Gaiety Is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union: New Art from Russia @ Saatchi Gallery / until 5th May 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Open: 10:00 – 18:00 daily

@ Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Free entry

www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

The Stalin quote in the title sets the tone for this show, an often humorous look at Russia which doesn’t shy away from confronting the country’s darker elements.

Young and emerging artists rub shoulders with established figures in the Saatchi Gallery’s first display dedicated to Russian art.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is Boris Mikhailov’s Case History, a series of 413 photographs documenting the disintegration of his local community following the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Tournament Tuesdays @ Ping / Tuesday 12th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Registration at 19:00
Tournament starts 20:00

@ Ping, 180 – 184 Earl’s Court Road, London SW5 9QG

Free entry and free to enter!

www.weloveping.com

Think your the greatest at ping pong? Even if you don’t get involved with Ping’s Tournament Tuesdays for free. If luck is on your side you may win £100, if luck isn’t you’ll have a fun anyway.

Remember it’s a doubles competition so make sure you pick wisely to have a chance to win!

Light from the Middle East: New Photography @ V&A / until 7th April 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Open daily 10:00 – 17:45
Friday 10:00 – 22:00

@ V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

www.vam.ac.uk

The exhibition showcases the work of 28 artists from 12 different countries including internationally established practitioners such as Abbas (Iran), Youssef Nabil (Egypt) and Walid Raad (Lebanon), and emerging talents including Taysir Batniji (Palestine), Shadi Ghadirian (Iran) and Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia). The work on display covers a wide range of techniques and subject matter, from photojournalism to staged or digitally manipulated imagery.

One of Us: Whitechapel @ private residence / Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Performances:
18:00-19:00, 19:30-20:30 and 21-22:00 (Saturday and Sunday)

@ 20 Sidney Square, Whitechapel, London E1 2EY

Tickets: from £3.50 book online

www.twitter.com/OneofUsWchapel

Jack the Ripper, the Cray Brothers, the Elephant Man, the Asylum are all built into the rich historical tapestry of this corner of London. Given this inspiration One of Us has united artists and performers in a Georgian townhouse in Whitechapel to creative an immersive experience Be transported through a postmodern mish mash of eras into our macabre fantasies.

Performances include:

Absolution
‘Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…’ It’s stressful being one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, to remain shrouded in mystery for all eternity and to haunt an era’s nightmares. And Jack needs to get it off his chest.

Enough of Us
We are consistently buffeted by recycled advice that contradicts itself and the natural inclinations of any human heart. We are the future and the court jesters, we are desired and yet derided for not enjoying this attention. Lurking above your head will be the streamers of prescribed wisdom for the mythologised generation

Make It Nice
Watch preparations for a timely soiree executed with a keen and critical eye. Perfection is imperative. Accuracy of utmost importance. Nothing can go wrong.

Nightmare on Sidney Square
Daniel is having recurring nightmares influenced by the Gothic fearmonger Edgar Allen Poe. One day he wakes up in the nightmare realm to the mysterious Lucius who tries to get to the surreal bottom of why he is lost in these disturbing dreams.

Nekromantia
Be transported by the power of scent to the deathbed of a poor soul in Victorian England and through to the other side: her second coming.

Boundary Creatures
Physically bound, what are we to each other? We share nothing but space.

Interview
Come into our office. We want to ask you some questions.

a number of names* & GARBSTORE Sample Sale @ 20th Century Theatre / from Friday 8th March to Sunday 10th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 8th March noon – 19:00
Satuday 9th March 11:00 – 19:00
Sunday 10th March noon – 18:00

@ 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

Free entry

Get your spring wardrobe in fashionable order with the hottest brands and ridiculous prices in one of the coolest areas of west London.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it as soon as the doors open… There will be daily restocks!!!

Brands:
Garbstore, Billionaire Boys Club, ICECREAM, Bee Line, aNYthing, Gourmet, Silas, Raleigh Denim, Bedwin & The Heartreakers, Mr Bathing Ape, Rittenhouse Mens & Womenswear, Chevignon Heritage, Chevignon Togs, Mountain Research, Gauntlets, Ebbets Field Flannels, C.E, Human Made and more.

Inside Abbey Road: The Best Studio In The World @ Abbey Road Studios / from Friday 8th March to Sunday 17th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various see below

@ Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, London NW8 9AY

Tickets: £80 book online

www.abbeyroad.com

Visit Abbey Road Studios’ legendary Studio Two – home to iconic recordings by The Beatles, Adele, Pink Floyd, Oasis and Kate Bush.

Featuring:
· Fascinating talks on Abbey Road Studios
· Lectures
· Film score sync demonstration
· Vintage 4 track mixing console and tape machine demonstration
· Demonstration of the Studios’ famous echo chamber
· Rare and unseen photographs, films and recordings
· Exhibition of vintage recording equipment
· Official photo opportunity

Events and times:
Friday 8th March
Session 1: doors open 14:00 / event starts 15:00
Session 2: doors open 19:00 / event starts 20:00

Saturday 9th March
Session 1: doors open 10:00 / event starts 11:00
Session 2: doors open 15:00 / event starts 16:00

Sunday 10th March
Session 1: doors open 10:00 / event starts 11:00
Session 2: doors open 15:00 / event starts 16:00

Friday 15th March
Session 1: doors open 10:00 / event starts 11:00
Session 2: doors open 19:00 / event starts 20:00

Saturday 16th March
Session 1: doors open 10:00 / event starts 11:00
Session 2: doors open 15:00 / event starts 16:00

Sunday 17th March
Session 1: doors open 10:00 / event starts 11:00
Session 2: doors open 15:00 / event starts 16:00

Wow Festival: London Veil @ Festival Hall / Friday 8th March 2013 – Sunday 10th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

10:00 – 23:00

@ Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

Entry: £Free

www.sarashamsavari.com

London Veil is a body of work by photographic artist Sara Shamsavari that seeks to give prominence to young muslim women in the London by documenting and celebrating the expression of their individual identities as interpreted through their vibrant and varied hijab styles and adornments.

Neither a critic nor an advocate of the veil, London Veil exists to recognise and celebrate its participants as strong, vital individuals who manage to shine, despite the struggles of youth, womanhood and prejudice they may receive as a result of the visibility of their faith.

Through the documentation of London’s young muslim women through their self-styled hijabs, ranging from subtle to wild in their expression,London Veil both illustrates and is inspired by the influence of our perceived restrictions, limitations and challenges. Those forces encourage originality, adaptation and in turn transform cultural expression into objects of beauty.

50 images from London Veil will exhibit for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall on the mornings of the 8th and 10th of March in the main Clore Ballroom as part of the Southbank’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival an annual global festival where women and men of all ages celebrate women’s achievements and discuss the obstacles they face across the world.

Sara Shamsavari is a British artist of Iranian heritage whose vibrant and emotive images explore and reinterpret identity and address current social, and cultural concerns existing within today’s society. While each of photographic series’ has a distinct focus they all seek to encourage the ideals of non-judgement, equality, unity in diversity, collective responsibility and make a significant difference to human understanding.

The artist’s work has exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris in galleries, museums and public spaces including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Selfridges & Co, Espace Pierre Cardin (Studio 55) London City Hall, Photofusion and Danny Simmon’s Corridor Gallery. Sara has also given talks and lectures at the University of Arts London, University of Creative Arts, The Apple Store, Kings Place (Guardian Open Weekend) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Cr8net).

With a belief in the role of artists as leaders in social and spiritual progress who spark change Sara’s endeavor is to empower the participants of her work and in doing this, encourage a transformation in the way people view society and themselves.

Affordable Art Fair: Battersea @ Battersea Evolution / from Thursday 7th March to Sunday 10th March 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Thursday 7 March 11:00 – 17:30 (Late View 17:30 – 21:30)
Friday 8 March 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday 9 March 11:00 – 18:00
Sunday 10 March 11:00 – 18:00

@ Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

Tickets: from £10 book online

www.affordableartfair.com

The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea Park from 7- 10 March 2013. With everything for sale between £40 and £4,000 and a fresh and friendly approach to contemporary art. A day out at the fair is the easiest and most enjoyable way to view and buy art from more than 100 galleries under one roof.

Paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography are all on show, and whether you are looking for artwork that is traditional or contemporary, humorous or edgy, by a famous name or an undiscovered talent, there really is something for everyone!

Extinction: Not the End of the World @ Natural History Museum / until Sunday 8th September 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: check the website

@ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Tickets: from £8 book online

www.nhm.ac.uk

Shedding a positive light on extinction, this temporary exhibition suggests that though millions of species have become extinct over the centuries, their demise has actually made space for a huge diversity of life forms that have taken their place. The role of extinction in the evolution of life is explored through exhibits of past species, as well as scientific information on today’s endangered animals and the conversation initiatives that aim to support them.

Barnaby Barford: The Seven Deadly Sins @ David Gill Galleries / until 12th April 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Open:
Monday – Friday 10 – 18:00
Saturday 11:00 – 18:00

@ David Gill Galleries, 2-4 King Street, London SW1Y 6QP

Free entry

www.davidgillgalleries.com

“I think it’s all about love gone wrong,” says Barnaby Barford, when contemplating the true meaning of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. For centuries, the extremes of human desire or motivation have been articulated by the seven words: Pride, Sloth, Gluttony, Wrath, Lust, Envy and Avarice.