What is the Spirit?
Founded in 2015 and directed by Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Spirit Now London is a non-profit organisation with all funds donated to cultural institutions and the support of young artists. By invitation only, it is a private and exclusive circle of benefactors, collectors, and friends. Spirit Now London gives the opportunity to meet with exceptional personalities from contemporary art, design, culture, and science.
Through our panel of exclusive events, SNL gives the keys to artists' studios, unlock the world of museum directors, philosophers, writers, scientists... with intimate conversations in private homes or venues. Our passionate friends also have the opportunity to meet up over breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
Spirit Now London is also invited for trips around Europe to art fairs, private foundations, and collectors' private home in a very intimate way. Since the beginning in 2015, we are invited, regularly, to Arco Madrid, Art Paris, the Venice Biennale, and Vienna.
'Spirit Now London is aiming to gather the best group seeking spiritual moments.
With Spirit Now London we want to create a very privileged and intimate atmosphere,
where each one would feel free to ask questions and exchange points of views.'
Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, founder and director
The Spirit of Community
Spirit Now London is also an exclusive and chosen group, only between friends that share the same passion for art and culture at its highest level. Spirit Now London is a strong and very linked group, where the members are all connected to the founder, Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.
We are not only lovers of culture, but also patrons and supporters.
The Spirit of giving
As a group, Spirit Now London is also supporting some cultural institutions (Hayward Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain,etc...) We are willing to propose to each member of the group to commission an artist work for an exhibition, a project to sponsor together.
In 2018, we were invited to pre-commissioned artworks from Tomàs Saraceno for his important exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo.
We are reinforcing for 2020 our unique identity by opening a new circle at SNL, The Spirit of Giving where we will all choose together, each year, an artist or cultural institution to support. We already have a good background as donors such as our involvement in 2019 with the French artist Hicham Berrada’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery (Project Room).
The Spirit of education
For 2020, we were delighted to launch an educational program on the theme 'The Great Collectors - The History Of Collecting' with Art Historian Henry Little. Conceived as an engaging, panoramic tour of the great collectors from art history, the series will begin with a discussion of key personalities including the Medicis, Catherine the Great, Doctor Albert C. Barnes, Peggy Guggenheim and François Pinault. We will also unravel the evolution of public collections from humble cabinets of curiosity to global encyclopedic collections, touching upon their relationship with Royal collections and the Victorian sense of the public good. Subsequent events will include visits to private collections, day trips and behind-the-scenes tours at some of London’s most important museums.
The Spirit of science
We also inaugurated for 2020 a selection of discussions with experts in science. Our themes for the year are how to understand the enigmas around the brain, genetics and ageing.
The spirit of connecting
We are glad to carry on our work of strengthening and creating bridges between France and the UK. Our two nations have a strong shared cultural history, despite these days of Brexit. We intend to keep inviting French artists that we admire to share their thoughts and inspirations in institutions, or collectors' private homes in London.
Spirit Now London is also willing to open up literal frontiers with trips to Europe but also to unlock the frontiers of knowledge by guiding you to unknown paths. We are organising bespoke art trips to Europe, where we will be hosted by our network of collectors' friends and foreign personalities from the cultural world.