What comes to mind when you hear “Sex and Ceremony”? For our guest curator, acclaimed designer and sexologist Betony Vernon, it has been a creative platform for some compelling work.

For this project, we invite you to submit artwork that reflects your personal interpretation of Sex & Ceremony.

Artwork selected by Betony will be exquisitely printed in a full color book by Blurb along with the assistance of Belles and Bulls. Submissions may be uploaded using the form below.

DEADLINE: June 24th, 2011

Winners will also have their artwork featured across the BAP community and shared with BAP’s 14,000+ Twitter followers.

Selected work will be featured in the Sex & Ceremony exhibition held at Mondrian Soho Bar – Mister H Friday later this month.

Betony is a celebrated designer who has been photographed by the likes of Ellen von Unwerth, Gilles Berquet, and Nicola Majocchi as well as appeared in a wide range of magazines including Vogue, GQ, WWD, Arena, Wallpaper, Jalouse, and others.

Artists submitting work should consider Betony’s background and what her work is about. To be clear — let’s keep it classy people.


Betony Vernon is an American-born designer who lives and works in Milan and Paris. Her work has been featured in a number of international exhibitions from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to the Triennale, Milan. She has designed for several brands, including Missoni, Gianfranco Ferré, and Fornasetti.

The turning point in Betony’s creative career came in 2002, when she launched her “Paradise Found – Fine Erotic Jewelry” collection. This line became her primary focus and the interface for what she describes as her “vision”: to dismantle the pleasure taboo.

With this in mind, in 2008 she co-produced and presented “Le Boudoir”, a series of seven didactic cameos for MTV Italy. Betony has recently completed her first book, “The Boudoir Bible – Sexual Common Sense and the Joy of Ceremony”, due for publication in 2012.

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