The Fashion and Textile Museum have revealed their next exhibition: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, arriving on February 8th 2019. The exhibition will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson. Exhibition Dates: 8 February – 2 June 2019 Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am–5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays Tickets Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability. £9.90 adults* / £8.80 concessions* / £7 students * Includes 10% gift aid Children under 12 are free. Book Online
Science Gallery London presents the HOOKED Weekender. Why are we drawn to mind-altering experiences? What are healthy levels of consumption? And how do we know when we’ve had too much of a good thing? Science Gallery London’s very first Friday Late will feed your cravings with a deterioration dance by Kaner Flex, a cocktail making activity with King’s researcher Sadie Boniface and a talk exploring addiction in different cultures with a film by the mighty Dose of Society. Plus much more all cooked up with live music to alter your senses and stimulate your brain. Friday Lates at Science Gallery London are a chance to explore the gallery after hours, enjoy a drink and bite to eat, and discover talks, workshops, performances and music brought to you by inspiring artists and researchers. Free, drop-in. No need to book!
Following the success of 2017’s 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, the Fashion & Textile Museum have revealed their Winter 2018 exhibition: Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs. As a decade of design, the Thirties saw off the excess of the Jazz Age and ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II. As the flapper grew up, so too did her fashions. The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard-edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens. The exhibition will explore the day and evening styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them. With fashion as the lens, Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs will traverse the great period of social change that was the 1930s. Book tickets here
Opens September 2018 at London Bridge Railway Station as a part of Totally Thames 2018. The vital role our diverse and fascinating bridges play in spanning the Thames is explored in this exhibition with a series of unique gigapixel, panoramic and hybrid night and day images that look to bring the bridges to life. On the bridges as dawn rises over London a trickle of cars, buses, trains and pedestrians begin to move slowly across the bridge, this very soon turns into a steady flow and then into a mad headlong dash as the rush hour sends a seemingly endless stream of people and vehicles cascading over the bridge. Below on the river activity starts with the distinct blue and white clippers that hurry silently under the bridges, these are soon joined by a variety of pleasure boats that grow ever more packed and noisy as this years hot summer’s day gets into full swing. From Kayaks to Cruise ships and tugs loaded with ballast you never know whats just around the corner. For more go to http://totallythames.org/event/connecting-london or reichholdarts.com/thames
HOOKED – now extended until 27 January – is Science Gallery London’s debut exhibition at their new permanent home in London Bridge. The exhibition and events programme will delve into the complex world of addiction and recovery. From gambling to gaming and smartphones to social media, HOOKED questions what makes us as humans vulnerable to addiction and interrogate the underlying factors and routes to recovery. Science Gallery London invites you to challenge the stigmas associated with addiction, consider addiction as a health issue we are all susceptible to, and explore how recovery takes many forms. How and why do we become addicted? What are the processes of individual and societal recovery? How can we protect ourselves and people living with addiction from harm? And does our consumerist society have a hand in feeding addiction? Developed in association with people who have a lived experience of addiction HOOKED features established and up-and-coming artists and photographers from across the globe, including Rachel Maclean’s Feed Me. The dynamic events programme will continue the conversations sparked by the artworks on display in the exhibition. Full events programme and full list of artworks here Image: Feed Me (2013)-5 © Rachel Maclean.jpg
Totally Thames returns this September with an unmissable programme of over 100 events on, beneath and along the River Thames. From boat trips and walks, to exhibitions and concerts, the festival’s diverse line-up of arts and culture is a month long celebration of the magnificent River Thames. London Bridge highlights include: Inua Ellams’ R.A.P Party Schools choirs at the Scoop Tower Bridge Bascule Chambers concerts #careersonthethames London Children’s Curriculum Festival on Potters Fields Park Henry Reichhold Connecting London exhibition at London Bridge Station Check out the line up here.
Climb the iconic towers of Tower Bridge this summer and discover the architects, makers, thinkers and technicians who built and laid the foundations of London’s most defining landmark. From Wednesday 27th July, step inside Tower Bridge and explore a new permanent exhibition featuring newly-discovered photographs and stories from the construction of the Bridge, including the story of Jack ‘Ginger’ Bateman, one of the divers who risked everything to dig the vast foundations that anchor the 70,000-ton Bridge to the bottom of the Thames. Housed in the North and South Towers, which are linked by the high-level Walkways above the River Thames, the exhibition will take you on a journey through the lifetime of the Bridge, from its conception and construction through to present day. This includes the opportunity to explore unique objects from across the Bridge’s history and even try on a real-life Victorian diver’s helmet. You’ll also meet the people who make the Bridge work today in our brand new ‘24 hours at the Tower Bridge’ short film. The exhibition continues in the Victorian Engine Rooms, which house the engines that once powered the famous Bridge lifts. Here you’ll discover the human histories of the people who have maintained the bridge since 1894. Visit now and celebrate London’s defining landmark. BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY
The founders of the London Photo Festival are pleased to announce the 11th annual London Photo Festival will be exhibiting over 75 photographers from around the world. This year’s theme is street photography from around the world, and on the Friday a Click ‘n Clique™ evening will be held, providing a unique platform for visitors to meet the photographers behind the works, and for photographers to network with other photographers and photography industry suppliers. Mapp of London will be also be displaying their leather camera bags and straps. Entry is free for the public to visit and all images are for sale. The Festival will be open from 11h00 on all three days and will remain open late on the Friday, closing at 18h00 on Saturday, 19 May. All visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favourite work in the ‘f/factor™’ competition. This year’s judge is the London based Filip Gierlinski. Born in Warsaw, lived all over and now a London based photographer working with Editorial, Corporate and Commercial clients. Filip will selecting his Best in Show and two runners up at the Private View on 16 May. When: 16 May: Private View (18h00-20h00) 17 May: Festival (11h00-18h00) 18 May: Festival (11h00-20h00) and Click ‘n Clique Networking Evening 19 May: Festival (11h00-18h00) Judges: Filip Gierlinski Where: The Crypt (St George the Martyr Church), Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA For more information or an invitation to the Private View, contact Emma Mapp at firstname.lastname@example.org London Photo Festival Website: http://www.londonphotofestival.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LondonPhotoFestival Twitter: http://twitter.com/LondonPhotoFest Instagram: London Photo Festival Organisers’ details: Mapp of London http://www.mappoflondon.uk HCK Photography http://www.hckphotography.co.uk
Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of 90s culture at the Don’t Look Back in Anger exhibition, coming to the Underdog Gallery for one night only this July. Celebrating 90s British life through art, visitors will be transported back to the last years of the 20th century, in an interactive evening of retro nostalgia. The ticketed event will include art, food, live music, board games and screenings. All art showcased on the night will be for sale, and available for purchase online following the event. Buy Tickets Highlight Nation is a platform dedicated to the nurturing of up and coming talent, whilst the Underdog Gallery continues to represent some of the finest mid-level and established artists. This collaboration is the first of its kind, and comes less than a year after Highlight Nation’s debut 2Pac – Changes art exhibition in September 2017.
Here’s this month’s array of events and activities taking place this May in the vibrant area of London Bridge… Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern | Fashion Textile Museum | Opens 25th May Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world. Book Tickets Nightfall | Bridge Theatre | 1st– 26th May How do you make a future when you can’t escape the past? Rising star Barney Norris explores theme of love, loss and family in the Bridge Theatre’s new production. What you believed in seemed to vanish overnight. So how are you going to live now? One family struggling in the heart of the country looks for a star to steer by as they try to plot a route out of the dark they’ve been pitched into. “Remember the name Barney Norris. He’s a new writer in his twenties, but already outstanding.” – The Times Book Tickets London Pizza Festival | Borough Market | 20th May The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market’s Jubilee Place on Sunday 20th May, bringing with it several slices of cheesy goodness. There’s six pop up pizzerias to choose from and you can wash it all down with a glass of pale ale, which is included in your ticket price. Tickets are available from the Young & Foodish website. Days of Poland Festival | Potters Fields Park | 6th May Join in the fun at Potters Fields Park this weekend as the biggest Polish Festival in the UK returns to London. This family friendly festival will introduce Londoners and visitors to traditional and contemporary Polish music, arts and cuisine. FREE event. More in May 4th- 20th May – A Solo Exhibition by Sculptor Ray Readdy – The Underdog Gallery 5th May – Open Studio – Eames Fine Art 8th May – VB’s Wine, Cheese & General Knowledge Quiz – Vivat Bacchus 10th May – Food & Wine Pairing – WSET School London 12th May – Noisepicker Album Launch – The Underdog Gallery Until 13th May – Anita Klein, These Fleeting Days – Eames Fine Art 14th May – Marvellous Malbec Wine Tasting – Vivat Bacchus 17th May – The Book People at Cottons and No.1 London Bridge – London Bridge City 18th May – Jenny Chandler in Borough Market Demo Kitchen – Borough Market 19th May – Magnificent Machines – Tower Bridge 19th May – Music Weekender – Retribution Alive – The Underdog Gallery 20th May – London Pizza Festival – Borough Market 21st – 25th May – VB’s Annual South African Wine Festival – Vivat Bacchus 22nd May – Introduction to Old World Classic Wines – WSET School London 27th May – Not Now Bernard – Unicorn Theatre 29th – 30th May – What are Teenagers For? Drama Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Shake Juggle and Roll: Dance, Circus and Movement 2 day Workshop – Unicorn Theatre 31st May – Free Family Activities – Jumping Buses (London History Day) – Tower Bridge Throughout May Beatriz Milhazes – Rio Azul – White Cube Bermondsey Sensacional – Unicorn Theatre Baby Show – Unicorn Theatre Bridge House States Exhibition – Tower Bridge Tower Bridge Engine Rooms – Tower Bridge Family Experience – The View from The Shard Regulars Every Wednesday – Weekly Quiz with Dimbleby Cancer Care – Draft House Tower Bridge Every Wednesday and Saturday – Yoga in The Walkways – Tower Bridge Every Friday – Live Music Evenings – Oblix East Every Saturday and Sunday – Market Day – Maltby Street Market