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).

Festivals & Fairs:-

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: A model walks the catwalk during Nicopanda show the London Fashion Week Festival February 2018 on February 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images)

London Fashion Week Festival – The Store Studios, 180 Strand, WC2R 1EA.  Tickets from £45 (Silver) to £200 (Luxe Plus) are on sale now for Autumn catwalk shows.  20th to 23rd September.  (londonfashionweekfestival.com)

Jam On Rye Festival – Straker’s Road, Peckham Rye, SE15 3UA.  The one-day gigantic flavour clash will bring together three stages of reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz alongside an incredible street food lineup to celebrate sound system culture and the city.  David Rodigan, Mungo’s Hi-Fi et al.  Tickets £30 (children go free).  28th May. (festicket.com)

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair – Freemasons Hall, WC2B.  Pre-loved designer fashion, wedding outfits, beachwear, menswear, accessories.  3rd June, 11am to 5.30pm.  Early bird tickets £4.  (billetto.co.uk)

Antiques Anonymous – Church St, Marylebone.  80 antiques & art dealers plus live-entertainment, music, street food and exhibitions.  Last year’s event saw over 5,000 visitors!  Free entry.  24th June, 11am to 5pm.  See our article here: https://arttodaymagazine.com/advertisement/2517/antiques-anonymous-comes-to-town


60 Years of The Mousetrap! – St Martin’s Theatre, WC2H 9NZ.  The longest-running show of any kind in a British theatre, The Mousetrap! celebrated its 60th birthday in November 2012.  Daily performances (matinee & evening).  Tickets from £19.50.  (uk-themousetrap.co.uk)

Roberta Jean:  Brocade – Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebury Avenue, EC1R.  Poetic response to historical and contemporary notions of craft and physical work. Created in collaboration with, and performed by, an exceptional ensemble of female dancers including Stephanie McMann, Helka Kaski and Laura Dannequin, this intimate piece also features live music by Angharad Davies.  31st May, 1st June.  Tickets from £17.  (secure.sadlerswells.com)


Joan Jonas:  A Pioneer of Performance – Tate Modern, SE1 9TG.  Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades.  For the first time, a single artist’s work is explored in the exhibition galleries, in film screenings in Starr Cinema and installations in the Tanks – an experimental exhibition for an experimental artist.  Until 5th August.  Tickets £13/£12 (cheaper if booked in advance), members go free.  (tate.org.uk)

All Too Human:  Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life – Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG.  Celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.  Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego.  Until 27th August.  Tickets £19.50/£18.50 (reduction if purchased in advance).  (tate.org.uk)  See our article here:  https://arttodaymagazine.com/galleries/1931/tate-all-too-human

Another Kind of Life:  Photography on the Margins – Barbican Art Gallery, EC2Y 8DS.  Countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds.  20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day.  Casa Susanna Collection, Paz Errazuriz, Pieter Hugo, Mary Ellen Mark and Dayanita Singh.  Tickets £13.50 (members go free).  Until 27th May.  (barbican.org.uk)

Surface Work – Victoria Miro, Mayfair, W1S 1FE.  An international, cross-generational exhibition of women artists who have shaped, transformed, influenced and expanded the art of abstract painting.  Suzanne BLANK REDSTONE, Betty BLAYTON, Lygia CLARK et al.  Until 16th June.  (victoria-miro.com)

‘Azulejao’ (Moon) by Adriana Varejao, c. 2018. Part of the ‘Surface Work’ exhibition at Victoria Miro.  On now!

Degree Show (Art) – Central St Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross.  Challenging historical and ever-changing norms. Spanning fine art in all its forms, Show One ranges from painting to photography and installation to sculpture.  Until 27th May.  Free entry, no booking required.  #csmemerge.  (arts.ac.uk/csm)

Lea Cetera:  Expanding Brain – Southard Reid, 7 Royalty Mews, W1D 3AS.  Sculpture, video and performance, amalgamated into installation.  Using techniques taken from theatre and film-making to address constructed identities and the psychological spaces we create and operate within.  Until 30th June.  (southardreid.com)


Art On Paper – Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD.  Weekend-long art business course led by RA experts.  This course provides a professional perspective on their collection of works on paper, their care and display, now and for future generations.  Tickets £360 – includes all materials, light refreshments at the beginning of each day, and a wine reception.  26th & 27th May, 10am to 5pm.  (royalacademy.org.uk)



[Credits:  Feature Image – Paz Errázuriz. From the series La Manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1983 (Barbican Press Room); London Fashion Week Press Office; art-agenda.com; sadlerswells.com]



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