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 Chelsea Flower Show – garden design’s answer to Fashion Week – will take place again this year at the Royal Hospital Gardens.

Festivals & Fairs:-

All Points East Festival – Victoria Park, South Hackney.  3-day music festival.  Line up includes:  Björk, LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The National, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lorde, Flying Lotus, Sampha, Father John Misty, Glass Animals, Richie Hawtin, Dixon, George FitzGerald.  25th – 27th May.  Tickets from £59.95.

Raw Power Festival – The Dome, Tufnell Park.  ‘Tripped out sounds of all kinds’.  3-Day music festival.  Line up includes: Godflesh, Circle, Snapped Ankles, Mirrored Lip, Housewives and Acid Cannibals.  25th – 27th May.  Tickets from £32.50. (babayaga.ticketabc.com)

Steel Yard London – Finsbury Park.  Rave music (Creamfields off-shoot).  2-Day music festival.  Line up includes:  Above & Beyond, DJ Tiësto, Faithless, Eli & Fur, Tchami x Malaa, Steve Angello. 26th – 27th May.  Tickets from £50.50.  (www1.ticketmaster.co.uk).

Gala – Peckham Rye Park.  House, disco & street food festival.  Line up includes:  Derrick Carter, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Mr Scruff, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay MBE.  27th May.  Tickets from £50.50 (Final Release).  (www.thisisgala.co.uk/tickets).

Urban Village Fete – Greenwich Peninsula.  Features a range of curated designer marketplaces, street food, design hubs, artist interventions, diverse and quirky events, art and design workshops, walkabout entertainment, music, dance classes and unique pop-ups.  20th May.  Free entry.  (www.hemingwaydesign.co.uk).

Plenty for the kids to do at the Urban Village Fete!

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Royal Hospital Gardens, SW3.  At the Chelsea Flower show 2018, world-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. The horticulture equivalent to Paris Fashion Week.  Full Day Tickets from £131.  (See rhs.org.uk for more details.). (www.viagogo.co.uk).


Painting and Cocktail Night – The Snooty Fox, Highbury, N5.  Paint your very own Mona Lisa with the taste of the Caribbean!  Tickets £20.  7th June, 7.30pm – 9.30pm.  (www.designmynight.com).

Jethro Crabb:  Portrait Sculpture Masterclass – London Atelier of Representational Art, SW9.  This intensive sculpture workshop will be teach a combination of observation and accurate measuring from the model, with all standards of students working together from the same model throughout the day.  21st – 25th May.  £575.  (www.drawpaintsculpt.com).

Jethro Crabb’s in-depth sculpture workshop will take place at LARA from 21st May.


3Women – Trafalgar Studio 2, SW1A.  Brand new comedy drama by Katy Brand, exploring what it’s like to be a woman in the 21st Century, and inter-generational differences in attitude.  Starring Anita Dobson, Debbie Chazen and Maisie Richardson-Sellers.  Running until 9th June.  Tickets £15.66.  (www.theatreticketsdirect.co.uk).

The Buzz – Bread and Roses Theatre, SW4.  Play by Lydia Rynne exploring issues such as the seduction of fame, celebrity culture and self-authenticity.  Running until 19th May, 7.30pm start.  Tickets £12/£10.  (www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk).

London Sinfonietta:  Beacons – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.  Charlotte Bray, Reflections In Time (UK Premier, London Sinfonietta Commission); Rebecca Saunders, Skin (London premiere); Charlotte Bray, new work (world premiere); Unsuk Chin, cosmigimmicks (UK premiere) et al.  16th May.  Tickets £15/£12.  (www.londonsinfonietta.org.uk).


Katharina Grosse:  Prototypes of Imagination – Gagosian Gallery, WC1X.  Explosive colour rendered directly onto architecture/interiors/landscapes.  Artist’s first major exhibition in London.  Painting as an immersive activity.  Until 27th July.  (www.gagosian.com).

Katharina Grosse’s studio in Berlin. She will be exhibiting for the first time in the UK at the Gagosian Gallery.

Hattie Stewart:  I Don’t Have Time For This – NOW Gallery, SE10.  Visionary artist/illustrator, showcasing one-off experimental art and design.  Fully immersive – viewers get to participate directly with Stewart’s doodle-bombing illustrations.  Until 25th June.  (www.nowgallery.co.uk).

Peckham 24 – Various galleries in Peckham during Photo London Week.  (Opening Night:  18th May at Copeland Park & Bussey Building).  Various innovative artists working with photography.  18th – 20th May.  (www.peckham24.com).

Shape of Light:  100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art – Tate Modern, South Bank.  A MAJOR new exhibition showing the link between abstract art and contemporary photography.  Some real treats here.  See our article for details:  https://arttodaymagazine.com/art-history/2302/tate-modern-shape-of-light.  A must-see exhibition for this Spring!  Showing until Oct.  (www.tate.org.uk).

Susan Collins:  All This Falling – Seventeen Gallery, E8.  2-part exhibition (Drawings series, Dense pencil drawings).  Featuring tarpaulin, inspired by derelict buildings, and demolished interiors.  Until 9th June.  (www.seventeengallery.com).


Photographs – Sotheby’s, London.  Some of the most celebrated names in photography from 20th and 21st centuries. Coinciding with the international photography fair, Photo London, the auction offers the chance for established and first-time collectors to acquire works by some of the most renowned photographers.  Highest estimate – Lot 24 (‘Avedon/Paris, 1978’ by Richard Avedon) £150,000 to £200,000.  17th May, 3.30 BST.  (www.sothebys.com).


[Credits:  Feature Image – Examples of Hattie Stewart’s immersive, experimental illustrations (NOW Gallery); ibtimes.co.uk]


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