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.
Returning to King’s Cross next week after the success of last year’s pop-up events, and this time it’s here to stay: bigger, better and tastier than before! The market, in collaboration with Real Food Festivals, is located under the restored Victorian West Handyside Canopy and runs for one weekend a month, starting today through this weekend.
You can shop one-off pieces from independent designers, buy artisan produce directly from traders, and sample finger-lickin’ street food, along with craft beer and coffee, all to the tune of live music and DJs.
Music lovers will be able to relax under the canopy, set to the sounds of singer/songwriter Victor Vox, DJ Claire Kalvis and jazz and blues star Dakota Jim.
Food traders include The Charcuterie Board with a selection of their finest cured meats; pioneers of flavour World of Zing; chocoholics heaven Bad Brownie; and hand-selected cheese from Borough Cheese Company. The Greek Larder, Casa Cannoli and Montadito will also each have a stand.
Visitors will shop unique vintage finds at The Hendersons and ethical and beautiful products at Buy Impossible, Lily Cole’s social retail venture; peruse the wares of designer-makers from business incubator Cockpit Arts, and enjoy the artworks from emerging illustrators, handpicked by House of Illustration.
Exhibition featuring large-scale steel sculptures by Richard Serra.
From San Francisco, born in 1938 and lived in New York since 1966. He studied at the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) and at Yale University. He was awarded the insignia of Chevalier de la légion d’honneur by the French government in June 2015.
Since 1983, Gagosian has presented more than thirty major exhibitions of Serra’s sculptures and drawings in the United States and Europe.
Royally appointed florist, Moyses Stevens announce an exclusive Mother’s Day bouquet masterclass in their new home of St Pancras International.
You will be guided through the workshop by trained florists and will complete the class with a stunning, hand tied bouquet in time for Mothering Sunday on 26th March.
As well as creating and taking home your hand tied bouquets you will learn the basics of floristry including how to match evergreen foliage and blooms to create beautiful bouquets all year round.
Guests are welcome to attend the class in groups to co-create a single bouquet, children are also welcome at the class.
Taking place in the stunning surrounds of St Pancras International’s Grand Terrace (by the statue of Sir John Betjeman), visitors can also pick up some other Mother’s Day treats from retailers in the selection including Jo Malone, Neal’s Yard, L’Occitane and LK Bennet.
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…
Explore the world of comics through original artwork by 100 women comic creators working across genres and generations – from the 1800s to the present day; from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive dissent.
Featuring artists from Marie Duval and Tove Jansson to Posy Simmonds, Audrey Niffenegger and Nina Bunjevac, Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of leading female comic artists.
From their early incarnations as sequential satires and newspaper strips to today’s countercultural zines, webcomics and award-winning graphic novels, comics have evolved into a complex and powerful literary form. Women have been present throughout this evolution, creating some of the most defining and provocative works of the medium.
Comix Creatrix presents the work of 100 innovative creators and debunks the myth that women have a limited stake in the world of comics. Highlighting 21st century work by British creators, the exhibition also recognises ground-breaking works from the 19th and 20th centuries, and will highlight the influence of international practitioners on the British scene.
On display is original artwork from graphic novels, comics and zines – many seen in public for the first time. It will feature work from acclaimed titles such as Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland and Isabel Greenberg’s Encyclopedia of Early Earth as well as self-published sensations like Nadine Redlich’s Ambient Comics and many more.
We are running a competition to win a pair of tickets 5 lucky followers will be in the chance to win.
Tweet at us @InFormedLondon answering this question: Where is Wray and Nephew Rum from? with the answer add the hashtag #WRAYRUMTINGS
‘Jamaica Rum Tings’ now in its third year and is looking bigger, better and bolder than before; a true celebration of Jamaican Independence. ‘Jamaica Rum Tings ’ comes to London’s legendary Big Chill House in Kings Cross for a Carnival warm up whilst wrapping up this summer’s series of events for a unique day and night takeover. The
unbelievable line-up will feature an exclusive
reggae set from Reggae royalty headliners
Daddy G (massive attack) and Brixton’s
homegrown D&B legend Fabio playing
exclusive Reggae sets. Soundclash is hosted
by Serocee featuring teams including Rinse
FMs award winning Uncle Dugs, Disorda and
Rompa’s Reggae Shack. The Real Roots collective returns and Digital Niyabinghi presents an Originators show case featuring Don Letts and Trevor Sax of Saxon Sound. Expect a very special unannounced PA – not a gig to be missed this summer.
The ‘Jamaica Rum Tings’ series is a celebration of Jamaica, inspired by Wray & Nephew’s rich Jamaican heritage, roots and its influence on UK culture.
Guests will enjoy the sounds of Jamaican music from all eras; skank to the latest tracks and salute the original riddims which have inspired these sounds, as well as hear the best in old and new school reggae.
This year, Wray & Nephew will be opening their doors to ‘Wray’s Record Shop’. A hundred of the finest reggae tunes will be played throughout the event curated by Tune of the Day.
A live graffiti wall will appear throughout the day. Guests will also be invited to nominate tunes for the record wall, take photos with legendary DJs and take home a 12” record sleeve souvenir featuring a live personalised graffiti piece of their choice. In addition to this, Fish, Wings & Tings is serving Wray & Nephew Jerk BBQ on the roof terrace to
Wray’s Drinks Trolley returns as guests will be invited to take the Wray & Nephew free pour challenge to win prizes and have the chance to learn how to make the perfect Reggae Rum Punch. As well as impressing their friends that
they can pour the perfect 25 ml shot, 2015 also introduces the ‘Reggae Rum Punch Relay Race’, a new challenge that will see teams of four try and collectively make a Reggae Rum Punch faster than the Jamaican 4x100m relay team’s world record. The reward for such a feat will be an extra special Wray goodie box featuring a limited edition t-shirts, punch making kits, cups, dominoes. Domino tables will be set up for guests to compete in or simply to just sit back, relax and enjoy the play, the Jamaica way.
Through to the early hours, guests will enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaican culture and
a true Jamaican house party. A giant Instagram wall will showcase a documentation of the event and all posts featuring the #WRAYRUMTINGS .
Following Jamaica Rum Tings at Leeds we keep the carnival spirit alive by wrapping up things at The Big Chill, North London (29th August).
Each Jamaica Rum Tings event will be supported with up to ten mini experiences in each local area. The mini Jamaica Rum Tings events will take place in key bars in London, Leeds and Bristol and will offer a range of Jamaican inspired activities, from open deck sessions allowing people to show off their mixing skill as well as the chance to try Reggae Rum Punch from one of the bespoke Wray & Nephew bars.
Featuring over 70 original works by McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America’s golden age of advertising.
This is the first time the work of one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men’ has been the subject of a major exhibition in the UK.
In the 1940s – 1960s, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines and helped shape the image of postwar America. One of the influential group of commercial artists at the heart of Manhattan’s thriving advertising and publishing scene, Conner’s hand-painted illustrations capture the style and spirit of a pivotal era in American history.
Mac Conner: A New York Life will present Conner’s published work alongside reference photos and preliminary designs, a selection of fiction stories accompanied by illustrations from Conner and his contemporaries, advertising tearsheets for major clients such as Ford, United Airlines and AT&T, correspondence letters with editors and art directors and more – presenting a window on the dynamic world of the illustrators who created the look of a generation.
Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1938. He studied at the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) and at Yale University. He has lived in New York since 1966. His first solo exhibitions were held at Galleria La Salita, Rome (1966), and at the Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York (1969). His first solo museum exhibition was presented at Pasadena Art Museum (1970). Serra has since participated in several Documenta exhibitions (Kassel, 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987), and in the Venice Biennales of 1980, 1984, 2001, and 2013. Serra’s work has been shown in numerous solo museum exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1977); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1984); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1986 and 2007); and other museums in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. In 2005, eight large-scale works were permanently installed at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. A traveling survey of Serra’s drawings was on view in 2011–12 at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Menil Collection, Houston. In April 2014, Serra installed a major permanent landscape sculpture in the desert of the Brouq Nature Reserve in western Qatar.