For contemporary and period art and design, here are three events in south east London you simply cannot miss this May
The Modern Movement, a festival of 20th century design at Brockwell Lido
Back for its seventh year, The Modern Movement, south London’s prestigious, free festival celebrating 20th century design, takes place 3-4 May at Brockwell Lido in Herne Hill. A range of specially selected dealers and architects, including Retro Barn, Dad Design, Sarah Potter Furniture, Da Silva Interiors and ID for London will be selling a stunning range of classic vintage furniture, jewellery and object d’art set against the back drop of the Art Deco Grade II listed lido building. The Modern Movement was started by Moses Otunla, owner of vintage furniture showroom Bleu, in May 2008 to bring together 20th century vintage furniture dealers in architectural surroundings. 10am-4.30pm.
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, Herne Hill SE24 0PA; 020 7274 3088
Cavaliero Finn Contemporary Art and at Belair House
Contemporary art and design lovers alike should head to Belair House in Dulwich on the weekend of 10-11 May when a new exhibition, curated by design company Cavaliero Finn, takes place as part of the Dulwich Festival. Set against the backdrop of this beautiful, Grade II listed Georgian mansion, works will be on show from over 20 of Britain’s finest, up-and-coming artists and designer-makers, including Gill Rocca, Rebecca Oldfield, Matt Chambers and Daniel Reynolds. Visitors can attend a series of workshops and talks over the weekend, including a session by Jordan Cluroe, finalist on the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge and his partner Russell Whitehead, with whom he runs interior design company 2 Lovely Gays. There will also be a series of artists workshops for children aged 6 and over.
Cavaliero Finn will also be hosting a second contemporary art and design show at its home-cum-gallery at 268 Croxted Road in Herne Hill, running during the Dulwich Festival Artists Open House on 10-11 May and 17-18 May.
Authentic 1930s Glamour at Eltham Palace’s Art Deco Fair
English Heritage’s Art Deco Fair at Eltham Palace returns on the weekend of 10-11 May and also 13-14 September. Browse everything from beautiful art deco furniture to elegant jewellery and objets-d’arts in the Palace’s opulent Art Deco setting, all at affordable prices. Take a break from browsing to take true inspiration from the mansion, built on the site of a medieval palace by textile magnates Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1936. The mansion’s distinctive glamour and style has made it one of the great Art Deco design classics, still relevant to a contemporary audience. The 19 acres of gardens at Eltham Palace are another delight and ideal for a picnic or leisurely wander. The moat and 15th century stone bridge are spectacular features within the wonderfully landscaped grounds. Adults £10.20, conces £9.20, kids £6.10, family £26.50. English Heritage members go free (entry to the house is by guided tour only).
Eltham Palace and Gardens, Court Yard, Eltham SE9 5QE; 020 8294 2548; english-heritage.org.uk/eltham