Internationally renowned fashion and portrait photographer Rankin has collaborated with  leading UK names from culture and the arts to create a new exhibition of portraits for London’s Southbank Centre. 

On display in the Foyer Spaces of the Royal Festival Hall from the 8th to the 23rd December, Light up the Room: Portraits by Rankin showcases famous faces wearing jewellery by high-profile British designers which is on sale to raise funds for the restoration of Southbank Centre’s unique brutalist arts venues: Hayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Some of the famous faces that Rankin has photographed for the display includes Joanna Lumley, Grayson Perry, Marc Almond, Paris Lees, DJ Nihal Arthanayake, Gemma Cairney, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kathy Lette, Philippa Perry, Grace Victory, and the Fabulous Fashionistas.

Talking about the new exhibition Rankin said: ” Royal Festival Hall was where I first saw my photography exhibited, in a competition back in 1989, and it, along with the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery, have always been very important to me.  I loved the idea of celebrating their influence on our culture with people who have a love for, and connection with Southbank Centre and this amazing jewellery inspired by the buildings themselves.”

Prominent UK jewellery designers including Tatty Devine and Wolf & Moon, and up-and-coming makers including Maria Allen and Materia Rica have created the new range to support Southbank Centre’s Let the Light In campaign. The affordable pieces are available to buy online.

Light Up the Room: Portraits by Rankin will be on display at the Royal Festival Hall from the 8th to the 23rd December. For more information visit: . To purchase some of the affordable jewellery created visit:


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