Visit London’s most interesting buildings! This year they have over 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours in the Open House programme. 🏘 🏙 🏘 🏙
This year’s programme explores how the new London that has been emerging the past 20 years is finally coming to fruition. New buildings, new kinds of buildings, new districts, new approaches to regeneration, women taking a leading role in making London, engineering excellence underpinning the capital’s successful reinvention – these all show how good design can make London a more enjoyable and vibrant city in which to live and work.
Following her residency at Camden Arts Centre in 2016, Yuko Mohri returns with a new installation that orchestrates relations between electromagnetic force-fields, patterns of light moving through water and a reconfigured Yamaha reed organ from 1934. Developed responsively to the architecture and surrounding environment of the galleries, Mohri’s audio-spatial composition reveals the interconnectedness of man-made and natural processes, inviting non-human agents and chance factors to determine the score. 👐
In this new commission, error, improvisation and feedback figure in an acoustic environment that maps shifting relationships between material things and conceptual propositions. Music and sound are central to Mohri’s practice. Her involvement with the experimental music scene in Japan has included collaborations with Otomo Yoshihide and the internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and electronic musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. As part of Voluta, sound art pioneer Akio Suzuki will perform live in the gallery.
The most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. 🎨👩🎨👨🎨🖌
With a first prize of £35,000, and a total prize fund of £74,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. Over the years this has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries.
The BP Portrait Award is in its thirty-ninth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-ninth year of sponsorship by BP and continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar. Since its launch it has been seen for free by over 6 million people.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is the place to be this summer, as Vitality Blast games on Thursday nights remain throughout August. 🏏
Known for its fast pace, big hits and fantastic atmosphere, a T20 game at the Home of Cricket is the perfect event for sports fans, as well as those looking for a night out to enjoy with friends and family.
An array of international stars are set to grace the hallowed Lord’s turf, including the likes of England’s Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan, plus Middlesex’s overseas signings Dwayne Bravo and Ashton Agar.
Located a stone’s throw away from St John’s Wood Station, Lord’s Cricket Ground is just ten minutes from central London and twenty minutes from Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line, making it an easy and convenient destination for an after-work night out.
Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally. Join Circa as they embark on a seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination, Peepshow lurches from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. Expect teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials. 🎪 🍹 🎡
Peepshow combines some of the finest acrobatic talent on the planet under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz to create a playfully exhilarating ride into the beautifully bizarre recesses of your mind.
Go to Peepshow and see the world from the other side of the mirror.
A destination to inspire and enable creative self-expression, you can join artists in the transformation of a blank space into a living work of art. 🎨 🍸
Discover mixology as an art form and explore the endless possibilities for creating personal twists on cocktails with Bombay Sapphire.
All ticket proceeds go to Developing Artists, a registered charity working to support the arts in post-conflict nations and deprived communities. Their projects connect people and institutions in some of the world’s most disadvantaged areas with an international network of arts organisations and practitioners.
Developing Artists strengthens underprivileged and marginalised communities by providing constructive outlets for their creative life, and transformative long-term opportunities for self-expression and professional development.
The festival is increasingly powered by the incredible network of local people, groups, organisations and businesses that are at the heart of the event’s continued success. 🎉
The Barbican is a world-class arts and learning organisation in the heart of The City presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. Committed to ‘arts without boundaries’.
At Walthamstow Garden Party, the Barbican continues to build on its history of programming and partnerships with artists and organisations in east London.
An exhibition that celebrates the phenomena of skateboarding, with the photographers and filmmakers who documented the movement. Despite the subculture’s influence and resonance in almost every aspect of popular culture, this emblem of freedom and rebellion has been largely ignored as an artistic form. 🤘
Brought together for the first time, this historical review highlights behind the scene glimpses and cultural shifts associated with skateboarding. Pioneering figures skating Southern California pools and schoolyard banks of the 1970’s are portrayed, as well as devious manipulations of urban architecture shaping new chapters of skateboarding’s evolution.
The photographers featured are known for circulating imagery from within an active community, and have taken countless risks in uncontrollable, and at times reckless or controversial environments. Often dismissed for solely capturing the decisive moment or ‘peak action trick’, this wide ranging genre of photography has expanded to many documentary and artistic styles and continues to exist through its own decree. The exhibition focuses on content falling outside the commonly held frame, and offers a number of lenses through which to view its many histories.
Archival material from SkateBoarder, Thrasher, Transworld, R.a.D (Read and Destroy), Sidewalk, 411 Video Magazine and other publications features media that was essential to circulating information about skateboarding and contributed to the international force it is today.
A celebration of all things feline, Catfest makes its debut in London, showcasing stylish cat-related products, books and art, cat-themed cocktails, vegan street food, along with meet-greets with feline superstars and inspiring talks from bestselling writers and animal experts. Plus an onsite adoption lounge brought by the beneficiary charity ACE Dog, Cat & Kitten Rescue to help cats in need. 😻
SHOP + PLAY
Festival goers can buy buzz-worthy and hard-to-find cat products and quality food, cat-inspired accessories for people, art and books. Enjoy amazing vegan street food, kitty-themed cocktails and cakes and meet feline superstars.
LEARN + ADOPT
Connect with feline experts and other cat lovers, see cat films and listen to talks from animal experts including BBC’s Big Cats About the House star and bestselling writers Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats) Gwen Cooper (Homer’s Odyssey).