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Maura Higgins launches new Ann Summers swimwear collection at The Brunswick

Yesterday, Wednesday 11th March 2020, we received a visit from a very special guest as Love Island and Dancing On Ice alum, Maura Higgins, celebrated the launch of Ann Summers’ latest swim collection with a special meet and greet event in-store, at The Brunswick Shopping Centre.

 

A progression of the 2019 campaign, ‘Be More Maura Swim’ includes a range of swimsuits and bikinis designed using Maura’s own input, curating a collection which reflects both Maura’s taste and Ann Summers’ classic styles.

 

Inspired by Maura, the pieces feature statement floral embroidery, glitzy sequins and timeless silhouettes in bold and neutral colours with something for every woman to enjoy in sizes ranging from 6 to 24.

 

Maura Higgins said: “Confidence comes from loving yourself and embracing your body, no matter what your shape or size.  I want all women to feel sexy and beautiful whatever the occasion, so it has been a dream come true for me to design this seasons swimwear in collaboration with Ann Summers for SS20! From beautifully embellished monokinis to form fitting bikinis, I believe there is something for everyone. I have always loved Fiercely Sexy Lingerie, so I have also taken inspo from this Ann Summers classic to create Fiercely Sexy Swimwear and I love it! I am so proud of this collection and I want every woman who wears it to feel just as amazing as I do in it, whether it’s by the pool, on the beach!”

 

Being recognised as the brand that brought sex to the high street, Ann Summers stands for female empowerment and sexual liberation which Maura encompasses completely, having captured the nation with her open and honest expression of her sexuality on the 2019 series of Love Island.

 

The pieces are available online now at www.annsummers.com and in Ann Summers stores from Thursday 19th March.

 

Our own fashion influencer Katerina Themis was there and had an incredible time viewing Maura’s line.

BRUNSWICK FIT CLUB A GREAT SUCCESS!

11am & 12pm, Saturday 7th March

The first of the Brunswick Fit Club events took place this weekend and were a great success!   

 

Participants who had signed up to take part came along for a FREE workout with celebrity and sports star personal trainer and strength coach, Josiah Hunte, this Saturday. 

 

Sessions ran at 11am and 12pm in the store next to Waitrose, with participants of all levels of fitness flocking to take part.

 

After a 10 minute warm-up, the master trainer put participants through their paces in a 40 minute full body strength & HIIT bodyweight workout, before cooling down. The sessions focussed on helping individuals to feel great, while having fun and improving both physical and mental health.

 

 

Everyone who took part also received a FREE branded bag of goodies to take home, containing a mix of freebies including snack packs and vouchers from Crussh, magazines from Waitrose and spot prize gift vouchers from GBK. Other goodies included Land and Tide Iced Coffee, Revolution Foods protein powder samples, Raw Sport Protein powder samples and peanut butter samples from Manlife. 

 

Josiah is the founder of the JHFIT & F.N.S Method, a former sports professional, model personal trainer and strength conditioning coach. He made the switch to full time coaching in 2009 and takes pride in empowering people to achieve their dream body goals.

 

From 2014-to date he’s had the pleasure of working with top sporting and fashion brands, such as Nike, ASICS and Selfridges as well as training athletes and celebrities. He has also featured in articles focussed on strength training, weight loss and fitness in various health and fitness magazines and the press.

 

The next event will take place on Saturday 28th March. Anyone keen to secure a spot can register via the link here.

 

Book here.

The Brunswick Art Gallery – Now Open!


 

The eagerly awaited Brunswick Art Gallery opened its doors at 10.30am on Thursday 20th February before hosting an exclusive launch party for press, artists and local art schools from 6.30pm. The event was a vibrant celebration of arts within the local creative community and saw the gallery bustling with activity until late into the evening. 

 

Our aim as a centre is to create a hub of arts and culture in this prime central London location, so the Gallery makes a fabulous addition. It follows the installation of sculptural pieces by world-renowned artists ‘Gillie and Marc’ as well as Herefordshire born Will Carr in addition to the centre’s popular arthouse cinema – Curzon Bloomsbury, with more to come later this year! 

 

The Brunswick Art Gallery is a partnership between The Brunswick and Turner Fine Arts and features collections from a unique portfolio of artists that are currently taking the arts scene by storm. It is home to a very eclectic and profoundly intriguing set of works by all the artists involved.

 

 

Artists resident at The Brunswick Art Gallery include Shaun Gagg, Walter Furlan, Kieran Crowder, Len Gifford, Ed Chapman, Hamad Al Humaidhan, Will Carr, Bill Mack, Stephen Kettle, Shirley Borokhov, Temper, Dale Arnold Lewis, Eva Bazhenova, Jody Craddock, Roy Meats, Sabina Pieper, Barry John MBE and Frankie McAllister.

 

Exhibits include Shaun Gagg’s sculpture of a lifesize bull, made entirely of 2 pence coins as well as Walter Furlan’s Picasso-esque glass sculptures, which welcome you to the Gallery.

 

Kieran Crowder’s defining art project ‘Here lies’ also features and provides a thought-provoking reflection on what it is to be human. While Stephen Kettle’s intricate slate sculptures will have viewers truly mesmerised. His sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill is especially poignant given this years’ 75th anniversary of VE Day and his iconic speech.

 

Will Carr’s stunning kinetic wind sculptures exploring the relationship of geometry and form, feature both inside and outside the Gallery – with two of his much-loved pieces, welcoming visitors off the street outside Curzon Bloomsbury.  ‘The Wisp’ welcomes visitors to the gallery with its mesmerising movement and form.

 

Len Gifford’s work, inspired by the human form, stems from his work as a mannequin sculptor, while 20-year-old Hamad Al Humaidhan’s vibrant works, full of energy portray the world through his youthful eyes.

 

Ed Chapman’s incredibly detailed mosaics will have viewers mesmerised with the sheer variety of materials used in this painstaking creative process.  

 

Shirley Borokhov’s love for subjects caught in action shines through as her stunning sculptures have an equally idiosyncratic and recognisable style. 

 

Critically acclaimed graffiti artist Temper’s work is a stunning display of graffiti art like you’ve never seen before and gives viewers a true appreciation of just how he has come to work for iconic brands including Sprite, Coca-Cola and Saatchi and Saatchi.

 

Frankie McAllister’s photographs of urban, suburban and semi-industrial landscapes in the UK and abroad, looks at the often-conflicted relationship between human development and our environment, particularly in sensitive locations.  

 

Bill Mack’s relief sculptures welcome you into the gallery, alongside the work of Walter Furlan. These stunning collections offer the creatively inclined of Bloomsbury and beyond, a unique and inspiring experience in the heart of London. The Gallery is located at the rear of The Brunswick between the street entrance to Waitrose and Skoob Books and Drury Porter.

 

Fabulous Florals and Stunning Selfie Opportunities!

Florist, Cassandra of Anthomania, who is responsible for creating other recent, stunning floral installations at The Brunswick, including the beautiful pink Elephant and festive reindeer, will also be helping the centre adorn a rustic wooden bench with beautiful blooms, to create a cupid’s bench fit for the perfect photo for loved-up couples of Bloomsbury.

 

The stunningly decorated bench will form the centrepiece to a tranquil area adorned with florals as well as featuring original, mindful poetry by James McInerny, where you can take time out from your busy schedule to relax and unwind.

You’ll find Cupid’s bench just outside Waitrose. 

THE BRUNSWICK ART GALLERY

We’re really excited to announce the opening of a brand new art gallery, here at The Brunswick, in the heart of Bloomsbury.

 

The Brunswick Art Gallery opened on 20th February and follows our recent partnerships with creative organisations and artists such as Open House London and sculptors ‘Gillie and Marc’ whose world-renowned piece ‘Together Forever on Wheels’ has recently been installed here.

 

The new gallery will see us working in partnership with Stephen Turner of Turner Fine Arts and will feature permanent collections from a fantastic portfolio of unique artists that are currently taking the arts scene by storm.

 

Artists signed up to be resident at The Brunswick Art Gallery include Shaun Gagg, Walter Furlan, Kieran Crowder, Len Gifford, Ed Chapman, Hamad Al Humaidhan, Will Carr, Bill Mack, Stephen Kettle, Shirley Borokhov, Temper, Dale Arnold Lewis, Eva Bazhenova, Jody Craddock, Roy Meats, Sabina Pieper and Frankie McAllister.

 

Shaun Gagg

 

Yorkshireman Shaun Gagg creates larger than life welded sculptures using a variety of everyday items including coins, nails and keys to create beautiful pieces of art.

 

Walter Furlan

Glass sculptor Walter Furlan takes inspiration from Picasso, clearly exhibited in his vivid and profoundly dimensional pieces.

 

Kieran Crowder

Kieran Crowder has drawn and painted for as long as he can remember, with early mentors including Nick Samsworth and Miles (Peter) Richmond and influences including the likes of Kosuth, Reinhardt, Cranach, Charlesworth, Fontana, Newman, Ernst, Serra, Blake, Weiner, Moreau, Klein, Dadd, Shiraga, Holzer, Still, Latham, Martin, Arakawa, Kruger, Motherwell, Ruscha et al. Kieran Crowder’s defining art project ‘Here lies’ is a thought-provoking reflection on what it is to be human, while his paintings study the human face in a more aesthetic form. This project in particular, was inspired by his Post-graduate work at the Royal College of Art, initially along the axis Batille/Lacan, leading him to Girard & Gans, Dumouchel & Dupuy et al.

 

Len Gifford

Len Gifford’s work is inspired by the human form – stemming from his work as a mannequin sculptor.

 

Hamad Al Humaidhan

 

20-year-old Hamad Al Humaidhan’s work adopts the style of the likes of Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock, painting his world with youthful emotions to create vibrant works, full of energy.

 

Ed Chapman

Ed Chapman is a contemporary UK artist recognised as one of the leading makers of mosaics. Using varied and interesting materials, Chapman achieves incredibly detailed results, painstakingly creating his subjects using hundreds of fragments of ceramic tile, paper, coins, vitreous glass and other materials.

 

Will Carr

 

Will Carr’s stunning kinetic wind sculptures explore the relationship of geometry and form, interacting within their environment. Using stainless steel and corten metal, will creates intricate, large scale pieces of art for public spaces, private gardens and exhibitions.

 

Stephen Kettle

The intricate slate sculptures of Stephen Kettle are truly incredible. Using slithers of slate to create both figurative and abstract pieces. His work has made it to prestigious homes such as The London Science Museum where a statue of R.J. Mitchell (designer of the legendary Spitfire) resides, as well as Bletchley Park where a statue of Alan Turing is permanently housed.

 

Shirley Borokhov

Shirley Borokhov has a predilection for subjects caught in action – especially horses – but also dancers, gymnasts, and other athletes. Her stunning sculptures have an equally idiosyncratic and recognisable style.

 

Temper

 

Temper is critically acclaimed as the most naturally gifted graffiti artist of his generation. Creating art for brands including Sprite, Coca-Cola, Saachi and Saachi and the BBC as well as his ‘Minuteman’ exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

 

Frankie McAllister

Frankie McAllister is a London based photographer originally from Northern Ireland, working mostly in remote, urban and industrial scenes in a style somewhere on the fringes between fine art landscape and documentary photography. She has a particular interest in the mark of man on nature, as well as the seemingly random way scenes, often appear to be arranged as visual tableaux. Current projects include ‘Manipulated Landscapes, Winter playgrounds’ about the impact of tourism on rural mountain areas,  ‘Corridor’ a project about the in-between and anonymous parts of cities and ‘Two Way Mirror’ – a completely different type of project featuring quiet and meditative images in black and white.

 

Bill Mack

Bill Mack will also be showing his work in the art gallery. Bill is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent relief sculptor who famously purchased and repurposed the original Hollywood sign as canvas on which he painted the likenesses of the great “movie stars” from the Golden Years of Hollywood. His work, which depicts figures in relief is truly unique and provides each piece with special qualities.

 

These stunning collections offer the creatively inclined of Bloomsbury and beyond, a unique and inspiring experience in the heart of London and an additional stop on the London arts trail.

 

The Gallery will be located at the rear of The Brunswick near Skoob Books and Drury Porter so add the date to your diary and when you’re passing, why not pop in and take a look?

 

The Brunswick Art Gallery is open from 10.30am – 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sundays.

Jumping on the Veganuary voyage?

Las Iguanas

 

After the overwhelming success of Veganuary 2019, it looks like the vegan movement has taken London by storm, but if you’re a little overwhelmed at the notion of who caters for plant-based eaters and who doesn’t fear not! We’ve got you covered.

 

Yo! Sushi

 

At The Brunswick, you’ll find a great range of Vegan delights from breakfast to bed-time. With places like Leon, Crussh and Carluccio’s starting early doors, Yo! Sushi and Itsu making the perfect lunchtime haunt and Las Iguanas, Nando’s and GBK as the ideal evening retreat, you’re really spoilt for choice.

 

Brunswickids presents: Halloween in Brunswickland

11am – 2pm, Saturday 26th October
We’re celebrating half term and the spookiest week of the year with some FREE Halloween hocus pocus for your little horrors…
Bring your little ones to join Nicky Nacky Noo (from the land of Noo), Patches (It’s not funny!) and creepy characters from Platinum Performing Arts from 11am – 2pm on Saturday 26th October for an afternoon of frighteningly FREE fun.
There will be petrifying party games, fearsome face painting, deadly dancing and spooky singing, plus the Brunswickids’ traditional Kiddie conga around the centre and kiddie limbo with haunting special guests including a ghost pirate, a mummy and a ghoul.

A Fabulous Afternoon Of Free Fairytale Fun!

We celebrated a fabulous afternoon of FREE fairytales in Brunswickland on Saturday 5th October.

Over a hundred families turned out to join Nicky Nacky Noo (from the land of Noo), Patches (it’s not funny!) and the team from Platinum Performing Arts from 11am – 2pm on the day for FREE fairytale-themed fun & games, song & dance, balloons, face painting, kiddie conga, kiddie limbo and lots more. 

 

 

Vicky entertained children with her bonkers balloon modelling skills, song and dance and funny sketches with the Platinum Performing Arts crew dressed as Cinderella, Princess Belle and Prince Charming. Nicky Nacky Noo also kept the kids busy as she made them up with her fabulous face painting.

 

 

Little ones had the chance to meet their fairytale idols – Princess Belle, Cinderella and Prince Charming and pose for photos with them – providing them with fantastic memories to last a lifetime. Princess Belle, Cinderella and Prince Charming also led the centre’s traditional kiddie conga around the centre and kiddie limbo, giving the kids a great opportunity to let off some steam.

Watch this space for details of our next event later this month, coming up on 26th Oct! 

The Brunswick Presents Fright night! Returns

6pm-10pm, Thursday 31st October 2019

Oh yes! The spookiest night of the year is almost upon us and after last year’s spook-tacular celebration, we can’t wait to do it all again!
Come and discover The Brunswick bearing little resemblance to our everyday self as we take on an eerie appearance with decorations of epic proportions and invite you to join us for a night of free spine-chilling family fun.

From 6pm – 10pm on Thursday 31st October you’ll find deadly DJ Katerina Themis spinning some terrifying tunes on the decks and creepy characters roaming the centre to spook our guests. Our frightful face painters & body artists will help to transform you into your character of choice while you marvel at our fearsome fire eaters and menacing balloon modellers.

Plus our petrifying pumpkin competition is sure to bring out your competitive side.

Watch this space for more details.

The Brunswickids presents Fairytales in Brunswickland

11am-2pm, Saturday 5th October 2019

The summer holidays may be over and the kids now back at school, but the fun doesn’t stop because we’re planning a fabulous afternoon of FREE fun!

Bring the kids to join Nicky Nacky Noo (from the land of Noo), Patches (it’s not funny!) and the team from Platinum Performing Arts from 11am – 2pm on Saturday 5th October as The Brunswickids presents FREE fairytale-themed fun & games, song & dance, balloons, face painting, kiddie conga, kiddie limbo and lots more. 

There will even be the chance for the little ones to meet their fairytale idols including Beauty and the Beast’s Princess Belle, Cinderella and Prince Charming and pose for photos with them – providing you with fantastic memories to last a lifetime.

It’s the perfect opportunity for the little ones to let their hair down, let off steam and make new friends while they enjoy some TOTALLY FREE FUN!