Rose Finn-Kelcey
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27 March to 11 August 2019

This major exhibition brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists. Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery. The exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters.

We are delighted that Rose Finn-Kelcey’s Bureau de Change will be on show to coincide with Van Gogh’s exhibition.

Bureau de Change, 1987, consists of a large-scale rendering (2290 x 1520 mms) of one of Vincent van Gogh’s (1853–1890) iconic Sunflowers paintings (see, for example, Sunflowers 1888, National Gallery, London), made using £1,000 worth of British coinage laid out flat on a fragmented section of wooden flooring. The image of the coin ‘painting’ is lit using a theatrical lighting rig. To one side sits a uniformed guard and a video monitor suspended from the ceiling displays an image of the coin ‘painting’ fed to it by a CCTV camera directed at the work. The installation is completed by a viewing platform from which the piece can be appraised.

Finn-Kelcey’s initial motivation for making the work was the sale at auction in 1987 of one of van Gogh’s Sunflowers to the Yasuda Insurance Company of Japan, for the then record price for any work of art, of £24.5 million.

The gold, silver and copper coins that Finn-Kelcey used are close in tone to the tones of the original painting. She explained at the time: ‘Some of the coins are quite dirty to reflect that the money has been in circulation and passed through people’s hands. Once the piece is finished the money has to be bagged up, taken to the bank and goes back into people’s pockets.’

Read more about Bureau de Change on the Tate’s website.

EY Exhibition Van Gogh and Britain.



Curated by Andrée Cooke
20th March – 10th May 2019 

sketch presents an exhibition of fashion and landscape photographs, films and wallpaper designs by film and image-maker Marcus Tomlinson.

London-based Tomlinson presents a series of photographic and film works spanning thirty years of his career. Large-scale fashion and landscape photographs and short films are set against a backdrop of wallpaper designed by the artist.

‘Madonna’ is an installation celebrating the essence of the idealized woman through the dual lens of fashion imagery and imagery of ‘mother nature’, Tomlinson’s personal passion.

Tomlinson has created visionary photographs and films that uniquely combine art and fashion sensibilities. His intensely crafted, highly stylized, studio-based imagery has won him international acclaim with showcases in prestigiousfashion and lifestyle magazines, as well as in galleries and museums internationally.

sketch, 9 Conduit St, W1S 2XG



Still life styling by Andrée Cooke for the Holiday '18 Mulberry Campaign, working with Creative Director Andreas Neophytou from Spring Studios and using a backdrop of stills taken from a motion artwork by Jack Featherstone, inspired by the works of John Whitney.



Still life styling by Andrée Cooke, creatively directed with Artistic Director Andreas Neophytou at Spring, for the AW18 Mulberry Campaign, working with Baron Osuna and Johnny Coca of Mulberry.

Photography by Jack Wilson

Thank you to Anton Alvarez for the inclusion of his extruded ceramics onto which the collection was displayed.



Still life styling by Andrée Cooke for the SS18 Mulberry Campaign, working with Baron Osuna and Johnny Coca from Mulberry and Creative Director Andreas Neophytou from Spring.

Photography by Jack Wilson

Thank you to Anton Alvarez for the inclusion of his Thread Wrapping Machine Stool onto which a Mulberry mustard coloured accordion-pleated leather Amberley Satchel was displayed.




DENIS MASI 1968-1972

Denis Masi 1968-1972, curated by Andrée Cookeand Dan Edwards, is a segment of works which celebrates some of Masi’s most significant performance and photographic pieces from that period. 

In 1968 Denis Masi started presenting himself in his pieces as the subject, using his body as material for creating art works, during which time Body Art became an international trend. Throughout Masi’s career he has been drawn to the subject of performance and the theatrical, whether in the form of photographic ‘private’ and public performance or extending this into large-scale installations. ‘Performance is not (and never was) a medium, not something that an artwork can be, but rather a set of questions and concerns about how art relates to people and the wider social world’, (Jonah Westerman, 2016, tate.org.uk/performance- art). Indeed, Masi’s works question these roles. 

His 1970s performances, or ‘body-works’ were primarily to camera, in which he explored psychological and physical ways of being, both alone and in relation to another person. His 1970s performance pieces, underpin recurrent ideas throughout Masi’s later career, which continues to demonstrate an interest in the shared human experience of questioning and resisting. 

Masi’s artwork and reputation from the 1960s to the 1980s became affiliated with the artistic movements in Europe of that time, and with the genres of Performance and Installation Art. As testament to his significance Masi’s pieces were exhibited in solo presentations in England at Camden Arts Centre (1969), The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (1976), ICA (1979 and 1984), and The Serpentine Gallery (1988). 

The exhibition is at Darbyshire London, N1 from 26th April to 27th July 2017, viewing by appointment only. 



Andrée Cooke invited designer Michael Marriott to work with the students and staff at King Alfred School in North London to design and build a new secondary school Common Room; through a series of workshops over the course of one term.

King Alfred School prides itself on its physical, academic and emotional environment for learning. Amongst its qualities is the school’s innovative Design Technology Department, which believes in giving all children the confidence, self-belief and knowledge to have a go at anything.

Struck by the limited internal social areas in the secondary school and the lack of purpose in their common room, Andree Cooke, a contemporary art and design specialist, curator and parent, alongside Claire Murphy – Head of Year 9 and the school’s in-house architect Belinda Webb, approached the parent body for funds to bring in a designer for 12 days to work on the project. The aims of the project were to provide the children a valuable learning and life experience that would give them some inspiring insights into the creative process, as well as creating a space that the children could take ownership and enhancing their everyday school experience.

Cooke invited designer Michael Marriott to lead the project. Marriott is known for his ‘bare-bones’ approach to furniture design, which celebrates functionalism and honest materials. He studied furniture design at the London College of Furniture and at the Royal College of Art. Upon graduating in 1993, he set up his own studio and began to design and make household items and furniture, often utilitarian with visible fixings, combining oak, ply and peg board with reclaimed and found materials.

“We are making something without spending a lot of money; we’re not buying something off the shelf, we’re making something ourselves, thinking about the details…” Says school architect Belinda Webb. “Most schools these days build their environments from catalogues. We are handing the space over to the children to create it the way they see fit, so they can enjoy it and use it as they want.”






Andrée Cooke proudly presents her latest commission of wallpaper designs by photographer and filmmaker Marcus Tomlinson.

The Dance wallpaper series by Tomlinson comes in 6 patterns, Shake I and II, Tap Dance (small and large), Tonight and Ballet. It is a laminate-coated wallpaper. 

Dance, is Tomlinson’s first foray into wallpaper design. For over two decades, he has created visionary photographs and films that uniquely combine art and fashion sensibilities. His intensely crafted, highly stylized, studio-based imagery has won him international acclaim. Tomlinson has collaborated with leading fashion designers such as Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Issey Miyake and global brands including Mercedes, Porsche and Samsung. His work has been showcased in prestigious fashion and lifestyle magazines including, The Face, i-D, Blitz as well as in galleries and museums internationally.

Tomlinson’s imagery captures a tension around their subject deliberately using raw, stark backdrops with a single light source and a feeling of close up restriction with the placing of the model in the frame. His artworks experiment with still and moving imagery. Tomlinson asks his models to move, recording their gestures across a series of photographs. The effects of movement produced are as central to his images as the models and clothes pictured. In this way, his wallpapers create a series of photographic ‘stills’ sequences, producing a flipbook effect of gestures and articulated movements. 

Pricing: £49.50 per meter excl. VAT. Sold in 10 meter lengths (45cm wide) and in double rolls due to the way design has been created. Therefore, £990 excl. VAT for 20m at 90cm width.

To place an order contact Andrée Cooke at cookeandree@gmail.com or  + 44 (0) 7905 170 370



The Estate of Rose Finn-Kelcey proudly announces the first posthumous exhibition of works by the highly acclaimed and influential artist Rose Finn-Kelcey (1945–2014). Life, Belief and Beyond at Modern Art Oxford.

Life, Belief and Beyond focuses on Finn-Kelcey’s explorations of power, performance, political commentary, and perceptions of the self, belief and spirituality.

The exhibition presents works from the early 1970s to 2014, including Divided Self (Speaker’s Corner), 1974; The Restless Image: a discrepancy between the seen position and the felt position, 1975; Glory, 1983; Bureau de Change, 1987; and It Pays to Pray, 1999. These examples of Finn-Kelcey’s diverse and exacting practice are presented alongside photographs, collage, performance documentation, preparatory material and sketches in progress – never before exhibited.

Finn-Kelcey’s work is conceptually powerful, profound and is characterised by a dry wit that belies the formidable intelligence and deep humanity that drove her practice. A central figure in the performance and feminist art scene in
Britain for over four decades, her work is intimately concerned with social dialogue, populism, activism, and how these tools of communication intersect with complex systems of power.

Finn-Kelcey’s far-reaching influence on conceptual art in the 1970s and 1980s extended locally to the generation of YBAs (Young British Artists) in the 1990s as she began to realise large-scale and technically complex installations. Avant-garde in her ideas both in art and politics, Finn-Kelcey’s endlessly inventive practice demonstrates the artist’s interest in creating socio-political statements with a visually arresting quality, often object-based, frequently combining her creative investigations with contemporary technologies.

Life, Belief and Beyond is a celebration of Finn-Kelcey’s work and pays tribute to her extraordinary practice and

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP



A new bespoke commission by Studio Makkink & Bey, the Orleans Table, for a private residence, through Andree Cooke. 



Revolt of the Sage is an exhibition featuring sixteen artists that takes its title from a work by Giorgio de Chirico painted in 1916.

Selected curated pieces reflect a ‘metaphysical interior’, crowded pictorial spaces overflowing with ephemeral things. Picking up on de Chirico’s vision of a ‘metaphysical interior’, Revolt of the Sage gathers a range of artists who use collage, juxtaposition, fragments, framing devices and layered imagery to explore ruptures in time and the alluring mysteries of the everyday. 

Andree Cooke is proud to announce that a selection of works by Simon Moretti, developed with her, will be on show at this exhibition. For private studio visits or exhibition tours please contact cookeandree@gmail.com

Pictured: Paloma Varga Weisz, Woman, boarded, 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London


Andrée Cooke UK shortlisted in Best Non-Public Project Commercial for Spring Studios + Spring Place, New York, USA

Andrée Cooke's interior curation project, Spring Studios NY is a 150,000 sq ft events space and fashion photography facility opened in 2015. The Studios spread across three floors, where Cooke was hired to furnish 5 VIP suites, 7 high-end meeting rooms and lounge areas with 70 art works and 255 furniture pieces. The clients' brief focused on specific eras of furniture they personally liked; 1950s French, 1970s Brazilian and mid-century Scandinavian; combined with a ‘brutalist’ feeling as well as high-end luxury and comfort. Cooke worked closely with Mark Loy, Spring Studios CEO, to create the aesthetic for the studios, which combines bespoke contemporary design pieces with vintage furniture and newly commissioned art works.  

Housed in the same building as Spring Studios, Spring Place (its sister company),  is a new collaborative workspace and social membership club opened in June 2016. 
Cooke curated the interior furniture look for the company extending the previous brief to provide over 300 vintage and contemporary edition furniture pieces, rugs and lighting for the 130,000 sq ft interior. She curated 8 lounge areas, including a music room, and sunken living room, 2 large dining rooms, a communal workspace, which includes a unique commission by Martino Gamper, reception areas, 9 executive suites, conference rooms and boardrooms. Distinctive of her unique style Cooke combined stunning new commissions by Makina and Sam Orlando Miller with high-end vintage pieces.
Cooke worked on this project with a team of vintage specialists including Nicholas Chandor; on the conceptual design development with Paul Crofts and interior architect and designer Antonio Di Oronzo from Bluarch. 




Andrée Cooke is joined by fine jewellery designers Alice Cicolini and Melanie Georgacopoulos to talk about their stunning new collaboration being debuted in London this Autumn at Morton's. 

Known for their unique iconic styles, Melanie Georgacopoulos and Alice Cicolini, leading designers in the UK jewellery scene, have produced a series of necklaces using the distinctive characteristics of 3D technology as a starting point for creativity.  
Alice Cicolini has created two necklace, one necklace in silver, maple and 3D printed porcelain, and the second in stratified ABS & SLA plastic. 
Melanie Georgacopoulos creates a limited edition necklace made completely in ABS plastic, which references classic pearl and diamond jewellery. The concept behind these necklaces is to create pieces that could not be made with traditional techniques, which bring together elements of fine jewellery and product design, questioning the relationship between the machine and the hand in relation to 3D technology.




Having introduced Linder to Dovecot Studios in 2013 the resulting collaboration  
 Diagrams of Love: Marriage of Eyes will feature in the British Art Show 2015, opening in Leeds City Arts Gallery from 9th October. 

Northern Ballet Performance, incorporating Diagrams of Love: Marriage of Eyes in Children of the Mantic Stain, Broderick Hall, Leeds City Museum, 20 November 2015

Image credit
Linder Sterling, Diagrams of Love: Marriage of Eyes (detail), 2015, rug created at Dovecot Tapestry Studio with Jonathan Cleaver, Vana Coleman and Dennis Reinmüller, image courtesy Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, photo credit Michael Wolchover.






Featured in Wallpaper Magazine September 2015



CHALAYAN are delighted to announce that the brand, under owner and Creative Director Hussein Chalayan MBE, will open their first ever London store in August 2015. The store will showcase CHALAYAN women’s and men’s ready-to-wear lines and be a cultural hub of events and happenings. 
The brand celebrates 21 years in business in 2015 and is to this day designed and creatively directed by Hussein Chalayan, who was named by the Wall street Journal as ‘an influencer who influences the influencers’ and by Time as one of the top 100 fashion icons of all time. His eponymous label is renowned globally for its innovative creations which bridge the gap between fashion, design and technology. 





Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 October 2015

Directed and designed by Chalayan working with choreographer Damien Jalet. 
In his first theatrical work, Chalayan combines the visual creativity of his designs and concepts with contemporary dance to bring to life a transformational imaginary world. Working with award-winning choreographer Damien Jalet, the production takes its inspiration from themes of identity and displacement.