What’s On In The Capital?

A culture vulture’s guide to the best of the rest! An exclusive selection of art lectures, sales, exhibitions, festivals and creative events in London taking place this week and beyond… (By Shio).


‘Spite Your Face’ a film made by Rachel Maclean for the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 – now showing as part of her Annual Commission for the Zabludowicz Collection (until 16th Dec).

Rachel Maclean:  Annual Commission – Zabludowicz Collection, NW5.  Never one to shy away from addressing society’s crumbling virtues, the Scottish artist serves a rather large, hard-to-swallow dose of unforgiving truths in her latest installation display. Featuring three rooms of immersive madness, each as bizarre and brilliant as the next, prepare to have your conscience seriously stirred.  Until 16th December.  (zabludowiczcollection.com)

Yayoi Kusama:  The Moving Moment When I Went To The Universe – Victoria Miro Gallery, N1.  A major exhibition of new works by Yayoi Kusama, taking place across the Wharf Road galleries and waterside garden. The exhibition features new paintings, including works from the iconic My Eternal Soul series, painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a large-scale Infinity Mirrored Room, created for this presentation, Kusama’s twelfth exhibition at the gallery.  Until 21st December.  Free, timed ticket only.  (Victoria-miro.com)

Joe Bradley:  Day World – Gagosian, WC1X.  A new collection of works by the talented artist inspired by Moby Dick – On one side hung a very large oil-painting so thoroughly be-smoked, and every way defaced, that in the unequal cross-lights by which you viewed it, it was only by diligent study and a series of systematic visits to it, and careful inquiry of the neighbors, that you could any way arrive at an understanding of its purpose…’.  Until 15th December.  (gagosian.com)

Human Stories:  Another England – NOW Gallery, SE10.  A photographic exhibition surveying historical and contemporary narratives in Black and Asian Heritage in England, in partnership with Historic England.  Until 11th November.  Free entry.  (nowgallery.co.uk)

Night and Day:  1930s Fashion and Photographs – Fashion and Textile Museum, SE1.  As a decade of design, the Thirties saw off the excess of the Jazz Age and ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II. As the flapper grew up, so too did her fashion. The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens.  The exhibition will explore the day and evening styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them. With fashion as the lens, Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs will traverse the great period of social change that was the 1930s.  Until 20th January.  Tickets:  £9.90 (Children under 12 go free).  (ftmlondon.org)


‘Hadestown’ running at the National Theatre this autumn (music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell
developed with Rachel Chavkin).

Hadestown – National Theatre, SE1.  In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.  2nd November to 26th January.  Tickets:  From £38.  (nationaltheatre.org.uk)

Divine Proportions – The Vaults, SE1.  “Deliciously risqué, the sybaritic evening is an all-encompassing voyage through a world where extravagance is the norm, labels are left at the door, and everyone can be who they truly are” – Broadway World.  Guests should prepare to be led on a mythological journey to heaven and back, through secret, sparkling tunnels and into subterranean paradise by your mercurial host Dionysus, along with their cohort of cult priestesses; a cavorting band of circus sirens and party starters.  Until 12th January.  Tickets:  £35 to £55 (General Admission).  (thevaults.london)

Taj Express – Peacock Theatre, WC2A.  Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant’s glitzy Bollywood extravaganza is set to dazzle audiences once more following its sparkling summer run in 2017.  Featuring music by Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman, and acclaimed Bollywood composers, Salim & Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma, Taj Express showcases a captivating fusion of classical Indian and contemporary dance in a celebration of the world’s most prolific film industry.  Until 20th October.  Tickets:  From £27.  (sadlerswells.com)

English National Opera:  Porgy and Bess – The Coliseum, WC2N.  More than 80 years after its premiere, Porgy and Bess receives its first ENO staging. Written for a large cast, with a 40-voice chorus specially formed for this production, and full orchestra, Porgy and Bess is infused with unforgettable melodies, including the much-loved ‘Summertime’. This is a stage work that is emotionally charged, powerful and moving, delivered through jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals. 13th October until 17th November.  Tickets:  From £99.  (eno.org)


The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall [Photo:  Belinda Lawley].

London Literature Festival – Southbank, SE1.  Playing host to a wealth of award-winning literary greats, iconic artists, emerging talent, international writers and leading thinkers, Southbank Centre’s twelfth London Literature Festival explores the world in which we live and celebrates the power of literature to reflect on the burning issues of our times.  Featuring Akala, André Aciman, Yomi Adegoke, Ellah Allfrey, Becky Albertalli, Laura Bates, Mary Beard, Jay Bernard, Melvyn Bragg, Melvin Burgess, Sam Byers, Soraya Chemaly, Sarah Churchwell, Julian Clary et al.  From 18th to 28th October.  Tickets:  (Various depending on event).  (southbankcentre.co.uk)


‘The Xenofeminist Manifesto’ by Laboria Cuboniks – Verso Books (available at amazon.co.uk for £7.99).

Functional Ceramics:  Vase Making (1) – Camden Arts Centre, NW3.  Over the duration of the day, participants will work from design concept to 3D object, learning basic ceramics techniques in order to make their own vase. Demonstrations will cover a range of hand-building and finishing techniques.  Led by Sophie Alda (Brighton University).  20th October, 10:30am to 4:30pm.  (camdenartscentre.org)

Foundation in Fine Art – LARA (London Atelier of Representational Art), SW9.  Technical proficiency underpins and supports creativity. LARA teaches technical proficiency through the development of draughtsmanship and a practical understanding of the materials and methods of the artist. These skills give LARA students creative self confidence.  Book now for 7th January start.  3 Terms full-time study.  Course Fees:  £9,450 (£1,000 deposit) or payment options available.  (drawpaintsculpt.com)

Collaborative Doctoral Awards – British Museum, WC1B.  The British Museum supports six new research students a year to study for a PhD at a UK University through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme.  Most are funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.  Application Deadline:  23rd November 2018 for October 2019 start.  (See britishmuseum.org/research for more details and to download application form)

The Xenofeminist Manifesto – Tate Modern, SE1.  What possibilities might Xenofeminism open up for contemporary art? How might it contribute to wider conversations about new political systems and ways of being? Join us for this special panel discussion marking Verso’s publication of the manifesto, featuring artist Malik Nashad Sharpe, artist Khairani Barokka and member of Laboria Cubonicks, Helen Hester. This conversation will be chaired by Sarah Shin.  15th October, 6:30 to 8pm.  (tate.org.uk)

Brutal or Beautiful? – Barbican Centre, EC2Y.  Architectural tours:  Follow a Barbican guide on a 90-minute walking tour as you explore the Barbican and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate.  Until 29th November.  Tickets:  £12.50.  (barbican.org.uk)

Sales & Fairs:-

BAFTA-Award-Winning David Malinowski (Special Effects Make-Up Artist) will give a talk on his career highlights at the United Make-Up Artists Expo 2018 on Saturday, 13th October at 3pm.

Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets – Christie’s, London, SW1Y.  Highest Lot estimate:  Lot 1 (A KUFIC QUR’AN FOLIO ON BLUE VELLUM – GBP 200,000 – GBP 300,000).  25th October.  (christies.com)

Modern and Contemporary African Art – Sotheby’s, London.  A selection of exceptional works from across the African continent. The season’s sale will feature standout pieces by leading artist in this category, including Cheri Samba, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Ouattara Watts, El Anatsui, Marlene Dumas, David Goldblatt and Pascale Marthine Tayou.  Highest Lot estimate:  Lot 44 (El Anatsui GHANAIAN TAGOMIZOR – GBP 550,000 – GBP 750,000).  16th October.  (sothebys.com)

Islamic and Indian Art including Sikh Treasures and Arts of the Punjab – Bonhams, New Bond Street.  High Lot estimate:  Lot 212 (The Lockwood Kipling Album: An album of photographs of Amritsar, Lahore and other sites in India compiled by John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911); Signed and dated Lahore, 1888 – GBP 100,000 – GBP 150,000).  23rd October.  (bonhams.com)

Wimbledon Bookfest 2018 – .   Wimbledon Common, SW19.  Wimbledon BookFest is a charity promoting arts, culture and education. Its aim is develop the cultural offering for the locality through provision of an annual arts festival and educational projects with schools and young people.  It was founded in 2006 by Fiona Razvi and Tony Kane whose ambition was to develop arts and cultural across the community. The public festival takes place in early October in a ‘pop up’ festival site on Wimbledon Common in its Baillie Gifford Big Tent and William Morris Tent.  Until 14th October.  Tickets:  (See individual events).  (wimbledonbookfest.org)

United Make-Up Artists Expo 2018 – Novotel London, W6.  UMAE – the 1st choice most affordable makeup show for all professional and aspiring makeup artists, Fx Artist, Sculptors, Tutors, Hair Dressers, Wig Makers / Dressers, Mold makers and Stylists from around the world.  We are a UK based company dedicated to supporting you and your industry, through education, networking and professional products. Alongside education seminars, expert demonstrations and one-to-one interaction with the icons of the TV, Film, Theatre and Beauty industry, we provide opportunities to meet and liaise with the best in the business. Within a family networking atmosphere our guest speakers don’t just speak on stage, they mingle and chat with the attendees on the show floor throughout both days.  13th and 14th October.  Tickets:  2-Day Public (ex. VAT) £78.  (umae.co.uk)



[Credits:  Featured image – Installation view, Rachel Maclean at the Zabludowicz Collection until 16th Dec (Photo:  David Bebber)]


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