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Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers at The Photographers’ Gallery until 3 June 2018

Drawn from the extensive personal archives of filmmaker and photography collector Sébastien Lifshitz, this exhibition of amateur ‘found’ photographs from Europe and the US explores gender non-conformity and cross-dressing. Dating from 1880 onwards, the photos are mostly of unnamed and unknown figures – having been mainly collected from flea markets, garage sales, junk shops and ebay – and as such offer an unauthorised view into the worlds of individuals and groups choosing to defy gender conventions. 📷

Lifshitz’s initial collecting impulse was a fascination with the vernacular documentation of cross-dressing; his criteria to accumulate photographs, which showed men dressing as women and vice versa. As the collection grew, he began to trace both commonalities and differences between the images, which proposed a much more nuanced exploration of cross-dressing culture, not least by offering an opportunity to interrogate the assumptions we make about gender. The exhibition also includes exclusive images of Marie-Pierre Pruvot (born 11 November 1935) the celebrated Algerian-born French transsexual woman who performed under the stage name Bambi, before becoming a teacher, and who was the subject of an award-winning documentary by Lifshitz in 2013.

Brought together, the photographs reflect a range of styles and attitudes from theatrical, defiant, shy, proud, subversive and understated; showing individuals and groups from different classes, professions, genders and nationalities, whose only commonality is that they dared to play with dress codes in front of a camera, even if unable to do so in public.

Sébastien Lifshitz was born 1968 in Paris, France. An avid collector of photographs and an award-winning film director, his films have included Wild Side (2004), featuring a transsexual heroine and Bambi (2013), a documentary about France’s most celebrated transsexual woman.

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/under-cover-secret-history-cross-dressers

Location:
The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW

Times:
Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 18.00
Thu: 10.00 – 20.00
Sun: 11.00 – 18.00

Price:
Free admission before noon every day
£4 (£2.50 concessions) Exhibition Day Pass
£2.50 online booking

Litcoin: Poundland Bandit Meme Exhibition and special guests at Camden Assembly on 25 May 2018

For Summit 2 they venture down the path of ‘high’ culture, showcasing some of the finest contemporary art the world has ever seen. Honoured to welcome the lovechild of Banksy and Mona Lisa: POUNDLAND BANDIT. 💷

Whilst there will be a Poundland Bandit exhibition on the top floor, showcasing the finest memes on T’s and canvas, the first two floors will again consist of full fat riddims with VERY SPECIAL GUESTS spinning the fire nigel tune-age with Poundland hosting the night.

RSVP on Facebook

Location:
Camden Assembly, 49 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AN

Times:
22:00 – 3:00

Tickets:
£5 book online

Classic Football Shirts Pop-Up Shop until Sunday 29 April 2018

The Fabric of Football London exhibition by Classic Football Shirts is displaying over 500 of the greatest and most unique football shirts to ever grace the pitch. ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️

RSVP on Facebook

www.classicfootballshirts.co.uk/fabricoffootball

Location:
30 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH

Times:
Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm

Price:
Free entry

Tate Lates at Tate Modern on Friday 27 April 2018

This month’s Uniqlo Tate Lates celebrates creativity in learning, both within the museum and beyond its boundaries. Join us for an eclectic mix of art, music, film, drop-in workshops, pop-up talks and street food. 🎨 🎶

MUSIC PROGRAMMED BY NTS RADIO

DJs Lizza, Organ Tapes and Tommy Gold play the Turbine Hall. Plus hear music in the Terrace Bar until 23.00 from DJs Baadnews, Derrick Gee and Janie Jones.​

PANEL TALK: INDUSTRY CREATIVITIES

19.45–20.30, Starr Auditorium

Broadcaster Gemma Cairney in conversation with Shu Hung, head of Uniqlo’s Global Creative Lab, Tim Hunter, BAFTA’s Director of Learning and New Talent, and Women Who founder Otegha Uwagba. They discuss how creative industry leaders can collaborate with artists and work together to foster creative talent.

Please note this talk will require a free ticket, available to collect from 17.30 on the day from the Level 0 Ticket Desk

SCOTTEE’S CRASH COURSE: HOW TO BE AN ARTIST

Join Scottee for fast-paced, frantic and helpful advice. Short, sharp and brutally honest lectures cover everything from self-promotion to schmoozing 101 to navigating nonsense and nurturing self-care.

ZIP PRESENTS NOBODY’S BUSINESS (CARDS)

A skills swap salon with soulful sounds, hosted by Zezi Ifore. Some of the best creative partnerships happen on the dancefloor, come and meet your next creative collaborator.

UP. DOWN. START. STOP

An audio-visual installation using voice and light boxes that you can contribute to through an open mic. Produced by Shepherd Manyika and Belinda Zhawi and activated by young people.

AUTHOR TALK: ROD JUDKINS

19.30–20.30, Terrace Bookshop

Join Rod Judkins for a discussion about the importance of ideas, inspired by his books The Art of Creative Thinking and Ideas Are Your Only Currency. Alongside short illustrated talks, take part in drawing sessions to inspire unconventional thinking.

Please note this talk will require a free ticket, available to collect from 17.00 on the day from the Terrace Bookshop

CREATIVE LEARNING THROUGH THE ARTS

Join teachers, pupils and artists in Tate Exchange to journey through the 5 Creative Habits of Mind, a teaching method that underpins the ground-breaking Lead Creative Schools scheme.

LISTENING LOUNGE: WHERE DOES INSPIRATION COME FROM?

Grab some headphones to hear artists, musicians and writers unravel some of the myths around creativity. Hear how to unlock the powers of invention, jot down ideas or put your feet up and enjoy a Tate podcast.

UNIQLO 10 MINUTE ART TALKS

Look out for staff and volunteers from across Tate, who will be sharing their personal insights into works from the collection in just 10 minutes each.

COLLECTION CONVERSATION

Got an opinion about the art in Tate Modern? Join lively conversations around key artworks.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Time:
6pm – 10pm

Price:
Free entry

Circus – Past, Present & Future at V&A on Friday 27 April 2018

Roll up, roll up! To mark 250 years since London was first dazzled by the circus, join this Friday Late to experience acrobatics and artistry from the Big Top and beyond with this collaboration between Roundhouse CircusFest and the museum. 🎟 🎪

Watch live performances, explore rarely seen archives from the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Collection, and hear from those making an impression on and off the highwire as they push their bodies and their artforms to new limits.

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

Location:
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Times:
6:30pm – 10pm

Price:
Free, make sure you arrive early!

426㎡ at StolenSpace Gallery until 29 April 2018

A group show featuring the creative talents from skateboarding and beyond. ‘426㎡’ will dissect and explore the ever present relationship between skateboarding and art, giving us an intimate look at it’s DIY nature. 🤟

There is little wonder why so many skateboarders make art. Both outlets serve similar purposes, they offer the access to freedom of expression and can both be solitary activities; the onus is on you to create, nobody else. ‘426㎡’ is a reflection of the community itself. The work conveys a diverse understanding of what it means to make art and how we as skateboarders don’t limit ourselves to any medium or subject matter. From Arran Gregory’s abstract use of geometry to Jon Horner’s playful characters, the art of skateboarding is as multifaceted as the culture that inspires it. ‘426㎡’ will display this diversity of creation in a two week exhibition, showcasing some of the most well respected artists and illustrators from skateboarding and beyond.

Contributing artists; Andrew Pommier, Arran Gregory, Artista, Ben Gore, Blondey McCoy, Chet Childress, D*Face, Darren John, Domas Glatkauskas, Ed Templeton, Eloise Dorr, Fos, Ged Wells, Glen Fox, Goldie, Gregory Conroy, Gaurab Thakali, Haroshi, Jack Pearce, James Jarvis, Jeremy Jones, Jon Horner, Liisa Chisholm, Lucas Beaufort, Luka Pinto, Mark Gonzales, Matthew Bromley, Nick Jensen, Oko, Pontus Alv, Rainyrainforest, Shepard Fairey, Will Sweeney, Zin V.

www.stolenspace.com/portfolio_page/llsb-426m2
www.llsbdonate.com

Location:
StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, London UK E1 6TD

Times:
Monday closed
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am – 6pm

Entry:
Free

Unrestricted View Film Festival at The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar until 29 April 2018

Unrestricted View is delighted to announce the 2018 programme for its North London Film Festival. Launched in 2016, and following two very successful years, the 2018 Unrestricted View Film Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before. 🎬 🎥

This year, the festival is expanding beyond The Hen & Chickens Theatre and the addition of two new venues (Everyman’s Screen on The Green and The Vintage Mobile Cinema) will help to fully establish the festival as a notable cultural event across Islington. With the The Hen & Chickens Theatre set to be the bustling core of the week-long event, the pub below will serve as the networking and meeting place for filmmakers and fans alike.

Awards:
Best Feature
Best Foreign Feature
Best Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Web Series
Best Documentary
Best Documentary (Short)
Best Director
Best Actress (Feature)
Best Actress (Short)
Best Actor (Feature)
Best Actor (Short)
Best Score
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Best Art Direction
Best Make Up/Costume

www.uvff.co.uk

Locations:
The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar, 109 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA
Vintage Mobile Cinema at The Alwyne Castle
Screen on the Green, 83 Upper Street, London N1 0NP

Times:
Various times

Tickets:
Various prices, book online

Pitch Stratford at Stratford open all summer

Welcome to your new back yard. Pitch Stratford serves up chilled alfresco vibes and a jam-packed events schedule in a vibrant (and weather-proof) urban garden setting. 🌇 💁‍♀️ ☺️

Featuring street food, fully stocked bar and a giant screen for sports and films.

They’re running extended opening hours over the summer, particularly between 14 June and 15 July, when they’re hosting lots of FIFA World Cup screenings. ⚽️

Thursdays (from May onwards)
A wide range of fun activities to get stuck into. You can go alone or with friends and join in with anything from the Summer School series (all your favourite elementary school classes, redesigned for adults) to big-screen video games, double-date nights and East London’s freshest pub quiz.

Fridays
Celebrate the end of a hard week’s graft with a few after-work drinks (and a big party after). Go straight from the office with colleagues, then get your mates to join in later. Food and drink is of course served throughout and, when the music stops at Pitch, you can head across the road to the secret new speakeasy.

Saturdays
Family-friendly street food lunches, themed party nights – and a good few hours’ worth of open-air eating and drinking in between. During the day, you’ll find even more great street food than usual. A unique Saturday night is planned each week to see things interesting!

Sundays
The perfect day for brunching and they’re serving outside in the sunshine, along with DJs to boost the Ibiza vibe in the unlikely event of clouds.

www.pitchstratford.com

Location:
Pitch Stratford, 2 Bridge Terrace, Stratford, London E15 3FF

Times:
Friday 4pm – 11pm
Saturday 12pm – 11pm
Sundays 12pm – 11pm

Price:
Free entry

John Chamberlain: ENTIRELYFEARLESS at Gagosian until 26 May 2018

Chamberlain’s distinctive metal sculptures, often made of crushed and torqued automobile steel, reveal both the stately grace and the expressive plasticity of industrial materials. Exploring the interplay of color, sheen, weight, and balance, Chamberlain taps into the dynamic energy of Abstract Expressionism, the pre-manufactured elements of Pop and Minimalism, and the provocative curves and swells of high baroque. 🚗

In this exhibition, large-scale floor sculptures and wall-mounted works made over the course of four decades attest to the seemingly infinite variations of shape and color that Chamberlain explored throughout his career.

The centerpiece, ENTIRELYFEARLESS (2009), towers over the viewer, its scrunched red sides bracketed by car bumpers in shiny silver chrome. As fluid as folded drapery, and arresting as a marble monument, it subverts expectations of both abstraction and representation, while exuding a subtle figural quality. In BISHOPBUDD (2009), a nest of twisted metal strips sits atop a huddle of larger contorted planes of black and white steel—the robust, doming form recalling both an elegant tree and a menacing mushroom cloud. Chamberlain fostered a keen appreciation for poetry during the year he spent at Black Mountain College in 1955, and began to consider language as an integral part of his aesthetic approach. His dynamic titles—usually in all caps without spacing—often act as semiotic echoes of the sculptures themselves.

www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/john-chamberlain

Location:
Gagosian, 17–19 Davies Street, London W1K 3DE

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Price:
Free entry

CircusFest at Roundhouse until Sunday 6 May 2018

CircusFest celebrates the future of circus: daring and diverse, punky and poetic. 🎪🎟

From the spectacular to the intimate, the festival showcases the point where circus collides with theatre, dance, live art, film and even virtual reality.

Always innovating and evolving, circus has come a long way since its beginnings. 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the invention of modern circus, by entertainment entrepreneur Philip Astley. His show was a hit, and a new art form was created.

Founded in 2009, CircusFest is London’s biennial international festival of contemporary circus taking place at the Roundhouse and partner venues across London.

RSVP on Facebook

www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2018/circusfest-2018

Location:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London NW1 8EH

Times:
Various

Price:
Various, book online (book two or more shows and save 15%)

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