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

David Nicholls @ Foyles – Charing Cross / Wednesday 20th May 2015


Doors: 19:00-20:00

@ The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT

Tickets: £5 reserve your place online

Following on from the hugely successful, bestselling One Day, David Nicholls appears at this exclusive London event to present the new-in-paperback Us.

Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker, Us is the touching, tragi-comic story of one Douglas Petersen a fifty-something man with questionable social skills, awakened in the middle of the night by his wife as she tells him that their marriage is over. Narrating their last family tour of Europe the protagonist’s final gambit to keep hold of his increasingly distant wife and teenage son and the early days of their meeting and courtship, Us is a hilarious, eminently readable tale of marriage, parenthood, travel and time.

Visit and get inspired by a man of many talents, and a creative whose work straddles multiple forms, as he discusses the origin and impact of Us.

One of Us: House on the Haunted Hill @ St Matthews Church and St Pancras Clocktower / through April 2015


Doors: various

St Matthews Church, Saint Matthew’s Row, London E2 6DT

St Pancras Clocktower, St Pancras Chambers, Euston Road, London NW1 2AR

Tickets: from £15
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Frederick and Annabelle Loren invite you to a “Haunted House” party. Whoever stays in the house for one night will earn a £1,000,000.

Guests will enjoy an hour and a half of entertainment before being treated to a screening of William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill.

Those in attendance are invited to dress to impress in late fifties and early 60s attire.

Performances include Saint Matthew’s Row, a church dating back to 1743 that sits above 80,000 graves and the gothic George Gilbert Scott designed St Pancras Clock Tower Chambers.

Circocolombia: Acelere @ Roundhouse / until Sunday 3rd May 2015


Doors: various

@ Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH

Tickets: from £15 book online

Circolombia took the Roundhouse by storm back in 2011 with their explosive debut show Urban. They now return with the UK premiere of a much-anticipated new production Acelere.

This is no ordinary circus company. The sheer power of the performers, coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks on stage delivers world-class, gravity-defying performances that you’ll never forget.

Inspired by Colombia’s diverse communities Acelere features 12 of the most talented performers from across Colombia. Mixing spectacular circus with dance and an original soundtrack, it’s set to fill the Roundhouse with the same infectious energy that left such a huge impression on audiences and critics back in 2011.

All of the artists trained and graduated at the National School of Circo Para Todos (“Circus For All”) that supports the most vulnerable, at risk young people in Colombia through circus training. The young company includes some of the most revered circus performers in the world. They’ve been on an incredible journey to be part of an even more incredible company.

The Color Run @ Wembley Park / 7th June 2015


Starts: 15:00

@ Wembley Park, London

Tickets: from £24 sign up

The Color Run 5k is coming back to Wembley Park! The only question is: Are you ready for the craziest, most colourful 5k of your life? You bet you are.

Run the colourful course solo or even better – take your friends along! See you all squeaky clean at the start line!

Race rules:

Rule #1
All participants are welcome… fast, slow, runner, walker, old, and young.

Rule #2
White shirt dress code at the official start line and ready to roll!

Rule #3
Completely colourful Willy-Wonka goodness at the finish.

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden @ Tate Modern / 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.

Mac Conner: A New York Life @ House of Illustration / until 28th June 2015


Doors: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: £7 book online

Featuring over 70 original works by McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America’s golden age of advertising.

This is the first time the work of one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men’ has been the subject of a major exhibition in the UK.

In the 1940s – 1960s, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines and helped shape the image of postwar America. One of the influential group of commercial artists at the heart of Manhattan’s thriving advertising and publishing scene, Conner’s hand-painted illustrations capture the style and spirit of a pivotal era in American history.

Mac Conner: A New York Life will present Conner’s published work alongside reference photos and preliminary designs, a selection of fiction stories accompanied by illustrations from Conner and his contemporaries, advertising tearsheets for major clients such as Ford, United Airlines and AT&T, correspondence letters with editors and art directors and more – presenting a window on the dynamic world of the illustrators who created the look of a generation.

BP Spotlight: Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon @ Tate Britain / until June 2016


Doors: 10am – 6pm

@ Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG


Tracey Emin’s installation My Bed 1998 returns to Tate Britain after it first came to public attention when shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition.

It is displayed there alongside six of the artist’s recent figure drawings, as well as two oil paintings by Francis Bacon selected by Emin. Her installation, as Bacon’s paintings do, retains a strong sense of the lived presence and memory traces of past events.

By virtue of bringing the domestic into the public sphere, without directly representing specific events, My Bed is forcefully and compellingly suggestive of personal narratives.

Best known for making works that convey experiences and events from her own life by using a range of media, read Tate’s introduction to Tracey Emin to find out more about the artist in her own words.