhibition, ‘The Sitter not the Artist, part 2′, opens at The Gallery, Soho on Thursday, 1st December.
Presented by Bernie Katz (author of ‘Soho Society’) it comprises of a series of nude photographic portraits of women, both celebrities and iconic Soho faces, photographed by Andrea Vecchiato as part of a three year project to raise money and awareness for autism.
The National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK’s leading charity for children and adults with autism., will be the recipient of all proceeds, both from at The Gallery Soho and the after party, held at The Groucho Club.
Jaime Winstone who is among the women photographed said: “When my little mate Bernie ask to join his naked army women to raise awareness of autism and to support The National Autistic Society, my answer was of course yes. I feel very privileged to be part of this show.”
Sadie Frost who also posed naked for the show said: “I am deeply privileged to have been asked to be part of this great cause. I am thrilled to be in a position to help and will do anything I can to raise awareness for The National Autistic Society.”
Photographed by Vecchiato with hair styling by Johnnie Sapong, the beautiful collection of imagery, follows on from last year’s exhibition, which featured nude males from the same photography and styling team. Next year will see the culmination of the project with the release of a limited edition book featuring photography from across the 3 years.
Bernie Katz (of Groucho Club) who put the project together, inspired by a family connection to autism said: “Autism is a unique and misunderstood disability, which still confuses and can at times be frightening. With a nephew who has autism I am aware that it is the parents that take most of the burden as unfortunately the child is mostly unaware. ‘The Sitter Not the Artist’ is a way to raise awareness for the condition and to raise money for The National Autistic Society, which does so much great work to support those that spend their lives supporting those with the condition.”
Alastair Graham, Director of Fundraising for The National Autistic Society, said: “We are delighted that Bernie has chosen to host this event for the second year in a row. As well as enjoying a wonderful exhibition, guests will have their chance to lay hands on some exclusive photos, while raising vital funds for The National Autistic Society. Autism affects around 1 in 100 people in the UK and touches the lives of many more. Every penny raised on the night will help us to continue to provide vital services and support for people living with autism.”
The exhibition runs from December 1st – December 3rd at The Gallery, 125 Charing Cross Road, WC2H