Out of the Blue celebrates the work of influential design company Designers Guild. Founded by Tricia Guild OBE, Designers Guild started life in 1970 as a small section of a single shop in Chelsea’s Kings Road. The brand has since evolved and grown into a global enterprise, whose products have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes. Out of the Blue unravels Tricia Guild’s unique and creative approach, focusing in on her inspiration, her intuitive design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials used. Frustrated with the lack of truly contemporary fabrics and wallpapers for interiors, Tricia’s vision was to create a lifestyle. Tricia showed people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space.Offering unique access to Designers Guild’s archive, with never before displayed original designs and art work, Out of the Blue will showcase the story of Designers Guild, in settings that capture the changing tastes in interiors over the past five decades. Exhibition Dates: 14 February – 14 June 2020 Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am – 5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays Please note: The Museum does not have a permanent display, and instead offers one focused temporary exhibition every three months within a year which allows the Museum to display a rich variety of contemporary fashion and textile items. Suggested visit time 45 minutes to an hour. Some spaces may be closed on occasion for workshops, events and courses. Please contact the Museum before you visit for more information. Tickets | Book Online 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 Children under 12 are free. *Includes 10% gift aid Group Bookings Please fill in the Group Bookings Form or contact the Museum with your requirements.
Part of Totally Thames 2019. A moment or two by the river paints a picture that is by its nature a slow paced affair – boats drift by in both directions seemingly with all the time in the world and no particular destination & a gentle rhythm out of sync in this restless city. Spend an hour looking at the river and time seems to speed up as if trying to match the pace of the city, the fast blue and white clippers seem suddenly everywhere and the pleasure boats packed to the brim bustle by leaving behind trails of sound and laughter. Huge cruise liners and navy ships pulled by tugs put in on occasion to add scale to the speed boats and kayaks that skim precariously about in their wake. The two images shown in this exhibition were captured at different times of the day and each image looks to give an idea of all the activity that took place on the river during a one hour period. The image featuring London Bridge and the Tower of London was taken around 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning just as the river began to wake up and its usual & traffic began to make an appearance. The second image featuring the Shard was taken on a weekday but just one hour later, and what a difference – peak time with the summer buzz in full swing! The two large panoramic images are made up from stitching together around 100 high resolution separate pictures for each panoramic, all taken with the Sigma and Quattro H and Sigma 24-70mm Art lens and the Sigma 70-200mm Sports lens. The north facing image was taken from the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard at level 52, and the south facing image was taken from the Sky Pod Bar on level 35. Project Partners: The project is supported by the Totally Thames Festival, Team London Bridge, Hewlett-Packard, PressOn, Barratt London, Sigma Imaging, Shangri-La Hotel Shard and Network Rail. Sun 1st – Mon 30th Sep, London Bridge Station.
In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend. The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London. Exhibition Dates: 27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020 | Book Online Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am – 5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays Image: Dame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon Emmett.
Art in London Bridge isn’t confined to traditional galleries; it is waiting to be discovered in all kinds of interesting locations. London Bridge Hotel is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager Julio Marques has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs reimagined, screen printing and painting on silk. For the summer exhibition, London Bridge OPEN exhibiting artists are: Aasiri Wickremage, Adrian Flaherty, Alison Cooke, Ann Dickie, Anna Gibb, Emma Barnie, Cameron Scott, Christina Borg, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Jenna Moore, Kim Youdan, Liz Whiteman Smith, Louise Sheridan, Lottie Stoddart, Octavia Milner and Robert Wilkinson and Shirley Hunter . This free exhibition will run throughout June and beyond. All work displayed will be available to buy. The initiative by partners London Bridge Hotel, Team London Bridge and Southwark Council is an innovative new approach to supporting local artists.
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
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