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Exhibition Review : Voyages at the Science Museum from 14th March until 25th June 2017

Internationally acclaimed photographers Anderson & Low have turned their attention onto the Science Museum’s much-loved collection of maritime models to create an exhibition full of beautiful ghostly images.

The maritime models were displayed for almost half a century in the Science Museum’s Shipping Galleries before the galleries were closed in 2012. The models have been subject to careful conservation over the last five years.

This new series of photographs by Anderson & Low gives new life to the models by considering the way they represent much larger themes of fantasy, adventure and exploration.

Created using only ambient light, the photographs explore the mini dramas represented by the ships.

All kinds are ships are represented from warships to Thames barges, each veiled under a mysterious atmospheric mist.

Whilst some photographs are considered Turneresque seascapes, others create an almost surreal aspect where it is difficult to distinguish if the ship is real or a model.

It is this question of perception that intrigued Anderson & Low who provide a series of quotes that illustrate the way that science and art are often intrinsically linked in looking at the world in different ways.

This attractive and interesting free exhibition provides an opportunity to consider how even the most mundane of subjects can be transformed by re- imagining the context and how they are visually presented.

Voyages by Anderson & Low runs from the 14th March to 25th June 2017.

Our Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information, visit the Science Museum website here

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Exhibition Review – Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask at the National Portrait Gallery from 9th March to 29th May 2017

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask at the National Portrait Gallery brings together over 100 works by French artist Claude Cahun (1894–1954) and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing (b.1963). Whilst it may be seen as an unusual collaboration being born 70 years apart, however both artists share similar themes of gender, identity, masquerade and performance.

Cahun was affiliated with the French Surrealist movement and associated with André Breton and Man Ray, despite these associations her work was rarely exhibited during her lifetime.

Gillian Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997 and has exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Although the scale of the photographs between the two woman varies greatly, the themes are remarkably similar. Cahun and her partner, the artist and stage designer Marcel Moore created a series of photographs where Cahun is depicted wearing masks and costumes and developing Surrealist representations. She plays with different aspects of her appearance by shaving her hair and wearing wigs and often challenges the traditional notions of gender roles.

Wearing’s photographic self –portraits are much more complex by incorporating recreations of her as others in a range of guises, In one series she becomes her immediate family members using prosthetic masks.

Both sets of photographs illustrate the two artists’ fascination with identity and gender and the art of performance and masquerade.

Wearing is not only influenced by Cahun but reconstructs some of Cahun’s self-portraits.  Wearing’s Me as Cahun holding a mask of my face is a reconstruction of Cahun’s self-portrait Don’t kiss me I’m in training of 1927.

Specially created for the exhibition in tribute to the surrealist work of Claude Cahun, My Exquisite Corpse is Wearing’s own version of a parlour game played by the Surrealists in which each participant draws on a sheet of paper, folds it to conceal the work and passes it to the next player for their contribution. For this composite portrait of herself, Wearing invited fellow artists Gary Hume and Michael Landy to collaborate, with Hume creating the head, Landy, the torso, and Wearing the legs.

Also shown for the first time in the UK is Rock n’roll 70 wallpaper (2015-16), a computer-generated impression of the artist aging.

This fascinating exhibition explores the many themes of gender, identity, masquerade, performance and the idea of the self.  Although separated by 70 years, both artists provide often disquieting portraits that reflect how identity and the idea of the self are intrinsically linked. This has never been so topical with concerns that the creation of online persona are often at odds with ‘real life’.

Our Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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

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Exhibition Review – The American Dream: pop to the present at the British Museum from 9th March to 18th June 2017

The British Museum presents the UK’s first major exhibition to feature modern and contemporary American printmaking .The American Dream: pop to the present exhibition will explore the remarkable creativity of a medium that flourished through some of the most turbulent periods in US history.

The exhibition will include important loans from the New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC as well as works drawn from the British Museum’s extensive collection of prints. The exhibition will feature over 200 works by 70 artists and chart the way that printmaking has influenced American art over the past six decades.

Some of America’s greatest artists in the medium are featured including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Chuck Close, Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. Many of the artists used printmaking to address some of the many social issues of the period such as race, AIDS, and feminism.

The start of the exhibition is dominated by Andy Warhol’s Marilyn which encapsulate the way that some of the strategies of mass advertising were used and distorted for artistic reasons.

A couple of Roy Lichtenstein prints illustrate the way that the comic strip format could be turned into works of art.

Other American printmakers like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Jim Dine in the early 1960s took ordinary recognisable objects and transferred them into a series of works that looked at American life.  

The exhibition illustrates how printmaking changed considerably in the 1960s, the production, marketing and consumption of prints was tied to the growth of consumerism and influenced how the various messages were packaged. In post-war America, a new generation of artists saw printmaking as a vehicle to comment on certain aspects of the American dream and address many of the social issues of the day.  Some of this artists are shown in action on film showing the various processes to create the final products. Technological advances allowed artists to create prints in state-of-the-art workshops for the growing audience for prints which often provided some comment on modern American life.

Whilst some prints celebrated America’s dynamism and enterprise such as Rauschenberg’s Sky Garden from his Stoned Moon print series (marking the 1969 moon landings) other works concentrated on the dark underbelly of American society producing pieces on subjects such as President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the Vietnam War, the struggle for civil rights, the AIDS crisis and issues of gender and identity.

The Aids crisis provided the impetus for a series of artists including Keith Haring to produce a variety of printed matter.

African-American artists began to look to slavery has a way to suggest that the struggle for equality was far from over.

The confidence and assertiveness of America in the post-war boom years gradually gave way to the idea that the idealism of the American Dream was flawed when there were a large number of issues that needed to be addressed. These issues have not gone away and the election of Donald Trump could lead to a new renaissance of artistic creativity.

This fascinating exhibition provides plenty of evidence that American artists in the 1960s and later often turned their back on the more traditional media to explore the dynamic and expressive potential of printmaking to reach a wider audience and address wider social and political issues. Whilst now commonplace, the use of printmaking in this period was a radical artistic shift that led to a number of iconic images.

Our Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets, visit the British Museum website here

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Review: The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia – 3rd March 2017

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Spring has arrived at Kensington Olympia with an explosion of colour and vibrancy to delight and inspire crafters. 

The wide range of fabrics, yarn, craft tools, kits, patterns, beads and equipment will appeal to all crafters. The vast and varied selection of fabrics, in particular, will be of great interest to those who enjoy sewing or embroidery. 

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The show organisers were very welcoming and the venue offered plenty of seating and space to take the occasional rest or have a spot of lunch and cup of tea. 

The retail stands are absorbing and a delight to explore but the Knitting & Stitching show offers much more, including free demonstrations, workshops and fascinating displays of textile art showcasing both the traditional and contemporary. 

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Astronaut Tim Peake is immortalised in a large quilt featuring the BBC Breaking News . 

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Don’t miss the scary Games of Thrones star. 

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There are also practical studio classes on offer where, for a modest fee, you can learn new techniques in small groups led by some of the UK’s leading craft experts [limited availability so book in advance to be sure of a place].

The Campaign for Creativity has been launched in recognition of creative learning being vital to child development, including expression, problem solving and developing communication.  In recent years the emphasis on creative subjects in schools has dwindled despite the health benefits. The show is collecting embroidered signatures as a visual representation of the Creativity Petition. Take your own or create at the show with helpers and materials supplied.

As always, we left the show weighed down with replenished supplies, new products to try and lots of exciting ideas to keep us busy for months ahead.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Contributor and photographs – Kris Webb

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Lloyd’s Choir Spring Concert at St Katharine Cree Church – 29th March 2017

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One of the musical delights of the City of London is the series of concerts that take place in many of the historic churches dotted around the Square Mile.

One of the oldest choirs in the City not connected directly to the churches is the Lloyd’s Choir which was first formed in 1922. The choir first performed in 1922, within the Underwriting Room at the Royal Exchange and concerts were then given regularly, mainly in the Public Hall of the same building.

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After the Second World War, the choir was re-established and performed with considerable success.  In the 1980s, the choir moved to St. Katharine Cree in Leadenhall Street which is still home to the choir today.

Since then, a series of professional conductors have greatly enhanced the reputation of the choir. The choir regularly perform concerts in various locations around the city and has featured on television several times.

One of the highlights of the choir’s year is the Spring Concert to be held in the beautiful St Katharine Cree Church in Leadenhall Street on  29th March 2017 at 7pm.

The programme will be a mixture of new and traditional favourites featuring music by Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, Brahms and Jacques Cohen.

Jacques Cohen will be conducting the choir and the Cohen Ensemble.

Tickets £15 available on the door, in advance from choir members or Eventbrite.co.uk (booking charges apply)

For more information about the Lloyd’s Choir, visit their website here

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Daunt Books Festival – 16th to 17th March 2017

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The ever popular Daunt bookshop in Marylebone, once again plays host to the Daunt Books Festival on the 16th and 17th March 2017. The festival covers a wide range of subjects and attracts many of the big names in the book world, this year is no exception with Thomas Rid’s Age of the Cyber- Men which discusses the history of cybernetics, his book Rise of the Machines, takes us on a fascinating journey from the impact of radar and pilotless bombs in WW2, to today’s CCTV and cyber-wars.

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In Rogues’ Gallery, Philip Hook takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the brilliance, cunning, greed and daring of its practitioners.

Elif Shafak, the most widely read female writer in Turkey  and the acclaimed author of ten novels including The Architect’s Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul is in conversation with Alex Clark.

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In the Holy Land with Harold finds Antonia Fraser discussing with Mark Lawson about her trip to Israel in 1978 with Harold Pinter.

Tim Marshall with Peter Frankopan will discuss if we are Prisoners of Geography in a look at some of complex challenges of the modern world.

Full Programme

 

Thursday 16th March  |  10:30am – 11:30am

The Optician of Lampedusa

Emma Jane Kirby

Tickets £6.00

 

Thursday 16th March  |  12:00pm – 1:00pm

Matrons, Maths, and Midnight Feasts

Ysenda Maxtone Graham with Allison Pearson

Tickets £6.00

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Thursday 16th March  |  1:30pm – 2:30pm

Age of the Cyber-Men

Thomas Rid with Gordon Corera

Tickets £6.00

 

Thursday 16th March  |  3:15pm – 4:15pm

The Bookshop Band

Tickets free

 

Thursday 16th March  |  5:00pm – 6:00pm

Rogues’ Gallery

Philip Hook with Philip Mould

Tickets £6.00

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Thursday 16th March  |  7:00pm – 8:00pm

Three Daughters of Eve

Elif Shafak  talks to Alex Clark

Tickets £8.00

 

Thursday 16th March  |  8:30pm – 9:30pm

Back to the 1930s?

Philippe Sands with Margaret MacMillan

Tickets £8.00

 

Friday 17th March  |  10:00am – 11:15am

Emily’s Walking Book Club

Metroland by Julian Barnes

Tickets free

 

Friday 17th March  |  12:00pm – 1:00pm

Yankees, Ghosts, and Abraham Lincoln

George Saunders with John Lanchester

Tickets £6.00

 

Friday 17th March  |  1:30pm – 2:30pm

Les Parisiennes

Anne Sebba with Midge Gillies

Tickets £6.00

 

Friday 17th March  |  3:00pm – 4:00pm

Cavendish Winds

Tickets free

 

Friday 17th March  |  5:00pm – 6:00pm

Murders Most Unladylike

Robin Stevens with Katherine Woodfine

Tickets free

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Friday 17th March  |  7:00pm – 8:00pm

In the Holy Land with Harold

Antonia Fraser with Mark Lawson

Tickets £8.00

 

 

Friday 17th March  |  8:30pm – 9:30pm

Prisoners of Geography, Prisoners of the Past?

Tim Marshall with Peter Frankopan

Tickets £8.00

For more information and tickets, visit the Daunt Books website here

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