Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden @ Tate Modern / until 10th May 2015


Sun – Thu, 10am – 6pm
Fri – Sat, 10am – 10pm

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £14:50 book online

Marlene Dumas is one of the most prominent painters working today. Her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs – themes you can explore through related events.

‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life, yet life in all its complexity is right there on the canvas. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, even Osama bin Laden. The results are often intimate and at times controversial, where politics become erotic and portraits become political. She plays with the imagination of her viewers, their preconceptions and fears.


Dominic Hawgood: Under The Influence @ TJ Boulting / until Saturday 21st March 2015


Doors: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

@ TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7EG

Free entry

Under The Influence’ explores the blurring of boundaries between fact and fiction, the real and the fake, transforming or subverting what we understand through images and iconography, questioning what we see at face value. In recent years Hawgood has used the religious ritual as a starting point for his explorations, and this series encapsulates in particular performative gestures and objects relating to exorcism ceremonies, held in predominantly African communities in London’s evangelical churches.

At first glance his images are hyper-stylised still life, almost sterile in their depiction of these objects and actions and the peculiar use of advertising in one specific church. Anointing water in a spray bottle, a microphone held by a preacher, ice cubes and a wrist support, are set against backdrops of saccharine colours of the ad-man’s world of consumer culture, designed to lure us in on the sell. But what are we being sold? Advertising sells us the dream and lies to us through a simulated reality, is it at all disturbing or surprising that religion should harness these tactics too?

Inventing Impressionism @ National Gallery / until 31st May 2015


Doors: 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm)

@ National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Tickets: £16 book online

Impressionism is one of painting’s best loved movements, but in its time it was highly controversial. If it weren’t for the efforts of the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel – who tirelessly championed the likes of Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir – many of its greatest works would have never gained precedence.

This exhibition at the National Gallery focuses specifically on Durand-Ruel, fierce advocate and loyal friend of the Impressionists. He became the group’s most courageous backer during the 1870s when their work was still being ridiculed or ignored. ‘Without him’, said Monet, ‘we wouldn’t have survived’.

Ghosts: how we live in the future @ The Fine Art Society Contemporary / until 10th April 2015


Doors: Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm

@ The Fine Art Society Contemporary, 148 New Bond Street
London W1S 2JT

Free entry

A group exhibition of six contemporary artists whose practice looks at the social effects of urban regeneration.

Exploring the failed project of modernism with a special focus on London, through each of the artists’ own perspective and insight. Class and politics are bound up in architecture, and each of these artists explores the current social consequences of urban regeneration.

The title of the show refers to a London that never came to be, to the intentions of Modernism that never quite played out. The idyll of post-war renewal through architecture now leaves itself open to decay, overgrowth and unchecked development. Simply put, this isn’t what the Future was supposed to look like. These artists present the experience of living in the remnants, in a memorial to Modernism, as renewal is replaced by ‘regeneration’.

The subject of regeneration is particularly prescient; some of London’s treasured cultural markers are under threat from an apparently exponential building project.

The recent ‘destruction’ of the Paolozzi mosaics at Tottenham Court Road and closure of Soho’s cultural centres are examples that have raised debate around the threat of homogenisation, which London has always resisted.

These artists react to the phenomenon of the city with particular insight and erudition;it is only fitting that this conversation is carried out at the Fine Art Society, along-time resident at London’s cultural heart.

The Generation of Z: Apocalypse @ Dept W / until 5th July 2015


Tue 6:30pm, 8pm
Wed-Fri 6:30pm, 8pm, 9:30pm
Sat 4pm, 6:30pm, 8pm, 9:30pm
Sun 2:30pm, 4:30pm 6:30pm

@ Dept W, 69-89, Mile End Road, London E1 4TT

Tickets: from £39 book online

It is 2015. London has fallen. The deadly Z virus is transforming the global population into a rabid horde of the infected. With societal structure collapsing, humanity is faced with a desperate battle for survival.

An immersive live experience that puts you squarely into the dark heart of a zombie massacre. With chaos unfolding around you, prepare to be thrust into your very own action movie where your choices directly influence the show’s narrative and outcome. Forget sitting down; this is multimedia storytelling on steroids, with no fourth wall and no interval. Every choice is life or death and survival is in your hands.

The world of The Generation of Z: Apocalypse unfolds within a purpose-built, labyrinthian venue in Dept W on Mile End Road in Whitechapel. The former Wickhams department store is an iconic building in the heart of East London, with its basement spanning over 25,000 square feet. It is here that audiences must attempt to navigate their way through our apocalyptic wasteland.

This is a promenade performance containing moments of extreme shock and tension, realistic depictions of gore and violence, and loud noises. Not suitable for those under 16 years old.

Classic Car Bootsale @ Southbank / Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2015


Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 6pm

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £4 buy on the door (under 12s are free)

Vintage traders sell assorted goodies from the boots of classic vehicles alongside the river Thames.

Vintage-lovers need look no further for a veritable treasure trove for collectors and petrol heads alike. Expect a vintage shopper’s cornucopia with clothing, accessories, household goods, memorabilia and vinyl records.

Browse an impressive selection of classic cars, buses, campervans and bikes, with a rare chance to view Back to the Future’s time-travelling Delorean and Niki Lauda’s Ferrari team van as shown in the film Rush.

The market also features street food and craft beer served from vintage vans, a mobile cocktail bar and DJs playing out of an open-air Routemaster bus, impromptu musical performances, sideshows and street theatre.

Get there early to see the arrival of 150 classic Vespas, expected between 12 noon and 2pm on both days. Plus the first 400 through the door on Saturday will get a free ticket to the evening’s Classic Car Boot Sale After Party at Topolski Bar and Café.

Slinakachu: Miniaturesque @ Andipa Gallery / Friday 13th March until 11th April 2015


Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am to 6.00pm

@ Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London, SW3 2JL, UK

Free entry

Shot in London during different seasons over the past year, Slinkachu’s new body of work draws upon our desire to seek out and recreate the natural world amongst the urban metropolis.

His miniature people, photographed on the streets of London and then left in situ – or “abandoned” – by the artist, explore the hidden enclaves of the wild within our city. Slinkachu captures idyllic glades and green pastures, in reality weeds and moss that appear through cracks in the concrete, and comment on our modern society’s detachment from nature.

The new works employ irony, humour and a healthy dose of reality; despite their fantastical situations, the miniature figures we observe are not so dissimilar to ourselves, living in the shadows between the real and artificial.

Andre Dos Santos Exhibition @ The Print House Gallery / Friday 13th March 2015

TIME AND PLACE:Andre dos Santos

Doors: 10.00-17.00 (Mon-Fri)

@ Print House Gallery, 18 Ashwin Street, Hackney, London, E8 3DL

Free entry

Bronx Series: 13th March – 12th April

Andre Dos Santos has spent the best part of ten years documenting and exploring the streets of New York’s outer boroughs with his two trusty Rolleiflex TLR’s and other vintage medium-format cameras. Having spent three years wandering the often deserted and remote parts of the Bronx, it’s Dos Santos’ photographs of this borough that represent his largest body of work and illustrate the scenery and streets that remain a strong inspiration in his work today.

Royal Opera House live screening season @ May Fair Hotel / until June 2015


Doors: various

@ The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1J 8LT

Tickets: from £29 per person for a performance ticket, programme and a glass of Prosecco in the interval book online

An enchanting evening of classical ballet or opera in the luxurious setting of The May Fair Hotel screening room.

The hotel is partnering with Royal Opera House to offer an unforgettable experience of watching The Royal Ballet Company or The Royal Opera Company perform one of the greatest classics.

Swan Lake (Tuesday 17th March)
One of the most classic love stories of all time for an enchanted night of romance and heartbreak, good and evil, reality and illusion.

La Fille Mal Gardèe (Tuesday 5th May)
Experience an evening of wonder and joy watching ‘La Fille Mal Gardèe’, a ballet of rural bliss laced with good humour that will put a spectacular spring in your step as summer approaches.

La Bohème (Tuesday 10th June)
An evening set in bohemian Paris filled with romance.

Guests are also invited to enjoy a two course set dinner at the May Fair Kitchen. Treat yourself to the dinner and screening package, which also includes a programme and a glass of Prosecco for £49 per person.

The Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity-Waste @ Somerset House / until 10th April 2015


Doors: 10.00-18.00

@ Somerset House, East Wing Galleries, East Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Free entry

The Syngenta Photography Award is a celebration of artistic skill and outstanding photography which aims to draw attention to, and stimulate dialogue around, key global challenges. This year’s award invited professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications responding to the theme of ‘Scarcity-Waste’.

In the past 50 years, our demands on the natural world have doubled. Many of us are barely aware of the fragility of the resources we depend upon for our survival. While resource scarcity is evident everywhere, it sits alongside enormous waste. As nearly one billion people go to bed hungry worldwide, others are wasting over half of the food they buy. The award called for photographs that tell stories about scarcity and waste and the tensions and relationships between them. Photographers, whatever their approach, were invited to interpret this theme to spark dialogue about our changing planet.