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Secret Cinema Presents: 28 Days Later @ secret location / from 14th April 2016 until 29th May 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 6pm and noon matinees

@ Secret location

Tickets: from £55 book online

www.secretcinema.org/tickets/28dayslater

Secret Cinema is taking over London in the original setting of Danny Boyle’s zombie horror epic 28 Days Later.

As ever, the venue and location is secret. You can expect an incredible immersive theatrical experience where you are as much of the setting as the actors and fake blood!

Scrap your post-work run, make a trip to Homebase for a collection of spades and run around London terrified without other bloody fans.

Absolutely unmissable, tickets are selling very fast so book now.

Botticelli Reimagined @ V&A / until 3rd July 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10.00-17.45

@ Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Tickets: £15 book online

www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-botticelli-reimagined

This innovative exhibition will explore the enduring impact of the Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) from the Pre-Raphaelites to today. The exhibition is organised by the V&A and the Gemäldegalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is recognised as one of the greatest artists of all time. His celebrated images are firmly embedded in public consciousness and his influence permeates art, design, fashion and film. However, although lauded in his lifetime, Botticelli was largely forgotten for more than 300 years until his work was progressively rediscovered in the 19th century.

Telling a story 500 years in the making, Botticelli Reimagined will be the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930. Including painting, fashion, film, drawing, photography, tapestry, sculpture and print, the exhibition will explore the ways that artists and designers have reinterpreted Botticelli. It will include over 50 original works by Botticelli, alongside works by artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, René Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.

Hand Maid @ Hoxton Arches / until Wednesday 9th March 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
12pm – 7pm

@ Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street, London E2 8HD

Free entry

www.wearesweetart.com

Hand Maid will be Sweet ‘Art’s third exhibition in aid of International Women’s Day and will be following a Sweet ‘Art tradition of hosting fun, challenging, interactive and inclusive exhibitions to mark IWD.

Showcasing the work of local and international artists exploring the themes of femininity, feminine identity and women’s day. Works will celebrate, critique and reflect notions of femininity in our society and internationally, created by artists identifying as any gender.

Along with exhibiting a selection of artworks, from the beautiful to the provocative, Hand Maid will also be an inclusive and fun art experience for visitors attending the show and the opening reception, that is set to be another awesome arty party following Sweet ‘Art tradition, including interactive artworks, workshops and fun and exciting freebies and surprises.

In addition there will also be a program of feminist films during the course of the show. Join for a vagina cupcake and a Sweet ‘Art punch in celebration and solidarity!

Mark Wallinger ID @ Hauser & Wirth / until 7th May 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am–6pm (Tuesday–Saturday)

@ Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

Free entry

www.hauserwirth.com

Debut solo exhibition featuring new paintings and multi-media works. In this exhibition, Wallinger encourages a contemplation of the self within a society in which behaviour and personal identity come under increasingly closer scrutiny.

Wallinger utilises Sigmund Freud’s terms, id, ego and superego in an interrogation of the psyche, the self, and the subject. The work examines how, as human beings, we operate between our instinctual urges, our attachment to our identities, and the ways in which we judge ourselves as members of a certain culture.

Entering into the North Gallery, the first work is ‘Ego’ (2016). Two iPhone photographs depict the hands of their creator: the artist Mark Wallinger. The work, doubly hubristic, is a playful recreation of Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’.

The remainder of the gallery is devoted to a new body of work: the id Paintings. According to Freud, the id, driven by the pleasure principle, is the source of all psychic energy. The paintings are the record of actions that appear to be intuitive and guided by instinct, thus echoing the primal, impulsive and libidinal characteristics of the id. These monumental paintings have grown out of Wallinger’s extensive self-portrait series and they reference the artist’s own body. His height – and therefore his arm span – is the basis of the canvas size. They are exactly this measurement in width and double in height. Wallinger uses symmetrical bodily gestures on the two halves of the canvas to mirror one another. This recalls the bilateral symmetry of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ and more explicitly the Rorschach test. Created by sweeping paint-laden hands across the canvas in active freeform gestures, the id Paintings bear the evidence of their making and of the artist’s encounter with the surface. In recognising figures and shapes in the material, the viewer reveals their own desires and predilections while trying to interpret those of the artist.

In the South Gallery, the visitor is confronted initially by a new sculptural work, ‘Superego’ (2016). In contrast to the id the superego acts to perfect, civilise, control, and suppress our behaviour. ‘Superego’ is an entirely mirrored form inspired by the revolving New Scotland Yard sign. This sign itself is a brand, a logo, and seat of authority. It is the all-seeing eye omnipresent and omniscient. Its constant rotation symbolises the ceaseless energy and vigilance of the police. Through the abstraction of this symbolic totem, Wallinger produces an enigmatic symbol of dominance. The sculpture’s reflective surface offers the promise of our own self-reflection and recognition. Here however, the mirrors revolve implacably above the viewer’s head. Their purview is remote and inaccessible.

‘Ever Since’ (2012) is a life-sized projection of a barber’s shop front. The only thing that appears to be moving is the barber’s pole outside. Closer inspection reveals the truncated progress of the second hand of the clock inside. Two seconds loop endlessly. The way that we perceive movement in film is different to the way we perceive moving objects in real life, since film images do not really move at all. Displaying a series of consecutively photographed still images, in quick succession, creates apparent motion. The barber’s ever rising red and white spiral is an illusion, yet here it can be seen as an illusion of ‘endlessness’. One revolution of the pole lasts two seconds. It is a silent film of time passed that is forever passing.

For ‘Shadow Walker’ (2011) Wallinger captures his shadow walking along Shaftesbury Avenue. The shadow moves fluidly over passing strangers and slides up and down the kerbstones. It navigates the chewed gum, spilt alcohol and worse. Before long it assumes an autonomous existence as ‘real’ as the artist’s actual body. His creation becomes a modern-day version of Peter Pan’s lost shadow.

Wallinger’s new video work, ‘Orrery’ (2016) takes as its subject the New Fairlop Oak in the centre of Fullwell Cross roundabout in Barkingside. This tree was planted in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain to commemorate the legendary Fairlop Oak that had stood for centuries in Hainault Forest. ‘Orrery’ takes its name from the mechanical model that articulates the positions of the planets and moons. Within the gallery, the work is presented on four screens mounted on stands representing the four seasons, reiterating the pedagogical nature of the Orrery.

The work was created using an iPhone blue-tacked to the driver’s side window. In this way the tree is presented in a revolving dance within the constancy of the frame. The oak tree on its island is a cameo of Britain destined to rotate in its tiny orbit endlessly. As the world around the tree revolves, the sun moves across the screen. This revolution of a municipal roundabout in Essex becomes a contemplation of the orbit of our planet around the sun and our place in the universe.

Moët & Chandon @ Code Nast College of Fashion / from 21st March until 3rd April 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, 16-17 Greek Street, London W1D 4DR

Tickets: £45 book online

www.moethennessy-selection.co.uk

Following the success of its inaugural educational and immersive pop-up in London last year, Moët & Chandon is once again returning with the Moët Academy showcasing new and inspiring experiences.

Taking place at the Condé Nast College, Soho, you will be transported through the vineyards and cellars of Moët & Chandon in an exciting immersive 360° virtual reality experience. Discover the Champagne region, the history of Moët & Chandon and the science of blending and maturation to create the world’s most loved champagne.

During the 90 minute experience, you will be guided through a virtual and immersive experience from grape to glass. Hosted by wine gurus Susie Barrie, Peter Richards, Jane Parkinson and Simon Stockton, you will learn more about the Champagne region, its vineyards and grape varieties.

You will discover how champagne is made and differs in style from sparkling wines. Following this, you will be invited to taste the full Moët & Chandon range to showcase winemaking styles, of which, a unique preview of the Grand Vintage Rosé 2008 that will be released later in the year.

Performing for the Camera @ Tate Modern / until 12th June 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sun–Thu 10am–6pm
Fri–Sat 10am–10pm

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £14.50 book online

Serious performance art, portraiture, or just simply posing for the camera? What does it mean to perform for the camera?
Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, and today’s trend for selfies.

With over 50 seminal photographers on display, the exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony. It shows how photographs have captured performances by important artists including Yves Klein and Yayoi Kusama, and ground-breaking collaborations between photographers, performers and dancers. It looks at how artists including Francesca Woodman, Erwin Wurm and others have used photography as a stage on which to perform, and how figures from Cindy Sherman and Hannah Wilke to Marcel Duchamp and Samuel Fosso have used photography to explore identity.

From marketing and self-promotion, to the investigation of gender and identity, to experiments with the self-portrait, Performing for the Camera brings together over 500 images shown in series, including vintage prints, large scale works, marketing posters and artists working with Instagram. It is a wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.

Radio: Friday Late @ V&A / Friday 26th February 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 18.30-22.00

@ Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/f/friday-late

Broadcast live at the museum, February’s Friday Late presents to you Radio V&A. Go and hear broadcasters, DJs, producers and radio art activists take over the museum airwaves as they investigate the history and culture of radio.

From a vital mode of communication to a bite size podcast, explore the iconic medium through oral histories, radical programming and sonic installations.

The original contemporary late night event. An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Broadcast live from: http://player.resonancefm.com

Nina Conti: In Your Face @ Criterion Theatre / until 12th March 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Time 7:30pm (Saturday matinees 3pm)

@ Criterion Theatre, 2 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 4XA

Tickets: £15 book online

www.ninaconti.net

After a total sell out national tour, sold out Edinburgh Festival Fringe run and two sold out winter dates in the West End… Nina Conti performing until March!

In addition to seeing her exceptionably entertaining take on ventriloquism, you will also experience the rare treat of an entirely unique, one-off performance – because In Your Face is almost entirely improvised.

In Your Face sees Nina use the skills and wit for which she is loved, to bring a new comedy experience to the West End. Strap into the mask as Nina gets In Your Face, creating a different show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience.

Nina has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without even moving her lips.

With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea @ Sanderson London / Mother’s Day idea and year round

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday-Saturday 12:30-4pm
Sunday 1-5pm

@ Sanderson London, 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG

Tickets:
£58 Mother’s Day weekend (wth champagne and chocolates) book online

www.morganshotelgroup.com

Tumble down the rabbit hole for the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and enjoy all the splendour of a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea.

Discover menus hidden inside vintage books, teapots adorned with kings and queens, sandwich plates decorated with birdcages, carousels and ticking clocks upon which rest savoury, specialty sandwiches. Classic Cucumber, Goat Cheese Croque-Monsieur, White Crab Eclairs are all created for our guests with specially selected ingredients to delight the senses.

The ending is as divine as the start. Choice is unending, but a few hints follow forthwith… Scones are sinful, the red velvet Ladybird Cake inspires tears of culinary joy, and time stops when tasting our chocolate-coated, coffee-flavoured Pocket-Watch Macaroons. The star attraction, however, is our collection of Sanderson-Exclusive Teas.

In celebration of the anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Sanderson has introduced five new, tailor-made teas inspired by the characters from the story. “Alice” has transformed into China Black Tea infused with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, blue cornflowers and blue mallow flowers. Oh, it’s tea time!

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art @ Somerset House / until 10th April 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm (late night Thursdays and Fridays until 9pm last admission 8:15)

@ Somerset House, Strand London WC2R 1LA

Tickets: £6.50 book online

www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/out-there

Historic England’s first major exhibition, tells the story of key public art created between 1945 and 1985, the exhibition follows the fates and fortunes of site-specific sculptures and reliefs by pioneering artists, focussing on works that will be listed by Historic England. Work by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ralph Brown, Geoffrey Clarke, William Mitchell, Elisabeth Frink and Paul Mount are all featured. Out There celebrates England’s fascinating yet forgotten national collection of public art. Many pieces have been lost, damaged, moved or even destroyed, others saved, celebrated and widely loved.

Out There also hosts work from private collections, on public display for the first time. Visitors to the exhibition are also able to gain a closer look at Trevor Tennant’s 1963 architectural relief designed for the entrance hall of Welwyn Garden City’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, which was rescued by a resident doctor. Plus an ambitious fibre glass architectural relief by Paul Mount, which once clad a supermarket in Falmouth, and was saved from a skip by an enthusiast with a large garage.

Out There examines the aspirations, role, design, commissioning and legacy of sculptural art for public spaces and buildings. They were designed by artists to create a utopian sense of shared experience, possibility, and hope for the future. The story of these works are told through original architectural models, maquettes, photographs, drawings and letters. The influence of the Festival of Britain, the London County Council’s art patronage scheme, early Arts Council sculpture exhibitions, art commissioning in Harlow New Town and the patronage of developers are also explored. The exhibition also highlights the risks to post-war public art and debates its future by looking at its conservation and protection. Images of works that have sadly disappeared are also featured, in the hope that some one ‘out there’ might know their whereabouts.

Historic England has been assessing post-war sculpture across England to build a better picture of the best examples of late 20th century sculptural art works. The exhibition coincides with the announcement of a number of new listings, and therefore protection, of public art.

The accompanying education programme to the exhibition includes tours of public artworks, an academic study day with leading researchers in the field and a workshop for custodians of public art. The Royal Academy will host a debate on the future of public art where contemporary artists, historians and commissioners of public art will be brought together.

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