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November 2021

Foundation UK's first in-person event in two years

A cocktail and canape event was held in London on Friday 15th October, the first in-person event for the UK Te Papa Foundation for two years. Generously hosted at the home of Craig Fenton and Meredith Townsley-Fenton, we were joined by 30 guests who enjoyed delicious canapes made by food blogger Meredith and a mixologist providing freshly-made cocktails.

The event celebrated the Feathermania exhibition currently showing at Te Papa and the official launch of the UK Foundation Circle, a new patron's group for the Museum. Circle members donate £500 annually and at the end of each year. For example, contributions could be put towards fundraising for the acquisition of the four Rita Angus portraits which currently stands at just over halfway to the target of $300,000. More about the portraits is available here:

Rita Angus portraits 

During the evening Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large for the Business of Fashion, was interviewed by Hilary Timmins about his life and career since he left NZ in the 1970s.  He provided a fascinating insight into his experience of fashion over the last 40 years and highlighted the concerns about environmental impact and animal cruelty that the industry is facing.

The event was generously sponsored by Te Kano Estate Winery, the New Zealand Beer Collective and Takaka-based Dancing Sands Distillery who supplied their new Sauvignon Blanc infused gin for the cocktails.

Similar future special events are planned for Foundation Circle members, to join or learn more, please visit our page below. 

UK Foundation circle

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