Just before sundown on October 13, some of Sydney's most respected artists and designers could be found sipping flutes of champagne against glittering harbour vistas in Point Piper. It was a pretty picture; bottles of Perrier-Jouët lined the tables and flowed freely around the room, Dinosaur Designs vases exploded with poppies, orchids, dahlias and tulips in rich berry tones from Poho Flowers, resin serving trays appeared topped with trout blinis sprinkled with roe, and delicate cups of peas and beetroot. Spring erupted from every angle, the energy was effervescent.
Since its genesis in 1811, Perrier-Jouët has maintained close ties to the arts and those at its helm. Perhaps it comes down to the House's reverence for quality, innovation – all attributes it strives for through its process of producing champagne. It's a fixture of Côte des Blancs (also known as Champagne’s Golden Triangle), after all. Given this, Perrier-Jouët has taken it upon itself to unite art communities through events like this very one, hosted by Perrier-Jouët brand ambassador, Emeline Troger and Arts Matter.
Guests made new connections and nurtured old ones over food, champagne and, later, a playful painting session that invited all present to take a paintbrush to the House's signature anemone glassware. At the end of the night, one look down the table revealed each guest's individual approaches, some flutes awash in colour, others dappled in floral motifs.
Those in attendance included the likes of painter Jedda Daisy Culley and her partner, musician Daniel Stricker. Also present was stylist and podcaster, Lynn Mathuthu, Miski Omar, photographer Yasmin Suteja, artists Louise Olsen, Ash Holmes and Remy Faint, as well as model Sabine Jamieson and designer Michael Lo Sordo.
Below, we reflect on the gathering of creative minds and bring you a selection of our favourite moments from the evening with Perrier-Jouët and Arts Matter.