Lead image: Yayoi Kusama: THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE
National Chocolate Week returns to celebrate the world of fine chocolate, independent artisan chocolatiers and cocoa farmers for its 14th consecutive year this week. Running from 15-21 October 2018, Chocolate Week see hundreds of events take place across the UK, from talks and tastings to demonstrations and sampling from some of the country’s top chocolatiers, chocolate companies, hotels, bars and restaurants. London highlights include Canopy’s specially curated chocolate market this weekend, chef Adam Handling and master chocolatier Paul A Young collaborating on a chocolate tasting menu, and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych.
2 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
The hugely popular Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea Park this weekend, offering a chance to see emerging and established artists and gallerists from across the globe. Works are priced from £100-£6,000, so you can find the perfect piece whatever your budget. There will be a host of expert talks exploring everything you need to know about how to start or grow an art collection – including how to hang the perfect gallery wall at home – plus a series of hands-on workshops. Tickets £8-£25.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; affordableartfair.com
3 Hidden Voices: PROCESSIONS in the City
Following the success of PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, arts charity Artichoke returns to London this Saturday with Hidden Voices: PROCESSIONS in the City. Hidden Voices will take the form of a site-specific sound and light installation that will animate the newly opened Aldgate Square with voices and stories unique to the local area. Aldgate Square, which opened in July this year, offers the public a brand new community space in the heart of the Square Mile. Stories include that of Dame Henrietta Barnett, who co-founded of the first University Settlement at Toynbee Hall in Aldgate and fought to improve education opportunities for girls, and suffragette Grace Roe, who was Christabel Pankhurst’s chief organiser in London and spent a year evading police by working in disguise. 6.30pm-9.30pm.
Aldgate Square EC3N 1AF; artichoke.uk.com
4 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. Ekta Kaul will be hosting embroidery workshops during the craft fair, where you can embroider a map of London and learn embroidery from an award-winning textile artist. Open 10.30am-5pm. Earlybird tickets £5 (available till end of September), otherwise £10 on the door.
1 Marylebone Road NW1 4AQ; madelondon-marylebone.co.uk
5 JP Art Pop Up Gallery, Blackheath
18 October-23 December
JP Art returns with a new pop-up gallery in Blackheath. Bringing together a diverse collection of artworks by leading UK-based emerging and mid-career artists, the exhibition will introduce new paintings across genres including abstract, figurative, still life and landscape. There will also be drawings, limited-edition prints and a collection of ceramics by Camilla Webb Carter, as well as a new addition for JP Art – an Affordable Collection of pieces under £500. Established in 2014 by Joanne Parker, JP Art is a nomadic gallery that has previously popped up in Shoreditch, Dulwich, Belgravia, Battersea, East Dulwich and Mayfair. Open Tues-Saturday 10.30am-6pm and Sunday 10.30am-5pm.
JP Art Gallery, 12-14 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath SE3 0TA; jpartconsultancy.com
6 Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum
From 19 October
Now in its 54th fourth year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on earth. Explore the world’s best nature photography, chosen from over 45,000 entries by expert judges and exhibited on 100 light panels. The images were awarded for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Experience the changing face of nature and uncover the surprising, and sometimes challenging, stories behind the photographs. The exhibition runs until 30 June.
Cromwell Road SW7 5BD; nhm.ac.uk
7 In the City at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich
Until 26 October
Exploring how more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, In the City showcases different artistic perspectives on these ever-changing urban environments on global scale. The collection of work by nine contemporary artists, including Trevor Burgess, Jock McFadyen and Marguerite Horner, explores urban space in locations around the world, from the UK to Myanmar, using different sources such as photographs and newspapers. Painter Matthew Krishanu explores the memory of his childhood in Bangladesh through his work.
10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich SE10 9BD; greenwichunigalleries.co.uk
8 33 by Studio Weave, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 28 October
33 is a three-storey decorative folly that references a mix of historical architectural styles – Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian – in an abstract way. The structure is a delicate timber studwork with a galvanized steel staircase in vibrant yellow. On the second level, the floor is finished in epoxy paint stencilled graphics that symbolise the flat room settings within the ‘home’. The intention is to focusing on the discourse of ‘what home is’. Created by Studio Weave, in collaboration with HATO and illustrator Jay Cover, 33 launched as part of London Design Festival and is open for pre-booked visits until 28 October. 33 will then be in situ for three years as a community space.
Central park, Greenwich Peninsula SE10: greenwichpeninsula.co.uk
9 Lily Forwood, 2-Part Return at GX Gallery
Until 1 November
2-Part Return follows on from Lily Forwood’s show Journeys, exhibited at London’s iconic Gherkin. The new title is taken from one of the many tickets she collects and uses within her works, and represents her return to London as two people after the birth of her son a year and a half ago. The exhibition is an amalgamation of her life in drawing. The stations that were drawn and redrawn, littered with tickets and jostling crowds, having become something else since meeting her partner and father of her child in a Calais refugee camp – these things have taken on a darkness and heaviness that were once before a comfort. A symbol of barriers. Papers. Tickets. Passports. Checks.
43 Denmark Hill Camberwell SE5 8RS; gxgallery.com
10 othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith
Until 3 November
Lyric Hammersmith is staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal plays in othellomacbeth. The condensed version of the plays is performed by an ensemble company of actors to draw parallels between the two stories of powerful and violent men driven to prove their masculinity. The innovative production is directed by Jude Christian, who has previously worked on Lela & Co at the Royal Court and The Seagull at the Lyric in 2017. The set is designed by Basia Binkowska, who won the Linbury Prize for stage design in 2017, which gives graduating designers the opportunity to work with some of the UK’S leading theatre companies.
Lyric Square, King Street W6 0QL; lyric.co.uk
11 What Remains by Ambrosine Allen at bo.lee gallery, Peckham
Until 3 November
bo.lee gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of Ambrosine Allen’s work, showcasing her expanding series of intricate collages, meticulously created using layer upon layer of tiny paper cuttings. The subjects are landscapes, often epic in scope, but with a detailed aesthetic that references 17th and 18th century engravings of a geographical nature. Each of her impressive pieces on display often takes several months to complete before they can be seen.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk
12 Another England at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 11 November
The third edition of NOW Gallery’s annual photography exhibition, Human Stories, opens this month with Another England. The show has been developed in partnership with Historic England, to showcase a series of archive photographs and research drawn from their work to map the past 100 years of the nation’s history from a Black and Asian perspective. The has been curated by Kaia Charles and Tamsin Silvey to examine the impact of things like migration, religion and home, as well as unpicking embedded racism in contemporary society.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
13 Yayoi Kusama: THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE
Until 21 December
THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE features new paintings, works from Yayoi Kusama’s iconic My Eternal Soul series, as well as painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures. The exhibition also marks the debut of INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE, an immersive mirrored room full of suspended paper lanterns covered with polka dots, which conveys the illusion of being unmoored in endless space. Continuing to address the twin themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession, Yayoi Kusama’s new works are testament to an artist at the height of her powers as she approaches her 90th birthday. Entry is free via timed tickets and must be booked in advance online.
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com
14 Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset House
Until 6 January
Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions is the first major solo UK exhibition from South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, opening at Somerset House this month. In it Ruga reveals a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity in post-apartheid South Africa, addressing ideologies, social and state structures, and the politics of gender inequality. The result is an incredibly vibrant and striking body of work featuring photography, film, sculpture and hand-crafted petit point tapestry. Born in Umtata, Ruga has been seen as a figurehead for a new generation of artists in South Africa who are using myth and alternate realities as a contemporary response to social issues.
The Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
15 Divine Proportions at The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 12 January 2019
Based on the story of Dionysus, God of Wine and Merriment, Divine Proportions, produced by Shotgun Carousel, is an immersive dining experience that blurs the line between feast and fantasy. Taking place in The Vaults, you’ll be led through secret glittering tunnels, hidden doors and fragrant, floral corridors by your mercurial host Dionysus, and into a paradise of indulgence and entertainment to explore female beauty, sensuality, personal freedom and gender fluidity. Divine Proportions is a re-imagining of the Bacchic rites – an indulgent night of eating, drinking and wild dancing. Tickets start at £35 and include five-course banquet.
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