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35 Things to Do in London: January 2019

The fun doesn’t stop just because Christmas is over! It’s nearly 2019 and London has plenty to get the new year off to a good start…

Lead Image: Circus 1903

1 Harrods x CHANEL London Studio
Until 4 January 
CHANEL London Studio stages a celebration of all things red on the fifth floor of Harrods this December, from richly pigmented lipsticks to personalised gifts. Beauty professionals from the CHANEL School of Makeup will be on hand to help attendees master the key makeup looks of the season, or to advise on how to fine tune a signature day-to-day style.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL; harrods.com

2 Father Figurine at Clapham Omnibus
4-5 January
Local gem, the Omnibus Theatre in London has announced that Dame Judi Dench has become its newest patron. She joins a roster of high profile figures, including Sir Michael Gambon and Richard Eyre, from across the arts and theatre community who are supporting its award-winning Off-West End venue. This month, look out for Father Figurine from 4-5 January, a ‘powerful and moving’ expression of the male ego and mental health that combines poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance, as well as acclaimed play Hearing Things from 8-27 January, an ‘honest and heartfelt drama’ breaking through the surface of contemporary psychiatry from the points of view of patients, relatives and NHS staff.
1 Clapham Common North Side SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org

3 Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Until 5 January
Circus 1903 – the internationally acclaimed turn-of-the-century family spectacular from the producers The Illusionists and the award-winning War Horse puppeteers – takes us back to the mesmerising Golden Age of Circus. On now at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, the mesmerising production features stunning, larger-than-life puppet elephants alongside a huge cast of amazing and dangerous circus acts including acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze artists, high-wire performers and more. This year marks 250 years since the world’s first ever 42ft circus ring was laid down in Waterloo by the ‘father of modern circus’, Philip Astley. Tickets from £25.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; circus1903.com

4 Peter Pan, Park Theatre
Until 5 January
Alexander Vlahos from BBC’s Versailles and Merlin will star as Captain Hook in a revival of the original 1904 Peter Pan play by J.M. Barrie. The production will also be the first Park Theatre production ever to feature flying effects – alongside mermaids, pirates, fairies, lost boys and crocodiles. Co-starring Nickcolia King-N’Da as Peter Pan and directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the renowned family favourite from Neverland promises to sprinkle a little fairy dust over Finsbury Park. Continuing J.M. Barrie’s support of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, 5% of all royalties from the production will go directly to Great Ormond Street. Ages 5+. Tickets £18.50-£32.50, concs £16.50-£23.50, under 16s £15-£20.
Park200, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park N4 3JP; parktheatre.co.uk

5 Switching Perceptions at Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham
5 January-30 March
Bethlem Gallery in Beckenham is hosting an exhibition of work compiled by artist Eleanor Minney in collaboration with Professor Liz Tunbridge and patients from the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital. In a new body of work spanning textiles, drawing, clay and handwriting, Minney untangles the fragile threads of the human mind through delicate, detailed explorations into what creates a sense of self, and the relationship to psychiatric conditions. Open on the first and last Saturday of every month, 10am-5pm.
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham BR3 3BX; bethlemgallery.com

6 Hansel & Gretel at Rose Theatre
Until 6 January
Follow Hansel and Gretel on a magical adventure through the most enchanting of forests and meet Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White, Pinocchio and many other much-loved fairy-tale favourites in this festive new version of the Brothers Grimm’s classic story brimming with humour and terrific songs. When young Hansel and Gretel are offered a trip to the city, little do they know of what awaits them in the forest and how the sweet old lady at the gingerbread house might control their fate… Battling magical beasts, enlisting a crew of fairy tale bandits and learning the secrets of their past, Hansel and Gretel must race to save their town from the Witch’s Curse. Tickets from £20.
24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org

7 Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Oxo Tower Wharf
Until 6 January

Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition returns to London for the 37th year and its 6th year at gallery@oxo. Get your Christmas shopping done early at Dazzle’s Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, which champions innovation and experimentation, showing a mix of exciting new talent hand picked from graduate shows alongside established international designers. This year is no different for innovation, experimentation and pushing the sector’s boundaries working with new mediums such as 3D printing. There’s even a Dazzle Extra section, which includes handmade leather bags by award-winning Steven Harkin and merino wool shawls and scarves by the St Martins’ design duo Green Thomas.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk

8 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

9 Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery
Until 6 January
Space Shifters is amajor new exhibition exploring how artists disrupt our sense of space and surroundings. Featuring work by more than 20 international artists, the interactive exhibition highlights how different pieces and installations can create responses in audience members, focusing attention on perspective and perception. Expect reflective and translucent materials used in interesting ways, pioneering sculptures from the 1960s, ambitious architectural interventions and site-specific installations. Highlights include Richard Wilson’s 20:50, Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, Blue and Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden.
Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk

10 Yamal: The Stream of Life at The Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Until 6 January 
The Horniman Museum is hosting Yamal: The Stream of Life in their newly unveiled World Gallery this month. Showcasing beautiful photographs from life in the Yamal region of north west Siberia, captured by esteemed British photographer Bryan Alexander, the works capture aspects of traditional life, and how it has been affected by the changes taking place in the region socially, culturally and environmentally. Highlights include this image of residents Neseynya Serotetto and Tyurko Puyko taking a selfie while dressed in traditional Nenets reindeer skin clothing. The exhibition coincides with a larger programme of events at the museum, including an installation of life-size crochet animal sculptures on display.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk

11 Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse
7 January-9 February
Aspects of Love is making its London transfer debut at Southwark Playhouse this month, running for a limited season from 7 January until 9 February. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Rain Man, Hair and Pippin) this new, intimately reimagined production will mark 30 years since the original production of Aspects of Love first opened, premiering at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and based on the novel by David Garnett, the musical is set in France in 1947 and features the iconic songs Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember.
77-85 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6BD; southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

12 The London International Mime Festival, various venues
9 January-3 February
The London International Mime Festival, directed by Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, is a unique event in the theatre calendar. The annual showcase of the very best contemporary visual theatre embraces cutting edge circus, dance, physical theatre, juggling, object manipulation, physical comedy and productions that interweave theatre and film. UK artists are at the forefront of this year’s programme, with the Barely Methodical Troupe opening the festival with its latest acrobatic spectacular at the Platform Theatre, while Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley, and Gecko, make their main stage debuts at Sadler’s Wells and Barbican theatres respectively.
mimelondon.com

13 Cirque du Soleil TOTEM at Royal Albert Hall
12 January-26 February
Cirque du Soleil’s famous show TOTEM is returning to the Royal Albert Hall. Approaching its 10th successful year of touring since its 2010 debut, TOTEM is a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of mankind, tracing the journey from our original amphibian state to our ultimate desire to fly. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, TOTEM explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher.
Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com

14 Re:Solutions at Juju’s Bar & Stage, Old Truman Brewery
10-14 January
Re:Solutions Festival invites wellness worshippers to join them in a celebration of health and wellbeing featuring self-discovery workshops and happiness workshops to mass meditation, a mindful drinking festival and candlelit gong baths. Taking place at Juju’s Bar & Stage at the Old Truman Brewery, the festival is an ultra-cool, inspirational and fabulously fun kick start to the new year. Events and workshops are individually priced, starting from £12.
91 Brick Lane E1 6QR; jujusbarandstage.com

15 The London Art Fair, Islington
16-20 January
The London Art Fair is returning this month to showcase the most exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time. The fair invites visitors to see work by artists like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, as well as giving them the opportunity to buy pieces as well. Expect talks, tours, screenings and curated spaces at this year’s event, including Photo50, an annual exhibition of contemporary photography; Art Projects, which features large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays and – within Art Projects – Dialogues, a guest-curated section of Art Projects intended to encourage and foster relationships between home and abroad. Tickets from £16.
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH; londonartfair.co.uk

Things to do in London in January: Aspect of Love at Southwark Playhouse

Aspect of Love at Southwark Playhouse

16 Adventure Travel Show, Olympia London
19-20 January
Olympia London is hosting the 23rd year of the UK’s only event dedicated to discovering the world off the beaten track – the Adventure Travel Show. Discover the hottest new destinations, gain top tips and advice from the experts, uncover hidden travel gems, enhance your skills with the Travel Photography, Travel Writing and the Adventure Planning Seminar (there are over 100 free talks to choose from), or immerse yourself in the Adventure Travel Film Festival. Professional explorer, writer and photographer Levison Wood will be at the show for the first time this January. Day ticket £9, weekend ticket £16, when booked in advance.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; adventureshow.com

17 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park
22-27 January
Once the Christmas decorations are packed away and the dreary days of mid-winter stretch ahead, where to turn to for some cheerful interior inspiration? For a decorative pick-me-up or a full-on new decorating project for the home, the event of choice for design professionals and buyers in the know is the winter edition of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park – a luxurious feast of fine and fun period design, augmented every January by the colourful specialist rug and textile fair, LARTA. Tickets £10.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; decorativefair.com

18 Club Tropicana at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
24 January
Joe McElderry, Neil McDermott and Emily Tierney will be leading the cast in the world premiere of new 80s-set musical Club Tropicana, which launches at Churchill Theatre Bromley on 24 January. Club Tropicana The Musical by Michael Gyngell is a summer adventure of love in the sun, with a soundtrack of smash-hit pop classics all performed live on stage. It takes a fun-packed trip back in time to the electric 80s when hair was big, shoulders were padded, girls (and boys) just wanted to have fun, and mobile phones were shaped like bricks and weighed a tonne. Don’t miss out on the fun.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk

19 Pro Youth Philharmonia at Blackheath Halls
24 January
International flautist Wissam Boustany founded the Pro Youth Philharmonia training orchestra to create a non-competitive environment for advanced music students and emerging professionals to explore and develop their individual talents with an emphasis on nurture and encouragement. Now he has teamed up with composer Bushra El-Turk and cellist and improviser Matthew Barley, and with a new commission by Trinity Laban composition student Amelia Clarkson, for some New Year concerts exploring the healing power of love and hope in an uncertain world. The opening concert will be held at Blackheath Halls on 24 January, for local music enthusiasts to enjoy their impressive talent.
23 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; blackheathhalls.com

20 Conrad Jon Godly: To See is Not to Speak at JD Malat Gallery, Mayfair
24 January-28 February
Celebrated Swiss painter Conrad Jon Godly will be bringing his collection of 3D paintings of the Swiss Alps to Mayfair’s prestigious JD Malat Gallery this month in Godly’s first UK solo show to date. It will feature 15 pieces, which aim to straddle both abstract and hyperreal in the artist’s unique style of oils mixed with turpentine and his trademark wide, sculptural brushstrokes. After nearly two decades as a successful fashion photographer, Godly decided to make a career change in 2005, returning to his roots as a painter. Inspired by the mountains of Chur, his work takes on a meditative quality thanks to how it depicts nature in all of its majesty.
30 Davies Street, Mayfair W1K 4NB; jdmalat.com

21 Burns Night Ceilidh at Cutty Sark Theatre
25 January
This Burns Night, the Cutty Sark Theatre is hosting a special ceilidh to celebrate the work and life of Robert Burns. It’s the perfect place to celebrate Scotland’s national poet as the historic tea clipper was itself named for Robert Burns’ beloved poem Tam o’ Shanter. You can dance the night away in the Sammy Ofer Gallery from 7pm on 25 January with plenty of food, drink and a chance to see a very special performance from a Highland piper.
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk

22 Ed Banger Records at Electric Brixton
25 January
This month Electric Brixton will be hosting a huge London show of electronic music on 25 January. Hosted by Parisian label Ed Banger Records, the show will feature artists like Vladimir Cauchemar, whose recent hit Aulos has seen massive success, artist and bandmate Myd and longstanding, distinguished producer Breakbot. The mastermind behind the event is former Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter, who will be bringing their biggest London show in six years.
Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade SW2 1RJ; electricbrixton.uk.com

23 The France Show, Olympia
25-27 January
The France Show, the UK’s greatest celebration of France, will host a variety of theatres across two floors. There will be cookery demonstrations, cancan dancers and tutored wine tastings, as well as language and travel tips, expert advice on all aspects of buying your dream home in France and the chance to browse thousands of properties for sale at the UK’s largest French Property Exhibition. You’ll certainly want to call into the Flavours of France Theatre, where you can join the show’s resident food and wine hosts, chef Guy Wolley and TV wine expert Susy Atkins. Ticket offer: The France Show is offering 50 tickets at just £3 (plus booking fee) exclusively for The Resident readers. Simply follow this link eventbrite.co.uk to book – the promotional code has already been applied!
thefranceshow.com

24 Cyril Mann: The Solid Shadow Paintings at Piano Nobile
Until 26 January
Piano Nobile will be presenting an exhibition of Cyril Mann’s pieces entitled The Solid Shadow Paintings, exhibited together for the first time since their creation in the 1950s. Mann’s solid shadow paintings use bold colours and crisp outlines to give ordinary objects extraordinary force and weight – a style and subject matter embraced a decade later by Pop Art. The exhibition will also include works from the artist’s estate and work by Patrick Caulfield, Michael Craig-Martin and John Wesley.
129 Portland Road W11 4LW; piano-nobile.com

25 Anni Albers, Tate Modern
Until 27 January
It’s your last chance to catch the Tate’s exhibition of Anni Albers’ incredible work in the ancient art of hand-weaving this month. Exploring her pivotal contribution to modern art and design, this is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK. Visitors can discover her work via more than 350 objects from exquisite small-scale ‘pictorial weavings’ to large wall-hangings and the textiles she designed for mass production, as well as her later prints and drawings.
The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Bankside SE1 9TG; tate.org.uk

26 Ribera: Art of Violence at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 27 January 
One of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s most anticipated exhibitions of the year, Ribera: Art of Violence, opened in late September. Exploring the work of Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera, the show brings together some of his best, and most shocking, work in the first major UK exhibition dedicated to him. It has been curated to explore the theme of violence in his paintings and sketches as a form of artistic expression as he often used the art of human suffering as an inspiration in his creations. Visitors will be able to see the exclusive selection of 45 works on show at the gallery until 27 January 2019.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

27 100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake, King’s Cross
Until 27 January
This month the House of Illustration is celebrating a side of Sir Quentin Blake that we haven’t seen before, with an exhibition of his large-scale paintings. The illustrator is widely known for his work bringing the characters of Roald Dahl’s books to life, but has also pursued a lifelong practice of figurative drawings in his career. Entitled 100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake, the showcase features works created between 1950 and 2000, which experiment with a more sculptural treatment of form and use of broad strokes.
2 Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C 4BH; houseofillustration.org.uk

28 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
26-28 January
This January the RSPB is celebrating 40 years of counting garden birds in its annual appeal to get people birdspotting all around the country. From 26-28 January, everyone is invited to watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour at some point over the three days. Only count the birds that land, not those flying over and tell the RSPB the highest number of each bird species you see at any one time – not the total you see in the hour. By taking part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, you’ll be helping the RSPB with an annual snapshot into how our wildlife is faring.
rspb.org.uk/birdwatch 

29 Klimt / Schiele at The Royal Academy
Until 3 February 
This year marks the centenary of the deaths of two of the most celebrated and pioneering figures of early 20th century art: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918). As a result the Royal Academy of arts presents Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, which is the first exhibition in the UK to focus on the fundamental importance of drawing for both artists, from the origins of their academic training to their unconventional explorations of the human figure expressed through line. The exhibition will be on in The Sackler Wing of Galleries from 4 November 2018 until 3 February 2019.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 0BD; royalacademy.org.uk

30 Gainsborough’s Family Album at National Portrait Gallery
Until 3 February
You don’t have long left to visit the National Portrait Gallery’s much-acclaimed exhibition Gainsborough’s Family Album. On display in the Wolfson Gallery, the exhibition follows Thomas Gainsborough’s extensive work documenting himself and his family members. As one of the first British artists to regularly do this, the exhibition explores how this practice helped the eighteenth century artist rise to fame.
St Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE; npg.org.uk

31 Women and Work at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 17 February
The South London Gallery is revisiting one of its most iconic exhibitions this month with Women and Work: A Document on the Division of Labour in Industry 1973-1975. The project was first organised by artists Margaret Harrison, Kay Hunt and Mary Kelly and exhibited at the gallery in 1975. Visitors to the gallery’s archives will be able to see documents including correspondence and installation photography from the exhibition alongside a recent filmed interview with Mary Kelly.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org

32 Mamahood Winter Pop-up, East Dulwich
Until mid February
The hugely popular Mamahood winter pop-up is running until mid February on Lordship Lane. The shop is a beautiful showcase of 80 mother makers and creative small businesses run by mums all under one roof. You’ll find jewellery by Dotty Cuckoo, beautiful clothes by Little Knittle, art by Red Face Prints and plenty more at the wonderful initiative. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am-5.30pm and 11pm-4pm on Sunday.
7 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8EW; themamahood.co.uk

33 Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, The V&A
Until 24 February
The V&A’s latest exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the medium of gaming, which has dominated many of our lives over the last few decades. The exhibition tries to provide a unique insight into the design processes behind the massively popular pasttime, exploring a selection of contemporary videogames from the drawing board right through until final play, as well as looking at origins in places like classical art. Visitors to the new exhibition can expect to see different kinds of concept art and prototypes of some of the best loved games of our current time. As well as this, there will also be several large-scale immersive installations and interactives on display to allow people to get stuck into the process of creating games.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RLvam.ac.uk

34 Bloomberg New Contemporaries at South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 24 February
New Contemporaries returns to the South London Gallery for the first time since it was last presented in 1999. The major new exhibition has welcomed a number of guest selectors like Katy Moran and Keith Piper to help choose the line-up of 57 artists for the annual open submission exhibition. Showcasing some of the most dynamic work being made today, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 will be presented across both of the South London Gallery’s sites, including the newly converted fire station. You can expect to see work from artists like Agil Abdullayev, Kobby Adi, Louis Bennett and Faye Claridge.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org

35 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, National Maritime Museum
Until 5 May
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition celebrates 10 years of outstanding images shot by astrophotographers around the world. The 31 spellbinding winning images of the cosmos from this year’s competition will be on display alongside a selection of 69 of the best photographs from previous years, in a special exhibition hosted at the National Maritime Museum. From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners. Tickets £10.
rmg.co.uk/astrophoto



 

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