Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, explores the hidden corners and colourful characters of 1950s and early 60s London Soho, as seen through the eyes of John Deakin (1912 – 1972).
Considered to be one of the greatest postwar British photographers, Deakin was renowned for his penetrating portraits, haunting street scenes and striking fashion work. The exhibition includes rarely seen and un-shown works including portraits of the painters Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon. It also includes the writers Dylan Thomas, Daniel Farson and Jeffrey Bernard, the celebrated beauty and artist’s model Henrietta Moraes and Muriel Belcher, proprietor of the fabled drinking den The Colony Room.
From radical innovations in the use of colour and form to new materials like neon and interactive, kinetic sculpture, this exhibition reveals some of the most original art of the last 100 years.
The time: 1930s. The place: South America. The stage was set for a major innovation in art. Over the next 50 years, artists across five cities would pioneer a new visual language to express their deeply held beliefs about art and its power to change the world around them.
Radical Geometry brings together work from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros by some of the great innovators of South American modern art, from Torres-García in Uruguay to Lygia Clark in Brazil, from Maldonado in Argentina to Gego in Venezuela. Inspired by European artists such as Mondrian and Kandinsky, their bold experiments with space, movement and colour radically transformed the relationship between art and viewer.
Journey Through LDN Sounds 002: Bass Culture returns with T.Williams, Hatcha & N-Type with Crazy D and Elijah & Skilliam with D Double headlining for the night.
Journey Through LDN Sounds is a series of raves, screenings, talks and exhibitions at the Peckham space, which celebrate symbolic underground music in London over the past 30 years. Curated by CONS Project London ambassador James Benenson.
Comics Unmasked is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. It explores the full anarchic range of the medium with works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, alongside original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork that demystify the creative process.
The monthly night for all things Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats and more is back at the Shacklewell Arms. You can find them in the back room recreating the feeling of Carnival in the middle of Dalston. Rum, batty riders, flags and more in their own World Carnival dance.
It’s an all HDD resident affair with Murlo alongside Kazabon & Hootie Who on the decks all night long. Make sure you perfect your Dutty Whine.
Monday 21st July The Galapagos Affair: Satan came to Eden
A fascinating documentary about a handful of Europeans who couldn’t get along when they separately settled on one of the tiny uninhabited islands in the Pacific West of South America in the early 1930s. Riverside Studios / 19:30 / £9.50 (£8.50 concessions) Book Tickets
Thursday 24th July WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? + Director Q&A
Director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal return with this gripping mystery. The body of an immigrant is found in Arizona’s ‘Corridor of Death’, the words Dayani Cristal tattooed across his chest are the only clue to his identity. Rich Mix Cinema / 20.00 / £7 (£5 concessions) Book Tickets
Thursday 31st July PINE RIDGE
It’s a long, hot summer in South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, the site of the infamous massacre at Wounded Knee. Through a series of intimate portraits we are introduced to the young heart of Native America – a generation ghettoised from society and severed from its roots. ICA / 18:30 / £10 (£8 concessions) Book Tickets (Not available yet) keep eye on website
Digital Revolution is the most comprehensive presentation of digital creativity ever to be staged in the UK.
The immersive and interactive exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, all pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3-D printing.
Contribute to new commissions including Google’s DevArt, an installation by global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and artist Yuri Suzuki and works by artists Umbrellium, Universal Everything, Seeper and Susan Kare (Mac Paint designer). Experience Oscar-winning visual effects behind Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, or go back in time to play classic videogames like Pacman and Space Invaders.
Bringing together over 25 of the country’s foremost artists, cyclists and design enthusiasts for the first time, the free event will celebrate everyone’s favourite two-wheeled mode of transport at this inventive illustration gathering.
From a special screen printing workshop run by Sonsoles Print Studio to an illustration competition from London Cycling Campaign, the all-day event will include performances by cycling themed musicians and DJs from SHED radio. A full list of artists, designers and illustrators exhibiting their work can be found below.
From hardy road bikers to fair weather enthusiasts, cyclists, art enthusiasts and the local people of London are encouraged to come and experience this one-off event. Spoke promotes and celebrates cycling through artists’ impressions and creative expression. Discover illustrators and designers who have adored the tranquillity, freedom and fun of cycling.