‘I imagine you’re all expecting someone to resign,’ said editor Thomas Marks, addressing his guests at the Apollo summer party. It would have been reasonable; earlier that day, Nigel Farage had stepped down from UKIP in a week that has seen more political resignations than summer showers.
But instead the air was full of plans – and a chance of rain. Marks – looking his Mr Tumnus best – announced the new Apollo Collector Services, offering information for collectors and art world movers and shakers alike. Meanwhile curator Sasha Galitzine – fresh from the Wintershall summer festival and still wearing her ‘Better Together’ sticker from Saturday’s pro-EU march – chatted to Spectator Arts Editor Igor Toronyi-Lalic about the best way to prepare aubergines. Burnt, baba ganoush style, apparently; although it does make a mess of the kitchen. They promised to make Miss S an aubergine-themed dinner party to prove the point. The conversation swiftly descended into puns on the eggplant emoji (widely used as a phallic symbol) so we drifted off to chat to artist Grayson Perry.
He was looking fretful in case it rained. ‘I cycle everywhere you see,’ he told us. ‘So the weather dictates my plans entirely. And not only my plans – my dress and my make-up, too.’ The Turner-prize winning transvestite potter was already scheming to avoid an English winter. ‘I spent last December 25th in Australia. It was lovely. Not only did I miss the awfulness of Christmas, I even got a bit of sun in too!’
Here are a selection of photos from the event, courtesy of Nick Harvey.