Friday, 5th December 2014.

Front cover of The Abbey Road album by The Beatles, copyright Ian MacMillan

Front cover of The Abbey Road album by The Beatles, copyright Ian MacMillan

The image of Abbey Road in London from The Beatles homonymous album went into auction. It is one of the most famous and well known images of London and it goes under auction together with other five photos taken for the eleventh studio album of The Beatles.

On the last 21th November, the full set of six photographs was sold Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, London, owned by Stanley Gibbons. The price reached $180,000 (approximately £115k). Several telephone bidders and one room bidder competed to win the famous photo with its unused version. The winning bid was followed by a round of applause from the room.

As well as the six, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will be selling the back cover photograph, which Macmillan initially did not like; he was annoyed that a girl in a blue dress walked through his shot.

The subjects of these six rare images are the Beatles – George, John, Paul and Ringo – walking along the road, one of these photographs became one of the most famous album covers of all time.


A friend of Lennon and Yoko, Ian MacMillan, was the photographer who took the shots, on 8th August 1969, using a Hasselblad camera, a stepladder and employing 10 minutes only. Paul McCartney picked the fifth of the six shots to be used as the album cover – the rest were discarded.

Also sold was the photo that became the back cover of the album – a road sign with a blurred person in the foreground. Macmillan was just about to take his shot when a girl in a blue dress walked into the frame, but the band liked it and chose it for the back cover.

The full set of photographs is a rarity. It will be the first time they have ever been sold as a complete set. According

Back cover of The Abbey Road album by The Beatles, copyright Ian MacMillan

Back cover of The Abbey Road album by The Beatles, copyright Ian MacMillan

to music dealers, no one has been able to find a complete set on the market for at least 10 years. Macmillan made a signed edition of 25 but most were sold individually. Having them all together as one set 46 years later is a rare opportunity.

Almost everything about the Abbey Road images is a celebrity, including the three decorators in the background and the white VW Beetle, which has ended up in the Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg (Germany).

The album cover has inspired innumerable reproduction and also helped to stimulate a debate about an odd plot theory that Paul McCartney was in fact dead and had been replaced by a doppelganger.

The Abbey Road photographs set depicting The Beatles went under auction on 21th November 2014, at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, London.


Monday, 18th August 2014.

Last Elephant by John Gledhill © John Gledhill

Last Elephant by John Gledhill © John Gledhill

John Gledhill made an auction to help environmentalist charity trust. Gledhill is a London based artist. He has created a series of extinction based paintings. He organized an auction of his “Last Elephant” painting (oil on canvas, 127 x 157 cms) and will donate 50% of the proceeds to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).

The auction took place just in time for World Elephant Day (August 12th). It was possible to bid on the beautiful artwork on eBay.

The Last Elephant is one of a series of images on the subject of the extinction of animals Gledhill started to produce in the early 1990s. This series also includes the large scale painting The Last Tiger (1993) and the forthcoming Last Rhino to complete the triptych. These are the largest land animals on earth and are in the greatest danger of extinction due to poaching and loss of habitat.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

The Last Elephant print recently featured in The Independent and Independent on Sunday, when it was donated as part of their Elephant Appeal campaign.

John Gledhill explains that the scene for these works is an imagined one, set in the near future when the last surviving example of the animal is being paraded from town to town, to give people one last chance to see it. At first, the animal was caged but the bars obscured the view of the creature, so Gledhill removed them. Most of the people in the image are on the whole indifferent to the fact that the elephant portrayed is the last of its kind. In a sort of carnival atmosphere, only one or two people try to draw the crowd’s attention to the headline in the paper the man is holding.

John Gledhill said: “Although the paintings carry a hard message they are intended to be primarily hopeful and optimistic. For me these animals are themselves magnificent works of art, and by including them in my own art works I wanted to help create a desire in people to hold on to them. By celebrating their beauty in paint I wanted to add my voice to the call to halt their decline before it is too late and help motivate and incentivize people to action no matter how small to save these wonderful creatures.”

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was one of the first organizations to deal with the rescue, hand-rearing and rehabilitation of orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so they can ultimately enjoy a life back in the wild when grown. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) protects and preserves all wildlife and habitats in Kenya. So far, DSWT has successfully hand-reared over 160 orphaned baby elephants. The Mobile Veterinary Teams make sure wild elephants remain protected amid increased poaching threats within Kenya. Supporting these operations are eight fully trained Anti- Poaching Teams assigned to patrol Tsavo National Park, arrest offenders and remove illegal snares and weaponry. DSWT has over 50 years’ wildlife conservation experience and a deeply rooted family history.

Another activity of DSWT is to fund educational trips and campaigns, inspiring locals to learn more about the importance of wildlife protection.


Wednesday, 2nd July 2014.

Deep Trash Italia

Deep Trash Italia

Fundraiser night “DEEP TRASH ITALIA: Eurosex Edition” opens the call for artists with deadline Friday 11th July 2014.

Due to the great demand that followed the first exhibition-club night “Deep Trash Italia”, CUNTemporary is now accepting new proposals for the second episode of this unique event: calling for performances, dance, videos and interactive artworks to be shown on Saturday, 30th August 2014. “DEEP TRASH ITALIA: Eurosex Edition” will take place at the East London venue Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in support of Archivio Queer Italia – the first Italian platform on queer art, theory and activism.

We accept proposals by artists of any artistic background and nationality. Themes may include, but are not restricted to:

  • the impact of TV & pop culture on sexuality
  • the sexual politics of “canzonetta” (pop song)
  • the influence of gossip on general knowledge
  • the agency of kitsch, camp and humour on culture and aesthetics
  • how pastiche challenges normativity, essentialism and originality
  • fashioning sexualities
  • feminism and the soft-porn generation
  • the influence of ethnocentrism on gender and heteronormativity
  • critique of nationalisms and their construction through the media
  • translating (or failing to interpret) cultural differences


To apply please an email to Giulia Casalini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating on the subject “DEEP TRASH APPLICATION” and including the following information:


1) Name and surname;

2) Place of birth (city and country);

3) Place of residency (city and country);

4) A written proposal (no more than 500 words) and, if available, images of the work;

5) Website of the artist/collective or portfolio.

Curators aim to respond to all applications as soon as possible. The selected artists will be notified by 15th July 2014. Deadline is Friday, 11th July 2014.

The Archivio Queer Italia (AQI) project was founded by Giulia Casalini (co-director of CUNTemporary) with the support of CUNTemporary in London. AQI is the first Italian platform for queer art, theory and activism. This project aim consists of the incorporation of a database to create a virtual archive of artistic, theoretical and activist expressions related to Italy. Moreover, the project is for creating spaces and mobile events for the display of such activities (e.g. art fairs, museums, institutions, street interventions.)

Parallel to these activities AQI regularly publishes news on queer and feminist issues and lists events and activities taking place in Italy. AQI also organises “Teoremi”, a bi-annual itinerant performance festival against sexual and gender discriminations in Italy.

Contact information:

The deadline for proposals is Friday. 11th July 2014.

Open Call for Artists fundraiser night “DEEP TRASH ITALIA: Eurosex Edition” will be at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London, on Saturday, 30th August 2014.


Editorial Staff – Wednesday, 18th June 2014.

Colin Richards © Colin Richards

Colin Richards © Colin Richards

Carnal Conversations is a monthly event that Colin Richards hosts at Home House, London’s private members club in Portman Square, Marylebone. Each evening has a topic as the focus but in the open forum guests are invited to discuss their own subjects or issues and share thoughts and ideas even their fantasies about sex.

This month’s guests may appear to be diverse in their specialisation but then again sex and sexuality itself has many faces. Participating to this event will let people discover stuff about sex they thought they would never know. Those who attend will appreciate as well as stuff that they should know but have been afraid to ask. Truly an evening not for the fainthearted.

The guests are: an expert from the UK’s leading sexual health clinic in Dean Street, Soho, London, and two erotic performance artist, Amy Kingmill and Apple Tart, whose work draws from surrealist and fetishistic influences.

Since moving to London in 2009 to study Amy Kingsmill has been exploring its underground scene in tandem with feeding hisartistic practice. Here in London, Kingsmill has been able to cross fertilise queer imagery with fine art aesthetics to create arresting endurance works which solicit the body as a platform and often use dressing as a form of three dimensional surrealist collage. Amy Kingsmill has performed at the Torture Garden Club and presented his paper, Pervarts alongside Annie Sprinkle at the Performing Porn symposium at Performance.

Apple T64-150x150art is born in London. She is a performance artist working with a cross range of mediums, including experimental darkroom photography, Lenticulars, and Holography. Her backgrounds is coming from the underground Cabaret scene in London over the recent years. Apple Tart’s work can be found across London of public and private art galleries. Currently holding monthly events at The Jamboree, Limhouse, and performs across the UK within The Late Night Shop Collective. She currently lives and works in London.

Although held as a members event it is possible to be invited at Carnal Conversations as non members to join by writing an email to Richards.

Infection and Reflections is Wednesday, 18th June 2014, at 7.30pm, Home House, Portman Square, Marylebone, London.