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 Queen will once again attend her birthday-celebration parade – Trooping The Colour – on 9th June.

Festivals & Fairs:-

Trooping The Colour – Horseguards Parade, Whitehall, SW1A.  1,600 soldiers & 400 musicians take part in the famous parade to mark the Queen’s birthday.  Saturday, 6th June.  Standing room tickets only £2.  (qbp.army.mod.uk)

DIY Art Market – Copeland Park & Bussey Building, SE15.  Showcasing over 70 emerging/established artists, designers & independent publishers.  Art prints, ceramics, zines, independent publications, risograph & screen prints, jewellery and art books.  2nd June, 11am to 6pm.  Free admission.  (diyartmarket.com)

The Film Fair – Conway Hall, WC1R.  Movie memorabilia fair with star guests Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me); Emma Dark (Seize The Night); Martine Beswick (Thunderball) and Carole Ashby (Octopussy).  9th June, 10.30am to 4pm.  Tickets £5.  (conwayhall.org.uk)

Splayed Festival:  An Eruption of Disruptive FemininitiesThe Place, Duke’s Road, WC1H.  Subversive, unruly and experimental artists disrupt ideas of gender, desire and power.  Response to growing urgency within dance to challenge ideas of female power.  Curated by dance artist Amy Bell.  Includes London premiere of Violence by Glasgow-based performance artist FK Alexander (Over The Rainbow – Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016).  6th to 9th June.  See website for individual event ticket prices.  (theplace.org.uk)

‘Over To You’ by Howard Hodgkin, c. 2015 – 17.  His last works will be exhibited at Gagosian from 31st May.


Howard Hodgkin:  The Last Paintings – Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, W1K.  Exhibition of the late, contemporary painter’s last paintings, including 6 that he completed in India just before his death.  Opening Reception – 31st May, exhibition – until July 28th.  #HodgkinLastPaintings.  (gagosian.com)

Lee Ufan:  Relatum – Stage – Serpentine Gallery, W2.  Sculptural commission installed outside the gallery in Kensington Gardens until 29th July.  Showcases the artist’s ongoing exploration of materiality and difference.  (Gallery itself closed for installation until 7th June.).

Ed Ruscha:  Course of Empire – National Gallery, WC2N.  Modern take on the cyclical nature of civilization.  Evocative of Thomas Cole’s series of the same name.  From 11th June to 7th October.  Free entry but donations welcome.  (nationalgallery.org.uk)

Ocean Liners:  Speed and Style – Victoria & Albert Museum, SW7.  Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world’s greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and find out how these impressive vessels helped shape the modern world.  Until 17th June.  Tickets £18.  (vam.ac.uk)

BP Portrait Awards 2018 – National Portrait Gallery, WC2H.  The most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world, representing the very best in contemporary portrait painting. First prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000.  Exhibition from 14th June to 23rd September.  Admission free, donations welcome.  (npg.org.uk)

Artists’ Film International – Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, E1.  Rosa Barba, Robertas Narkus and Jokūbas Čižikas, Danielle Dean.  Considering the theme of truth and relationship between fact and fiction in international artists’ films.  Until 3rd June.  (whitechapelgallery.org)

Education, Classes & Workshops:-

London’s First Breast Painting Experience – Funzing, Hoxton St, N1.  A body-positive workshop to ‘help us fall in love with the human body temples our souls reside in’.  Breasts are not only perfect but can be used to create art!  Everything by invitation only – you do not have breast paint if you don’t feel comfortable.  Meditation, dance and discussion.  Tickets £15.  Adults only.  31st May, 7pm to 9.30pm.  (uk.funzing.com)

Boris Kniaseff:  Barre a Terre Contemporary Ballet – Canada Water Studios, SE16.  60 mins of floorwork followed by 60 mins Contemporary Centre, using the Barre a Terre methods learned.  Saturdays, 1.45pm to 3.45pm.  £17/£14 per session.  Cash/card accepted on the day.  Wear socks!  (barreaterre.com)

Hegemony Now:  Power in the Twenty-First Century – Doomed Gallery, Dalston, E8.  Guest speaker – Alex Williams discussing key concepts & analyses from forthcoming book.  Relationships between culture, politics, economics and technology as per Gramsci’s theory of hegemony.  5th June, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  (doomedgallery.com)

Emmeline Pankhurst arrested outside the gates of Buckingham Palace during a Suffragette protest. The Royal Academy will host a panel discussion on 11th June, discussing the value a locale assumes once a historic protest has taken place there.

Sites of Sabotage:  A History of Protest – Royal Academy of Arts, W1J.  Panel presented by Historic England & the RA discussing the heritage value of places which have been targeted by protesters.  Speakers include:  Professor Krista Cowman (Prof of History and Director of Research, Univ of Lincoln); Emily Gee (London Planning Director); Stewy (artist & author of life-sized stencils of psycho-geographically-placed British icons).  11th June, 6.30 to 8pm.  Tickets £15/£9.  (tickets.royalacademy.org.uk)

Performance & Music:-

SI’s Mixtape – B2B Songs Inspired by The Situationists – Grow, Hackney, E9.  Music evening with playlist representative of the 1968-formed group The Situationists (avant-garde artists, writers & poets).  Free entry.  (GrowHackney.co.uk)

Kevin Davy:  Eat Your Greens – Jam in a Jar, N8.  World-renowned trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader who has toured extensively with Finley Quaye, Lamb, Adam F Lemn, Sissay’s Secret Society et al.  6th June, 8.30pm to 11pm.  (Facebook:  @jaminajar.co.uk)


Russian Art Auction – Christie’s, St James’s.  Highest Lot – Lot 52, ‘A Dancer In Spanish Costume’ by Alexandre Iacovleff (1887-1938).  Sanguine and charcoal on paper laid down on board.  GBP 400,000 – GBP 600,000.  4th June.  (christies.com)

Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale – Sotheby’s, London.  Dynamic selection of works encompassing important examples of French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, German Expressionism and British Modernism.  Includes ‘Village au bord de la Mer’ by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, c. 1890. 20th June.  (sothebys.com)

Homes and Interiors Auction – Bonhams, Knightsbridge.  Includes Lot 15 ‘Deux Orientales a Alger’ by Benjamin Roubaud (1811 – 1847) – oil on canvas.  £1,000 – £1,500.  6th June.  (bonhams.com)


[Credits:  Feature Image – ‘Relatum – Stage’ by Lee Ufan (thevanderlust.com); zimbio.com; capitalbay.com]








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