Lead image: Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
1 Diwali, various locations
Until 22 October
Celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Light, across London this weekend. In Canary Wharf, Richard Bragg from RB Floral Design will create a striking installation of over 6,000 flowers, inspired by the Indian artwork of Rangoli, where patterns are created using colourful powder paints, to float in the fountain at Cabot Square, Inspired by the Indian artwork of Rangoli, where patterns are created using colourful powder paints (on view until Sunday 22 October). Chutney Mary in St James’s, Amaya in Belgravia and Veeraswamy on Regent’s Street are serving specially crafted menus, available until 21 October and each priced at £55 per person. Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana in Mayfair is serving a feasting menu and late-night festivities including card games and world-class cocktails (£90 for a minimum of 6 people), while sister restaurant Trishna in Marylebone serves a special Taste of Trishna Diwali Menu of either five or seven courses (£60 and £70, respectively). Both available until 21 October.
2 Bam Boo Brunch at TT Liquor
Bao buns meet cocktails as Shoreditch’s liquor powerhouse TT Liquor host a one-off boozy brunch with Asian-fusion experts Bam Boo on Sunday. The next collaboration in their exciting programme of autumn chef residencies, following Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, this will be Bam Boo’s first-ever brunch offering. The bespoke menu features Bam Boo’s staple steamed bao, all paired back with one-off concoctions from the TT Liquor team, beginning with a welcome apertif and Avocado on Rye with Smoked Salmon Ceviche or Crispy Sesame-Soy Tofu, followed by Poached Eggs on Toasted Bao and Matcha Crepes with Clotted Cream Ice Cream and Forest Fruit Coulis. £48pp. 1pm-4pm.
17B Kingsland Road E2 8AA; ttliquor.co.uk
3 China National Peking Opera Company, Sadler’s Wells
The China National Peking Opera Company returns to Sadler’s Wells to perform fresh interpretations of the classic Peking Operas A River All Red and The Phoenix Returns Home – the first time these particular operas will be performed in Europe by the China National Peking Opera Company. The two performances showcase the broad range of the company’s talented leads Yu Kuizhi and Li Shengsu, while the magnificent costumes and artful combination of dance, mime, music and acrobatics provide a source of wonder for audiences of all ages. Presented with English subtitles. Tickets £15-£65.
Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell EC1R 4TN; sadlerswells.com
4 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea offering a chance to see artists and gallerists across the globe and to buy works ranging from £100-£6,000. There will be a host of expert talks exploring everything you need to know about how to start or grow an art collection, plus a series of hands-on workshops.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com
5 MADE LONDON, Marylebone
MADE LONDON, one of the top selling events for designer-makers in Europe, returns to One Marylebone this month to showcase the best and most original contemporary craft and design. Discover a range of work from makers across all media, including ceramics, glass, wood, precious metals and textiles, from established designers alongside emerging talent. Mosaic artist Cleo Mussi will be taking over the Belfry Room to create a Rest and Reset space charecterised by soothing sounds and incredible mosaic artworks. Open 10.30-5pm. £10 on the door, under 14s free (Early Bird tickets are half price until 30 Sept: madelondon-marylebone.co.uk/buy-tickets).
One Marylebone NW1 4AQ. To book see madelondon-marylebone.co.uk
6 Palimpsest by Caroline Yates at Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon
Until 27 October
The crowd is a signature of Caroline Yates’ work; depicting the shapes they form within a space, observing the relationships and choreographic patterns created. She is interested in the anonymity of crowds; the security and comfort, or threat and menace of large numbers and the way we, as crowds, are sometimes unwittingly channelled or herded into spaces. In this latest body of work Yates is making a transition from figurative work into abstract. She examines the developmental stages involved in the process, making a palimpsest of the works that lie beneath, as glimpses of hidden layers emerge through intaglio processes, revealling a stain or trace and uncovering memories.
Hicks Gallery, 2 Leopold Road SW19 7BD; hicksgallery.co.uk
7 National Theatre Posters
6 October-31 March
National Theatre Posters, curated by design critic and writer Rick Poynor, will open in the National Theatre’s Wolfson gallery in October, exploring poster design at the NT from 1963 to the present. Each art director led the theatre’s graphic design studio in creating images for posters, programmes and now digital artwork. The exhibition features posters designed by Ken Briggs, Richard Bird, Michael Mayhew, Charlotte Wilkinson and current Creative Director Ollie Winser and the Graphic Design Studio. On 27 October, you can take a tour of the exhibition with curator Rick Poynor. Meet at the Wolfson Gallery at 12pm (£3).
Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
8 HOME/Interior at The House of Parakeet, Westcombe Hill
Until 29 October
A house in Westcombe Hill has been converted into a gallery space called The House of Parakeet for HOME/Interior, an exhibition of Print Ceramics, Textiles and Installation by Pat Lunch, Fredrix Vermin, Aida Wilde, Jamie Temple, Luke Eastop, Frances Stanfield, Lucy McGeown and Clara Kelly. The gallery is open at weekends or by appointment with events taking place throughout the exhibition, which closes on 29 October. On 21 October, Peppercorn Club presents Berberism begins at Home, a supper club (£35), and on 28 October London Drawing Group will host a Life Drawing class.
146 Westcombe Hill SE3 7DT; facebook.com/HOUSEOFPARAKEET
9 Pages from Mind Travellers Diaries at Dorothy Circus Gallery, Notting Hill
From 13 October
Renowned contemporary Italian gallery, Dorothy Circus Gallery, is excited to announce the opening of its temporary British branch in Notting Hill to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The gallery will showcase important pop surreal icons and new international figures in a magical exhibition titled Pages from Mind Travellers Diaries, mirroring the Gallery’s restless mood and Ideologies. The first exhibition will feature artists including Kazuki Takamatsu, Joe Sorren, Marion Peck and Ray Caesar, popular names already known in the world of pop surrealism.
79-81 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill W11 2AG; dorothycircusgallery.com
10 Perception Festival, Omnibus Theatre, Clapham
Until 29 October
What inspires us to go against the grain, take chances, make radical choices and find a new tribe? Find out at Omnibus Theatre’s now annual Perception Festival. The line up includes vibrant drama, music and debate. This year’s theme examines what it means to step outside the box. Explore the discomfort, uncertainty, rebellion and bravery of going against the tide. Highlights include A Cracked Plaster Sky (24-28 October), which, inspired by real stories of women working in street prostitution, tells the irreverent and painfully amusing story of Grace, and the voice inside her head.
1 Northside, Clapham Common SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
11 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum
From 20 October
Playful seals, nuzzling bears and a valiant-looking bald eagle are featured in phenomenal images from the finalists of Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s 53rd competition at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries. See winning images selected by a panel of judges for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Look out for the accompanying photography events.
12 Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film
Until 3 November
The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s most stunning scores. The programme features immersive movie and music experiences, including screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours, and opens with a celebration of David Lynch, since music always plays such a big part in his films. Another highlight is Jaws in Concert, which screens Steven Spielberg’s original summer movie blockbuster accompanied by a live performance of that iconic score (21-22 October).
13 Reverberation at The Book Club, Shoreditch
Until 5 November 2017
Reverberation at The Book Club in Shoreditch is a series of large images inspired by The Beatles seminal album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, by studio Discordo’s legendary Photographer-Director Dean Chalkley and Creative Director Ciaran O’Shea. The works employ a range of approaches from pure photography to amalgamations of print, text, painting and collage to explore the 13 celebrated album tracks, including Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and She’s Leaving Home, from a renewed and personal perspective. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is 50 years old this year, is considered by critics and music lovers to be one of the greatest records ever made.
100-106 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH; wearetbc.com
14 This Drove my Mother up the Wall, South London Gallery
Until 3 December
This Drove my Mother up the Wall by Katharina Grosse is the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in London and the latest to take over the whole of South London Gallery’s main exhibition space. Grosse makes the void the dramatic centre of her project, masking the floor with a large foam stencil, then painting over it and the surrounding walls. Once the stencil is removed, a bright, white area of floor is revealed, untouched by the veils of colour and broad, propulsive marks spreading to all sides. Two documentary films accompany the painted installation, screening in the first floor galleries to frame her creative practice and research interests.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org
15 Into the Æther by Miranda Pissarides at Kennington ArtsLav
20-23 October 2017
Feign Art’s first exhibition is also the last ever show to be held at Kennington’s ArtsLav. Into the Æther, the first solo exhibition of Miranda Pissarides’ work in the UK, features sculpture, painting and mosaic work that explores the artist’s interpretation of the sensory and transient nature of matter. Pissarides, a Slade School of Fine Art graduate, manipulates colour and surface, wielding raw pigment into visceral colours and voluptuous textures to call to mind a rarefied liminal state – the quintessential æther. Kennington’s ArtsLav, a grade-II listed Victorian public lavatory, is being opened for this one last pop-up exhibition. , 10am-6pm (Private View: 19 October, 6-8.30pm).
ArtsLav, Kennington Cross SE11 4UZ; feignart.com