Kaffe Fassett is one of the most successful artists and designers working in contemporary craft today. His career spans over 50 years with a prolific oeuvre that encompasses knitting, needlepoint, mosaic, quilting, textile design, painting and drawing. His books and projects have encouraged millions to make and to create. Kaffe Fassett’s inspiration comes from everything around him; his inimitable eye can translate the most everyday of details into the base for one of his colourful, sophisticated maximalist designs. These designs by Kaffe and the Kaffe Fassett Collective textile designers – Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs – are used and interpreted by quilters around the globe. The exhibition will feature works from international quilters and makers. Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern will explore Fassett’s world, drawing on original artworks from invited makers as well as Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs, textiles works, photographs and archival material to illuminate the work of this distinctive, influential artist and designer. This exhibition is accompanied by the book Kaffe Fassett: The Artist’s Eye by our Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft and is available to pre-order now. Book tickets
Experience an exciting event in the attic of St Thomas’ Church in London Bridge: a secret concert in the oldest operating theatre in Europe. This month features Russell Swallow, an acoustic artist who calls on the classic grooves of James Bay, the storytelling of Tracey Chapman, and the ambience of Ry-X. Russell’s sound is brooding, confessional, indie. Tickets £20 Book here.
A new temporary exhibition in Tower Bridge’s Victorian Engine Rooms Step inside Tower Bridge this January and discover the history of Bridge House Estates, the organisation that oversaw the entire construction of Tower Bridge over a century ago and continues to maintain it to this day. Launching on 24 January and running until the autumn, this temporary exhibition will explore the history and role of this fascinating organisation; from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1282 right up to the crucial role the institution plays in maintaining, repairing and financing London’s five vital river crossings today. As well as Tower Bridge, it looks after London Bridge, for which the Bridge House Estates was originally founded, as well as Blackfriars Bridge, Southwark Bridge and, more recently, Millennium Bridge. While Bridge House Estates maintains its original function as part of the City of London, it is now one of London’s largest independent charities and operates a charitable arm called City Bridge Trust. This philanthropic division supports a wide range of charitable causes, environmental initiatives and social investment inside Greater London and any profit generated by Tower Bridge, such as Exhibition tickets, is invested back into the capital. Visit now and gain insight into the organisation’s activities beyond the bridges including its people and its distinctive insignia, the Bridge Mark. Discover where the Bridge Mark can be found across the world through interactive displays and a take-away map, and be sure to share any new discoveries using #bridgemark. On display in the temporary exhibition space of the atmospheric Engine Rooms, from where the mighty bridge lifts were once powered, this exhibition offers you the perfect chance to explore a slice of London’s history at the heart of one of the world’s most famous river crossings. Entry to this exhibition is included in the admission price. BOOK YOUR TICKET #InsideTowerBridge #bridgemark
Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe. The museum is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. oldoperatingtheatre.com