The Beehives, Bobs and Blow-dries charity ball took place at The Civic on Friday February 23 hosted by celebrity hairdresser, Andrew Barton and ITV celebrity fashion stylist and broadcaster, Mark Heyes.
The charity ball was sponsored by Andrew Barton London and Barnsley College. Acclaimed as hairdressing royalty, Andrew Barton holds British Hairdresser of The Year and British Hair Icon amongst his many awards. His clients include a string of celebrities at the world famous salon, Urban Retreat, at Harrods, where Andrew is Creative Director.
The fundraiser featured a fashion show, showcasing independent retailers and the Barnsley College Fashion Design department, with a three-course dinner from Dine celebrating local produce, a silent auction, exclusive gift bags, and entertainment by Barnsley-based band, BA Funk.
Helen Ball, CEO of The Civic, said: “The evening was enormous fun, peopled dressed to impress and got some top hair style tips from Andrew himself! As well as a must for lovers of fashion and style, the charity ball was a chance to raise money for our ambitious #connect fundraising appeal at The Civic. We want The Civic to be the pride of Barnsley’s town Centre and put it back as Barnsley’s heart.”
The £5m #connect fundraising appeal is to complete building renovations and return The Civic to its full glory and create a world-class destination for the arts by 2023.
Helen added: “Andrew is a Civic Champion, as he grew up in Barnsley, and he understands the value of places like The Civic for aspiring artists, whether it be in fashion, art, theatre, dance or music. We’re really thankful to him for his kind support.”
Known for his TV appearances on hit shows such as 10 Years’ Younger, Andrew Barton’s new exhibition, Beehives, Bobs and Blow-Dries – on the history of hairdressing and the design of hairstyling – will be at The Civic until Saturday 7th April. The exhibition was created in partnership with The Civic’s curator, David Sinclair and guest curator and Senior Lecturer in Fashion, Donna Bevan.
Andrew Barton said: “I’m passionate about supporting The Civic’s appeal, which is why I chose the venue to debut my exhibition and host my fashion gala. Barnsley has produced some of the most amazing talent across all sectors, from broadcasters to ballet dancers, and I’m very proud of Barnsley. It’s important for The Civic to be supported in a time of austerity and arts cuts.”
The charity ball will also raise funds for The Princes Trust, of which Andrew Barton is an ambassador.
Follow Andrew Barton @A_Barton @beehivesbobs1 and The Civic fundraising campaign @BarnsleyCivic #connect
Cause UK provides high profile media support for The Civic’s £5m capital appeal and has achieved regional and national coverage for The Civic since 2017.
Photo Credits: James Hardisty & Charlotte Graham