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Book Launch

Book Launch & Signing

Luke Stephenson & Helen Champion: The Clown Egg Register

Thu 30 March, 18.00

 The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

 The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

 The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

 The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

 The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register

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Join us for the launch of photographer Luke Stephenson and artist Helen Champion's latest book The Clown Egg Register, published by Particular Books.

Housed at locations in London and Somerset, the Clown Egg Register is a physical record of over 250 clown faces, each one painted on to an egg. A tradition that began in the 1940s at Clowns International, the eggs act as copyright for a clown's unique identity, preserving the unwritten rule that a clown must never copy the face of another.

In the book, 169 egg portraits from the inimitably eccentric collection are paired with biographies of each clown, revealing the bizarre, surprising and often painful story of their private and public lives. It’s a glimpse into a dying art form that continues to delight and terrify children everywhere.

Luke and Helen will be present on the night, available for a chat and to sign copies of the book.

Winner of the 2005 Jerwood Photography Prize, Luke Stephenson’s subjects epitomize British eccentricity. They range from prize budgerigars, to ice cream men, to the World Beard and Moustache Championships. An Incomplete Dictionary of Showbirds was recently on show in our Print Sales Gallery.

Helen Champion studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London, and has herself gone through the process of developing, designing and registering herself as a clown called Zenden. Although she gave up professional clowning, she developed huge respect for skilled clowns in the process.

Most of the eggs in this book were painted by Kate Stone, the most prolific of the four clown egg artists so far. The tradition was started by Stan Bult in 1946 when he founded Clowns International, one of the oldest organisations to support the art of clowning. The clown egg register is housed in Holy Trinity Church in Dalston, London, and Wookey Hole Clowns’ Museum in Somerset.

Thu 30 March, 18.00 - 20.00

Free event, no booking.


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