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.
See the best in journalistic photography in this renowned exhibition.
Since 1955, World Press Photo has invited press photographers of the world to participate in the premier annual international competition in press photography.
The World Press Photo of the Year competition honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year.
This year, 5,775 photographers from 128 countries submitted 82,951 images and the jury gave prizes in eight categories to 41 photographers from 21 countries.
Be moved and inspired by the images from these talented photographers, in this exhibition of the finalists’ work.
A free day of art, music and performance inspired by art on display at Tate Britain.
Featuring artist-led workshops, music, performance curated by Tate Collective London. This year’s theme explores shifts and emerging transitions in identity politics, gender and race inspired by artwork on display in the gallery.
SHIFT kicks off with a set from talented DJ and radio host A.G. the DJ whose origins are firmly rooted in UK Grime. Join one of Radar Radio’s most fearsome selectors, self-taught DJ, model and presenter Snoochie Shy for a special set as she takes over the UK underground music scene one step at a time. Raising the bar for female rappers, catch special guest artist Nadia Rose’s headline performance, bringing her magic and rhymes to the historic Room 1840. Relax with Brixton-based House of Pharaohs collective and hear them share their life stories in a Q+A followed by a special live performance.
12.00–17.30 Badgemaking Octagon
12.00–17.30 Drawing Booth Room 1540
12.00–17.30 Jack Sachs Taylor Digital Studio
12.00–17.30 Jerkcurb Clore Studio
12.30–14.00 A.G the DJ Room 1840
14.00–15.00 Snoochie Shy Room 1840
15.00–15.45 House of Pharaohs Room 1840
16.00–16.45 gal-dem Room 1840
17.00-17.30 Nadia Rose Room 1840
Despite spending his whole professional life in the Belgian seaside town of Ostend, James Ensor was very successful in his lifetime and exerted considerable influence on the development of Expressionism. An innovator and an outsider, he rebelled against the conservative art teachings of the late 19th century academy in Brussels, drawn instead to the avant-garde salons where his radical creative vision could thrive.
Ensor’s childhood spent among the fantastical treasures of his family’s curiosity shop offers a clue as to how the seeds of this wild imagination were sown. The imagery of masks and carnivals runs through much of his work, from vibrant colours and flamboyant costumes to an ever-present sense of drama and satire.
We invited the artist Luc Tuymans, a fellow Belgian and admirer of Ensor, to curate this unique exhibition. Taking a personal view, Tuymans looks back at Ensor’s singular career through a selection of his most bizarrely brilliant and gloriously surreal creations.
The BFG in Pictures is an exhibition of original Quentin Blake illustrations, prepared for Roald Dahl’s classic story The BFG.
The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, contains 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before.
The illustrations were included in first designs but were not used when the book was published for the first time in 1982. They provide a unique insight into the character development of one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature.
These unpublished illustrations are exhibited alongside the final illustrations for the book, providing a fascinating insight into the collaboration between author and illustrator, and a glimpse of a BFG that might have been…
A festival celebrating modern Africa and the African diaspora (31 August – 4 September). The extraordinary life story of South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela has been transformed into a musical tribute by Cape Town Opera and Wales Millennium Centre.
The performance follows three key stages of Mandela’s life, each featuring a different singer in the title role alongside a cast and orchestra of over 60 performers. Starting with Mandela’s early years and tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River, the audience is taken on a journey to the heady and rebellious jazz-fuelled days in Sophiatown and onwards to Mandela’s lengthy incarceration on Robben Island and finally, his freedom.
Each of the three acts features distinctly different music to reflect each stage of Mandela’s life. From authentic Xhosa folk music to upbeat jazz and contemporary opera, the music spans the decades and influences that marked the life of one of the world’s most influential figures.
Internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad, brings his incredible 360˚ installation Curtain Call back to the Roundhouse as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.
Alongside the installation the Roundhouse will present a series of Curtain Call Live performances – immersive live music gigs.
Curtain Call is brought to you by Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, an annual season dedicated to introducing new audiences to innovative culture, returning for its fifth consecutive year.
The epic floor-to-ceiling artwork made of 5,600 silicon rods suspended from an 18 metre diameter ring provides a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction. Arad is reinventing the curtain experience for 2016 by inviting brand new collaborators including: Kutiman; Daniel Landau; Marshmallow Laser Feast; Universal Everything and KIMA. Returning from Curtain Call’s critically acclaimed run in 2011: Babis Alexiadis; Mat Collishaw; Ori Gersht; Greenaway & Greenaway; Gabriel & Shira Klasmer; Christian Marclay; Javier Mariscal; SDNA and David Shrigley.
A studied look at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of Detroit Techno music. This term, coined in the 1980s, reflects the musical and social influences that informed early experiments in merging the sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk to create this distinct music genre.
For the first time in the UK, this exhibition charts a timeline of Detroit Techno music from its 1970s origins, continuing through to the early 1990s. The genre has its origins in the disco parties of Ken Collier with influence from local radio stations and DJs, such as Electrifying Mojo and The Wizard (aka Jeff Mills).
It explores how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music that was evidenced in the formative UK compilation Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (10 Records, 1988). Using inexpensive analogue technology such as the Roland TR-808 and 909, DJs and producers including Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson formed this seminal music genre.
Although the music failed to gain mainstream audiences in the US, it became a phenomenon in Europe. This success established Detroit Techno as a new strand of music which absorbed European tastes and influences. This introduced a second wave of DJs and producers to the sound including Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Kenny Larkin.
The display concludes with a focus on Underground Resistance, a collection of DJs and artists including Mike Banks, John Collins, Robert Hood and Jeff Mills (until his departure in 1992). Their collective ambition was to challenge the commercial mainstream entertainment industry and re-establish Detroit techno music’s authenticity with an emphasis on the city as a source of inspiration.
To accompany the exhibition the ICA presents a season of online programmes featuring Detroit artists from the past and present on NTS Radio.
A new exhibition, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and musician James Lavelle, featuring a host of contemporary artists, film makers and musicians showcasing works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
Participating artists have been invited to respond to a film, scene, character or theme from the Kubrick archives, shining new perspectives onto the cinematic master’s lifework. James Lavelle is collaborating with contemporary musicians and composers to produce a soundtrack to some installations creating a multi-disciplinary experience for the visitor.
Pioneering conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth will create an installation of text from Kubrick’s films based on the language of Kubrick’s work, while Britain’s foremost political artist Peter Kennard will juxtapose images of characters set in the War Room of Dr Strangelove with present day leaders of nuclear states, in a statement about the renewal of Trident. Inspired by the Stargate sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey, film maker Doug Foster will invite visitors to experience an endless, widescreen tunnel and referencing the same film, Mat Collishaw will make a spaceman’s helmet featuring otherworldly sights and sounds.
Doug Aitken will provide ‘Twilight’, a public pay phone bathed in a luminous glow, which will be reminiscent of the Dr Strangelove scene where Mandrake attempts to make a collect call to the President of the United States. Sarah Lucas will lend ‘Priapus’, a phallic sculpture suggestive of the iconic murder weapon in A Clockwork Orange.
The exhibition is supported by artist Christiane Kubrick, the director’s wife of 41 years, who will be exhibiting a painting and Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s Executive Producer for 28 years. It is additionally endorsed by Warner Bros. Pictures, who collaborated with Kubrick on all his films since 1971.
The exhibition is co-curated by James Putnam who was formerly founder curator of the British Museum’s Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme and is currently Senior Research Fellow Exhibitions at University of the Arts, London (UAL) where the Stanley Kubrick archive is housed.
Sizzling new circus show from the creative team behind worldwide smash hits LIMBO and Cantina and the masterminds behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour.
Blanc de Blanc serves-up an intoxicating blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. Bringing together the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world, be prepared to enter a wild night of big moves, great tunes, huge amounts of skin, and more than a few surprises.
Following a triumphant run at Sydney Opera House, the show promises a thrillingly up-close and seductive evening in the intimacy of the iconic Hippodrome Theatre.
Blanc de Blanc offers heady top notes followed by rich textures, a smooth body and an utterly unexpected finish. For an evening of breathless abandon, you have found the right place!