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Catfest at Oval Space on Saturday 14 July 2018

A celebration of all things feline, Catfest makes its debut in London, showcasing stylish cat-related products, books and art, cat-themed cocktails, vegan street food, along with meet-greets with feline superstars and inspiring talks from bestselling writers and animal experts. Plus an onsite adoption lounge brought by the beneficiary charity ACE Dog, Cat & Kitten Rescue to help cats in need. 😻

SHOP + PLAY
Festival goers can buy buzz-worthy and hard-to-find cat products and quality food, cat-inspired accessories for people, art and books. Enjoy amazing vegan street food, kitty-themed cocktails and cakes and meet feline superstars.

LEARN + ADOPT
Connect with feline experts and other cat lovers, see cat films and listen to talks from animal experts including BBC’s Big Cats About the House star and bestselling writers Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats) Gwen Cooper (Homer’s Odyssey).

www.catfestlondon.com

Location:
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT

Times:
11pm – 6pm

Price:
£20 book online (includes £2 donation to cat and dog support organisations)

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The London Mastaba at Serpentine Lake until 23 September 2018

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are celebrated for their ambitious sculptural works that intervene in urban and natural landscapes around the world and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites. 😃

This summer, in the heart of London, the Serpentine Galleries presents a major exhibition of the artists’ work, which draws upon their use of barrels to create artworks. Simultaneously, Christo presents The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park 2016 – 2018, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake.

www.serpentinegalleries.org

Location:
Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Times:
10am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Zip Now London at Archbishop’s Park open all summer 2018

The biggest, fastest city centre zip wire in the world in the heart of London. 😱

The zip wire:
New for 2018, Zip Now will be operating THREE 225 meter-long zip wires. This will allow friends and family to ride alongside each other for even more fun and thrills. The wire starts at 35 meters high. To give you some idea, that’s the height of 9 double-decker buses! From the top, you’ll get a whole new perspective on London with views of Westminster and Battersea and much further afield. Zip Wires are suitable for the whole family and require no previous experience or training. You’re clipped in, so don’t need to have a strong grip and can’t fall off.

The mega drop:
The Mega Drop freefall jump is located on the landing tower and allows riders to take a more stylish exit than simply descending the stairs. The Mega Drop requires riders to take a step into the void, with a stomach-flipping freefall followed by a gradual slowing towards ground. It’s a bit like a bungee jump without the bounce. Jump from a height of 15 meters and let Mega Drop catch you. No previous experience or training is required. It’s the perfect ending to your Zip Now experience.

Location:
Archbishop’s Park, Carlisle Lane, Lambeth, London SE1 7LE

Times:
Various

Price:
From £20 book online

Petra Cortright: Pale Coil Cold Angel at Nahmad Projects until 20 July 2018

Solo exhibition by Petra Cortright featuring works in 2D, 3D, and video. The artist presents stone sculptures for the first time in the form of three works carved from white Carrara marble, with a six-metre wide quadriptych being the largest painting by the artist to date. 🎨

A video installation is the latest in her “painting video” series. Cortright is a twenty-first century painter using contemporary tools. The Los Angeles-based artist is a celebrated member of a diffuse group known as “post internet” artists, who explore the effect of digital culture on the development of fine art.

After a series of critically acclaimed webcam performances distributed on YouTube, the artist consolidated her practice by using Photoshop to make paintings using brushes and images mined from internet search engines. Her use of platforms like Pinterest subverts traditionally gender normative content such as flowers and interiors, freeing this imagery into expansive digital landscapes.

The title of the show is also drawn from search terms used online. A final painting is a captured still from a master file that could be modified endlessly, so while her two-dimensional objects are static, they suggest dynamic change in reference to their source.

www.nahmadprojects.com/exhibition/pale-coil-cold-angel-petra-cortright

Location:
Nahmad Projects, 2 Cork Street, London W1S 3LB

Times:
10am – 6pm Monday – Friday

Price:
Free entry

Japan House London open all year round

Japan House is the new cultural home of Japan in London. Presenting the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology, it deepens our appreciation of all that Japan has to offer. Part of a global initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are two other Japan Houses in Los Angeles and São Paulo. 🇯🇵

Japan House aims to provide a forum for creative and intellectual exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, by inviting guests from all backgrounds and with a variety of interests to explore, interact with, and immerse themselves in Japan’s rich and diverse culture.

Located on London’s Kensington High Street, the experience is an authentic encounter with Japan, engaging and surprising even the most knowledgeable guests.

www.japanhouselondon.uk

Location:
Japan House, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

Times:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 20:00
Sunday 12:00 – 18:00

Price:
Free entry

Lee Bul at Hayward Gallery until 19 August 2018

Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin. 👀 😊 🇰🇷

Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’.

For the past three decades, Lee Bul has drawn on diverse sources that include science fiction, visionary architecture and personal experience, whilst making use of deliberately clashing materials that range from silk and mother of pearl to fibreglass and silicone. At the core of her most recent work is an investigation into landscape, which for the artist includes the intimate landscape of the body, ideal or fictional landscapes and the physical world that surrounds us.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/lee-bul

Location:
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Times:
11am – 7pm every day (Thursday until 9pm)
Closed on Tuesdays

Tickets:
From £13 book online

Hex sunrise summer workouts on the Roof at John Lewis Oxford Street until 31st August 2018

Unfortunately this event is cancelled

HEX founders, Chris Timmins and Phil Wilkins have collaborated with ex-army fitness blogger, Olivia Cox to create a workout that will ensure you start the day with an energised hit. All classes take place on the roof! 🥊 🌇

The energising classes will help you blitz body fat and boost your metabolism, while set against the breathtaking panoramic backdrop of the capital’s skyline on one of the city’s biggest landscaped rooftops.

www.hexlife.co.uk/johnlewis

www.johnlewis.com/our-services/roof-garden

Location:
John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX

Times:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7.30am – 8.15am

Price:
£10 per class, book online (last bookable session Friday 29 June)

Juno Calypso: What To Do With A Million Years at TJ Boulting until 23 June 2018

Known for her iconic photographic series of self-portraits in ‘The Honeymoon Suite’, for this new body of work Calypso discovered a surreal and unique location – an underground house in Nevada, USA. 📍 💣

Built by Avon cosmetics founder and director Jerry Henderson in the 1960s, with the advent of the cold war he had decided to take the premise of a bunker in the back yard one stage further. The multimillionaire moved 26 feet underground into a 16,000 square foot luxury space, designed to withstand virtually any disaster and protect from almost any intruder. Above ground the original entrance is a cave-like hole but down below, as befits a Vegas home, there is an all-pink bedroom, crystal and gold fixtures in the bathrooms, a swimming pool, waterfall and hot tub, and hand-painted murals of outdoor scenery on the perimeter of the home and garden. As the interior had never been exposed to sunlight or outside air it was perfectly preserved, with no dust or sun damage on the furniture and wallpaper, and today the home remains in tact and as Henderson and his wife Mary built it. A computerised lighting system simulates daytime, sunset, dusk and night, complete with stars and the moon.

After Jerry died Mary moved to a newly built house directly above ground but died herself shortly after. The underground house is now unoccupied but kept in immaculate condition by a caretaker living alone above ground. As Calypso began her stay, sleeping and working alone downstairs, she immersed herself in the surroundings of the underground house and staged self-portraits in the different rooms. Whilst there she became aware that the current owners were in fact a mystery group with an enthusiasm for immortality. A stash of pamphlets found in the house detailing the latest innovations in cryonics from the 1960s to the present day served as inspiration, adding to the spirit of preservation running through the location’s past and present. What began as a house built off the fortune of a well-known cosmetics company, incorporating the pursuit of beauty and preservation of the living, had since taken a disturbing detour to become an eerie trophy of those who were more concerned with eternal life.

www.tjboulting.com/exhibitionspage/506/what-to-do-with-a-million-years

Location:
TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, London W1W 7EG

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Katharina Grosse: Prototypes of Imagination at Gagosian until 27 July 2018

Widely known for her spectacular in situ paintings, in which explosive color is rendered directly onto architecture, interiors, and landscapes, Grosse embraces the events and incidents that arise as she works, opening up surfaces and spaces to the countless perceptual possibilities of the medium. Approaching painting as an experience in immersive subjectivity, she uses a spray gun, distancing the artistic act from the hand, and stylizing gesture as a propulsive mark. 🎨

In Prototypes of Imagination, Grosse reveals the ways in which painting catalyzes the unfolding of multiple dimensions on a single surface. Following Wunderbild, the imposing processional installation at the National Gallery in Prague, at the center of the exhibition is a single painting of oceanic scale on loose cloth. Working on huge expanses of flat cloth enables Grosse to execute very large-scale works in the studio in response to specific architectural conditions beyond it, in this case the Britannia Street gallery. This new approach creates a bridge between the studio canvases and the in situ paintings that she has been making over the last decade. In this abstract phantasmagoria, with its aqueous layers of vibrant, pulsating color, Grosse’s painterly gestures, and the inverted chromatic zones arising from her use of stencils of vaguely biomorphic form, assert entirely new spatial and temporal transformations.

Grosse continues this approach in works on stretched canvas, many of which contain rectangular fields that slide and tessellate like the windows and tabs of a browser, or dissolve into each other, creating ghostly organic silhouettes. Spatial tensions rise through shifts in chromatic temperature, and with stencils, folds, and other tools she allows for new patterns to emerge. Using stencils to either filter or completely block out areas of negative space, she creates opaque fields to be interrupted by solid geometries and ambiguous transparencies. The result sometimes recalls photograms wherein individual objects are placed on photosensitive paper to produce images using light alone. Here, paint replaces light, as Grosse saturates the exposed fabric with blazing, spectral mists. Each composition bears intimate traces of its creation, such as the smudges of paint where a stencil has been removed, or showers of drips suddenly severed in their resistance to gravitational pull. Surpassing the limits of pictorial logic, Grosse’s paintings are paradigms of vision; just as forms seem to materialize, their edges effervesce, pulling the viewer into their kaleidoscopic force field.

www.gagosian.com

Location:
Gagosian, 6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD

Times:
Tue – Sat 10am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Picturing Forgotten London at London Metropolitan Archives until Wednesday 31 October 2018

London is a restless city, ever changing and evolving. Cranes and building sites crowd the landscape as new buildings rise. Yet traces of our forgotten past peep through on almost every street, whether intentionally preserved or incidentally left behind. Our exhibition uncovers London’s lost buildings, places that were once the toast of the capital or an important part of everyday life, left behind by successive generations of Londoners. Drawings, engravings, photographs, maps and films sit alongside contemporary recollections and bring together a surprising record of the capital, from the 1500s to the twentieth century. 📷 🗺

Picturing Forgotten London will take you on a journey of discovery through the capital’s past. Meet us at the shot tower next to Waterloo Bridge and travel across the river to The Devil’s Acre, a notorious neighbourhood next to the Palace of Westminster. In the East End we’ll visit the gothic magnificence of Columbia Market in Bethnal Green and encounter London’s first Chinatown in Limehouse. In the west we’ll shop at the Soho Bazaar and ride on the Great Wheel in Earl’s Court, before a night of entertainment at Wyld’s Monster Globe in Leicester Square.

From coaching inns to horse markets, riverside mansions to ragged schools, images created by a wide variety of artists, antiquarians and organisations will appear together for the first time to tell the story of London’s forgotten buildings.

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/news-events/Pages/picturing-forgotten-london

Location:
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

Times:
Various check online for details

Price:
Free entry

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