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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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