Fans and Friends flocked the Proud Gallery, Camden, for the opening night of an exhibition dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse.
‘For You I Was A Flame’ is the first in a series of events planned throughout September to celebrate what would have been the singer’s 30th Birthday. Attended by Amy’s parents Mitch and Janis, the gallery showcased a series of paintings and prints showing the fresh-faced, fun-loving, care-free side of Amy Winehouse with prints ranging from £125 through to £5,500.
Proceeds from all the events will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up to help disadvantaged young people after the singer’s tragic death in 2011. Since the charity’s birth they’ve funded scholarships at Sylvia Young – the theatre school a young Amy attended, fed homeless people and donated thousands to a variety of charities – Focus 12 (rehab charity), BEAT (Beating Eating Disorders), the MS Society and more recently Clean Break – a theatre company working with repeat offending women.
I caught up with Mitch during the night, here’s what he had to say:
MV: Mitch, through the foundation you’ve done so much for charity and possibly saved a lot of peoples lives
MW: “I can honestly say it’s not me, it was her (Amy) this was all her doing”
MV: How do you think Amy would have spent her 30th?
MW: “Well I think she’d be having a nice cup of tea at home with her parents, she wouldn’t be drinking that’s for sure!”
To donate £3 to the foundation by phone, TEXT AMY to 70007 or to donate online visit amywinehousefoundation.org/donate