Lead image: The Jorge Pardo Installation at Victoria Miro gallery (© Jorge Pardo, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London / Venice)
1 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Returning in its 14th edition, Collect is bringing together 39 of the most prestigious galleries to showcase more than 400 artists from 13 countries around the world. This event exhibits museum-quality pieces from artists that span the leading disciplines of jewellery, textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalsmithing, and glass; as well as presenting work in highly specialized areas such as bookbinding, and unusual materials including paper, willow, vellum and lacquer. This weekend also features talks from leading international voices across materials and industries. Tickets start at £20; concessions £14.
King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; craftscouncil.org.uk
2 Curtains at Rose Theatre Kingston
22 February – 17 March
Curtains follows a family in turmoil as they attempt to celebrate a birthday. The family’s efforts to be cheerful during Ida’s eighty-sixth birthday and make the day a success verge on desperate. Ida is racked with pain and feels she has lived too long. During the celebrations, Ida’s third daughter returns unexpectedly after a 25-year absence and tensions flare. Old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in a hilariously painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil. Full tickets from £17 and concession tickets from £12.
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org
3 Vice Versa at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mayfair
23 February to 31 March
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is pleased to present Vice Versa, a solo show of iconic paintings, photographs, installation, videos and wallpaper by the American artist Sturtevant. The exhibition will be her first posthumous London showing and the most recent in the UK since 2013. Sturtevant’s work enacts a radical and distinctly feminist repossession of cultural iconography through repetitions of artworks from memory across multiple disciplines from video to screen printing. The gallery on Dover Street will present a retrospective of Sturtevant’s work engaging with artists from Warhol to Duchamp; Felix Gonzales-Torres to Jasper Johns, highlighting relationships in Sturtevant’s work between her subversive approach to repetition, conceptions of authorship and the abundance of our digital era.
Ely House, 37 Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4NJ; ropac.net
4 Dan Cruickshank at Greenwich Theatre
Architectural historian and author Dan Cruickshank is coming to Greenwich Theatre. Cruickshank has been a regular on BBC television as presenter of architectural programmes such as One Foot in the Past and The House of Detectives. Cruickshank’s talk will centre on his book, A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings. He will be talking about all that architecture touches: art, culture, science, and engineering, bringing them together in an over-arching narrative. This event is a part of the ‘Talking Head’ series that has packed Greenwich Theatre over the last two years through the likes of Germaine Greer, David Starkey and Nigel Marven. 7.30pm.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
5 God’s Own Country at Catford Constitutional Club
Catford Film is screening BAFTA-nominated God’s Own Country at Catford Constitutional Club this weekend. The free event is first-come-best-seat, so get there sharpish! The film is about Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor), who works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England, coping with the frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking sessions and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny an intense relationship forms between the two. 7.30pm-10.30pm.
Catford Broadway, Catford SE6 4SP; facebook.com
6 Hear me Raw at Arcola Theatre, Dalston
Until 24 February
Daniella Isaacs is bringing the hit show Hear me Raw to London’s Arcola Theatre. In an autobiographical story about empowerment and crippling insecurity, fitspiration and fragile bones, superfood smoothies and so much debt, Daniella Isaacs peels back the Instagram filter to reveal the dirty truth behind clean living. Aged 24, Isaacs joined the cult of contemporary wellness. She spiralised courgettes, saluted the sun, and came out top in spinning class. She even ghostwrote for some of the world’s most well-known wellness brands. But it’s been two years since her last period. Her bones are disintegrating, hairs are springing up in all the wrong places, and her anxiety is sky-rocketing. The doctors are saying her lifestyle is responsible. In a clean-living obsessed world, what does wellness even mean?
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL; arcolatheatre.com
7 Best of British at M1 Fine Art, Greenwich
Until 1 March
This February M1 Fine Art in Greenwich hosts the The Royal Society of British Artists in an exhibition showcasing the Best of British, showing the very best work so visitors can enjoy a varied selection of art to catch the interest of all. The RBA have consistently been at the forefront of artistic innovation since before the days of Whistler, LS Lowry and Henry Moore, so enjoy oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture, and more from some of the most respected artists working in Britain today.
20 Nelson Road, Greenwich SE10 9JB; m1fineart.com
8 The B*easts at Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush
Until 3 March
BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan brings her first play, The B*easts, to the Bush Theatre from 12 February following a hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it won a Stage Edinburgh Award 2017. It is a searing ‘What If?’ exploration of the pornification of our culture and the sexualisation of our children. Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards our children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring Monica Dolan, explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
9 Orchids Festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Until 11 March
Thailand’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life will be the centrepiece of Kew Gardens’ Orchids Festival in February. Inside the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors to Kew’s 23rd annual Orchids Festival will get a chance to shake off the winter blues and get creative. Colourful floral displays will welcome visitors as they enter the tropical glasshouse and wander through a magnificent Vanda tunnel bedecked with orchids of all colours. Thailand is home to 1,100 species of orchids. Botanists have been naming and describing orchids for more than 250 years and Kew is a world leader in this field. Last year alone, 600 new species were discovered including three from Thailand.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB; kew.org
10 Jorge Pardo Exhibition at Victoria Miro, Islington
Until 24 March
Jorge Pardo, the Mexico-based Cuban-American artist, is showing an exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery from 2 February to 24 March. Celebrated for his use of vibrant colours, eclectic patterns, natural and industrial materials, and craftsmanship and computer-aided production, Pardo, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, has since the 1990s questioned distinctions between fine art, architecture and design. This exhibition comprises not only paintings but also large-scale chandeliers, ranging in scale from 1 to 1.7 metres tall. The exhibition will draw you into an environment of form, colour, illumination and shadow as the artist explores light’s potential as a means of shaping our experience of architecture while creating an immersive visual spectacle during winter’s darkest months.
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com
11 David Milne: Modern Painting at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 7 May
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne, bringing together 90 oil paintings and watercolours alongside drawings and photographs never shown before in the UK, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision. Through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, Milne developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing influences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a bold modernist language of his own.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
12 Evidence by He Xiangyu at White Cube, Bermondsey
Until 8 April
Evidence is an exhibition of new sculpture, installation and video by Chinese artist He Xiangyu. Known for his provocative and ambitious works, he is part of a generation of conceptual artists in China who use a range of media to articulate cultural and social concerns. This latest series is informed by small scraps of metal from North Korea, sourced whilst filming a project exploring the country’s diaspora in his hometown, close to the China /North Korea border. The objects relate to a black market recently discovered by the artist. Alongside this presentation, he will show The Swim (2016), a feature-length film documenting life on China’s border with North Korea through a series of interviews with defectors and Korean War veterans, plus footage of the artist swimming across the river to the border.
144–152 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ; whitecube.com
13 Fatberg! at Museum of London
Until 1 July
The Museum of London will showcase the last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg as part of a display titled Fatberg! opening on 9 February. Fatberg! will address how fatbergs are created, the processes of obtaining and displaying such an object and how the rest of the fatberg was recycled. The display will tie in with the museum’s season of events and displays, City Now City Future which examines the challenges, initiatives and innovations taking place within our cities.
150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
14 Deconstructing Patterns at Francis Crick Institute, King’s Cross
Until 1 December
Deconstructing patterns, an art-meets-science exhibition, opens at the Francis Crick Institute on 1 February. The exhibition is a collaboration between leading Crick scientists, visual artist Helen Pynor, poet Sarah Howe and sound artist Chu-Li Shewring. The various artistes were commissioned to describe the different molecular and cellular patterns studied at Crick. The exhibit provides the visitor the opportunely to listen in as the artists and scientists discuss their different ways of seeing patterns.
1 Midland Road, King’s Cross NW1 1AT; crick.ac.uk
15 Dream On at V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Until 20 January 2019
Dream on is a new exhibition which explores dreams, the unconscious and an imaginary world between sleep and wakefulness. Opening on 10 February 2018 at the V&A Museum of Childhood, it weaves together several elements. Looking at our relationship to objects and the power we invest in them the exhibition plays with the notion that objects come to life when we are not looking, much like our dreams when we fall asleep. The artists at the exhibit include Christie Brown Katherine Tulloh, Madeleine Waller, the children of St George’s Hospital Tooting, and the primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney. Running till 20 January 2019.
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA; vam.ac.uk