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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize @ National Portrait Gallery / until 21st February 2016


Sat-Wed 10am-6pm
Thu-Fri 10am-9pm

@ National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Tickets: £4 info online


The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading competition to celebrate and promote the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

The selected images, many of which will be on display for the first time, explore both traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait whilst capturing a range of characters, moods and locations. Alongside informal images of friends and family, this year’s exhibition also features revealing portraits of famous faces, including actor Benedict Cumberbatch and the President of the United States Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama.

New for 2015, previously unseen prints from a recent body of work by the award-winning South African photographer Pieter Hugo will be exhibited as part of the inaugural In Focus display.

Thea Djordjadze: Ma Sa i a ly e a se @ South London Gallery / until 29th November 2015


Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Wednesdays 11am-9pm

@ South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH


An entirely new sculptural installation in direct response to the main gallery space. It represents the latest step in her practice which she approaches as a continuous process of reconfiguring earlier works into fresh iterations, combined with entirely new sculptures made from materials accumulated in her studio. Here, however, for the first time all the components in the exhibition have been newly made, but in an evolution of thought that is inextricably linked with her previous methodology.

Djordjadze spends time in the spaces she works, absorbing their particular character then subtly transforming them into installations which defy definitive categorisation, hinting at domestic and functional potential but ultimately remaining resolutely sculptural. Using materials she has found in and around the South London Gallery building – planks of wood, an old staircase, floorboards, sheets of plexi-glass, plaster and paint – supplemented by others inspired by the material and atmospheric qualities of the space observed in the course of making the work, Djordjadze has created an installation which gently but thoroughly infiltrates our reading and negotiation of the room.

A low, broad structure spans the entire 20 metre length of the gallery, inspired by traditional village dwellings in West Georgia, in which raised wooden platforms indicate a place of domestic activity. The whiteness of the space is injected with subtle shots of colour in the form of ink-stained wooden beams, a subtle inquiry into painterly composition which simultaneously meddles with our expectations of materials, function and form.

Halloween Zombie Apocalypse @ Bounce Farringdon / Saturday 31st October 2015


Doors: 7pm-2am

@ Bounce Ping Pong, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD


When disaster strikes, the Bounce UV Bunker will be the safest place to shelter during the impending Zombie attack.

The Bounce bunker will offer:
– Free ping pong after 11pm (with no booking necessary!)
– Room for 350 fortunate people in the UV ping pong bunker
– Free entry
– Stockpiled food, drink and blood
– Gruesome Games Gurus
– UV face painters
– Special gory cocktail prizes for the best outfit
– DJ Christian Laing will be playing a-pop-alypse set

Presenting Japan @ QEII Centre (Westminster) / until Thursday 29th October 2015


Doors: around 11am-6pm

@ QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE


The venue for the Rugby World Cup will move from England to Japan, where the tournament is due to be held in 2019.

Creative artists, craftspeople, chefs, sporting figures and other people representing the best of Japan will be gathering in London at the end of October to convey the values of the nation to a worldwide audience.

Presentations involving various topics will be given by many illustrious individuals who very rarely come together on the same stage.

Inviting you to immerse yourself in the essence of Japan in London this autumn, taking in a feast of live art, Japanese cuisine and Sake, and a whole range of other Japanese treats.

Days and times:
Sat 24th October, Cultural food 11:30am ~ 3:30pm
Sun 25th October, Technology with heart 1:00pm ~ 4:00pm
Mon 26th October, Timeless creation 1:00pm ~ 3:00pm
Tue 27th October, Social innovation 12:00am ~ 19:30pm
Wed 28th October, Sport for Tomorrow 1:00pm ~ 3:00pm
Thu 29th October, Visit Japan 4:00pm ~ 6:00pm

Red Bull Music Academy presents Departure Lounge @ The Arch Gallery / Thursday 22nd October 2015


Doors: 20:00-midnight

@ The Arch Gallery, 289 Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9HA

Free entry (first come first served)


One off cultural exchange featuring French and UK DJs playing back-to-back.

Red Bull Music Academy kicks off in Paris this October and in anticipation London is hosting a special event called Departure Lounge prepping UK Academy participants Corey K, Emma-Jean Thackray, and Hyroglifics for their onward journey to RBMA Paris.

Halloween Zombie Apocalypse @ Bounce Farringdon / Saturday 31st October 2015


Doors: until 2am

@ Bounce, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD

Tickets: free entry all night (guest list closes at 11pm) no bookings necessary after 11pm until 2am


Bounce Farringdon managed to save 350 death defying revellers last year, after it was announced that the same magnified UV rays used in the venue repelled the Zombie species, with prolonged exposure potentially causing their cells to explode!

Bio scientists have warned that almost like clockwork, a horde of Zombies will be returning to London on Halloween and with limited options to guarantee safety from the Zombie Apocalypse, signing up to the guest list is the only option to improve your chance of survival.

Free entry and enough stockpiled food and drink to keep all alive all night. After 11pm all ping pong tables will be free to play on with no booking necessary!

UV face painters will be onsite to make you look luminous in the UV Bunker – and for those who’ve made an extra effort, there will be special gory cocktail prizes for the best Halloween UV outfit.

There will also be gruesome Games Gurus gliding around, handing out tips and tricks on ping pong and how to stay alive…

Late @ Tate Britain / Friday 2nd October 2015


Doors: 18:00–22:00

@ Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG


From historic royalty to YouTube fame, how has art displayed status? Starting with the idea of power, and going on to the body and changing face of celebrity, this season, Late at Tate Britain explores representations of status through time.

Start the week by tackling ideas of power through music, art and talks, with The Age of L.U.N.A, Skinny Girl Diet and Native Sun.

This season, Late at Tate Britain is curated by by 15-25 year olds from Tate Collective London. Tate Collective London host a range of free events and festivals for young people to experiment, create and innovate through art and ideas.

18.00–19.30 Reprezent Radio DJ set
19.30–20.15 Native Sun
20.15–20.45 Discussion with The Age of LUNA lead by Tate Collective London
20.45–21.30 The Age of L.U.N.A

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World @ Tate Britain / until 25th October 2015


Doors: 10am – 6pm

@ Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Tickets: £16.30 book online


One of the leading sculptors of the 20th century. This retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest artists features many of her most significant and beautiful sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works.

Barbara Hepworth was born in Yorkshire in 1903. She lived in Cornwall since 1939 and has become principally associated with the art of St Ives and with the sea and landscape of that place. This exhibition presents her in a broader light and spans her whole career.

Hepworth emerged in the late 1920s as a leading member of a new generation of sculptors. Her work became increasingly abstract in the 1930s and, after moving to Cornwall, she began to make sculpture in terms of her experience of landscape. She continued to carve throughout her life, but from 1956 she also made works in bronze which allowed her to produce more and which were better suited to international travel.

This exhibition traces Hepworth’s growing international success offering fresh ways of thinking about her art. Uniquely, this retrospective also plays with the different spaces in which Hepworth presented her work – the show includes an impressive reconstruction of a modernist structure to showcase Hepworth’s ‘ideal’ environment. Among the highlights are four large sculptures in sumptuous African hardwood – the high point in her post war carving career – reunited in one room.

A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 4th Oct 2015


Monday closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Free entry


The ancient Persian ruins of Persepolis were a spectacular backdrop for ‘one of the most adventurous and idiosyncratic festivals in the world’ (Artforum). The Festival of Arts was held around Shiraz, Iran every summer from 1967–1977.

A melting pot of traditional and avant-garde music, theatre and performance, the festival featured artists from both East and West, including the Beatles’ muse, sitar player Ravi Shankar and American composer John Cage, alongside Rwandan drummers and Balinese Gamelan musicians and dancers. Orghast,
a play by poet Ted Hughes and Mahin Tajadod, co-directed by Peter Brook, was staged, while Merce Cunningham’s dancers performed calisthenics among the ruins of Persepolis.

The festival came to an end with the Iranian revolution, but is now brought to life through this display of archive film and photographs, original theatre programmes and posters seen for the first time in the UK.

fig-2 @ ICA / until 20th December 2015


Tuesday to Sunday 11am–11pm
Exhibitions 11am–6pm (Thu 11am–9pm)

@ ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry £1


50 projects over 50 weeks in the ICA Studio, in association with Outset.

Openings every Monday from 6-8pm throughout 2015.

Fig-2 is a revival of the project fig-1, which was conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000. Experimental in its nature, each project was programmed only a few weeks in advance to maintain as much spontaneity as possible.

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