Rebecca Wang joins Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott at Hyde Park Serpentine Summer Party

Kensington Gardens plays host to glittering highlight of the London Summer calendar

The annual Serpentine Summer Party, which this year took place on June 26th, joined the Chelsea Flower Show, Ascot and Wimbledon fortnight as one of the quintessential outdoor events of London's summer months. Attendees of the evening included Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick, Mick Jagger and his long- term girlfriend L'Wren Scott, Kate Moss, Rebecca Wang and Daphne Guinness.

The party was organised by the Serpentine Gallery, one of London's best-known and loved art venues. Housed in a tea house pavilion in the centre of Hyde Park and close to the lake from which it takes its name, the gallery enjoys an international reputation for excellence and attracts up to 800,000 visitors a year. In addition to its prestigious collection of modern and contemporary art which includes works by Henry Moore, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley and Damian Hirst, the Serpentine Gallery also aims to provide learning through art for people of all ages and backgrounds via its exhibition, architecture, design, education and public programmes.

The Serpentine Summer Party is an annual fundraiser which supports the gallery and its programmes. Co-hosting this year alongside Gallery Director Julia Peyton-Jones, Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Chair of party organising committee Tim Jefferies, is gallery patron L'Wren Scott, an American stylist and fashion designer, whose creations enjoy a world class reputation and high status endorsement, particularly at the Academy Awards. Among other patrons attending the event were writer and critic Bonnie Greer and executive film producer Rebecca Wang.

Bonnie Greer, recently elected Chancellor for Kingston University, has also served as deputy chair at the British Museum, as well as on the boards of the Royal Opera House and the London Film School. Rebecca Wang is a dedicated supporter of all art forms. In addition to her roles as patron to the Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the Serpentine, she is a member of both the Academy Circle for BAFTA, and the Director Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is a pioneering project that gives internationally renowned architects an opportunity to design a temporary pavilion for the summer on the gallery lawn. At the end of the season, the Pavilion is generally auctioned to the highest bidder, thus largely funding its construction. Previous artists who have taken part in the project since it started in 2000 include Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei and Zaha Hadid.

This year is the turn of award winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, who at 41, is the youngest so far to receive the commission. Fujimoto has created an airy delicate latticed structure that occupies 350 square metres and is composed of 20mm steel poles of lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that allow it to blend , cloud-like, both into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the gallery. Fukimoto's design is considered an apt representation of one of the themes for this year's programmes: the generation of artists born after 1989, and raised in the digital age. With a cafe sited inside, the pavilion is a flexible and multipurpose social space, playing host to film screenings, talks and broadcasts.

The Serpentine Party holds the reputation of being a glamorous affair and is viewed as one of the hottest events on the London event calendar and a recognised highlight on the social circuit. Tickets tend to be a desired rarity, while the guest list is selective with the party's organising committee ensuring that those attending include the right blend of artists, art buyers, brokers, patrons and local and international celebrities. In addition to exotic eats, drinks, live music, and a chance to view the surrounding art, entertainment in recent years have included giant mushroom-like umbrellas created as shelters by Hadid, the provision of swings for guests to play on, a historical display of car designs from Jaguar, and the installation of photo booths for guests to capture their own fun and informal party shots.



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Rebecca Wang is an entrepreneur, executive film producer and former psychotherapist who is passionate about all forms of artistic expression. She is also keen in her desire to bring effective support to projects focusing on health and humanitarian issues. Wang spent her early years in Asia, and has since lived in the US and Europe. Having graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, she has practiced at various leading institutions such as the University of Californian as well as several elementary schools, specializing in family, children, and couples counseling. It was the realization of the healing role of the arts in therapy, which was the catalyst for her to pursue her own creative dreams through filmmaking. Inspired to expand the reach of her work, in 2011 she made her production debut as executive producer with the Hollywood feature film Passion Play, which was selected for the prestigious 37th International Toronto Film Festival. Passion Play starred BAFTA winner Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, both of whom had been previously nominated for Academy Awards. Wang is based in London where her appreciation of all arts is channeled into a wide range of leading organisations and arts venues in the capital. She is member of the Academy Circle for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a Director of Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and patron to the National, Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. Recognising the power of music’s properties for healing has led her to be a patron to the Royal College of Music. She also has a broad interest in design, photography and fashion. In addition to her passion for all art forms, she is also committed to projects that focus on health and humanitarian issues and the global efforts against AIDS, supporting two of the foremost charities in this field. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which was established by the musician in 1992, is one of the largest privately-funded institutions in the world working to overcome AIDS. Since its beginning the Foundation has prioritized the pivotal areas of treatment, prevention and education, and raised over $300 million to support more than 1,200 projects world-wide. Wang has been benefactor over two consecutive years (2011, 2012) to the EJAF’s Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, the most high-profile and largest fundraising event held in Hollywood on Oscar night. In 2014 and 2015 she has resumed her support as patron for the event, a position she also held for their New York Enduring Vision benefit in October 2013. This event recognizes outstanding contribution in the campaign against AIDS and in 2013 honored Hilary Clinton with the Founder’s Award for her tireless work in the field. amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, plays a leading global role in the area of research, treatment and education for AIDS. It attracts and fosters support and ongoing patronage from many leading public figures in the fields of film, fashion and music, including the late Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld and David Bowie. The non-profit organization can also count on endorsement from those whose actions carry global influence, such as former US President Bill Clinton. With Piaget and M.A.C Viva Glam, Wang acted as a sponsor for the 2012 Paris Inspiration Gala. She has also joined with others including amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole as Chairs for both the Los Angeles and New York Inspiration Galas in 2013 and 2014. Among those who have received awards at these events to honor their long term work and committed stance towards AIDS have been Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, philanthropist Aileen Getty, fashion legend Valentino, actress Goldie Hawn, singer Jennifer Lopez, and film director and designer Tom Ford. Beyond the worlds of arts and humanitarian issues, Wang also has genuine concern for animals, particularly for dogs who have been maltreated, and supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The RSPCA is the oldest organization for animal welfare in the world and since its foundation in 1824 has played an active role in both the creation of animal welfare legislation and in its enforcement. Rebecca continues to focus on ventures reflecting creativity across all art forms and initiatives which further her desire for a greater understanding of humanitarian issues.