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Project: Sessions House
Sector: Hospitality

The stunning Grade II*-listed, Sessions House is the latest development by Ennismore (The Hoxton, Gleneagles, NoCo), and will house their growing team, as well as providing stunning and atmospheric spaces for exclusive events and happenings.

Built in 1780 by Thomas Roger and later enlarged and remodelled by Frederick Hyde Pownall, Sessions House is a Palladian-style building steeped in history, with the dome and staircase created as copies of the Pantheon in Rome. It was first a court house, where hundreds of legal cases took place and prisoners taken to the cells in the basement, and later, in 1931, became the headquarters of Avery Scales, a manufacturer of weighing machines.

ARTIQ were brought onboard to develop a bespoke art collection and art strategy for the space, working closely with Design Director, Charlie North and Brand Director, Heather Pigott to build a collection that would bring together both the illustrious history of the space and reflect the creativity of the designers, artists and entrepreneurs which will inhabit it.

Featuring work by local heavyweights, international creatives and young and emerging artists, the collection is both dynamic and playful, offering a series of artistic interventions built to inspire the curious and creative mind. Rotating the collection every 6 months as part of ARTIQ’s unique art rental model, the space will play host to some of London’s most exciting artists throughout the year.

Our first collection focuses on the contemporary palette and vibrancy of design, with all artists selected using design as a core element of their practice. From fashion and photography to printmaking and illustration, each piece of work is selected to offer splashes of colour, immediacy and play.

The Lobby | Sessions Bar
Laetitia Rouget is an artist and designer born in Paris who now lives and works in London following graduation from Central St Martins. Laetitia’s work explores different artistic mediums such as painting, photography, fashion and fine art. Focusing on print and colours, she likes to mix media and explore new techniques, drawing inspiration from the catwalk, neo-classical art, cut-outs and all things surreal. Her work can be seen throughout The Lobby and Sessions Bar, reflecting themes of humour, glamour and cosmopolitan travel.

As you pass through The Lobby, don’t forget to say ‘hi’ to two of Sessions House’s most entertaining guests. A pair of unique, bespoke busts commissioned by ARTIQ, inspired by classicism to reflect the building’s architecture and completed with polaroid camera and cycling helmet, just because.

Dream on Dreamer | Good Vibes Only
Home to events, dining and a host of ideas sharing, ARTIQ worked with the British Library to procure a series of archival works for Dream on Dreamer and Good Vibes Only. Carlo Pellegrini was the first caricaturist for Vanity Fair, creating work for the magazine between the years of 1869 to 1889. Carlo’s satirical eye captured cultural icons and politicians including Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Disraeli and Sir Leslie Ward. ARTIQ selected a series of Pellegrini works which depict court judges of the era, chosen to pay homage to the building’s history and heritage.

Go Big
Carolina Mizrahi is a Brazilian-born photographer and artist currently living and working in London. A graduate from London College of Fashion, Carolina’s work has featured in a number of fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Taking centre stage in the largest meeting room at Sessions House, Carolina’s work was chosen by ARTIQ to provide the perfect accompaniment to creative thinking and innovation, with her bold pink hues and vivid photographic style offering a striking accompaniment to the exposed green walls and wooden floors.

Say Yes
Marcelina Amelia’s body of work includes prints, paintings, and drawings. Taking inspiration from her Polish heritage, Marcelina’s work explores themes such as childhood memories, folk tales and dreams. Bouncing off of the walls, Marcelina’s playful prints provide a focal point for inspiration, and celebration, depicting female sexuality and connection with contemporary hues of pink and algae green.

ARTIQ in Residence: Olha Pryymak
I am exploring painting’s ability to transform and heal as well as its capacity to affect its viewer’ – Olha Pryymak

Olha Pryymak  is a Ukrainian-born, London-based painter. Her body of work originates from a fascination with ancient folk medicine and her family’s origins as herbalists. Olha is also the first artist to take part in the ARTIQ in Residence programme, a new programme by ARTIQ which utilises the power of art and artists to offer unforgettable and unique experiential moments for hospitality guests.

Starting in November, Olha offered guests the chance to experience a subversive take on the traditional afternoon tea, with the invitation to join her each week for an intimate exploration on the themes of dialogue, memory and wellness. With a number of Pryymak’s works also on show in the space, Olha’s residency culminated in an exclusive evening event on Thursday 6th December hosted by ARTIQ at Sessions House, bringing together artists, creatives and friends of ARTIQ and Ennismore for an evening of art and experience featuring an immersive installation, a choral performance and an exclusive Silent Pool gin cocktail developed by Olha and ARTIQ.