Hello summer! From artists open studios and Open Garden Squares Weekend to the London Festival of Architecture, there’s plenty to see and do in London in June. The Resident rounds up the best events…
Lead image: See ‘dip’ by Max Calaf Sevé as part of GDIF 2018 (photo: Alex Harvey-Brown)
1 Brockley Max
Brockley Max is set to return this June for its 17th year. Spanning nine days and more than 30 venues, the popular community arts festival offers a packed programme of 75 events, from music and performance to art and exhibitions. Local talent will help launch the festival on Friday 1 June with a night of free live music at Brockley Station. Highlights include Singing Brockley La La Style at La La Piano Bar, a New York style pop-up hosted by David Roper from 4 Poofs and a Piano at the Fox and Firkin (7 June), Laugh Train Home at The Honor Oak with internationally renowned local comics including Steve Gribbin from The Comedy Store and Michael Legge from the Alternative Comedy Experience (5 June, £8), and Art in the Park with music, family entertainment and an art market at Hilly Fields Park (9 June).
2 London Festival of Architecture
The world’s biggest annual architecture festival returns this month to explore the theme of ‘identity’. From exhibitions to family events, walking tours, debates and stunning architectural installations; there’s plenty going on. Highlights include Studio Kyson’s Treehouse at Battersea Power Station, a nomadic pavilion to explore with mirrored exterior to reflect its natural surroundings; Castles in the Air by Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre, a series of photographs exploring the relationship between the city, its architecture and its inhabitants at KPF Gallery in Covent Garden; walking tours of the new London Bridge Station (8 June); and the ever-popular LFA Open Studios where, every night throughout June, you will be able to walk through a different area of London and visit a collection of architecture studios.
3 Act and Terminal 3 at the Coronet at the Print Room
A double bill of short plays by Swedish playrwright Lars Norén will be on at the Coronet at the Print Room from 1-30 June. Act and Terminal 3 are two hard-hitting and deceptively simple plays, which are directed by Anthony Neilson. The first, Act, is reimagined in a near future USA in the aftermath of a second civil war, taking place in a hospital examination room while Terminal 3 follows a young couple waiting for the birth of their first child as two others wait to identify the body of their dead son.
103 Notting Hill Gate W11 3LB; the-print-room.org
4 LIFT Festival
1 June-22 July
LIFT Festival, curated by David Binder (recently announced as Artistic Director of Brooklyn Academy of Music), celebrates international contemporary art. This year’s programme explores London’s local, national and international identity. Audiences will confront Dries Verhoeven’s societal fears in Phobiarama, dance under the stars to effervescent afrobeats in SESSION and experience a collision of theatre, contemporary music, opera and Korean pansori in contemporary musical Trojan Women. Don’t miss Fly by Night, Duke Riley’s epic outdoor work that will see over 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies above the river Thames in a glorious spectacle of unprecedented scale and beauty (21-23 June, 9.15pm). In its first international performance since its premiere at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, it’ll make you see Thamesmead in a whole new light.
5 Summer by the River
1 June-2 September
London Bridge City’s summer long spectacular, Summer by the River, is back with another packed schedule of exciting outdoor events bringing the riverside space from London Bridge Pier to The Scoop outside City Hall to life. This year, the site will be transformed to take on a vibrant English country garden theme, setting the perfect scene for a summer of live alfresco comedy, music, big-screen films, workshops and sporting events. Look out for the popular Massaoke (8 & 15 and 20 July), where a live band plays rock, pop and indie anthems with giant video lyrics as the audience – the star of the show – sings along at the top of their lungs!
6 Camden Rocks Festival
Camden Rocks returns to celebrate Camden’s illustrious rock ‘n’ roll past and glowing future with more than 200 bands playing across 20 venues in one day, from The Dublin castle to the Electric Ballroom. Headliners include Maxiimo Park, Twin Atlantic, British Sea Power and Echobelly. Bands from 12pm. The afterparty takes place at KOKO London with a mashup mix of party music from punk to EDM wand a DJ set from The Libertines’ Carl Barat (11pm-3am). Festival tickets are £39.50 (granting access to all venues on the festival circuit), combined festival and after show tickets are £49.50 and after show tickets on their own are £10.
7 Bill Murray & Jan Vogler Present: New Worlds, Southbank Centre
The Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters actor Bill Murray is all set to appear at the Southbank Centre for one night only. Murray will perform the UK premiere of his debut album New Worlds. Created in collaboration between Murray and the acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler, the album is a blend of classical music and literary readings, exploring themes of American history and identity. He will be accompanied by a classical chamber trio and he will perform a selection of texts plus classic songs from people such as the Gershwins.
8 Pop Rocks at Imitate Modern, Mayfair
Until 6 June
For the first time ever, Imitate Modern will bring together the work of two iconic artists, Henry Hate and Rich Simmons, for their latest exhibition, Pop Rocks. Running until 6 June, the work of Hate, a famed tattoo artist who worked with Amy Winehouse, and Simmons, who is known for his monumental street murials across London, will be on display at the Mayfair gallery. Both artists challenge mainstream culture, so expect a rebellious display.
19 Shepherd Market W1J 7PJ; imitatemodern.com
9 Würth Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall
The Würth Philharmonic Orchestra will make its Cadogan Hall debut on 6 June for a programme of including Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The orchestra, named after the German philanthropist Professor Dr Reinhold Würth, brings together some of the world’s most talented young musicians.
5 Sloane Terrace SW1X 9DQ; cadoganhall.com
10 Luiz Zerbini: Intuitive Radio at South London Gallery
8 June-19 August
Luiz Zerbini is one of Brazil’s most established contemporary artists, known for his vivid works on canvas which draw on a range of themes from the abstract to landscapes, cityscapes, and domestic scenes using a range of techniques and styles. For his first solo show in a UK public institution, Zerbini will show a series of large-scale paintings referencing modernist architecture, contemporary culture and elements from the natural environment. These will be presented with a series of abstract works on canvas positioned around a sculptural centre-piece. The exhibition will also present Zerbini’s 35mm film and slide works.
65-67 Peckham Road SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org
11 Chelsea Street Party
It’s nearly time for the Chelsea Street Party! Knight Frank is delighted to be proud sponsors of this year’s Chelsea Street Party, to help Ataxia UK fund critical medical research for Fredriech’s Ataxia. Showcasing the best of the borough, there will be Bloody Marys and oysters from The Oyster Boy, super salads from Pollen + Grace, Japanese delights from Kurobuta, burgers from Meat Up (who will be bringing the actual van from Breaking Bad from The USA), a classic London taxi photobooth, ping-pong and the brilliant DJ Gentleman George on the decks. stroll along the cobbles and browse the likes of Tea and Tequila Trading, Luca Nua, Le Choux and Coco & Kinney, too. 2.30pm-8.30pm. Tickets £10 (100% of this will go straight to Ataxia UK).
Cranley Mews SW7; chelseastreetparty.com
12 A Doll’s House, Greenwich Theatre
This month Greenwich Theatre plays host to a dramatic retelling of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House from 13-14 June. Created by theatre company Theatrical Niche Ltd., the adaptation uses verbatim theatre and emotive choreography to explore stigmas around gender and mental health. This artful adaptation focuses on the impossible idolisation of one ‘perfect’ woman, by a man who walks with weights around his ankles.
Crooms Hill SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
13 Taste of London, Regent’s Park
Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park with another exceptional line-up of top chefs, exciting restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, interactive masterclasses and shop from an array of more than 200 food and drink purveyors. Top names due to appear include Pip Lacey, Francesco Mazzei and Vivek Singh. Taste of London has an afternoon and an evening session, each lasting between 4-5 hours, giving you time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions. Tickets from £17.
14 The Take That Experience, Churchill Theatre Bromley
As Take That celebrate over 25 years as the UK’s number one boy band, The Take That Experience marks over a decade together as the ultimate tribute act with their best show yet on 15 June. Wowing audiences everywhere they go with their amazing vocals, replica costumes and electrifying dance routines, they continue to successfully recreate the magic of Take That with the Greatest Hits Tour 2018. The show will bring you all the classic songs you know and love from the 90s through to the present.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
15 Silver Lake Drive by Alex Prager at The Photographers’ Gallery
From 15 June
The work of American photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager will be on display at The Photographers’ Gallery from 15 June. Silver Lake Drive charts her career so far. Predominantly shot on sets in Los Angeles, her photos evoke the glamour and melodrama of mid-twentieth century Hollywood film and fashion.
16-18 Ramillies Street W1F 7LW; tpg.org.uk
16 Goldfish Bowl at Battersea Arts Centre
Until 16 June
An exciting collaboration between The Paper Birds and former Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi, Goldfish Bowl is a thrilling combination of spoken word, theatre, music and breathtaking illustration. It interrogates the many small, but defining moments that make up our lives. At 18 years of age, recovering from a gunshot wound, Femi sat in a hospital bed reading Frankenstein. Goldfish Bowl tells the story as to how and why this book, and this moment in his past, changed his future. With live music from Lex Amor (rapper, producer, DJ) and illustrations by Olivia Twist, Goldfish Bowl is based on the life and works of Caleb Femi.
Lavender Hill SW11 5TN; bac.org.uk
17 Camberwell Arts Festival
Art is good for you! This year’s Camberwell Arts Festival explores the theme of All’s Well from Camberwell’s coat of arms, with Camberwell set to become a crucible of artistic and scientific experimentation as arts and health practitioners collaborate. Part science lab, part art studio, All’s Well offers a varied programme of exhibitions, events, talks, walks, workshops and open studios inviting you to try the Camberwell Arts Cure. There’s also an Artsfest on Camberwell Green on Saturday 23 June, with all sorts of arts to buy, take part in, watch and enjoy, including an Art-Inspired Cake Making Competition and an Art-Themed Doggy Dress Up Parade.
18 Jane McDonald at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
One of the nation’s most loved entertainers came to our screens 20 years ago in the programme The Cruise. Since then Jane McDonald has appeared as Grizabella in Cats and starred in many TV shows such as Loose Women, Star for a Night and, most recently, Cruising with Jane McDonald. As a singer McDonald has released platinum selling albums and toured with her own show, each year better than the last and this year is no exception. A phenomenal singer with her stunning band, this show on 17 June at Churchill Theatre is sure to be a knock out production that will bring a smile to all faces. This is not one to miss.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
19 Julie at National Theatre
Until 8 September
August Strindberg’s Julie finds a new home in contemporary London, as Carrie Cracknell directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa. Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival. Fuelled by social division, Strindberg’s masterpiece remains shocking and fiercely relevant in this new version by Polly Stenham. Tickets £15-£50
20 Celebrating the Turf at Osborne Studio Gallery
18 June-7 July
Osborne Studio Gallery will be holding a special exhibition of equestrian art to celebrate Royal Ascot this month. Opening on 18 June, a day before Ascot starts, the exhibition will host everything from watercolours to elegant sculptures under the title of ‘Celebrating the Turf’. The Belgravia-based gallery will feature the work of a selection of contemporary artists, including Nichola Eddery, whose father Pat was an eleven times champion jockey, and Freddy Paske, who began painting in childhood and developed his talent throughout his previous career with the British army.
2 Motcomb Street, Belgravia SW1X 8JU; osg.uk.com
21 Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Christie’s
Christie’s is set to host two sales celebrating art this month, with the Modern British Art Day Sale and the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 20 June. Highlights of the evening sale include Edward Burra’s The Nitpickers, which is estimated at £500,000-£800,000, alongside Kazimir Malevich’s Landscape. These sales are running as part of a larger series of auctions celebrating the 20th century at Christie’s. If you’re a lover of impressionist art, this is one not to be missed.
8 King Street, St James’s SW1Y 6QT; christies.com
22 The King and I, London Palladium
From 21 June
The much-awaited production of The King and I transfers from Broadway to London this month. As one of Rogers & Hammerstein’s best-loved works, the musical received much praise during its New York run. The UK transfer will star its original cast, Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, and opens at the London Palladium for previews on 21 June.
8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TE; kingandimusical.co.uk
23 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), various locations
21 June-7 July
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts, returns to locations across Royal Greenwich, Royal Docks and Tower Hamlets this month. Public spaces will be transformed to host more than 130 performances celebrating dreams of love, struggle, ambition and flight. Opening with an extraordinary union of public art and nature in Thamesmead, Duke Riley’s Fly by Night will see a flock of 1,500 specially trained pigeons take to the sky over the Thames at dusk (21-23 June), lit by LED lights in tiny leg bands. Don’t miss Greenwich Fair (23-24 June), GDIF’s ‘festival within a festival’ with street theatre, circus and dance at Cutty Sark Gardens and Old Royal Naval College.
24 A Promenade Performance of Grimm Tales For Young & Old by The Dulwich Players
The Dulwich Players present an alfresco performance of Grimm Tales For Young & Old by Philip Pullman. Rediscover the magic of the original Grimm Tales, retold by the master storyteller Philip Pullman, in a promenade performance through the gardens of Bell House in Dulwich. You’ll be taken on both a fictional and actual journey, meeting along the way some familiar characters such as Rapunzel, and some surprising ones too, such as Hans-My-Hedgehog, Faithful Johannes and the remarkable Thousandfurs, each tale being full of delicious and unexpectedly dark twists and turns. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets £12 (under 16s £8).
Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich SE21 7BG; dulwichplayers.org
25 Material Girl at Churchill Theatre Bromley
Material Girl, playing at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on 22 June, celebrates the greatest songs from the Queen Of Pop, Madonna. With incredible vocals, amazing dancers, video footage and narration, audiences are taken on a journey through the scandals, the controversy and of course the music of one of the world’s most iconic figures. Told through the eyes of their leading lady, Jodie Jackson, audiences will hear stories and little known facts about Madonna as the show follows her career and music through her 35 years at the top. The show features all of the hits such as Like A Virgin, Papa Don’t Preach, Vogue, Crazy for You, Into The Groove, Like A Prayer, Express Yourself and many more.
High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
26 Up Close with Marilyn: Portraits by Milton H. Greene, Proud Central
Until 24 June
Proud Galleries is showing an exhibition of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs by Milton H. Greene. The Ballerina Sitting, 1954, is one of Greene and Monroe’s most recognisable images, named by Time magazine in 1999 as one of the top three photographs of the 20th century. Taken in Greene’s New York studio, Monroe is wearing an ill-fitting tulle-and-satin dress created by designer Herbert Kasper, but Greene’s wife, Amy, had guessed Monroe’s dress size incorrectly. Two sizes too small, Monroe had to hold up the front bodice. Her ability to adapt and make the most of every situation is indicative of her hardworking spirit, sense of humour and trust in Greene.
32 John Adam Street WC2N 6B; proudonline.co.uk
27 Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking at The Bush Theatre
Until 30 June
The Bush Theatre will be staging Winsome Pinnock’s Leave Taking. The pre-eminent theatre playwright won the George Devine Award for the play in 1991 and was the first black British woman to have a play produced at the National Theatre. It follows Del and Viv in Deptford, who are ‘soul-sick,’ leading their mother, Enid, to take her daughters to the local ‘obeah’ woman for some traditional Caribbean soul healing. As she does, secrets are spilled and relationships explored. The run is also accompanied by a number of talks organised by the Bush Theatre.
7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
28 Abbeville Fete, Clapham
Now in its 22nd year, the Abbeville Fete returns to Abbeville Road, Clapham, this summer. The fete celebrates London’s diversity, community spirit and local enterprise by bringing Londoners and visitors together in raising funds for five local causes: Ace of Clubs, Lambeth Summer Camps, Kids’ City, Home-Start Lambeth and Church of the Holy Spirit. With 100 street stalls, a street BBQ and bar, a dedicated Kids Zone, a fancy dress parade (this year’s theme – Circus), live music and a dog beauty pageant, the Abbeville Fete is one of London’s main social gatherings with activities and fun for all the family. 12pm-5pm.
29 My Leonard Cohen at Rose Theatre Kingston
Returning to the UK by popular demand, following acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe seasons in 2016 and 2017, and a sold-out run at the Sydney Opera House, Stewart D’Arrietta and his band My Leonard Cohen visits Rose Theatre Kingston this month. Driven by D’Arrietta’s raw vocal style, these are arresting and imaginative interpretations of the great singer-songwriter’s most powerful works, performed by world-class musicians. Fans of D’Arrietta won’t want to miss the rare opportunity to catch the multi award-winning Australian performer, composer and musical director in the UK.
30 June at Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org
30 My Beautiful Circus at Chiswick House and Gardens
28 June-9 July
Giffords Circus will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus with a run at Chiswick House and Gardens this month. Their show, My Beautiful Circus, will feature a selection of new and fan-favourite acts including Diana Vediashkina and her troupe of dachshunds, Lisandra Austin’s impressive aerial silk act and Pozo the Strongman’s display of acrobatics and strength. The show, which has been directed by Cal McCrystal, will be embarking on a country-wide tour but this will be their only performance in London. Circus goers will also be treated to live music from the circus band, gorgeous handmade costumes and a new tent. Giffords will also be hosting a pop-up rustic restaurant, Circus Sauce, serving a three-course menu which changes depending on the seasonal produce of the area.
31 Michael Jackson: On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery
28 June-21 October
The National Portrait Gallery will welcome the king of pop into its halls for an exhibition exploring Michael Jackson’s influence on contemporary art. Curated by the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Michael Jackson: On The Wall will span several generations of artists across all media. Dr Cullinan has sourced pieces from private and public collections around the world, alongside some pieces made especially for the exhibition, to create a unique landmark collection. Opening this summer to coincide with what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday, it will look at the legacy he has left on contemporary art. Some of the highlights include Andy Warhol’s 1984 portrait and David LaChapelles’ ‘An illuminating path’. More than just an exhibition, the gallery will also be releasing a publication to accompany it with essays from Zadie Smith and Margo Jefferson.
St. Martin’s Place WC2H 0HE; npg.org.uk
32 Political Cartoons from the Evening Standard at The Political Cartoon Gallery & Café, Richmond
Until 28 July
Political Cartoons from the Evening Standard (1927-2018) is an exhibition of original cartoons celebrating 90 years of political cartoons from the Evening Standard. Featuring Sir David Low (who managed to get the Evening Standard banned in Italy and Germany during the 1930s), Vicky, Jak, Patrick Blower, Marf and present incumbents Christian Adams, Gerald Scarfe and Dave Simonds, this exhibition includes some of their very best original artwork, documenting major historical events in Britain. Open Tues-Sat, 10.30am-5.30pm
16 Lower Richmond Road SW15 1JP; original-political-cartoon.com
33 Translations, National Theatre
Until 11 August
Brian Friel’s modern classic, Translations, is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community. The show will be at the National’s Olivier Theatre this month. Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences. So, what happens when a land is robbed of its language?
34 All Too Human at the Tate Britain, Westminster
Until 27 August
Get down to the Tate Britain this month to see the exhibition that everyone is talking about, All Too Human. It celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.
Millbank, Westminster SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
35 Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at County Hall
Until 16 September
This new production of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions is set in County Hall’s ornate Chamber. Director Lucy Bailey places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony? Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? This production has proved so popular that its run has been extended until September. Tickets £10-£95 (VIP Jury Tickets include access to a private bar area, a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks.
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 7PB; witnesscountyhall.com
36 The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Until 30 September
On 23 March the National Maritime Museum opens a major photography exhibition celebrating the nation’s love affair with the seaside. Featuring over 100 works by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers – Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts – The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present, explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. The Great British Seaside documents a quintessentially British experience. It covers the country’s beaches from Brighton to Blackpool and captures the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them. Through the work of some of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, the exhibition will showcase photography from their archive collections, as well as negative contact sheets and footage.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk
37 Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, The Design Museum
Until 11 October
Co-created with late designer Azzedine Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the Design Museum celebrates the work of ‘couture’s rebellious outsider’ (The Guardian) in the first UK solo exhibition of his work. The exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body. Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna. The show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments ranging from the rare to the iconic.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
38 Special Forces: In the Shadows at the National Army Museum, Chelsea
Until 18 November
Extreme training. Secret missions. Total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces. This major exhibition presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Discover who these soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken at home and abroad. The exhibition looks at the work of these units as well as the skills and dedication needed to make the cut. Tickets are £8.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk
39 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. iI 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.
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA; vam.ac.uk
40 Edward Bawden retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 9 September
Dulwich Picture Gallery will present a major retrospective of work by the celebrated British artist and designer, Edward Bawden RA CBE (1903-89). It will be the most wide-ranging exhibition since Bawden’s death, and the first to look at every aspect of his 60-year career, showcasing a number of previously unseen works from the Bawden family’s private collection as well as 18 rarely seen war portraits, displayed together for the first time. Widely respected as an innovative graphic designer, book illustrator and printmaker, Edward Bawden is best known today for his monumental linocuts and for the witty designs he made for companies like Shell and Fortnum & Mason.
Gallery Road SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
41 Mat Collishaw Exhibition at the Queen’s House, Greenwich
Until 23 September
Works by celebrated British contemporary artist Mat Collishaw are now on display in the Queen’s House in Greenwich. The new exhibition focuses on his photographic Insecticide series (2006-2014) and a second phase, to launch in September, will reveal a new commission in response to the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, which his works hang alongside. Known for his visual explorations of humanity’s darker side, Collishaw’s works often reference myth and art history. In Insecticide, butterflies – symbols of the fragility of life – are crushed and enlarged to an exaggerated scale. The intense detail, lighting and simple motif of a figure set against a dark background is something shared by these photographs and Elizabethan portraiture. The velvety wings and iridescent tones of the Insecticides echo the sumptuous texture of Queen Elizabeth’s dress and its opulent embellishment. Free admission. Open daily 10am-5pm.
Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk