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Walk Through British Art at British Museum

Walk through time and explore artworks from 1545 to the present day.

A chronological display of Britain’s greatest artists, taken from the collection. Instead of designated themes or movements, the display is is arranged by decade, so you can see an array of art made at any one moment.

www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/display/walk-through-british-art

Location:
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Times:
Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

Price:
Free entry

Selfie to Self-Expression @ Saatchi Gallery / until 30th May 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-6pm, 7 days a week

@ Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Free entry

www.saatchigallery.com/selfie

Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have teamed up to present From Selfie to Self-Expression. This will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and will celebrate the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.

The show will also highlight the emerging role of the mobile phone as an artistic medium for self-expression by commissioning ten exciting young British photographers to create new works using Huawei’s newest breakthrough dual lens smartphones co-engineered with Leica.

Bedlam: the asylum and beyond @ Wellcome Collection / until Sunday 15th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon closed
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00-18:00
Thu 10:00-22:00
Sun 11:00-18:00

@ Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Free entry

www.wellcomecollection.org/bedlam

Follow the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. Reimagine the institution, informed by the experiences of the patients, doctors, artists and reformers who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it.

Today asylums have largely been consigned to history but mental illness is more prevalent than ever, as our culture teems with therapeutic possibilities: from prescription medications and clinical treatment to complementary medicines, online support, and spiritual and creative practices. Against this background, the exhibition interrogates the original ideal that the asylum represented – a place of refuge, sanctuary and care – and asks whether and how it could be reclaimed.

Taking Bethlem Royal Hospital as a starting point, ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ juxtaposes historical material and medical records with individual testimonies and works by artists such as David Beales, Richard Dadd, Dora García, Eva Kotátková, Madlove: A Designer Asylum, Shana Moulton, Erica Scourti, Javier Téllez and Adolf Wölfli, whose works reflect or reimagine the institution, as both a physical and a virtual space.

Animality @ Marian Goodman Gallery / until 17th December 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

@ Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John St, Soho, London W1F 9DY

Free entry

www.mariangoodman.com/exhibition/3806/installation-views

The very earliest cave paintings reveal that humans have cohabitated with animals for millennia. Yet the relationship is fraught and contradictory: we simultaneously mythologize, venerate, sacrifice, and exploit those who are not of our species. This paradox suggests that our connection with animals might be more complicated, and far richer, than commonly thought, and that the distinction between human and animal is not at all clear-cut.

If animals have been the protagonists of innumerable myths, subject to countless scientific studies, and featured in some of our most extraordinary works of art and literature, why have they not been more central to the way we humans study our own relation to the world?

Taking this question as its premise, Animality lays down a novel artistic and theoretical framework for interrogating our relationship to animals. It proposes six interrelated themes—Origins, Markings, Crossings, Variations, Traces, Extinctions—and involves more than seventy participants, mostly from the discipline of art but also from film, literature, philosophy, and science. Its spirited structure juxtaposes artworks and artifacts new and old, high and low, allowing relationships between art and non-art materials to emerge, and creating links between historical and contemporary social and political realities.

While in large part playful and humorous, Animality also stresses the importance of addressing ethical issues, and thinking beyond one’s own values and beliefs, to question accepted assumptions about our relationship to nonhuman creatures. It suggests that while many distinctions between humans and animals are valid, the two groups are more productively imagined as parts of an ontological whole.

Animality connects to a larger debate around the so-called animal question that has involved such iconic thinkers as Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, Emmanuel Levinas, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault. Their interrogations around the relationship between animals and humans have inspired a growing contemporary discourse. Animality is conceived in part as a visual contribution to that conversation while also paying, of course, tribute to the diversity and beauty of the animal kingdom.

Rachel Maclean: Wot U :-) About? @ Tate Britain / from Tuesday 15th November until 2nd April 2017 ?

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00–18:00 every day

@ Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Free entry!

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/rachel-maclean-wot-u-about

Rachel Maclean is a Glasgow-based multi-media artist who creates artificial visions using green-screen technology. Within her fantastical settings Maclean parodies fairy tales, children’s television programmes, beauty product advertising, internet videos, and pop culture playing all the extravagantly costumed characters herself. At once seductive and nightmarish, glossy and grotesque, her films destabilise power dynamics and consumer desires.

Curated by Elsa Coustou, Assistant Curator, Contemporary British Art. Maclean’s new film work, It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016), has been commissioned by HOME, Manchester. The film has been created in partnership with HOME, Manchester, the University of Salford Art Collection, Artpace San Antonio, Zabludowicz Collection, Tate, Frieze Film and Channel 4 Random Acts. The exhibition has been created in partnership with HOME, Manchester.

Mercure’s Great British Picnic @ Somerset House / Friday 17th June 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11:30am–8pm

@ Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House, London

Free, reserve your spot

www.picnicwithmercure.co.uk
www.facebook.com/MercureHotels

Mercure Hotels is inviting food lovers of all ages to join them to celebrate the great British tradition of the summer picnic, with a free event at London’s beautiful Somerset House.

As a sponsor of Picnic Week, Mercure Hotels will offer a fun-filled day out for families and friends of all ages – offering visitors a chance to relax in the sunshine, enjoy an alfresco bite to eat or take part in a range of activities perfect from wine tasting to playing some giant sized board game classics. Whether you’re looking for an après work sun-downer with friends, or a family day out with the little ones – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Guests are welcome to take their own picnics along with them to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House.

There will be a fantastic range of Tom’s Kitchen picnic goodies for you to purchase on the day, as well as delicious Mercure Picnic Hampers by Tom’s Kitchen. Picnic hampers feature homemade baguettes, great classics like scotch eggs and delicious desserts. A deliciously refreshing bottle of Mercure ‘Picnic Perfect’ Prosecco is also available within some hampers and to purchase on the day, which has been exclusively selected by wine experts Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, from BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.

Fun-filled activities and entertainment will be provided all day – including live music from acapella group, AfterParty live and interactive wine tasting with Susie and Peter, and plenty of fun and games for the little ones.

BBC Weather.

Human Rights Human Wrongs @ Photographers’ Gallery / until 6th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon – Sat 10.00 – 18.00
Thu 10.00 – 20.00
Sun 11.30 – 18.00

@ The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Streeet, London W1F 7LW

Free entry

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Human Rights Human Wrongs features more than 200 original press prints, drawn from the prestigious Black Star collection of twentieth century photoreportage.

The exhibition explores what role such images play in helping us understand the case for human rights, and further addresses the legacy of how photographs have historically functioned in raising awareness of international conflict.

The exhibition spans a time frame from 1945 until the early 90s and examines the major political upheavals, conflict, war and struggles against racism and colonisation that became especially urgent following World War II. It seeks to present these events in a global context rather than as isolated incidents, moving away from didactic perspectives on history.

Mark Sealy Interview: HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS from The Photographers' Gallery on Vimeo.

Shot Through The Heart – Valentine’s Extravaganza @ The Three Compasses / Valentine’s Day Saturday 14th February 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:00-12:30

@ The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH

Free entry

3compasses.blogspot.co.uk

And there was you, thinking Valentine’s Day was rubbish. Get down to your local boozer and enjoy features such as ‘Cupid’s Free Postal Service,’ ‘Cupid Aint Got Nothin’ On Me’ Bow & Arrow Game.’ and ‘Tweet My Love Beat.’

Cupid’s Free Postal Service
Spotted someone you like on another table? Their very own Compass Cupid will be on hand to deliver notes*, arrows and shots (of the alcoholic variety) to your chosen beau. *Felt tips and paper will be provided

Cupid Aint Got Nothin’ On Me – Bow & Arrow Game
There’ll be chances throughout the night to win shots in our special Valentine’s archery game. It’s safe, I think.

Tweet My Love Beat
Involuntary swooning will take place due to our hot Valentine’s DJ, but tweet your fave ‘getting-it-on’ song and dedicate it to another table – best request wins a shot.

Jools’ Annual Hootenanny @ BBC2 / New Year’s Eve Wednesday 31st December 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 23:20

@ BBC2

Free

www.bbc.co.uk
www.joolsholland.com

Jools Holland presents the 22nd edition of his New Year’s Eve musical extravaganza, as he sees out 2014 with a host of stars.

The line-up features British singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and Joss Stone, while America is represented by 1960s pop singer Ronnie Spector, blues musician Boz Scaggs, soul singer William Bell and country band Hayseed Dixie. Plus, Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne perform their chart-topping single Rather Be and there are appearances by former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson and Hootenanny regular Ruby Turner, while the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards play in the new year in traditional fashion.

Chrisp Street Festival – Life’s a Beach @ Chrisp Street Market / Sunday 7th September 2014

Chrisp Street Festival – Life’s a Beach at Chrisp Street MarketTIME AND PLACE:

Times: noon-19:00

@ Chrisp Street Market, Poplar, London E14 6AQ

Free entry

www.chrispstreet.org.uk

This free family fiesta is bringing a pop-up beach, swimming pool, donkey rides, fairground rides, Bite street food, pop up bar, craft workshops, face painting, beach games and even a pie and mash eating contest to Chrisp Street.

BBC weather report! www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2643743

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