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NYE with Hackney Colliery Band @ Pop Brixton / 31st December 2016 🎉

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:00-03:00

@ Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ

Tickets: from £5 book online

www.popbrixton.org

Pop Brixton invites you to embrace the madness and join on a journey that promises to shake up your senses and warp your mind.

Explore your wilder side with a fantastical onslaught of sound, colour, touch and performance as Pop Brixton transforms into a twisted parallel paradise.

They’ll be ramping up the energy in the main square with a four corner sound system, dimming the lights for an immersive light show and welcoming Nubiyan Twist for a DJ set with a surprise live twist. Out of this world performers will weave through your evening whilst the fierce sounds of Hackney Colliery Band take over the big stage!

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Gavin Turk: Who What When Where How & Why @ Newport Street Gallery / until 19th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

@ Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Free entry

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/gavin-turk-who-what-when-where-how-why

The exhibition spans twenty-six years of the artist’s career and features over seventy works. Includes new and previously unexhibited work on display throughout Newport Street’s six gallery spaces.

Since emerging onto the London art scene in the early 90s, Turk has dedicated much of his career to exploring notions of authorship, identity and value. Engaging in the central modernist debate initiated by Marcel Duchamp, Turk’s varied work appropriates both familiar everyday objects and instantly recognisable artworks by towering figures of twentieth-century art such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Giorgio de Chirico.

Turk’s deployment of his own image is similarly central to his oeuvre. Identity Crisis (1994), first shown in the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Young British Artist’ exhibition in 1995, imagines a Hello!magazine cover featuring the artist with his family. Pop (1993), meanwhile,sees a life-sized waxwork of Turk inhabiting the pose of Warhol’s Elvis in the guise of English punk musician Sid Vicious. This complex study of celebrity icons and the commodification of culture was included in the Royal Academy’s seminal ‘Sensation’ show in 1997.

This survey – the first major UK exhibition of the artist’s work to be presented since 2002 – features the iconic Cave, a commemorative blue plaque installation Turk exhibited in his 1991 Royal College of Art degree show. A series of ‘Signature’ works, in which Turk uses his own name as a form of ready-made in order to examine ideas surrounding origin and authenticity, are also included. The signature of the artist, traditionally the valued hallmark of authority and provenance, recurs throughout ‘Who What When Where How and Why’, emerging from the canvases of Turk’s Pollock paintings; the abstract expressionist artist’s paint splatters exchanged for innumerable ‘Gavin Turk’ signatures.

Layers of art historical allusion and ‘recycled’ references inform Turk’s work elsewhere, as in his interpretations of Warhol’s ‘Elvis’ and ‘Disaster’print series, and with Pipe (1991), a liquorice version of the traditionally-male smoking instrument – cast in bronze – that plays on Magritte’s famous The Treachery of Images (1929), whilst simultaneously referencing van Gogh. Influenced by artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Turk’s skillful manipulation of materials is evident throughout the show, for example in his exquisitely-cast bronze rubbish bags, and with the major sculptural work Ariadne (2006–2014). This large-scale bronze playfully casts the classical female figure, reimagined in Giorgio de Chirico’s surreal paintings, as if she is made of crudely carved polystyrene, further debunking the fetishized art historical form.

Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies @ Imperial War Museum (IWM) / until 8th January 2017 🎬

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm every day

@ IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Tickets: £10 book online

www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/real-to-reel-a-century-of-war-movies

Go behind the scenes of some of the most iconic war films which have captured the imagination of cinema-going audiences for generations.

This major exhibition explores how film-makers have found inspiration in compelling personal stories and gripping real events from wars of the past century. See how film-makers have used war’s inherent drama to translate stories of love and loss, fear and courage, triumph and tragedy into blockbusters for the big screen.

For the first time, Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies brings together a unique combination of film clips, costumes, props, scripts, sketches and designs, alongside original archival material and artefacts from IWM’s Collections.

Spanning decades and featuring over 200 objects, the exhibition includes items from films such as The Dam Busters, Where Eagles Dare, Apocalypse Now, Battle of Britain, Das Boot, Casablanca, Jarhead, Atonement and War Horse.

Delve into the historic events and experiences that have inspired the movies. Look at the man behind the myth in Lawrence of Arabia, through to the real events of D-Day which were vividly recreated in Saving Private Ryan.

Crafty Christmas Markets @ Dogstar Brixton / until Sunday 4th December 2016 🎁

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am-5pm

@ Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LQ

Free entry

www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

Shop local this Christmas and support independent designer makers at this great Christmas market in the trendy Dogstar pub!

Guest curator Zoe Pearson, UK Marketing Manager for Pinterest.

David Bailey: NW1 @ Heni Soho / until 31st January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

@ HENI, 1st floor, 6-10 Lexington Street, London W1F OLB

Free entry

www.henipublishing.com

David Bailey had lived in Primrose Hill and Camden for nearly 30 years when he decided to capture the shuttered cinemas, boarded railway arches, crumbling Victorian facades, dormant car parks and advertising hoardings before they disappeared from view entirely. In 1982, when NW1 was first published, it reflected an already vanishing landscape: viewed now, Bailey’s photographs are even more portentous and poignant.

David Bailey was born in 1938 in Leytonstone, East London. After working as fashion photographer John French’s assistant, he published his first portrait of Somerset Maugham for ‘Today’ magazine in 1960 before meeting the model Jean Shrimpton whilst at Vogue. Bailey has exhibited worldwide, the first of his landmark exhibitions in 1971 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Internationally renowned, Bailey has produced some of the most famous photographic portraits of the last five decades.

NoFit State Circus: BIANCO @ Big Top Southbank Centre / until 22nd January 2017 🎪

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday–Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2:30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm

@ Southbank Centre, Big Top, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £25 book online

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on

Marvel at a dramatic live contemporary circus performance from NoFit State. An immersive promenade show directed by Firenza Guidi, it takes place above, behind and all around a standing audience, with a constantly evolving narrative set to a pounding soundtrack performed by a live band.

Ai Weiwei: Fondation @ Lisson Gallery / until 7th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday-Friday 10am–6pm
Saturday 11am–5pm

@ Lisson Gallery, 27 & 52 Bell Street, London NW1 5BU

www.lissongallery.com/exhibitions/ai-weiwei-fondation

In his third exhibition with Lisson Gallery London, following his acclaimed exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015, Ai Weiwei returns to the UK with two installations that promote discussion and dialogue. The works illustrate Ai’s standing as one of the most important contemporary artists working today but also his use of social media and new technology to advocate for social and political justice.

Ai Weiwei’s immersive work Fondation (2015) made its debut as part of ‘Brève histoire de l’avenir (A Brief History of the Future)’ at the Louvre in Paris last year and was recently on view as part of the group exhibition ‘The Silent Echo’, the first contemporary art exhibition to be held at the sprawling archaeological site of Baalbek in Lebanon. On display for the first time in the UK at Lisson Gallery, Fondation makes use of stone foundations from centuries-old Chinese halls, from which column bases have been extracted and assembled in a monumental grid-like formation that sprawls over eight metres of gallery space.

Intended as a contemporary equivalent to the Greek agora, a public place of assembly and discussion, visitors are invited to sit upon the bases of the pillars and reflect on the future. The historical aesthetic of the work is also a metaphor for Ai Weiwei’s use of social media as a platform to engage international audiences on salient issues irrespective of time and place. The installation will be used as an actual site for dialogue and debate as part of a performative discussion with leading artists, curators and activists, which will be streamed live on 8 December. The work also references an ongoing motif in the artist’s work, the lamentation of destruction in the name of progress, which is evident in his new series of cast-iron root and branches on display at Lisson Gallery New York from 5 November until 23 December 2016.

Fondation is shown alongside 258 Fake (2011), an installation of 12 monitors that displays a slideshow of 7,677 photographs. In many ways, the work represents Ai Weiwei’s first foray into the world of social media. Drawing largely on images from his blog, which was shut down by authorities in 2009, the work depicts life at Ai Weiwei’s studio between 2003 and 2011, from the mundane to the extraordinary, the inane to the deadly serious. With the sheer number and quick rotation of images – each monitor changes every three seconds – one’s experience of the work can never be the same. Whether images of a wide-eyed cat or pictures of the rubble from Sichuan’s devastating earthquake in 2008, the unique presentation of the work and speed of distribution reflect both the immediacy and transient experience of social media, while simultaneously questioning the validity of knowledge generated through digital photography and the internet.

A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution @ William Morris Gallery / until 15th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-5.45pm (Fri 10pm)

@ William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP

www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on

An exhibition looking at a century of posters agitating for political change. From the Suffragette campaigns of the early twentieth century, to the Arab Spring, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

Presenting around seventy posters drawn from the national poster collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Showcasing the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives it will include new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest in the UK, Russia and the Middle East.

Making or displaying a poster is in itself a means of taking political action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. The show will feature posters made by the Atelier Populaire during the student protests in Paris in 1968, as well as examples from the Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions.

The exhibition will also host artist Ruth Ewan’s ‘A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World’, an on-going collection of over 2000 idealistic or political songs collated by Ewan and disseminated via a CD jukebox.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Weekend Open @ Design Museum / until Sunday 27th November 2016 (then open for good!)

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Saturday 10:00-20:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

@ The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG

www.designmuseum.org

Join the Design Museum as it reopens its doors in a stunning new home in Kensington, west London. Featuring free workshops, installations, talks and performances for all ages.

Be the first to see the opening exhibitions – Beazley Designs of the Year and Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World exhibitions.

Beazley Designs of the Year £10 booking online recommended this weekend!
Now in its ninth year, Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

Fear and Love £14 booking online recommended this weekend!
Reactions to a Complex World presents eleven new installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today.

Tate Lates and Friday Late @ Tate Modern and V&A / Friday 25th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tate Modern 18:00–22:00
V&A 18:30-22:00

@
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

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

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

Tate Lates
Experience the gallery after-hours with a vibrant mix of art, film, music, talks, and workshops

They’re turning the volume up on London’s creative talent with a monthly event that will change your experience of Tate Modern.

There, you’ll find emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, discover pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and hands-on activities and workshops. Or simply enjoy the space, the music, the views and the delicious food and drink offers. Uniqlo Tate Lates are free and open to all.

V&A lates
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.

What does it mean to augment your reality? From VR to the rise of AR, 2016 has seen our virtual and physical worlds collide like never before with game design leading the way. Let us distort your reality across a host of arcades, workshops and playful interventions that welcome you into new worlds.

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