Gay Icons, at the National Portrait Gallery in Central London (2nd July–18th October 2009) will celebrate the contribution of gay people - and the significance of the gay icon - to history and culture. 60 photographs selected by Waheed Alli, Alan Hollinghurst, Elton John, Jackie Kay, Billie Jean King, Ian McKellen, Chris Smith, Ben Summerskill, Sandi Toksvig and Sarah Waters.
Rosé d'Anjou is sponsoring the exhibition through InterLoire. Extract from their press release:
The ground-breaking exhibition, which will be held from July to October, celebrates the unique, lasting and diverse contribution of gay people to British history and culture. A panel of ten selectors, chaired by Sandi Toksvig, worked to choose six “icons” who may or may not be gay themselves. These icons include Quentin Crisp, Diana Princess of Wales, KD Lang, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Nelson Mandela.
Bernard Jacob, Directeur General of Ackerman – Remy Pannier, host of the evening and representative of Rosé d’Anjou commented: “Rosé d’Anjou wines are very proud to be the official sponsor of the Gay Icons exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery for the next four months. Rosé wines are the trendy wines for early adopter consumers in the UK. We want to demonstrate that Rosé d’Anjou has the class and quality to appeal to this broad audience via an association with an innovative, edgy and sophisticated partner. The National Portrait Gallery and the Gay Icons exhibition are the perfect choice.”
Visitors are given a glass of Rosé d'Anjou at the end of their visit.
More about the exhibition:
National Portrait Gallery
New York Times