Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector @ Barbican Art Gallery / until 25th May 2015


Sat–Wed: 10am–6pm
Thu–Fri: 10am–9pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 12–6pm

@ Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tickets: £12 book online

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists.

While some artists are connoisseurs, others accumulate hoards of objects, never letting anything go. Many live with and make direct use of their collections and others keep them under wraps or in storage. Collecting objects for research and study is key to the practice of many artists in the exhibition. Presented alongside examples of their work, their collections, in turn, help to elucidate their art.

Featured artists:
Peter Blake
Hanne Darboven
Edmund de Waal
Damien Hirst
Howard Hodgkin
Dr Lakra
Sol LeWitt
Martin Parr
Jim Shaw
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Andy Warhol
Pae White
Martin Wong/Danh Vo

London Marathon: spectator info @ central London / Sunday 26th April 2015


From: 09:00-early afternoon

@ Various locations Free

Official information to help friends and relatives going to support runners. Including the best viewing points along the marathon course.

The downloadable PDFs below feature maps of the entire route and a detailed map of the finish area – along with info on where you should meet your loved ones after the race.

Map 1
The first six miles: Blackheath – Woolwich – Greenwich

Map 2
Miles seven to 22: Greenwich – The Tower – The Isle of Dogs

Map 3
The home stretch, Miles 23 to the Finish: London Bridge – The Mall

Map 4
The Finish area

Map 5
The complete set (all four of the above maps)

Secret 7″ @ Somerset House / until Sunday 3rd May 2015


Doors: 10am-6pm

@ Somerset House, Terrace Rooms, South Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Free entry

Annual project that brings music and art together for a good cause, has returned for 2015 bigger and better than ever before.

As with years gone by, the list of contributors for 2015 reads like a who’s who of the most culturally important artists, designers and creatives around. Notable contributors include Sir Peter Blake, Yoko Ono, Julian Opie, David Shrigley, Martin Parr, Sir Paul Smith, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Urs Fischer, Bob & Roberta Smith, Modern Toss, Tatty Devine, Paul Insect, Bompas and Parr, Pure Evil, Stanley Donwood and Goldie to name a few.

All these and hundreds more have created bespoke, one-of-a-kind sleeve designs for seven iconic tracks.

Pop Up Screens: Science Flicktion @ Chelsea Old Town Hall / from 15-17th May 2015


Doors: various

@ Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Tickets: £18 or £12 for students book online

Watch your favourite sci-fi flicks joined by scientists and comedians to discuss the science involved in the Alien, Apollo 13, Terminator 2, Shaun of the Dead and Good Will Hunting.

Before each film starts there will be a short introduction answering some of the big questions like why zombies can’t run or why face huggers hug, and then the commentary will continue into the films when the movie is paused and the scientist explains the science of exactly what you’re seeing on screen.

Women Fashion Power @ Design Museum / until 26th April 2015


Doors: 10am – 5.45pm

@ Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Tickets: £13 (entry to the museum, three exhibitions) book online

Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition brings together exclusive interviews, an immersive multimedia journey and unique historic pieces of clothing to form the most wide-ranging presentation of modern fashion ever to be shown in the UK. Discover how women from Dame Vivienne Westwood to Natalie Massenet and Princess Diana to Anne Hidalgo have used fashion as an important tool of self-expression and empowerment to build reputation, attract attention and assert authority.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay @ Tate Modern / until 9th August 2015


10.00–18.00, Sunday – Thursday
10.00–22.00, Friday – Saturday

@ Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Level 3, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £16 book online

Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and became the European doyenne of abstract art.

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, she celebrated the modern world of movement, technology and urban life, exploring new ideas about colour theory together with her husband Robert Delaunay.

This will be the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic practice across a wide range of media. It will feature the groundbreaking paintings, textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career, as well as the results of her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.

Much Ado About Nothing @ Bridewell Theatre bar / Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th April 2015


Doors: various

@ Bridewell Theatre bar, Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ

Tickets: £10 book online

A unique setting for a tale of confusion, romance and disguises in which soldiers returning from the Middle-East to discover that all is fair in love and war. Especially when love needs a little push…

The bar environment emphasises the soldiers priorities of having a cold beer and catching up or in some cases, making up with those left behind.

This modern and energetic production places the audience amongst the action of Shakespeare’s finest comedy, as they sit in the bar, sharing the same space as the characters while the story unfolds before them.

The pub setting, mutually familiar to performers and audience alike, creates immediacy, truth and relevance. At the same time, it dismantles any pre-conceptions of elitism or loftiness.

The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District – book competition

From James Rebanks, the Herdwick Shepherd, comes The Shepherd’s Life, a story of the Lake District and its people which could redefine the literature of rural life

Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn’t. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years.

Win a copy of the book by emailing and telling us what your favourite farm animal is.

The competition is open to over 18s, you must live in London or nearby and you have until midnight Sunday 26 April 2015 to enter. Good luck!

Converse x Dazed: Emerging Artists Award @ Royal Academy of Arts / until 17th May 2015


Sat to Thu 10am–6pm
Fri 10am–10pm

@ Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London W1J 0BD

Following their success together in previous years, Converse and Dazed have partnered once again for the fifth annual Emerging Artists Award.

This year’s exhibition of new work by our five finalists had now launched at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts and is open for visitors from 18 April. With all our finalists at the forefront of experimental practice, this show of fresh faces reshapes the contemporary art landscape.

Los Carpinteros @ Parasol Unit / until 24th May 2015


Monday: by prior arrangement
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 12–5 pm

@ Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

Free entry

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is presenting an exhibition of works by Cuban art collective, Los Carpinteros (Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez).

This exhibition, the duo’s first major show in a public London institution, includes extensive installations, sculptures, watercolour drawings and a film screening, which aim to explore and interrogate the functionality of architecture, design and the everyday object.

The deftly crafted -and often humorous- installations and sculptures made by Los Carpinteros may appear whimsical at first, yet every piece has an element of political commentary, mostly related to their personal experience and context. This dichotomy provides a vast resource with which they can be both playful and critical. Often described as ‘interrogative art’, their work examines the relationship between art and society, form and function, practicality and frivolousness.

Los CarpinterosInstallation viewParasol unit foundation for contemporary art2015Photo: Jack HemsCourtesy of Parasol unit

Posted by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art on Saturday, 11 April 2015