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).


King Crimson – London Palladium, W1F.  “Jimi Hendrix saw them at the Marquee in 1969 and declared them to be the best band in the world. In many ways, almost half a century later, they still are.”.  – ERIC THIESSEN, All About Jazz.  Book now for dates in November (2nd & 3rd November).  Tickets: £62 – £99.50.  (thelondonpalladium.co.uk)

Company Wayne McGregor:  Autobiography – Sadler’s Wells, EC1R.  In this striking exploration of memory, choreographer and director Wayne McGregor’s trademark sleek, athletic style combines with live accompaniment from electronic music innovator Jlin.  With his ten dancers, McGregor takes inspiration from his own genetic makeup and the recollections that have played an important part in his life to explore the body as a living archive.  26th to 28th July.  Tickets:  £12 – £32.  (sadlerswells.com)

Bill Bailey:  Larks in Transit – Wyndham Theatre, WC2H.  Latest stand-up routine.  Bailey utilises his many years of travelling between shows to bring some wonderful tales to his fans. After all, with his numerous tours across the United Kingdom and other countries worldwide he is sure to have racked up a range of in hilarious anecdotes.  Book now for dates in December and January.  Tickets:  £26 to £96.  (boxoffice.co.uk)

Bill Bailey performing his latest stand-up routine at the Wyndham Theatre.

Rory Mullarkey:  Pity – Royal Court Theatre, SW1W.  A normal day.A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.What happens next verges on the ridiculous.  There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Azaleas. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities.  And tanks. (Probably).  Age:  14+.  Until 11th August.  Tickets from £12.  (royalcourttheatre.com)

Festivals & Fairs:-

Busspepper:  London’s Biggest Carnival Party:  Bacchanal FridayThe crème de la crème in Caribbean partying, brought to you during the Nottinghill Carnival.  Enjoy DJ Private Ryan (Trinidad), PUFFY (Barbados), DJ Markee (TT/UK) & Shep Beats (BIM/UK) et al.  Hosted by Patrick Anthony – The HYPE MAN & Konata.  Age:  18+.  Book now for 24th August.  Tickets:  £15 – £20 (plus booking fee).  (busspepper.com)

Kaleidoscope Festival – Alexandra Palace, N22 .  A new music & arts festival set high above London at the iconic Alexandra Park & Palace.  Different at every turn.  Music, theatrics, performance, comedy, DJs, parties, good food.  21st July.  Tickets:  £50.75 (adults – 2nd release).  (kaleidoscope-festival.com)


Nelson Mandela: Centenary Exhibition – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1.  *Visited today by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex*.  This exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) and marks the centenary of his birth. It provides insight into Mandela’s journey from young freedom fighter to becoming the inspiration for an international movement against South Africa’s violent and oppressive apartheid system, and an emblem of an ongoing struggle to build a more just and equitable world.  Until 19th August (daily until 11pm).  Free entry.  (southbankcentre.co.uk)

Karen Dodd:  Coral:  Fabric of the Reef – Horniman Museum and Gardens, SE23.  Inspired by the Horniman’s Aquarium and Natural History collection, artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric – dyed and sculpted, and intricately bound and stitched – to draw attention to coral and coral reefs, simultaneously celebrating their beauty and raising awareness of their vulnerability in the face of increasing environmental change.  Until 9th September.  Membership available for £29.  (Horniman.ac.uk)

Historical Baggage:  Glenn Brown and his Sources – British Museum, WC1B.  British artist Glenn Brown (b. 1966) is best known for his paintings which appropriate works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary, transforming them by altering their colours, scale, and context. This small display features a drawing and prints by Brown, alongside the sources that inspired them, illustrating his stylistic development over the last 10 years.  Until 22nd July.  Free entry.  (britishmuseum.org)

‘Children of the Revolution’ by Glenn Brown, c. 2017.  (British Museum until 22nd July).

Aftermath:  Art in the Wake of World War 1 – Tate Britain, SW1P.  This fascinating and moving exhibition shows how artists reacted to memories of war in many ways. George Grosz and Otto Dix exposed the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in post-war society, Hannah Höch and André Masson were instrumental in the birth of new art forms dada and surrealism, Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights returned to tradition and classicism, whilst others including Fernand Léger and C.R.W Nevinson produced visions of the city of the future as society began to rebuild itself.  Until 23rd September.  Free entry to members (otherwise £18).  (tate.org.uk)

David Hoffman:  A Sort of Home:  1970s Whitechapel – Gallery 46, E1.  A personal photojournalistic documentation of life experienced in 1970’s Whitechapel, exploring the rundown nature of the city of London and the strength of its people.

Thomas Garnon:  Rogue Parsley – Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, W10.  Studio 3-month residency final solo show.  Garnon  has been questioning the formal narratives in his work by making objects and drawings that demonstrate fluidity within their own visual identity. Using materials that we encounter on a daily basis, he is creating an open dialogue between the work and the viewer, a dialogue that stems from a tactile, humorous, and emotional familiarity.  20th to 27th July.  (unit1gallery-workshop.com)


The Ferryman Project:  Sharing Works of Art – Tate Britain, SW1P.  A programme of free Tate workshops for museum and gallery professionals which focus on sharing works of art.  The workshop programme and associated bursaries form part of The Ferryman Partnership Programme inspired by the recent acquisition of William Stott of Oldham’s Le Passeur (The Ferryman) 1881 for Tate’s National Collection of British Art.  Various dates & venues (from April to November 2018).  (tate.org.uk)

Kingsgate Summer:  Drypoint Printmaking – Kingsgate Workshops, NW6.  Led by Theresa Pateman.  Suitable for beginners.  Bring lunch, an apron plus your ideas/sketches/photos for inspiration.  Sunday 12th August from 10am.  Tickets £60 (including materials and refreshments).  (kingsgateworkshops.org.uk)

Theresa Pateman (studio resident at Kingsgate Workshops, Shepherd’s Bush, will be running a Drypoint Printmaking workshop this August.


Millinery Trade Show Holiday Inn London, Regents Park, W1W.  By Snoxell & Gwyther (British Millinery).  Spring 2019 Collection plus stock available for immediate delivery.  21st to 25th July.  (snoxell.com)

Edition Gerd Hatje: Contemporary Photographs, Prints & Multiples – Christies Online.  Established to make contemporary art accessible to a wider art-loving audience, over the last two decades Edition Gerd Hatje has worked with renowned artists and emerging talent to offer limited edition photographs, fine art prints, unique works in series, and multiples which reflect the zeitgeist of our times.  Highest Lot Estimate:  Lot 10, £2,500 to £3,500 – HIROSHI SUGIMOTO (B. 1948) Mechanical Form 0046, from the series “Conceptual Forms”, 2005.  19th to 26th July.  (onlineonly.christies.com)





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