20 Cool Things to Do Online in November 2020
With going out pretty much on ice for November, it’s time to get creative, boost your broadband package and live la vida loca-down!
Lead image: Love by Patrick Hughes is one of the mini-masterpieces available in the Art on a Postcard Winter Auction
1 International Sherry Week Tasting Kit from José Pizarro
Spanish Chef José Pizarro is paying homage to International Sherry Week (by pairing two of his favourite Spanish products together. Originally, the menu was to be available at all Pizarro restaurants from 2-8 November, but with lockdown coming into force on 5 November, things got cut short. Fortunately, you can recreate the experience at home with a special package of Fino Coquinero and Oloroso Bailén together with Jamón ibérico, available online for £47.50.
2 Free Online Wellbeing Events with Inner Space
Inner Space is running a series of live online meditations, talks and seminars to get us through November – all for free! There will be daily lunchtime meditations from 1pm-1.20pm to help clear your mind and de-stress, as well as morning mediations for a natural energy boost from 8.30am-8.45am on Mon, Weds and Fri. A series of live online talks kicks off on 6 Nov with Mindfully Handling Difficult Conversations, followed by How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself on 13 Nov, Pushing Your Creative Boundaries on 20 Nov, and Being Happy, Staying Happy on 27 Nov (all 6.30pm-7.30pm). Live online seminars run as follows: Time Management Tips on 3 Nov, Improve Your Self Esteem on 5 Nov, Build Resilience & Thrive on 10 Nov, Making Gratitude a Habit on 12 Nov, Think More Positively on 17 Nov, Stress Less, Relax More on 19 Nov, People Skills on 24 Nov and Overcoming Self-Limiting Beliefs on 26 Nov (all 6pm-6.45pm).
3 Tate Online
Tate is offering a wide range of digital events and content this November to encourage everyone to engage in art online. Highlights include the monthly UNIQLO Tate Lates Night In on 5 Nov, exploring Tate Modern’s upcoming Zanele Muholi exhibition (7pm-8.30pm, with access till 12 Nov), and Late at Tate Britain Online on Friday 20 Nov, taking inspiration from the recently opened Turner’s Modern World at Tate Britain to explore the effects of climate change in today’s modern world, and The Making of the Modern World: War, an online panel discussion exploring the history of conflict and art on 23 Nov from 7pm-8.15pm. Other content available at tate.org.uk includes artist interviews, detailed looks at artworks in the Tate collection and podcasts introducing listeners to art and artists through themes such as self-care, protest and hip-hop. All events and content will be available to enjoy for free on the Tate website or through Tate’s social media channels.
4 MADE MAKERS Online
This Christmas, join the #ShopSmallStartEarly movement to help support local makers and beat any postal delays. MADE’S makers have been hard at work handcrafting one-off pieces for the sale, from jewellery to textiles, ceramics to carvings, furniture to prints and more. The perfect coffee mug for warming hands, beautiful scarves, unique jewellery, hand-carved wooden spoons… there’s plenty of gift inspiration. As well as livestreams on Instagram, there will be daily showcases and a special discussion on the post-pandemic future of the craft industry (6 Nov, 6pm, register here). Plus, for the first time ever, MADE MAKERS will go live during the week, from 7pm on Thursday 5 Nov until Sunday 8 Nov.
5 Art on a Postcard Winter Auction
Art on a Postcard (AOAP) returns with its annual Winter Auction this month in partnership with Dreweatts Auction House to raise funds for the Hepatitis C Trust helpline. Since the global pandemic, the way artwork is made and viewed has changed. In light of this, AOAP has teamed up with art exhibition platform gowithYamo to present an online interactive show. The Winter Auction is no longer anonymous, providing an opportunity to discover in-depth the background and practices of the artists taking part, and, to accompany this year’s auction, there will be a full programme of podcasts and artists talks. There are 230 artists participating this year, all creating mini masterpieces in support of a worthwhile cause, including renowned Paraguayan artist Faith Wilding, known for her feminist performances and installations in the 70s, British artist Ryan Mosely, who has recently taken part in the group show Radical Figures at the Whitechapel Gallery, and Saint Lucian born artist Winston Branch, whose accolades include a Guggenheim fellowship. Bidding is online via dreweatts.com, starting at £50.
View the lots at artonapostcard.com
6 The Affordable Online Art Fair
The First Affordable Online Art Fair launches to the public on 6 November, with a roster of 50 hand-picked galleries and thousands of international artworks available. With artwork priced from £50 to £6,000, from both emerging talent and established names, there will be something to suit every taste, space and spend. Alongside a dedicated viewing room for each gallery, hosted on the online marketplace at affordableartfair.com, there will be an exciting programme of online tours and talks led by industry experts and Affordable Art Fair Founder, Will Ramsay, plus video interviews and meet-the-gallery blogs. Register online here.
7 Kensington Mums x The Glorious Edit Christmas Shopping Fair, Online
6-11 Nov & 4-10 Dec
Kensington Mums is partnering with The Glorious Edit for a Christmas online shopping spectacular. The Glorious Edit is a carefully curated collection of 80 of the best independent brands, saving you precious time when it comes to hunting out new and interesting gift ideas. The event will also raise money for the MeeTwo mental health app, which provides free, safe and anonymous support to young people. Shoppers are invited to donate a voluntary £4 entrance fee, but will also get a Glorious Edit code that gets you exclusive offers across all brands, ranging from 10% to 25% off. The Glorious Edit is designed with the shopper in mind, with inspiring present lists for everyone from the teenager to the teacher. Brands include Wyse London (exclusive to The Glorious Edit fair), Annabelle Hill Jewels, Crosslow London, Spots and Stripes, The Mews Fabrics and Furnishings, St Berts Clothing and more.
8 Borough Cooks Live With Skye McAlpine
Borough Market is holding the second instalment of its new series of autumn/winter events – a live cook-along with award-winning author Skye McAlpine. From her home in Venice, Skye will be cooking her flourless chocolate, chestnut and rosemary cake from her new book, A Table for Friends: The Art Of Cooking For Two Or Twenty. Joining Skye is award-winning food writer and founder of the Borough Market Cookbook Club, Angela Clutton, who will be cooking alongside Skye as the pair share tales of UK and Italian market produce, and some of their top tips and tricks. Live on Zoom from 6.30pm-7.30pm. Register free here to receive the recipe and ingredients ahead of time. Borough Market remains open for business from Monday to Saturday, while Borough Market Kitchen traders are open for takeaway. Plus, Borough Market Online offers a click and collect or doorstep drop delivery service for those within a seven mile radius.
9 Voila! Europe 2020 Online
Voila! Europe 2020, the festival of European theatre, was originally due to with a mixture of in-person shows at the Cockpit theatre in London and online events. Only the online events can go ahead now, but there are still plenty of those to look forward to. Highlights include: Sh*t Happens, a one-to-one performance about the taboos of pooing, public toilets and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (10, 12, 18, 20 Nov in 15-minute slots between 5.30pm & 8.30pm, and 15 Nov from 1pm-4pm); Diary of an Expat: Reloaded, about an Italian in London dealing with amusing miscommunications and bewildering legal technicalities (10 & 11 Nov at 7.30pm); Telephone, a gently interactive performance that weaves together stories and games about connection in all its forms (12, 13 & 17 Nov at 7.30pm); Theatre in the Pound, Cockpit Theatre’s monthly online scratch night (16 Nov at 7pm); and an Alice in Wonderland Watch Party, where you can follow Alice down the rabbit hole to a wondrous land in an imaginative, non-verbal performance (15 Nov at 3pm). Tickets are £1-£10.
10 AGM 2020 by Somerset House Studios
Somerset House Studios is running a special online edition of its annual building takeover series, AGM. Celebrating four years of its dynamic artistic community, AGM 2020, taking place on 12 November, features a night of free live-streamed premieres, collaborations, performances, and experimental DJ sets broadcast live from Somerset House, and remotely from across the UK and beyond. This year’s edition premieres five new commissions, and highlights include visual storytelling from writer Aida Amoako; an exclusive AV performance from techno artist DeForrest Brown; and a collaborative performance piece with an interactive element from artist and producer Rian Treanor. All works will remain available to view online for one month following their premiere.
11 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair: The Online Edition
12 Nov-13 Dec
The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair – the UK’s largest contemporary print fair, showcasing the best in international contemporary printmaking with over 500 artists and specialist galleries – goes online this year. The unique open-call process creates opportunities for upcoming artists to sit alongside some of the most prominent international printmakers and dealers, while the rigorous selection process means collectors have access to only the highest calibre of original contemporary print. As well as buying directly from artists working in the unique craft of printmaking – from etching and lithography, to woodblock and screen-printing – you can also take part in an accompanying programme of online talks, panel discussions and demonstrations.
12 Stylist Live at Home
Stylist Live at Home aims to help everyone stay connected, stay positive and inspire in a virtual get together with some of the most remarkable women of 2020. The festival of inspiration is back with a line-up of empowering talks, laugh-out-loud entertainment, hands-on workshops and fitness sessions to help you rediscover joy and motivation at a time when we need it most. School of Stylist returns with practical workshops you can get involved with at home, from meditation to the art of rest, as well as inspiring talks tackling topics from How to Be an Anti-Racist Ally to How to Adapt and Thrive in the New Working World. Plus, there will be unique shopping opportunities with exclusive discounts on independent brands. Tickets from £15.
13 The Lee Green Open Studios
Lee Green Open Studios, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with a bumper event, had originally planned to go ‘phygital’ this year, with both a physical event – taking place at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Handen Road – and a digital event. Sadly only the latter will now be going ahead, but the good news is that the online open studios will be running during the months of November and December. For details of works available online, from more than 25 artists, visit the artists shop here.
14 Rugby Portobello Trust Christmas Market
The Rugby Portobello Trust Christmas Market is going online for the first time this year. The annual market is a mainstay of the Notting Hill Christmas diary, supporting the work of The Rugby Portobello Trust in North Kensington, and the market intends to do the same this year, with the same quality of handpicked artisans, designers and brands available at the click of a button. In celebration of the 31st annual Rugby Portobello Trust Christmas Market, you can get a special discount off all vendors using the discount code RPT31 at checkout. This year’s market features the much-anticipated Silent Auction (live from 6pm 4 Nov to 6pm 18 Nov) and the opportunity to have your donation doubled by match-funders. Sales go live from 15 Nov to 18 Nov. All funds raised go directly to supporting programmes for children, young people and families in North Kensington.
15 House of Vans London x The Auction Collective
Until 18 November
House of Vans London and The Auction Collective combine fine art and skate culture in a virtual 360° exhibition, followed by a live fundraising auction to raise funds for leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. Titled Objects of Art | The Skateboards, the exhibition and auction will feature 19 customised skateboards transformed into works of fine art by a mix of street artists, emerging artists and Royal Academicians including Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Charley Peters, Trust Icon, Olly Fathers and Camille Walala. Plus, those who hunt out a hidden image of Vans’ legend Tony Alva among the exhibition could win a prize – find out more via @houseofvansldn and @theauctioncollective on Instagram. The public can start bidding when the exhibition opens on 30 October, with the live stream auction on November 18 drawing the exhibition to a close.
16 Wimbledon Art Fair Online
Wimbledon Art Fair goes online this year, delivering original, affordable art straight to your home. The online platform will allow you to browse, discover and buy online from over 100 artists and makers. You’ll find themed collections to suit all budgets and can join artists and makers for online Q&As and studio tours. Plus, you can book a studio appointment directly with the artist you would like to visit to see the work in person. Pre-book your free ticket for exclusive early access to the mini-masterpiece sale and Wimbledon Art Fair Online.
10 Riverside Road, Wimbledon SW17 0BB; wimbledonartfair.com
17 The Poltergeist Livestream from Southwark Playhouse
Philip Ridley’s brand new play The Poltergeist had always intended to play IRL on stage and livestream at the same time. Sadly now it’ll only be the latter, but at least you can still enjoy the show. For just three performances, Joseph Potter will be playing Sasha, once an in-demand artist and now a not-very-in-demand stationery stop assistant. What went wrong? You’ll have to watch to find out… This darkly comic play is about art, family, memory and being haunted by the life we never lived. Livestreaming on Friday 20 Nov at 7.30pm, and Saturday 21 Nov at 3pm and 7.30pm. Streaming tickets £10-£15. The theatre’s previous production, The Last Five Years, is available to stream online via stream.theatre.
18 Camberwell Arts Online Winter Programme
28 Nov-8 Dec
Camberwell Arts will be hosting an online Open Studios and Digital Marketplace this festive season. Running from Saturday 28 November to Sunday 8 December, the Open Studios programme will feature a mix of live-streams on social media, pre-recorded studio walk-throughs and a facility to book in-person studio visits with artists. The digital marketplace will offer sales directly through the Camberwell Arts website, making it a great spot to hunt out unique Christmas gifts.
19 Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis at Saatchi Gallery
Until 29 November
Lobsteropolis at Saatchi Gallery, presented by Unit London, was designed to present the modern pop world of Philip Colbert in a ‘lockdown proof’ manner. Good news for us! While the exhibition opened to visitors for physical visits from 29 October, it has also been designed to work digitally with robots allowing viewers to interactively engage with the exhibition. Take a digital tour of the psychedelic lobster land by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to book a slot with your own automated machine, which enables you to move around the gallery via your smartphone or computer. Lobsteropolis, the largest UK survey to date of Colbert’s universe, promises to transport visitors through an odyssey of unseen large-scale paintings and sculptures, which interrogate mass consumerism and reference recent contemporary culture and history.
20 Brent Biennial
Until 13 December
The first ever Brent Biennale mark its year as London Borough of Culture – and what a year it has turned out to be! But it’s not over yet… more than 20 brand new artworks inspired by the cultures, places and people of Brent can be found in public spaces right across Brent, on buildings and billboards (download the map here). Plus, much of the material is online, with video interviews with legendary musicians and artists on how they’ve coped throughout the pandemic, as well as a weekly podcast called Vent and a Reggae Archive looking at themes of pioneering artists, fandom, women in Reggae and sound system culture.