The Colony Room
Friday and Saturday nights for six consecutive weeks during October/November 2008.
Anne Colvin was invited by NLA to conceive the first project in the new Garage space, a 2,500 square foot addition to the organization's overall exhibition area. The Colony Room is a celebration of the legendary Colony Room Club, London Soho's notorious private drinking den. Situated at the top of a shabby staircase this down-at-heel but welcoming space has been a favorite haunt for British artists ever since it was started in 1948. The club was owned and run up until 1979 by the infamous free spirit, Muriel Belcher who paid the young Francis Bacon ten pounds a week and free drinks to bring in the clientele. He did, and Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Henrietta Moraes were among the regulars.
"Her genius was in the ability to mix members. This gave her club more variety and a touch of the unexpected not to be found in other clubs" (former club member).