Hayward Gallery reopens with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. Known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time. 📷
Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of image-making and the limits of human perception. Often taken from a high vantage point, these images make use of a ‘democratic’ perspective that gives equal importance to all elements of his highly detailed scenes.
A photographic study of English plants. British photographer Kate Friend spent the spring and summer of 2017 touring a selection of England’s greatest gardens, gathering the subjects of her photographic study which makes up Botanical Portraits. 🌱 🌿 🍃
To select some of the best specimens of the season she worked with Head Gardeners at Chelsea Physic Garden, Great Dixter, Houghton Hall and Fern Verrow. For each photograph, a stem was isolated from its growing environment and photographed in a studio setting, inviting the viewer to focus on form and colour. With a nod both to the Japanese rikka (standing flowers) tradition and to Gertrude Jekyll’s still life photography of the 19th century, the aesthetic focusses as much on what is left out as on the little that is allowed in. Vases and vessels are of central importance to the final result, seen here are ceramics from Rachel Lucas-Craig, Laura Huston and Karen Downing.
Kate Friend’s selection criterion for the chosen plants was that they were native to England. On pursuing this path, she discovered that this was not a straightforward premise. Exploration, trade, colonialism and early globalisation have resulted in England’s rich and diverse international plant community. The eclectic nature of the final selection reflects England’s multicultural botanical heritage.
Visitors can see the ten photographs which make up ‘Botanical Portraits’, alongside a narrative wall, a separate display showing ‘behind the scenes’ photographs and location shots, both at the museum.
Counting down to the start of 2018, The Shard will illuminate the London skyline from dusk till dawn with Western Europe’s highest light show. 📷
Launching 4 December at 7:20pm, the display will include an array of visual effects including gradients, patterns and sparkles in the top 20 storeys of the building, with a special launch display on opening night and to finish on New Year’s Eve.
Take time out of your busy evening to look up at the spire and enjoy the show!
A burlesque show with live sets from DJ Scarlett Lapidus. Expect an evening of entertainment that sparkles!
The performance will be courtesy of The It Girls, hugely talented female performers, dancers, musicians, vocalists and DJs. The It Girls’ signature show involves an exciting dance routine consisting of three glamorous dancers, backed by a stunning female DJ, complete with live saxophone and electric violin. Supported by a professional creative team of choreographers and stylists, The It Girls mesmerise audiences with the sexy yet sophisticated beauty of their modern cabaret act.
At 1.30am, DJ Scarlett Lapidus will hit the decks, keeping you dancing till 3am. Scarlett’s DJ music style is heavily influenced by all things disco, combining 90’s/80s remixes, R n’B, old time classic soul and funk right through to Chicago House. With original mixes and vocals on request, she curates every set and sound to bring an event to life. Scarlett has recently been rated in Tatler as one of the female DJ’s to watch.
Enjoy a delicious cocktail from the specially designed menu in partnership with Stolichnaya or take advantage of a bar package available exclusively for the evening.
The It Girls’ signature show involves an exciting dance routine consisting of three glamorous dancers, backed by a stunning female DJ, complete with live saxophone and electric violin.
Supported by a professional creative team of choreographers and stylists, The It Girls mesmerise audiences with the sexy yet sophisticated beauty of their modern cabaret act.
This is the UK’s first ever exhibition of architectural backdrops from classic anime films. It features over 100 exquisite technical drawings and watercolour illustrations from some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s artwork for Ghost in the Shell. 🎨
The artists were tasked with creating a universe for the director. Their fictional worlds reflected real-life concerns over ruthless urban development and erosion of identity, mirroring the films’ narratives and giving the backgrounds a crucial role to play. Their work has had a defining influence on the style of anime we think of as typical today.
The show includes Hiromasa Ogura’s watercolour paintings for Ghost in the Shell, an anime epic that informed pioneering sci-fi works such as The Matrix and Avatar. Inspired by Asia’s emerging megacities and based on photographs of Hong Kong, Ogura’s work depicts the striking contrast between a derelict Chinese town and looming, faceless skyscrapers.
Just Eat’s Food Fest returns to Red Market in London for three days of food, music and fun. This year’s theme will see the festival address the hypothetical scenario regularly pondered by foodies – If I was stranded on a remote desert island, what would be my ultimate desert island dish? 🏝😜
Just Eat will cater to this very question at Just Eat Food Fest: Desert Island Dishes, serving up the nation’s most loved takeaway dishes they couldn’t live without if stranded on a desert island.
Just Eat Food Fest: Desert Island Dishes will transport guests to a summery beach-inspired space, offering delicious cuisines from across the globe, cocktails and a line-up of popular live music bringing island vibes to life in the heart of London.
Following the huge demand for the open-air film nights over the past two years, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is hosting four free evenings of frivolous film fun on one of the biggest outdoor screens in London. 🎬☀️
There is something for everyone at Open House with four themed movie evenings – ranging from a sing-along spectacular of ‘Lion King’ to a flashback Friday with eighties classic ‘Dirty Dancing’.
Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition ☀️😎 represents the art being made today. Expect to find a panorama of art in all media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.
Almost 250 years ago, the RA’s founding members agreed to hold an “Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists”, to help finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools. Now, nearly 250 years later, ahead of our big anniversary in 2018, Royal Academician Eileen Cooper, explores themes of discovery and new talent from her unique position as Keeper of the Royal Academy – the Academician who is responsible for supporting and guiding the students.
Cooper takes on the mantle of coordinating the largest open submission exhibition in the world, hanging over 1,200 works by artists established and lesser-known in the space of just eight days. Don’t miss work by internationally renowned artists Rosemarie Trockel, Julian Schnabel, Hassan Hajjaj, Secundino Hernández, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki, Mark Wallinger and Sean Scully RA, as well as submissions by new Royal Academicians including Gilbert & George and David Adjaye. Other highlights include Yinka Shonibare RA’s six metre high colourful wind sculpture in the RA Courtyard, and Farshid Moussavi RA’s unique focus on construction coordination drawings in the Architecture Gallery.
The genre-defining exhibition of art, design, film and literature.
From the 19th century cabinet of curiosities, to the vastness of space. Through future cities, into the inner landscapes of human perception.
Uncover the mysterious lands of Jules Verne and Ray Harryhausen where Science Fiction narratives first took root. Venture on an odyssey into our solar system, with vintage artwork promoting Soviet visions of space alongside immersive work by Soda_Jerk. Visit a gallery of aliens, and stand alongside iconic spacesuits from a galaxy of blockbusters including Star Trek and Interstellar.
Imagine dystopian worlds with Margaret Atwood and 28 Days Later. Then, with nowhere left to explore but human consciousness, delve deep and experience the transformation and mutation of the body through the eyes of Jack Kirby and Ex Machina.
Curated by historian and writer Patrick Gyger, this festival-style exhibition consists of more than 800 works, many of which have never been seen in the UK before. Continuing across the Centre, it includes artwork from Isaac Julien, Larissa Sansour and Conrad Shawcross, and an installation from the creators of Black Mirror.
Head to West Handyside Canopy on the last weekend of every month for some serious stall browsing.
On the last weekend of every month, shop one-off pieces from designers, stock up on fresh produce directly from traders, and sample the best food around – all to the tune of live DJs and performances.
Real Food Festivals bring some of the country’s top-quality artisan food producers and street food to Canopy Market. You’ll find artisan bread, craft beer, coffee, cured meats, farmhouse cheeses, handmade sweets and desserts, delicious hot food and much more.