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All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain until 27 August 2018

Celebrating the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. 🎨

It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.

Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

£16 book online

A Spoonful of Sherman at Greenwich Theatre from 26 March until 30 March 2018

Singing and dancing through 100 years of Sherman Family music; and you already know all of the songs by heart! 😁 🎶

A compelling musical stage show for all the family, celebrating the life and music of multi award-winning Disney songwriters The Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh), Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman (writer for artists including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald), and present day composer, Robert J. Sherman. Come with us on a journey through the songbook of your childhood!

Hits include:
Let’s Go Fly A Kite!, It’s A Small World (After All), I Wanna Be Like You, The Ugly Bug Ball, Comes A-Long A-Love, You’re Sixteen, Feed The Birds, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Hushabye Mountain, A Spoonful Of Sugar and more!

Have you booked your tickets for A Spoonful Of Sherman yet? Coming to Greenwich from 26-30 March, this smash hit show for all the family includes music from Oscar-winning #Disney songwriters The Sherman Brothers, Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman and present day composer Robert J. Sherman. . ★★★★★ SARDINES MAGAZINE (2018) ★★★★★ WEST END WILMA (2014) ★★★★ THE LADY (2018) ★★★★ THE TIMES (2014) ★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE (2014) . Including songs from MARY POPPINS, THE JUNGLE BOOK, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, ARISTOCATS, WINNIE THE POOH and more! . #greenwichtheatre #greenwich #theatre #london #familytheatre #musical #musicaltheatre #disney #marypoppins #junglebook #sherman #shermanbrothers @royal_greenwich @visitgreenwich @greenwichlondon @greenwichcouk @visitlondonofficial

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Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES


From £19.50 book online

Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain at Two Temple Place until 22 April 2018

Marking 100 years of jazz in the UK, the exhibition explores the impact that jazz had on Britons from 1918. 🎷

Jazz provoked reactions ranging from devotion to abhorrence when the idea, and then the sound, of the music first entered the consciousness of the British public in the aftermath of the First World War. Visiting American groups such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the Southern Syncopated Orchestra offered Britons their first chance to experience the music live.

The exhibition highlights how the new jazz sound in post-War nightclubs and dancehalls provided exciting and dynamic material for British artists. Bold depictions of lively dancers by William Roberts and Frank Dobson, will be displayed alongside the Harlem-inspired paintings for which Edward Burra, one of Britain’s foremost Modernist painters, was well-known.

The growing interest in jazz brought black and white musicians, artists and audiences together, and was crucial in influencing changes in British society, moving from stereotypes descended from the minstrel show to a more nuanced understanding of and interest in African American and black British culture.

The exhibition brings together painting, prints, cartoons, textiles and ceramics, moving film, instruments and the all-important jazz sound, to explicitly examine the influence of jazz on British art, design and wider society.

Two Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD

Monday 10am – 4.30pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 10am – 9pm
Thursday 10am – 4.30pm
Friday 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11am – 4.30pm

Free entry

Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture at ICA until 6 May 2018

A survey exhibition of the independent research agency dedicated to the pursuit of public accountability through scientific and aesthetic means. 🔍

Counter Investigations is a survey exhibition of the work of Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London.

‘Forensic Architecture’ is not only the name of the agency but a form of investigative practice that traverses architectural, journalistic, legal and political fields, and moves from theoretical examination to practical application.

In recent years Forensic Architecture has undertaken a series of investigations internationally into state crimes and human rights violations, spanning events within war zones and instances of politically and racially motivated violence and killing outside of military conflict. These investigations have led to the contestation of accounts of events given by state authorities, affecting legal and human rights processes, giving rise to citizen tribunals and truth commissions, military, parliamentary and UN inquiries.

The work of the agency has responded to the widespread increase in availability of digital recording equipment, satellite imaging and remote sensing technology, alongside platforms for data sharing. While such developments have contributed to the complexity of forms of conflict and control, they have also enabled new means of monitoring. Grounded in the use of architecture as an ‘analytic device’, Forensic Architecture’s investigations employ spatial and material analysis, mapping and reconstruction, and extend outwards to overlay elements of witness testimony and the cumulative forms of visual documentation enabled by contemporary media.

Counter Investigations presents a selection of recent and new investigations by Forensic Architecture. These address cases including the racist murder of a man in Kassel, Germany by a member of a far-right group, and instances of deferred responsibility by state agencies that have contributed to the deaths of migrants at sea in the Mediterranean. As historically contextualised interrogations of contemporary social and political processes, these investigations put forward a form of ‘counter-forensics’. They serve as sites for the pursuit of public accountability through scientific and aesthetic means, in opposition to the monopolisation of narratives around events by state agencies.
The individual investigations presented function as anchors for public events, workshops and discussions, with the exhibition as the physical infrastructure for the curriculum of a short course in forensic architecture.

ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Mon closed
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-9pm

£1 day membership, read more

OpenFest at Barbican from Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 March 2018

Barbican OpenFest is taking over the Centre and surrounding venues and a great place to get orientated and start your day is Level G of the Barbican Centre. There will be activities, events, pop up performances, free exhibitions and talks. 🎉 🎨 🎶

Take the whole family for a fun day out. You’ll find activities and workshops to keep everyone entertained and learning something new while adventuring around the centre and beyond.

Barbican OpenFest is a Culture Mile event in collaboration with The City of London Corporation, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London. Culture Mile is a destination for culture and creativity in the heart of London’s financial district, bringing the area to life with imaginative collaborations and exciting events.

Lots of the festival is free and drop-in, but there are some events that need to be booked in advance. Plan in advance to find events and activities, both free and paid.

Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Mon-Sat 10am-8pm
Sun 11am-8pm

Find events, free and paid. Book online.

Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris at Sprüth Magers until 31 March 2018

The show presents six works from Kauffman’s fertile period of 1966—1971, when he addressed the issues of structure and form in painting, the use of industrial materials, painting’s relationship to the wall, and dematerialisation. His work is contextualised by the inclusion of the stack piece Untitled (Bernstein 80-4) (1980) and the floor piece Untitled, DSS 234 (1970) by Donald Judd and the two felt works Untitled (1968) and Fountain (1971) by Robert Morris, as well as supplemental materials from the Kauffman archives. The exhibition presents the three artists together for the first time in Europe, and is Kauffman’s debut exhibition with the gallery in London. 😍

Although primarily known as a Los Angeles based artist, Craig Kauffman had a long history of engagement with the New York scene. In 1967, Kauffman relocated to New York, encouraged by the successes of his recent exhibitions in the city. While there, he began a friendship with Donald Judd, the artist who coined the phrase “specific objects” to describe his own work, a format which operated between painting and sculpture. Like the work of Judd, Kauffman’s three-dimensional plastic paintings occupy this liminal category. Their volume suggests that they are sculpture, but their presence on the wall reinforces their status as paintings. The unity of colour and form, achieved through the use of industrial materials, is another point of similarity between the two artists’ objectives.

Kauffman’s move to New York also reignited his friendship with Robert Morris, whom he had met in San Francisco ten years earlier. Their frequent discussions resulted in a short lived collaboration for the exhibition Using Walls (Indoors) at the Jewish Museum in 1970, which remained open for only one day, and which Kauffman described as a combination of both of the artists’ ideas. Only a few years prior, Morris begun making process-oriented felt pieces, in which he hung strips of industrial felt on the wall and allowed gravity to determine their shape. This influenced Kauffman’s conception of his series of Loops, in which sheets of spray painted Plexiglas seem to casually droop over a wire.

In Kauffman’s work, the environment constantly shifts as the viewer moves around each object. The light that moves across the curved edges of each piece facilitates the full comprehension of their forms. This draws comparisons to Morris’s own textual formulations in his influential Notes on Sculpture series, which advocated a phenomenological reading of the art object, how they change under varying conditions of light and space. The coloured shadows of the hanging Loops and the cast plastic forms that project into space directly implicate both the viewer and their supports.

Two of the earliest works from 1966 demonstrate how Kauffman addressed some of the issues which were important to Minimalist art and theory: seriality, industrial multiples, and anonymity. But where the New Yorkers’ opted for material and formal austerity—Kauffman’s supple plastic works were coloured and full of curves.

This exhibition is curated by Frank Lloyd, and follows Craig Kauffman: Works from 1962 – 1964 in dialogue with Francis Picabia and Marcel Duchamp, Sprüth Magers debut of the gallery’s representation of the Estate of Craig Kauffman in Berlin in 2016. The show is timed to run concurrently with the gallery’s Los Angeles presentation of Robert Irwin, who, along with Kauffman, was a major force in the definition of art from Los Angeles in the 1960s.

Sprüth Magers, 7 Grafton Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4EJ

Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

Free entry

Rudie’s Jamaican restaurant now open at Boxpark Shoreditch

Thanks to Rudie’s for hosting us at their new streetfood sister restaurant in Boxpark. It was the perfect opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with contemporary Jamaican dishes and our old friend Rum Punch. 🍹

The unit is located upstairs at Boxpark above the row of trendy shops. It’s covered, music is provided and there are even USB ports at all the tables you can top yourself up with some punch and jerk chicken along with your power hungry phone.

We tasted their delicious sweet potato fries, calamari, chicken and some goat of course! The space has a casual lively atmosphere ideal for lifting your mood. A bar’s located on the floor but you should try a traditional soft drink, rum or Guinness punch.

It’s great to see the Rudie’s expanding and introducing a modern approach to Jamaican food and drinks. Visit on your next outing to Shoreditch or locals, just pop in and take away!

Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY

Mon-Thu 12-10pm
Fri-Sat 12-10:30pm
Sun 12-8pm

WOW: Women of the World at Southbank Centre until 11 March 2018

Celebrating women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. 👭

Around the world, individuals and communities are insisting on the simple proposition that women and girls must have equal rights and asking the question: why is gender equality taking so long?

Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival is a global network of festivals which provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better.

In the year that marks the 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and when #MeToo shook the world, we bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more for the 8th annual WOW London at Southbank Centre.

Southbank Centre Artistic Director Jude Kelly launched WOW – Women of the World in 2010 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, as a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face, where hundreds of women’s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded.

In response to an overwhelming demand Southbank Centre have been fostering a growing global network of festivals. Already in four other countries WOW is scheduled to spread to four more next year, and throughout the same across the UK.

The ethos of WOW is to create a festival for everyone. It is bold and broad-based in its approach, both lively and serious, and feeds the demand to discuss anything and everything. It brings people together from all corners of society – both speakers and audience members – energising and providing the inspiration and tools to make change.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX



Guinness St Patrick’s Day at Street Feast Hawker House on 17 March 2018

Guinness, street food, RUGBY – Street Feast is teaming up with Guinness this St. Patrick’s Day to bring the Six Nations to Hawker House for an epic match-day bash. 🏉

Gather your mates, grab a seat in the stadium-style grandstand and get ready for action as we watch all three games of the NatWest Six Nations live finale, including England vs. Ireland, on a massive LED screen. Expect Guinness on tap, big competitions, plus a world-beating line-up of street food traders serving delicious grub on the touchline.

Whether you’re a rugby fan, a Guinness fan, a street food fan, English or Irish, don’t miss out on this big St Paddy’s Day showdown.

Hawker House, Canada Street, London SE16 7PJ

From 12pm

£5 including a pint of Guinness! Book online.

Rachel Howard: Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa at Newport Street Gallery until 28 May 2018

Religion, repetition, mortality and violence – particularly controlled violence – are enduring themes in Howard’s work. These fourteen, large-scale paintings are accompanied by a small 2005 study of Ali Shallal al-Qaisi, the Iraqi detainee who was photographed being subjected to torture at the hands of American soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. When these now-infamous images of Ali Shallal al-Qaisi – hooded and standing on a box in a cruciform position – were released in 2004, Howard took particular note of the box. She explains: ‘The box is almost like a plinth – I was thinking about the cross, the Crucifixion, and how it related to this box as a twenty-first century place of horror, humiliation and human rights atrocities, and I couldn’t help but connect the two.’ As one moves between the Stations, the box variously emerges, or appears almost submerged in the paint, before eventually vanishing. 🖼

In order to create these semi-abstract paintings the artist applied vast swathes of household gloss paint to the canvas. Howard allowed the pigment and varnish to separate in the paint can and then allowed gravity to influence the direction of the medium in its two forms, building layer upon layer of poured paint. The form of each painting was thus determined by a combination of the weight and viscosity of the paint, precision and chance.

Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm

Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Free entry

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