“Bringing creativity or ‘beauty’ into unexpected environments is what Cardboard Citizens does every day. For many the theatre is perceived as a place of grandeur, all velvet curtains and comfy chairs and spotlights picking out the stars. Cardboard Citizens’ stages are often homeless hostels, soup kitchens and prison libraries, sometimes the street. For people who often have no access to mainstream culture and no means to express themselves, this offer of creativity unleashes an inner beauty, and this discovery is part of a process of change which can help put lives back together again.“ Kate Winslet, CBE
We're proud to announce the success of our recent biennial gala fundraiser at Drapers Hall on 18th May. Hosted by Cardboard Citizens Ambassador Kate Winslet, A Night of Secret Beauty raised £147,200.
Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll were joined by legendary British presenter Clive Anderson, artist Tracey Emin, Kinks front man Ray Davies and Tamara Czartoryski, Princess of Spain. Musician Mr Hudson and Nancy dell’Olio were also in attendance amongst other philanthropists and senior executives from some of London’s top companies.
Entertainment was provided by 35 homeless and ex-homeless performers, showcasing a wide variety of talent including acting, dancing, music making and even opera. Under the theme of a Museum of Secret Beauty, the company’s actors became living exhibits in the opulent surroundings of the magnificent Drapers Hall. The Earthlights Boogie Band rounded off the night’s entertainment and filled the dancefloor.
One of the highlights of the evening was a Grand Auction hosted with great panache by Clive Anderson featuring a wide range of exclusive lots including holidays, money-cant-buy experiences and artwork by Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller, the Chapman Brothers, Hassan Hajjaj and Mario Testino. Kate and Ned auctioned off their Longines watches as well as the chance to have high tea with Kate at the Covent Garden Hotel.
Tracey Emin, wearing a stylish red dress, raised the temperature and competitive spirit during the Grand Auction by parading her artwork around the room amongst cheers from the guests before spontaneously offering to pair it with a drawing class for the winning bidder and a day out with the artist in Spitalfields. Tracey’s lot sold for £10,500.
As a nod to the dress-code of ‘secret beauty’ Kate wore a stylish monochrome ensemble with a Helmut Lang jacket and Roger Vivier shoes as well as a crystal-embossed mask created by Beaton’s Atelier and an eccentric ‘white fox’ headpiece by Natalie Ellner.
The key sponsor for the night was Longines who also hosted a table.
Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Cardboard Citizens, said:
“Drapers hall proved a wonderful setting for our museum of secret beauty - our participants really found their voice replaying the King's Speech in its film location“
Cardboard Citizens would like to thank all of the Company Members who helped make the event such a huge success. You did yourself and the company very proud!