Exhibition Review : Turner Prize 2016 at Tate Britain – 27th September 2016 to 2nd January 2017

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Tate Britain today unveiled an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for Turner Prize 2016: Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.  The Turner Prize is one of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world and often promotes considerable public and media debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

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Michael Dean presents Sic Glyphs, a combination of works from his nominated exhibitions at South London Gallery and de Appel, Amsterdam. Working primarily in sculpture, Dean creates moulds and casts into an alphabet of human-scale shapes, using materials that are instantly recognisable from everyday life such as concrete, soil, sand, and corrugated sheet metal. His sculpture (United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty-six pounds sterling as published on 1st September 2016) consists of £20,436 in pennies. When installing the work Dean removed one coin, so that the money you see before you represents one penny below the UK poverty line for a family four. 

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Anthea Hamilton presents Lichen! Libido! (London!) Chastity! a re-staging of her nominated solo exhibition at SculptureCenter, New York. Working across sculpture, installation, performance and video, Hamilton uses her research into subjects as diverse as lichen, disco and design history to create works that have a surrealist or pop culture theme. One of the highlights of the exhibition is Hamilton’s larger than life sculpture of a backside, Project for a Door (After Gaetano Pesce) 2016.

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Helen Marten presents a series of works from nominated projects Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale and Eucalyptus Let Us In at Greene Naftali, New York. Using sculpture, screen printing and writing Marten produces works that are full of models and motifs taken from contemporary visual culture.

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Josephine Pryde presents work from her nominated exhibition lapses in Thinking By the person i Am at CCA Wattis, San Francisco, alongside a series of new works she has created to mark the time between her nomination for the Turner Prize and the opening of this exhibition. Photographs are joined by a stationed model of a train entitled The New Media Express in a Temporary Siding (Baby Wants To Ride) 2016. Tagged by graffiti artists from the cities in which it has previously been exhibited.

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All the artists have provided their own particular take on modern culture, often with a degree of wit and humour. The Turner Prize is often controversial with critics and the public  debating the old ‘is it art’ argument. If you would you like to make your own mind up, the exhibition offers an opportunity for visitors to take pictures and join the debate.

Established in 1984 and now in its 32nd year, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 28 April 2016. The winner will be announced on 5 December at an awards ceremony broadcast live on the BBC.

The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The winner will be decided by the Turner Prize 2016 jury, who are Michelle Cotton, Director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Tamsin Dillon, Curator; Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield. The jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.

This year’s Turner Prize also marks the first ‘Pay What You Can’ scheme at Tate Britain, open to visitors every Tuesday throughout the run of the exhibition.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

Turner Prize 2016

27 September 2016 – 2 January 2017

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00

Admission £10.90 (£9.50 concessions); ‘Pay What You Can’ every Tuesday

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Britain website here

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PAD London in Berkeley Square – 5th to 9th October 2016

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PAD London celebrates 10 years in its location of Berkeley Square. PAD is rooted in the tradition of French Decorative and when it launched in 2007 it became the first London fair to bring art and design under one roof.

There will be 66 international galleries are participating in this year’s edition, with 14 newcomers and 52 returning exhibitors PAD will cover a wide range of art and design with artefacts dating from  the 1st Millennium BC to the present day.

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Contemporary design sees the arrival of Sarah Myerscough, showcasing an extraordinary set of eye-catching sculptural pieces by designers Joseph Walsh and Christopher Duffy, specially commissioned for the fair. New bronze cast furniture by American artist-designer Michele Oka Doner will be the focus of a solo exhibit at David Gill, whilst Maria Wettergren introduces bold sculpted works by Danish designer Rasmus Fenhann.

Post-war design category comes with the arrival of Galerie Le Beau from Brussels, dedicating their inaugural exhibit to Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm, and French specialist Alexandre Guillemain presenting exceptional pieces by Japanese American modernist George Nakashima. Oscar Graf and Blairman both place a focus on British Arts & Crafts with iconic works by Christopher Dresser, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and copper designs by William Arthur Benson Smith.

Modern Art includes Opera Gallery making its debut at PAD with a focus on Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger, alongside pop artists Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. Richard Green, also new to the fair, places an important masterpiece by Marc Chagall in the spotlight, whilst Aktis Gallery concentrates on the sculptural work of Cuban artist Agustín Cárdenas. Repetto reinforces the representation of post-war Italian art, with exceptional works by Giorgio Morandi and Fausto Melotti.

This year, the PAD London Restaurant and Ruinart bar will be designed by celebrated interior designer Veere Grenney, who will introduce his refined signature touch, mixing past and present, classic and modern to deliver an elegant dining experience. The Moët Hennessy-PAD London Prize is returning with a revived panel of luminaries from the worlds of design, art and fashion, chaired by Jasper Conran. Over twenty judges will preview the fair and select the winners in the following categories: Best Contemporary Design, Best 20th Century Decorative Art and Best Stand.

PAD London :  5 – 9 October 2016 Berkeley Square, W1

Opening Hours : Wednesday 5 – Saturday 8 October 11am-8pm  Sunday 9 October 11am-6pm

Tickets –  Online purchase available Adults: £25 Students (with valid ID card): £15

Free entrance for children

If you would like more information about PAD London, visit the website here

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Nanjing Cultural Weekend in London – 23rd to 25th September 2016

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The London Design Festival 2016 has included hundreds of events around London which promotes British and International design. One of the highlights of the International design section has been Nanjing Week which illustrates the different ways that China is moving beyond its strong manufacturing base to develop its design and creative industries.

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In the Nanjing weekend event near to Tower Bridge, visitors can explore Movilla which is a unique mobile, multi-purpose space solution created by one of Nanjing’s premier designers.

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Easily transportable, it expands on-site. Movilla has a large number of energy generating solar panels and energy and water saving features, it is innovative, eco-friendly and endlessly adaptable for various uses. It expands on-site within 5 minutes from its minimum size of 8m x 2.4m x 3m to its maximum of 11m x 6.5m x 3.2m.This will be the first opportunity to see Movilla in the UK.

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If China design is looking forward, it has not forgotten its past with the event featuring musical, cultural and creative events from Nanjing, including traditional Chinese musicians, woodblock printing workshops, Chinese food stalls and Chinese souvenir stalls.

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If you would like more information about Nanjing Week, visit the website here

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Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds at the Royal Albert Hall – 28th October 2016

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 Music legend Brian Wilson will play the final date of his world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Pet Sounds album, at the Royal Albert Hall.

Originally released on 16 May 1966, Pet Sounds is universally hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Brian Wilson and his band will be joined at the Royal Albert Hall by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin for a live performance of Pet Sounds in its entirety, as well as top hits and fan favourites spanning Wilson’s 54-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist.

If you would like to find out more or buy a ticket, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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Paul Simon at the Royal Albert Hall – 7th and 8th November 2016

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Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon returns to the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 with his new album Stranger to Stranger.

Simon has already played 12  performances at the Hall, performing international hits including The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, and Bridge Over Troubled Water, as well as music from Grammy Award winning albums of the year Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland.

These concerts will see Simon play a two-hour set featuring classic songs spanning his illustrious career, as well as a selection of tracks from his eagerly anticipated forthcoming album Stranger to Stranger. Full of thrilling, imaginative textures, Stranger to Stranger conjures a vivid and vital new context to Simon’s well-established virtuosity as a singer and songwriter. The record, his first since 2011’s acclaimed So Beautiful or So What.

If you would like to find out more or buy a ticket, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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Andrea Bocelli at the O2 arena – 1st October 2016

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One of the world’s great operatic voices, Andrea Bocelli returns to The O2 on Saturday 1 October 2016 celebrating the greatest movie songs of all time.

Showcasing his latest, epic album ‘Cinema,’ the tour will feature stunning pieces from the classic cinema soundtracks along with arias and duets from the most legendary operas and other classic pieces from the artist’s repertoire.

If you would like to find out more or buy a ticket, visit the O2 website here

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Van Morrison and Jeff Beck at The O2 arena – 30th October 2016

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The Blues Fest returns to The O2 for three days of must-see live music on October 28 – 30th.

Highlights include UK guitar legend Jeff Beck alongside musical legend Van Morrison. The festival will also present the first London show in six years from Paul Rodgers’ rock supergroup Bad Company featuring special guest US guitarist and Bon Jovi collaborator Richie Sambora and a special one-off Bill Wyman 80th birthday concert featuring Mark Knopfler, Bob Geldof, Imelda May, and Mick Hucknall.

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