Hamish is a cultured creative with a wealth of experience spanning film, theatre and art. In 2009 Hamish founded cult experimental arts venue, The Old Vic Tunnels. Following hit productions such as Tunnel 228 with Punchdrunk and Banksy’s alternative World Premier of ‘Enter through the Giftshop’ Time Out awarded Hamish a place in its 100Club of creative innovators for his work in performance art whilst the Old Vic Tunnels were voted ‘Top 10 Venue’ in the UK.
With an early career working as assistant to Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Hamish made a logical leap into directing music videos, winning an Urban Music prize before taking up employ as executive assistant to Kevin Spacey. As such, he worked on a number of films, including The Social Network and Superman as well as delivering global ad campaigns for IWC and Jameson Whisky.
Recently, Hamish has directed various large-scale and performances including the opening ceremony of the UEFA champion’s league final 2011 and 2013. A philanthropist Hamish is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. Hamish founded Lights of Soho – London’s leading light art gallery located on Brewer Street.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
A portrait by Jonathan Yeo. He’s the best living portrait painter and I hear his studio is loads of fun!
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
Thomas Heatherwick, he was a few classes above me at school and has gone on to have such a rich career history, working in so many different ways.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
Running an agency thats focus is in creating immersive experience. I’m interested to find new ways of presenting traditional cultural events.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Cuba – its isolation has led to its boundless colour and creativity.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
Last year I opened Lights of Soho, a private members club and light art gallery, taking over a former porn shop in the heart of Soho - I can be found in the basement bar most Friday nights.