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    Thomas Marks and Grayson Perry

    Apollo summer party, in pictures

    5 July 2016

    ‘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.

    Andrew Neil, Helen Macintyre, Thomas Marks and Paul Ress

    Andrew Neil, Helen Macintyre, Thomas Marks and Paul Ress

    Rob and Nick Carter

    Rob and Nick Carter

    Grayson Perry

    Grayson Perry

    Thomas Marks and Lauren Prakke

    Thomas Marks and Lauren Prakke

    Susan Moore and Lady Juliet Tadgell

    Susan Moore and Lady Juliet Tadgell

    Andrew Neil and Allen Jones

    Andrew Neil and Allen Jones

    Alia Al-Senussi (right)

    Alia Al-Senussi (right)

    The Apollo Summer Party and the launch of The Apollo Collector Services at St James', London, Britain on 4 Jul 2016.The Apollo Summer Party and the launch of The Apollo Collector Services at St James', London, Britain on 4 Jul 2016.
    Kate Bryan

    Kate Bryan