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Sony World Photography Awards and Martin Parr Exhibition 2017 at Somerset House – 21st April to 7th May 2017

Copyright: © Camilo Diaz, Colombia, 1st Place, Open, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony Wold Photography Awards is celebrating 10 years of the awards exhibition and this year’s edition will include a special exhibition of rarely seen work by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Copyright: © Sergey Dibtsev, Russian Federation, 1st Place, Open, Still Life (open), 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

Ten extraordinary photographs from across the globe were revealed at the end of March 2017 as the winners of the Open categories of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition.

Copyright: © Constantinos  Sofikitis, Greece, 1st Place, Open, Street Photography, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The winners were selected from more than 105,000 entries to the Awards’ Open competition, with the expert panel of judges looking for the best single photographs across ten categories.

Copyright: © Tim Cornbill, United Kingdom, 1st Place, Open, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The ten Open category winners are:

Architecture – Tim Cornbill (UK)

Culture – Jianguo Gong (China)

Enhanced – Lise Johansson (Denmark)

Motion – Camilo Diaz (Colombia)

Nature – Hiroshi Tanita (Japan)

Portraits – Alexander Vinogradov (Russia)

Still Life – Sergey Dibtsev (Russia)

Street Photography – Constantinos Sofikitis (Greece)

Travel – Ralph Gräf (Germany)

Wildlife – Alessandra Meniconzi (Switzerland)

Copyright: © Hiroshi Tanita, Japan, 1st Place, Open, Nature, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The exhibition will include all the winning, shortlisted (top 10) and commended (top 50) photographs drawn from more than 227,000 entries from 183 countries to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

Copyright: © Ralph Gräf, Germany, 1st Place, Open, Travel, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The exhibition will also pay tribute to Martin Parr with three rooms dedicated to his life and work including a hand-picked selection of rarely seen black and white images from his early career, alongside some of the artist’s most talked about work, books and films and original exhibition posters.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors sample some of the latest photographic trends from around the world and see some of the most talented and creative photographers work in one place.

For more information about the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards and to book tickets for the exhibition, visit the Event website here

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Review : RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show at the RHS Horticultural Halls – 29th to 30th March 2017

It may have been a grey morning, however walking into the RHS Lindley and Lawrence Halls, there was plenty of evidence that spring had finally arrived.

The RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show provide an interesting mix of fresh spring plants and exotic orchid displays.

Lindley Hall hosts the prestigious Orchid Show with a collection of orchid exhibitors from overseas and the UK which include British orchid growers Laurence Hobbs Orchids Ltd and Burnham Nurseries. For visitors who want to find out more about growing Orchids there is plenty of advice and a series of dedicated talks programme on Orchids.

In Lawrence Hall, the focus is on the finest Spring plants, including new exhibitors Summerdale Garden Nursery and The Tiny Plant Co. The show includes a wide range of tradestands, with new exhibitors to London Shows such as Garden Brocante (horticultural antiques) along with new nurseries including The Tiny Plant Co, English Iris Company and Summerdale Garden Nursery as well as a full talks programme around spring plants.

Other Highlights of the Show include :

Young Designer of the Year 2017 Finalists will be designing a Pocket Park within the Show to tie in with our Greening Grey Britain Campaign

RHS London Floral Artist in Residence Fiona Haser Bizony will be creating a magnificent hanging floral wave using flowers from her flower farm near Bath.

The RHS Lindley Library will be hosting daily afternoon tours featuring of our latest exhibition ‘Potted’, as well as a Spring Showcase that will feature a collection of seasonal images from RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Floral Spring Wreath Workshops with Helen Cranmer will be available to join for £15 on both days at 11:30am and 2:30pm.

A full programme of Spring Plant and Orchid Talks will be available throughout the Show featuring high-profile speakers such as Pippa Greenwood and Noel Kingsbury. The talks take place throughout both days in both the Lindley and the Lawrence Hall.

As part of the RHS’ commitment to grow the next generation of gardeners, from 2017, shows held in both RHS Halls (such as the RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show), will have a small entry charge for members (£5) and the public (£6 advance, £9 on the day). Shows held in one hall only will be free to RHS members and the public (the Late event will be £5 in advance and on the day for both members and the public).

Funds from ticket sales will go towards helping to pay for RHS Apprentices, to kick-start and enable young people’s careers in horticulture.

The London Shows provide plenty of ideas and inspiration for serious or new gardeners, there is plenty of friendly advice from growers and RHS experts and a large number of events to keep visitors entertained.

Our Video review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

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Leadenhall Market in the City of London

Leadenhall Market is located in the City of London and occupies a site that was once at the centre of Roman London.

In the early 14th century, the site was within the Manor of Leadenhall which belonged to Sir Hugh Neville. It was around this time that it developed a market for poulterers and cheesemongers.

The famous Lord mayor Richard ‘Dick’ Whittington gave Leadenhall to the City in 1411 and the market grew considerably to provide a site for selling poultry, grain, eggs, butter, cheese, herbs and other foodstuffs. Over the next 200 years Leadenhall Market attracted markets for wool, leather and cutlery.

Rudolf Ackermann, Leadenhall Market 1808

Although Leadenhall Market only suffered slight damage in the Great Fire of 1666, it was partially rebuilt as a covered structure and was divided into the Beef Market, the Green Yard and the Herb Market.

Andries Scheerboom 1865, Guildhall Art Gallery – Photo City of London Corporation

In 1881 the City’s architect Sir Horace Jones redesigned Leadenhall Market replacing the earlier stone structure with wrought iron and glass structure which in 1972 was given Grade II heritage listed status.

Leadenhall Market 1895

The Poultry Market remained at Leadenhall until the 20th century and the market was famous for the sale of meat, poultry and fish. However, by the mid-20th century the shops began to be used for general retailing and by the 21st century, the meat market had disappeared and Leadenhall Market had evolved into one of the City’s upmarket shopping centres.

A common saying is that Leadenhall Market is famous for Tom, Dick and Harry.

During the 19th century ‘Old Tom’ was a celebrated character in Leadenhall. He was a gander who managed to escaped being slaughtered at the market. He became a local celebrity until his death in 1835 at the age of 38, he lay in state in the market and was buried on the site.

Dick is famous former Lord mayor Richard ‘Dick’ Whittington who gave Leadenhall to the City in 1411.

Harry is Harry Potter, Part of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was filmed in Leadenhall Market in 2000/2001. The market was used to represent the area of London leading to the wizarding pub The Leaky Cauldron and magical shopping street Diagon Alley.

Leadenhall Market is one of the most attractive old fashioned Victorian markets and is full of shops and other attractions.

Our Video Review available here

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Exhibition Review – Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends at the National Portrait Gallery from 23rd March to 18th June 2017

The National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends which explores the late British artist’s unique approach to portraiture. The exhibition features over 50 works from collections around the world and dating from 1949 to the present, the exhibition illustrates the development of Hodgkin’s portraits which examines what constitutes a portrait and explores key themes within  Hodgkin’s work including colour, memory, emotion, process and imagination.

Although not widely known, Hodgkin was considered one of Britain’s leading artists, winning the Turner Prize in 1985, the year after representing Great Britain at the Venice Biennale.

Whilst on the surface, Hodgkin’s work seems abstract, the artist is concerned with evoking specific individuals in particular situations. Fellow artists, Peter Blake, Stephen Buckley, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Philip King, R.B.Kitaj and Richard Smith are some of Hodgkin’s friends and colleagues who are featured in the exhibition.

Exhibited for the first time are some early drawings from Hodgkin’s private collection including fellow student, Blondie, his landlady Miss Spackman and Two Women at a Table.

In the 1980’s, the artist began to experiment with a series of self-portraits including Self Portrait (1983), the Spectator and Portrait of the Artist ( both 1984 -7).

Many of the portraits are brightly coloured abstract paintings which provide some insight into the personality and the situation that captured Hodgkin’s imagination. With his use of colour and imagination it can be presumed that most of these situations were positive and full of humour and warmth. If in some way Hodgkin’s art can be seen as providing memorials for people, many of whom were friends, they are a fitting tribute.

The same might be said of a recently completed self-portrait by the late artist that is on public display for the first time in the exhibition. Portrait of the Artist Listening to Music was completed by Hodgkin in late 2016 with the National Portrait Gallery exhibition in mind. The large oil on wood painting is Hodgkin’s last major painting, and evokes a deeply personal situation in which the act of remembering is memorialised in paint.

If artist’s recent death may have cast a dark shadow over the exhibition, this was soon dispelled by the warmth and vitality of the paintings. Hodgkin’s portraits are more concerned with memories and emotions rather than physical representations and provide a fitting tribute to the absent friends and the late artist.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

To find out more about the exhibition, visit the National Portrait Gallery website here.

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Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the Victoria and Albert Museum – 30th September 2017 to 25th February 2018

The Victoria and Albert Museum, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, will create a wonderful journey through nearly 400 years of opera, exploring its passion, power and politics.

The exhibition will be one of the first to explore opera on a grand scale, it will immerse visitors in some key moments of the history of European opera from its roots in Renaissance Italy to its present-day form, by focusing on seven operatic premieres in seven cities. It will reveal how opera brings together multiple art forms to create a multi-sensory work of art, and show how social, political, artistic and economic factors interact with great moments in the history of opera to tell a story of Europe over hundreds of years.

More than 300 extraordinary objects, including important international loans, will be shown alongside digital footage of compelling opera performances. Objects on display include Salvador Dali’s costume design for Peter Brook’s 1949 production of Salome; Music in the Tuileries Gardens by Edouard Manet, the original score of Verdi’s Nabucco from the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan; and one of two surviving scores from the first public opera (L’incoronazione di Poppea) will be on display. Original material from the 1934 St Petersburg premiere of Shostakovich’s avant-garde Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk will be reunited and displayed outside Russia for the first time: these include the composer’s original autograph score, along with stage directions, libretto, set models and costume designs.

World-leading opera performances will be played via headphones, dynamically changing as you explore the cities and objects, to create an evocative and fully immersive sound experience. The exhibition will include a powerful new recording of the Royal Opera Chorus singing ‘Va pensiero’ (the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco, experienced in a 360-degree sound installation.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics will be the first exhibition staged in the V&A’s purpose-built Sainsbury Gallery, one of the largest exhibition spaces in Europe.

If you would like further information or book  tickets, visit the V and A website here

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Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories Exhibition at the V and A Museum of Childhood – 22nd July 2017 to 25th February 2018

 

One of Britain’s best-loved storytellers, Michael Morpurgo, will be celebrated in a new, free exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood opening in July. Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories will look at Morpurgo’s life and writing process as well as the lives he has created for some of his remarkable characters. Joey, the original life-size West End horse puppet from the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of War Horse , will be on display at the exhibition. 

This unique exhibition will showcase the notebooks and manuscripts that have become the classics we know today, including War Horse (1982, Egmont), Private Peaceful (2003, Harper Collins), Kensuke’s Kingdom (1999, Egmont) and The Butterfly Lion (1996, Harper Collins).

The exhibition will display draft manuscripts, photographs, notebooks and correspondence that chronicle Michael’s creative process and writing career.

Artwork loaned by some of Britain’s greatest illustrators, including Sir Quentin Blake, Patrick Benson and Michael Foreman, will also be on display.

A handwritten draft of War Horse will be on display, showing how the story evolved from first draft to publication of the book, to adaptation for the National Theatre and Steven Spielberg film scripts. Props from stage and film including a goose puppet, on loan from the National Theatre, and a World War I painting that inspired War Horse , by war artist F. W. Reed will also be on show. 

A replica of Michael’s creative caravan will be reconstructed, so that visitors can imagine, daydream and pen story ideas inspired by Michael’s beloved Devon.

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s greatest living authors for children. His work spans 40 years and a career that has seen the publication of over 150 books for children including wide-ranging topics that explore historical events, natural history and the environment, adventure and family life.

Additional exhibition highlights include: A Replica shipwrecked boat, featured in Wreck of the Zanzibar (1995, Egmont).  A multi-sensory sculpture of Billy the Kid (2002, Harper Collins).   A playful under 5 area inspired by Mudpuddle Farm Series (Harper Collins) and It’s a Dog’s Life (2004, Egmont) with dress up and props.

If you would like further information, visit the Museum of Childhood website here

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Spring Talks and Events at the National Army Museum

On 30 March 2017 the new National Army Museum opens with an exciting new events programme. Over April and May visitors are able to enjoy free themed tours and talks and attend debates on Brexit and the army and art and the British Army. The Easter holiday and spring half term also provide opportunities for children to join in the fun from a robotics challenge to making their own comic. Whatever your interest or age there is something for you to enjoy this Spring at the new National Army Museum.

Highlights

Women soldiers tour

1 April and 6 May, 2.30pm

Free

The first Saturday of each month for a 30-minute guided tour of the galleries exploring 100 years of women in the army. In 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded. This was the first time women could join the army outside of nursing roles. Since then there have been a number of developments for women in the army, culminating in last year’s lifting of the ban on women in combat roles.

Robotics Easter Challenge

1 – 17 April, sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm

Free

Can you master our robotic arms ? Discover how the army uses technology with our robotics challenge. Can you master the robotic arms to complete missions?

Mission 1: Collect easter eggs with your robotic arm. Master the controls and fill a basket without breaking your eggs.

Mission 2: Level up and try using a spoon with your robotic arm to fill the basket. It’s harder than it sounds!

Mission 3: Can you create an ‘eggcellent’ piece of art with your robotic arm? Manoeuvre your arm using pens and stamps. You might just end up on the wall of fame!

Book early to guarantee a space.

Too proud to fight

7 April, 11.30am

Free

A century on from America’s entry into the First World War, Dr Graham Cross explores how we look back on that pivotal decision. The United States of America entered the First World War on 6 April 1917. While British narratives recognise the American contribution, they often also focus on the lateness of entry and the ‘Associate’ status of American belligerence. Graham will discuss the factors that drove the American intervention. He will also examine how British hopes and expectations, both at the time and since, colour our understanding of America’s involvement in the conflict.

Dr Graham Cross is a lecturer in American History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

The Gaza stalemate and Beersheba breakthrough

14 April, 11.30am

Free

Robert Fleming explores the events and impact of the British Army’s campaigns in the Middle East during the First World War. The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 failed to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the First World War. The result for the British Army was a long and bloody struggle through Sinai, Palestine and Syria that would help determine the fate of the Middle East for years to come.

Robert Fleming is the Templer Study Centre Manager at the National Army Museum.

 

Love and attraction in propaganda

21 April, 11.30am

Free

Professor Jo Fox explores how love and sexual attraction were used to mobilise the nation during the World Wars. Using examples from newspapers, postcards, posters, songs and films, Jo will demonstrate how the promise of love, sex and romance was used to encourage enlistment during the First and Second World Wars.

Jo Fox is a professor of Modern British and European History at the University of Durham.

War artists and the press

28 April, 11.30am

Free

Emma Mawdsley looks at artists’ depiction of war in the press of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Art has always been a tool for reporting news. But in the age before photography, artists provided the only images of war zones. In the 19th century, as the thirst for authentic images of conflict grew, newspapers sent artists to accompany troops to war. The images didn’t merely complement the written words, they formed the substance of reporting.

Emma Mawdsley is a Senior Research Curator at the National Army Museum and curator of the War Paint exhibition.

African women in the First World War

5 May, 11.30am

Free

Join Dr Anne Samson and discover the different roles African women have played during war. From camp followers and labourers to spies and snipers, African women of all ethnicities, ages and creeds have played a significant, albeit hidden, role in war. Using the First World War as a hook, Dr Anne Samson will explore the different roles women played in the conduct of war in Africa in the early 20th century. Dr Anne Samson is an author and historian specialising in Africa and the First World War.

 

A history of army nursing: 1854-1918

12 May, 11.30am

Free

To mark International Nurses Day Professor Christine Hallett traces the history of army nursing from the Crimean War until the end of the First World War. Starting with Florence Nightingale’s initial efforts in the Crimean War, she will continue through to the creation of nursing services during the Boer War and the First World War. She will also draw comparisons with similar nursing services in the US military and the Commonwealth, as well as the emergence of the largely voluntary Red Cross.

Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at The University of Manchester.

Exploring the Women’s Royal Army Corps collection

19 May, 11.30am

Free

Dr Alastair Massie shares fascinating stories from the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) collection. On 1 February 1949 the WRAC was founded, allowing women to serve in a wide range of army roles. After the WRAC disbanded in 1992, the National Army Museum took over its collection. Join Alastair as he draws on official documentation, photographs and other personal items to share fascinating stories from the archive.

Dr Alastair Massie is the Head of Academic Access at the National Army Museum.

Make your own comic

27 May – 4 June, sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm

Free

Discover the Ministry of Women graphic novel and have a go at making your own comic. To mark 100 years since the formation of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, the National Army Museum has created a graphic novel, Ministry of Women, featuring the stories of women who have served in the army. Join our hands-on workshop where you can learn how to draw one of the graphic novel’s characters – army code breaker Betty – explore the objects used to inspire the novel, and make your own code! There will be  five 45-minute sessions every day during the May half-term. Book early to guarantee a space.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the National Army Museum website here

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What’s happening for Kids at the Historic Royal Palaces from April – June 2017

The Historic Royal Palaces run a wide range of activities for children all throughout the year, but also put on special events in Children’s holidays like half term  or Easter. Many of the activities are included in the admission charge and offer a fun and exciting way of learning history.  The following is just a selection of some of the attractions at the Historical Royal Palaces.

Highlights

The Palace Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April, 11.00 – 16.00

Hampton Court Palace

Kensington Palace

Find the Lindt Gold Bunny’s hiding places as you explore the spring garden at Kensington Palace and take a peek into royal life inside the palace. Once you have found all the Lindt Gold Bunny’s hiding places, receive your delicious Lindt chocolate treat, lovingly created by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers.

Included in palace admission.

The Magic Garden

Reopens Saturday 1 April, open daily 10.00 – 17.30

Hampton Court Palace

The Magic Garden once again welcomes visitors to experience the legendary world of the Tudor tournament in this imaginative play garden setting. Inspired by the palace’s past, the Magic Garden is located in Henry VIII’s former tiltyard where Tudor tournaments were once held. Discover something new around every twist and turn in an immersive world populated by mythical beasts, including a 25m dragon! Take the family to become Tudor Knights, besiege the battlements, storm the Tiltyard Towers and explore a mysterious secret grotto!

Included in palace admission.

Magic Garden & Maze only ticket: £7.70 adult / £5.50 child / £22 family

Go Medieval at the Tower of London

Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May, 10.00 – 17.00

Tower of London

It’s 1445 and England is celebrating the arrival of a new Queen, Margret of Anjou. Immerse yourself in the medieval world and join in the festivities with plenty of fun for the whole family. Take your chance to meet the new queen and don’t miss seeing her magnificent knights in full sword fighting action!

Included in palace admission.

Horrible Histories – The Best of Barmy Britain at Hampton Court Palace

Saturday 27 May – Saturday 3 June

Hampton Court Palace

From battling Boudicca to horrible Henry and the putrid plague, plunge into the history of Britain… with the nasty bits left in. Find out whether Parliament survived gunpowder Guy, and what made Dick Turpin so dastardly, as the popular Horrible Histories show comes to the gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

Tickets: £12 adult /£7 child. Under 5s free but require ticket.

Armoury in Action

Now Open

Tower of London

Hands-on exhibition Armoury in Action reveals the fascinating story of arms and armoury at the Tower of London. From shooting arrows to assembling firearms and brandishing swords, a thousand years of history is brought to life through a mix of historic objects, audio visual and interactive displays. Created in partnership with Royal Armouries – the national museum of arms and armour – Armoury in Action offers families the chance to discover the weapons, battle skills and royal armourers from the Normans to the Victorian era.

Included in palace admission.

Encounters with the Tudors

Daily from Friday 7 April

Hampton Court Palace

Henry VIII’s magnificent palace will be brought to life every day, and you are invited to join members of the court to explore the perils and intrigues of life as a Tudor.  The cooks in Hampton Court’s historic kitchens will also be roasting meat for the king’s table.

Included in palace admission.

Digital Missions

Daily

Go on an interactive adventure. Meet characters from history, explore all around you, do challenges and win badges! Download the free Time Explorers app and try our Digital Missions for children and their families..

Included in palace admission.

Events

Make History workshops

Saturdays: 29 April, 27 May, 24 June; 11.30, 12.45 and 14.30 (duration: 45 minutes)

Kensington Palace

Get hands on with the palace’s creative workshops for families. Be inspired by a new palace story each month, and make a piece of the past by taking part in a range of exciting activities, from gardening and painting to chocolate making.

Included in palace admission.

Time Explorers Station

Saturdays: 29 April, 27 May, 24 June, 11.00 – 16.00

Kensington Palace

Explore the palace and discover its stories using the palace’s themed activity bags, games, trails and ‘make and take’ activities aimed at babies to children aged 13, all available to collect from the palace’s Time Explorer Station.

Included in palace admission.

Tiny Explorers

10 May – 24 June, every Wednesday and Saturday excluding half term week (Wednesday 30 and Saturday 3 June); 10.30 (babies), 13.00 and 14.30 (walkers)

Kensington Palace

Explore and play in the palace together in one of these special multi-sensory sessions for under-4s! Discover the stories of Kensington Palace through music, movement, messy play and more.

Tickets: £6 per child (price includes up to two adults) / £5 per child for members

Tiny Explorers

11 May – 24 June, every Thursday and Saturday excluding half term week (Thursday 31 May and Saturday 3 June); 10.30 (babies), 13.00 and 14.30 (walkers)

Hampton Court Palace

Explore and play in the palace together in one of these special multi-sensory sessions for under-4s! Discover the stories of Hampton Court Palace through music, movement, messy play and more.

Tickets: £6 per child (price includes up to two adults) / £5 per child for members

Story Scramble – The Tower at War

17-21 April, 11.00 – 15.30

Tower of London

The Tower of London has lots of stories to tell. In this interactive trail and game for families, some of those stories have been scrambled up and must be put back together again. Meet characters from the past, handle objects, look for clues and see if you can connect the pieces as you explore 1000 years of history in a day.

Included in palace admission.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the HRP website here

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RHS Gardens near London Summer Events Programme – June to August 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) presents a number of exciting talks and events at its gardens this summer, the two nearest to London are the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey and RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex.

June

1-4 June: Family Gardening Show, RHS Garden Wisley

The whole family can enjoy this fantastic event which will see fascinating talks, workshops and a special In The Night Garden zone, hosting plenty of children’s activities.

17-18 June: Plant Society Show, RHS Garden Wisley

A chance to chat to the experts for plant advice while enjoying lovely displays of colourful and unusual plants from specialist societies. There will also be plant care demonstrations and the opportunity to purchase plants and seeds which aren’t widely available.

17-18 June: Rose Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Discover RHS Garden Hyde Hall in full bloom this weekend which offers a series of walks and talks showcasing the beautiful Rose Garden.

24 June-30 July: Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Discover the range of creations showcasing a huge variety of materials and styles from the Surrey Sculpture Society as it returns to the gardens for this delightful exhibition.

July

1 July: Jazz Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Back by popular demand, the Sunshine Kings return for an evening of jazz as visitors sit back, relax and enjoy as they take in the stunning views of the garden.

1-31 July: Alison Catchlove Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Wisley

An exhibition of Alison’s quirky nature-inspired sculptures will be on display around the garden throughout the month.

14-15 July: Summer Nights Film Screening, RHS Garden Wisley

A chance to experience your favourite films in the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Wisley with classics Greece and Top Gun.

15-16 July: Global Growth Vegetable Garden Opening Weekend, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Join RHS Garden Hyde Hall to celebrate the opening of their major new garden development. Designed by Lady Xa Tollemache, the garden will harvest fruit and vegetables from around the world. There will be a variety of talks and tours, cooking demonstrations, and tastings taking place and little visitors can also discover salad dressing making.

15-16 July: ArtsFest, RHS Garden Wisley

This event celebrates the summer with music, dance, magic, craft and performances as it showcases the beautiful Garden in the summer.

22 July: Outdoor Cinema Evening – Bridesmaids, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Partnering with Essex Outdoor Cinema, RHS Garden Hyde Hall will be screening this popular film for one evening only. Food and drink will also be available to buy or guests are welcome to bring their own picnic.

2017 celebrates 75 years since Enid Blyton’s very first Famous Five book, ‘Five On A Treasure Island’, was published. To mark the occasion the RHS has teamed up with Enid Blyton Entertainment and Hodder Children’s Books to offer a range of events and activities this summer, from themed crafts to garden games and storytelling.

August

3-6 Aug: Hyde Hall Flower Show, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

A beautiful presentation of specialist nurseries, floral displays and trade stands, including many RHS Chelsea Flower Show medal winners. There will be a shopping emporium of quality plants, a floral art marquee, an artist’s pavilion, a variety of food and drink plus live music – this show is not to be missed!

12 Aug: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatre Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

The Pantaloons are back to give Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream a fresh twist. Guests can experience this new exciting performance as the sun sets over the gardens.

17 Aug: Summer Shopping Evening, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

A chance to browse the RHS Shop and Plant Centre’s summer sale offering up to 50% off and a chilled glass of prosecco for the early birds.

19 Aug-24 Sep: Surrey Sculpture Society Trail, RHS Garden Wisley

Visitors can take a late summer wander around Wisley with this unique art experience featuring over 60 sculptures by some of the South East’s finest artists.

20 Aug: Classic Car Day, RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Welcoming an array of local Classic and Sports Car Clubs, this event will see Jaguar Cars, Morgans, Porsches and Austin 7’s come together for car lovers and families alike.

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

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Exhibition Review : Michelangelo and Sebastiano at the National Gallery – 15th March to 25th June 2017

The National Gallery presents the first ever exhibition which explores the creative partnership between Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1455-1547).

The exhibition features loans from some of the most prestigious art galleries in the world including the only marble sculpture by Michelangelo in Great Britain – The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John, also known as the Taddei Tondo from the Royal Academy, some of the paintings and objects have not left their collections for centuries. There are around seventy works in the exhibition including paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters related to Michelangelo and Sebastiano.

It was in 1511, Sebastiano, a talented Venetian painter, arrived in Rome. He met Michelangelo, who was working on the Sistine Chapel ceiling at the time and the two quickly became friends. The friendship developed into a working collaboration with Michelangelo providing drawings and conceptual ideas. The work produced by Michelangelo and Sebastiano rivalled the work of rival Raphael who had dominated painting in Rome in this period. The friendship between the two artists lasted over twenty-five years before they fell out apparently arguing over a painting technique

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the Lamentation over the Dead Christ, also known as the Viterbo Pietà (about 1512–16). This painting was Michelangelo and Sebastiano’s first collaboration and represents their combined vision of a large-scale nocturnal landscape. The Lamentation will be united with Sebastiano’s Christ’s Descent into Limbo (1516) from the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and Francisco Ribalta’s 17th-century copy of Sebastiano’s lost Christ Appearing to the Apostles. The three paintings will be presented in their original triptych format for the first time since they were separated in 1646.

The success of the Viterbo Pietà led to two major commissions, both of which were completed with the help of Michelangelo, the decoration of the Borgherini Chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio, Rome (1516–24) and The Raising of Lazarus (1517–19).

The exhibition includes a three-dimensional reproduction of the Borgherini Chapel in S. Pietro in Montorio, Rome created using state of the art digital imaging and reconstruction techniques.

The Raising of Lazarus is an important part of the National Gallery history becoming part of the foundational group of paintings in the Gallery in 1824, where it was given the very first inventory number, NG1. Scientific research on The Raising of Lazarus suggests that Sebastiano’s contribution to be more substantial than previously assumed with Michelangelo revising drawing at a relatively advanced stage.

Among other exhibition highlights is The Risen Christ by Michelangelo, a larger-than-life-size marble statue carved by Michelangelo in 1514–15 lent by the Church of S. Vincenzo Martire, Bassano Romano (Italy). The Risen Christ will be shown with a 19th-century plaster cast after Michelangelo’s second version of the same subject (1528–21), which usually resides in the S. Maria sopra Minerva, Rome.

Sebastiano’s Visitation from the Louvre, Paris, and the Lamentation over the Dead Christ from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, leave their collections for the first time to travel to the exhibition.

This fascinating exhibition charts the two artists friendship against the background of considerable political, religious and social turmoil in Italy. Whilst Michelangelo’s reputation is still strong , Sebastiano has been largely forgotten under the assumption that he played a minor role in the collaborations with his more well-known partner. This exhibition goes some way to reappraise the importance of an artist considered the equal of Raphael in his time.

Our Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information, visit the National Gallery website here

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