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Jewish Museum London celebrates the legend of Amy Winehouse with street art trail and exhibition

Installation shot of 'Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait'

Jewish Museum London marks 2017 with a celebration of modern music legend Amy Winehouse in her beloved Camden Town, with a new Amy-themed street art trail and the return of the critically acclaimed exhibition Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait.

Abigail Morris, Director of the Jewish Museum London said: “Aside from being an immensely talented, iconic and inspirational singer, Amy was also a Jewish girl from North London. It is fitting that the Jewish Museum in her beloved Camden Town should be the place to tell her story.

“Following its immense success around the world, we are delighted to be bringing our Amy Winehouse exhibition back to London. Our street art trail is an exciting new way to explore Amy’s impact on her local community and we are keen to celebrate her legacy through the work of these outstanding street artists.”

Amy Winehouse street art trail
Wednesday 15 March – Sunday 4 June 2017

Jewish Museum London’s Amy Winehouse street art trail in Camden Town gives music fans, street art enthusiasts and other Londoners a new way to explore the area Amy called home. Produced in collaboration with Global Street Art, the trail will feature Amy-themed street art throughout Camden by artists such as Captain Kris, Mr Cenz, Philth and Amara Por Dios.

The trail will lead to a newly commissioned installation at Jewish Museum London by renowned street artist Pegasus, who first gained recognition for his work Fallen Angel honouring Winehouse shortly after her death.

The funds for the street art trail were raised via Art Happens, the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to the museum and gallery sector.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
Thursday 16 March – Sunday 24 September 2017
(Press preview: Wednesday 15 March 2017, 9am-midday)

Following its international tour to locations such as Tel Aviv, Vienna and San Francisco, Jewish Museum London’s acclaimed 2013 exhibition Amy Winehouse: Family Portrait, curated in collaboration with brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva, returns to its Camden home.

The Winehouse family gave Jewish Museum London unprecedented access to her personal belongings that celebrate her passion for music, fashion, sudoku, Snoopy, London and her family. Divided into four different key themes, this intimate and moving exhibition provides an insight into the woman behind the hype.

The exhibition begins with Amy’s home life, exploring the Jewish history of the Winehouse family and how this heritage influenced Amy and her work. Her Jewish paternal great-great-grandparents came to England as immigrants from Belarus in the early 1890s and Amy had a strong sense of her Jewish roots. Items featured include unseen photographs of Amy’s family life, Friday night Shabbat dinners, Alex’s bar mitzvah and vintage photographs of their stylish grandmother Cynthia, to whom Amy was particularly close.

Raised in Southgate, a frequent visitor of the East End, and at last most strongly associated with Camden Town, Amy was a Londoner through and through. The second section of the exhibition explores Amy’s connections with her home town through a variety of objects such as photographs of her in Southgate and Camden, ticket stubs from London gigs she went to and items from in her Camden home, such as a vintage bar.

Also explored in the exhibition is the variety of influences on Amy’s music, many of which were passed down through the family – jazz, big band, hip-hop, soul and 1960s girl groups. As testament to her eclectic tastes, Amy’s record collection will be on display. Other remarkable items related to her love of music and performing arts include her guitar, her Sylvia Young Theatre School uniform, and a Grammy Award that Amy was awarded posthumously in 2011 —for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - "Body and Soul" with Tony Bennett.

Finally the exhibition looks at Amy the style icon, famous for her influences from 1950s rock ’n’ roll and 1960s girl groups. A range of Amy’s clothing, both designer and high street, will be on display in the exhibition, including the Luella Bartley dress worn at her Glastonbury performance in 2008, an Arrogant Cat dress worn in the Tears Dry On Their Own video, a dress she wore for her debut US TV appearance on the David Letterman Show and a gingham dress that Amy designed for her Fred Perry collection.

The exhibition is sponsored by Amy’s record label; Universal Music.

For further information or images please contact:
Agnish Ray
jewishmuseum@brunswickgroup.com
+44 (0) 207 343 8180

LISTINGS INFORMATION:

Amy Winehouse street art trail
15 March – 4 June 2017

Pegasus Amy Winehouse installation
16 March – 4 June 2017

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
16 March – 24 September 2017

EXHIBITION SPONSOR

Corporate support for the Jewish Museum is more important than ever, please help us by acknowledging our exhibition sponsor; Amy’s record label Universal Music.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Website:           jewishmuseum.org.uk

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Address:         Jewish Museum London

 Raymond Burton House

129 – 131 Albert Street

London NW1 7NB

Tube:               Camden Town

Opening Times:        Daily 10am – 5pm (Friday: 10am – 2pm)

Museum admission (includes entry to exhibition and all permanent displays)

Adults - £8.50

Concessions - £6.50

Children (5-16) - £3.50

Under 5s – free

Family ticket (two adults and up to four children) - £18

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Jewish Museum London
Our mission at the Jewish Museum London is to surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background and faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain. Our exhibitions, events and learning programmes encourage a sense of discovery and aim to provoke questions, challenge prejudice, and encourage understanding.

About Pegasus
Pegasus is the name and signature of an anonymous North London street artist. Originally from Chicago, his stencilled pieces play with popular culture’s most recognizable icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, JFK and Madonna and are sometimes ironic or controversial.

Pegasus is perhaps best known for Fallen Angel, an image of Amy Winehouse on the side of a Camden information centre (Starbucks) that was whitewashed over before being repainted and ‘opened’ by Winehouse's mother Janis in December  2013. The artwork was the site of an unofficial shrine for Ms Winehouse in the days after the singer’s death in 2011.

About Global Street Art
Founded in 2012, Global Street Art have organised over 1,400 legal street art murals across London, working with councils, academic and cultural institutions and other bodies. Online www.globalstreeteart.com is a leading street art platform with 100,000 photos uploaded by artists from 100 countries and over 340,000 fans on social media. Global Street Art also has an agency which work with partners on commercial projects.

About Art Happens
Art Happens is the UK’s only crowdfunding platform for the museum sector, hosted by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. Art Happens was highly commended for ‘Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign’ in the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Awards, announced 6 July 2015.

About the Art Fund
Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences by supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, including ARTIST ROOMS and the 2013-18 Aspire tour of Tate's Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable, and makes additional grants to support the training and professional development of curators.

Tuesday 17th January, 2017

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