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).

The Country Living Spring Fair Pop-Up Market will host a carefully selected group of new sellers, trying out the marketplace for the first time.

Festivals, Fairs and Expositions

Country Living Spring Fair – Alexandra Palace.  Daily workshops by Annie Sloan, talks and workshops on floristry, crafting, creative horticulture and more.  Craft stalls and vintage shopping.  26th to 29th April 10am – 5pm. VIP Tickets £53 – £55.

Underbelly Festival – Southbank.  From now, throughout early Summer.  See ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho select shows until 20th April for ‘a rollicking good laugh’ (Attitude Magazine).

B. Creatives Spring Pop-Up – Hanbury Hall, Shoreditch.  Art, crafts, jewellery, fashion, homewares.  Workshops and music.  21st April, 11am to 8pm.

Hackney Flea Market – Abney Public Hall, Stoke Newington, N16.  Salvaged treasures from vintage traders.  20th-Century furniture, French homeware, textiles, Danish décor, industrial fixtures, lighting.  21st April, 11am to 6pm.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair – Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden, WC2B.  Chanel, Dior, Burberry, plus little-known brands.  50 traders selling items from the Victorian era to 1990s.  22nd April, 11am to 5.30pm.  Entry £5/£2.  Tickets billetto.co.uk.

Europe and The World: A Symphony of Cultures – British Museum.  Unique 2-week festival bringing together diverse musical traditions in the museum’s galleries, surrounded by objets from their own collection. Until 29th April.

Rambert: ‘Life is a Dream’ coming up at Sadler’s Wells this Spring.


Burlesque – Proud Embankment.  Brand new shows listed.  5 times larger than any other in the UK. Friday, April 20th features Lady Marmalade with Parisien high-kicking dancers.  See proudcabaretembankment.com for full listings and ticket enquiries.

Rambert: Life Is A Dream – Sadler’s Wells, EC1R.  A new work created by Danish choreographer (2 x Olivier Award winner) Kim Brandstrup.  Retelling of the 17th-Century play by Pedro Calderon de la Barca.  Film by legendary Quay Brothers, full-size symphony orchestra.  22nd – 26th May from 7.30pm, plus matinee performance on Saturday, 26th May.  Tickets £10 – £45.

Workshops, Talks, Classes and Lectures

Paint The Classics! – The Northcote, Clapham Junction, SW11.  Weekly expert-led painting classes by Artistique Paint Club, with a glass of Prosecco.  Tuesday, April 24th features ‘The Banquet’ by Rene Magritte.  Tickets £35, start 8pm.

The Future of Textiles:  Textile Art 2028 – Fashion and Textile Museum, SE1.  First in a series of annual lectures.  Guest Speaker Jessica Hemmings (Prof. of Crafts, Academy of Design and Crafts, Univ. of Gothenburg), plus 62 Group member Caron Penney.  Artist-led organisation challenging the conventions of textile practice and production (established 1962).  19th April, 6pm.  Tickets £7 – £9.90.

Culture-Power-Politics #ImWithHer; feminism, liberalism – Doomed Gallery, Dalston.  Series of seminars by Jeremy Gilbert (Prof. at Univ. of East London) .  From Tuesday, 24th April for 10 weeks.  6.30pm – 8.30pm.  Free entry.


Meet The Artists from ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ – The Main Room, LIBRARY Private Members Club, WC2N.  Opening night of ‘Chapter Ten’ the first exhibition celebrating the work of the artists from the BBC show ‘The Big Painting Challenge’. Includes Tilly Farnham, Jane Voss and Oliver Freeston.  Wednesday, 9th May, 6.30-9.30pm.

Mannequins styled by Rebecca Sweeting for the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. In its 10th year, the fair will take place for the first time in Covent Garden.

Kutch Revisited – Exhibition and Sale – The Far East Art Studio, The Nehru Centre, W1K.  Showcasing Ajrakh Block-Printed Textiles by Indian National Award Winner Abdul Rauf Khatri, plus traditional hand-woven textiles by renowned Bhujodi weaver Mangariya Murji Hamirbhai.  Jewellery by Sanskara Designs.  Monday, 23rd April, from 6.30pm.  Free entry.

Ian Cheng: BOB – The Serpentine Gallery.  Populating the gallery with artificial life (until 22nd April) and continuing with ‘Emissaries’ (24th April until 28th May).  BOB (Bag of Beliefs) is a sentient artwork learning from its viewer, whilst the viewer learns from BOB.  1st UK solo exhibition.  ‘Emissaries’ trilogy features ‘a video game that plays itself’ and a ‘habitat for stories’.  Admission Free.

The EY Exhibition:  Impressionists in London – Tate Britain, SW1P.  The story of artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France.  Monet, Tissot, Pissarro et al.  Mapping the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers, and their engagement with British culture.  Until 7th May.  Tickets £19.70 (free for Members and Under 12s).


[Credits:  Feature Image – ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’ (underbellyfestival.com); countrylivingfair.com; proudcabaretembankment.com; southbankcentre.co.uk; underbellyfestival.com; lib-rary.com; sadlerswells.com;  ftmlondon.org; view.co.uk; billetto.co.uk; clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk; doomedgallery.tumblr.com; britishmuseum.org; serpentinegalleries.org; theatreweekly.com; tate.org.uk]







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