Art and Design Events for your 2018 diary

I am incredibly lucky to be living in London where the art and design scene is blossoming more and more every day. Architecture is starting to become more innovative, and the art scene in particular is at its best. I plan to take time to do more of what I love this year, and have tried to add one exhibition into my monthly diary. I would love it if you could join me!

January

Hayward Gallery 25 January- 22 April 2018

 

 Photo courtesy of Southbank Centre

Photo courtesy of Southbank Centre

 Amazon warehouse image went viral when the exhibition opened in Januray.  © Andreas Gursky, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Courtesy of Sprüth Magers

Amazon warehouse image went viral when the exhibition opened in Januray. © Andreas Gursky, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Courtesy of Sprüth Magers

Marking its 50 Year Anniversary, the Hayward Gallery has reopened its doors after a long two year refurbishment. Known for its Brutalist architecture, the gallery is host to German artist Andreas Gursky that has caused quite a stir with his provocative photography.

February

Newport Street Gallery

The gallery itself is Damien Hirst's love child, born to exhibit the extensive Murderme Art Collection, over 3,000 pieces were opened for public viewing in 2015. Opening on 21 February 2018, John Copeland will hold his first solo exhibition of his work in the UK. 

 John-Copeland oil on canvas ©the artist courtesy Newport Street Gallery

John-Copeland oil on canvas ©the artist courtesy Newport Street Gallery

March

 Future Everything 22 March 2018

A unique annual festival featuring art events, discussions and workshops on the theme of "Trust in Invisible Agents". Can we look at the world differently knowing that everything around us is somehow connected through technology? Tickets are £50 plus BF

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Royal Academy of Arts 27 Jan - 15 April 2018

Charles | King and Collector - The King that is said to have revolutionised the British Art Culture, curated art works, that can be seen together for the very first time since the 17th Century. If you have an interest in British Art History, the BBC series is well worth listening to. Art Passion and Power can be found on BBC iPlayer, here.

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April

Tate Modern 14 March - 5 August 2018

Joan Jonas  - The hero to young artists holds the largest exhibition of her work ever held in the UK. She pioneered the use of video and performance in visual art, bringing the two mediums together for the first time. What I have always loved about art is how it unites the world in depicting a universal message. Jonas's recent work highlights the issues behind climate change and the environmental impact. Be sure to book in advance for any of the related workshops or talks!

 Joan Jonas reanimation installation 2010,2012,2014

Joan Jonas reanimation installation 2010,2012,2014

May

Clerkenwell Design Week 22 - 24 May 2018

Leading UK and International brands showcase their work through a series of exhibitions, showrooms and special installations. 

Tate Modern

EY Exhibition: Picasso 8 March - 9 September 2018

Looking deep into Picasso's life in 1932, an intensely creative period of his life. Learn about his loves, the fame and the tragedy that awaited. 

 Pablo Picasso  The Dream (Le Rêve)  1932, Private Collection © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018

Pablo Picasso The Dream (Le Rêve) 1932, Private Collection © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018

June

Serpentine Galleries 15 June - 7 October 2018

One of my favourite places in the world, the Serpentine Galleries host not only extraordinary art exhibitions but the annual architecture programme is one not to miss! This year, the art capital of the World 2018 is Mexico City, so it is no surprise that Frida Escobedo is this years chosen architect to design the Serpentine Pavilion. 

 Serpentine Pavilion 2018 designed by Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, interior view © Frida

Serpentine Pavilion 2018 designed by Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, interior view © Frida

While we are on the subject of stunning architecture, another one for the diary for all you design addicts is:

London Festival of Architecture 1-30 June 2018

Spanning across all of London, this years theme is "Identity", the festival is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the City and its rapidly developing architecture.

 "The Modern Maypole" winning entry designed by scottwhitbystudio and whitbywood, each pole represents a borough of London

"The Modern Maypole" winning entry designed by scottwhitbystudio and whitbywood, each pole represents a borough of London

July

New Designers 4-7 July 2018

Showcasing talents of young designers that will take over the future creative baton, I am really looking forward to the innovations on offer this year!

National Gallery

Monet & Architecture 9 April - 29 July 2018

 Detail from Claude Monet, 'The Grand Canal (Le Grand Canal)', 1908 © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Gift of Osgood Hooker 1960.29

Detail from Claude Monet, 'The Grand Canal (Le Grand Canal)', 1908 © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Gift of Osgood Hooker 1960.29

Famously known for his study of landscapes, this exhibition looks at the buildings he painted in his time in great depth. We can learn so much about some of Europe's most famous Landmarks through the eyes of one of the most famous artists of the impressionist era.

If you love Monet's work, you will love one of our featured Artists, Alex Ebdon, check out his work here.

August

V&A Frida Kahlo 16 June- 4 November 2018

Celebrating 2018 design city of the World, Frida Kahlo is celebrated through her personal life. A grand explosion of Mexican culture and colour through her personal artefacts and possessions, I am very excited about this!

 Frida Kahlo - Art. Garden. Life

Frida Kahlo - Art. Garden. Life

September

The month of Design, during September, you will see me utterly brimming with inspiration. Not to mention complaining of achy legs and feet, as I try and cover as much ground as possible, in true Aerosmith style, I don't want to miss a thing!

London Design Festival 15- 23rd September 2018

Start at the hub of the festival at the V&A (if I could, I would live here!) and work your way around London to see the plethora of installations designed by leading architects and designers. Be sure to wear comfy shoes, and have a clear memory card on your camera!

Decorex 16-19th September 2018

400 luxury exhibitors from all over the world, show us what's what for the upcoming year in trends and design. Cannot wait to see the designer picked for the champagne hall this year! 

London Design Fair - 20-23 September 2018

A trade fair open to the public, this is your key to the design secrets for the year! Don't say I didn't tell you :)

V&A Dundee 15 September 2018

For the first time, in one place, Scottish Design will be truly celebrated as visitors explored its past present and future heritage. The stunning building was designed by competition winners Kengo Kuma & Associates, and award winning Japanese Architectural firm. Kuma is also designing the stadium for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020! The only V&A museum outside of London, it will be well worth the trek to Scotland!

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100% Design - 19-22 September 2018

The commercial design arena, it is said to be the go to event for architects and designers, 100% Design is an annual event that showcases upcoming trends, and an amazing opportunity to get trade deals. Tickets are required and it is open to the public (children not allowed unfortunately!) 

October

National Gallery 

Mantegna & Bellini 1 October - 27 January 2019

Two of the most celebrated artists of the Renaissance, come together in this wonderful exhibition of their relationship. 

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