By David Hennessy
Last Saturday September 14 would have been the late singer Amy Winehouse’s 30th birthday. To mark the milestone, a month-long series of events entitled #Amys30 has been organised in Camden by The Amy Winehouse Foundation and the celebrations have already begun with a photography exhibition at the Proud gallery entitled Amy Winehouse: For You I Was A Flame.
The exhibition is curated with the help of Amy’s family with each image specially chosen for their significance to her life and career and include both unseen and iconic images of an ordinary North London girl who touched the hearts of millions.
Amy’s sister Alex Winehouse says: “We’re all very excited about the exhibition at Proud. Amy’s fans were absolutely amazing in the wake of her passing, and showed their love and loss in the most fantastic ways. This, along with the photos and graffiti art, shows Amy at her glitzy best, and her most vulnerable, demonstrating the effect she had on her followers. We hope that everyone who comes feels the same way.”
This month will celebrate Winehouse’s life and career, and raise awareness of the great work being achieved in her name. Amy’s family launched the Amy Winehouse Foundation on September 14 2011, on what would have been Amy’s 28th birthday. The Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people while also aiming to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential. The Foundation has worked with the Camden Irish Centre with Mitch Winehouse and his Big Band headlining a gala fundraiser there in May.
Amy lived near the Irish Centre on Camden Square and often stopped by to say hello.
Another part of celebrations is the planned unveiling of a statue of the singer outside The Roundhouse but this has been postponed due to father Mitch being unhappy with the final design.
Amy Winehouse: For You I Was A Flame runs at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital,
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH until October 6. For more information, go to: www.proud.co.uk.
For more information on the Amy Winehouse Foundation, visit amywinehousefoundation.org.