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February 20 2014

08:05

January 13 2014

10:52

On The Waterfront

Alvin Baltrop,
The Piers (exterior view of Day’s End) 1975-86
Silver Gelatin Print
4 x 6 inches

The docks of any city are generally shady places, and when that city is 1970s New York City, and the docks have been abandoned to an underclass of homeless, deviants and criminals… the mind boggles.

The shipping industry for which New York City’s docks were built moved its base of operations to New Jersey in the ’60s; the oil crises of the late 1960s and ’70s were big factors in the dismantling of the docks. This migration created a vacuum, leaving a whole lot of industrial space on the outskirts of the city vacant – but not for long. Out of sight, out of mind to some extent, the docks became a hub for all sorts of other activities. Gay cruisers, smugglers, prostitutes and drug dealers found its empty buildings ideal for their purposes, and they became a home of sorts for many sleeping rough.

It probably goes without saying that, where society’s outcasts and their unseen sub-cultures went, artists were quick to follow. Among the most important were photographers Alvin Baltrop and Gordon Matta-Clark. Vastly different in approach, the pair found themselves in the same time and place, and their contrasting but ultimately complimentary work is the subject of a retrospective, The Piers From Here, at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool – a city with strong historical links with New York and not without its own share of docklands issues.

Baltrop threw himself into the communities that developed around the docks, befriending the characters and documenting with an unflinching eye the harsh and sometimes unpalatable realities of life there. Corpses and sunbathers, masochists and petty criminals – he documented it all, but central to his work was the docks themselves.

Matta-Clark was also deeply interested in the architectural aftermath of the “de-industrialization” of the docklands. He saw art as a way to regeneration, and to this end, in 1975 he illegally took possession of Pier 52 with the aim of creating an arts centre there. A sculptor as well as a photographer, his most famous work Day’s End involved cutting a large section away from the side of the pier, letting in a stream of light reflected from the harbour water which changed character with the shifting angle of the sun during the day. The effect can be seen in several images by both Matta-Clark and Baltrop, who documented the beginnings of what would become “anarchitecture” during the course of his photographic investigations.

The absorbing exhibition at Open Eye Gallery on Liverpool’s waterfront ends on 9 February.

@OpenEyeGallery

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
The Piers (exterior with person sunbathing) 1980, printed 2011
Digital C print
6.25 x 9.25 inches
Edition 1/15

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
Pier 52 (Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Day’s End” building cuts with two men)
1975-86
Silver Gelatin Print
6.25 x 9.25
The Bronx Museum, NY

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

© Gordon Matta–Clark,
the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
Super Cream 1980,
Printed 2011 Digital C Print
6.25 x 9.25 inches

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
Pier 52 (Exterior View of Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Day’s End”)
1975-86
Silver Gelatin Print
4 x 6.25 inches

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
Friend (The Piers) 1977
Sliver Gelatin Print
5 x 4.25 inches

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

© Gordon Matta–Clark,
the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
Homeless Guy 5 1975-86
Silver Gelatin Print
11 x 7.5 inches

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
The Piers (open window) 1975-86
Silver Gelatin Print
7.25 x 5 inches
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust
and Third Streaming, New York

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
Pier 52 (Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Day’s End” building cuts)
1975-86
Silver Gelatin Print
5.25 x 8 inches
BAL12.021/Days End 2
The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, NY

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
The Piers
1975-86 (male drinking with cigarette)
Silver Gelatin Print
4.5 x 7.75 inches

Alvin Baltrop And Gordon Matta-Clark — The Piers From Here

Alvin Baltrop,
The Piers (collapsed warehouse) 1975-86
Silver Gelatin Print
8 x 6 inches
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust
and Third Streaming, New York

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November 21 2013

13:33

Make a Left

Guerrilla Girls
[no title] 1985-90
Screenprint on paper
on paper, print
430 x 560 mm
© courtesy www.guerrillagirls.com.
Image courtesy Tate.

An exhibition about the influence of left-wing politics on art is currently taking place in the apt venue of Tate Liverpool. Art and politics have always been in constant dialogue, and some key examples in Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013 don’t bother hiding their agenda behind too much metaphor. One of the star exhibits is one of Jacques-Louis David’s versions of The Death of Marat. This example differs from others David painted in bearing the explicitly sympathetic message “unable to corrupt me, they murdered me” about the demise of the French Revolution radical.

This is not, however, an exhibition of left-wing art in those terms – instead, the effect of socialist values on the production and transmission of art is the focus. David granted the Republican movement permission to use his work in support of the cause and became one of the propaganda painters of the Revolution, reaching a huge audience. In Britain, socialist and designer William Morris’s forthright views on the role of the worker and their right to expect a better lot than was afforded by most Victorian factories was as bold as his famous patterns. More modern exhibits include comprehensive material from Palle Nielsen’s social experiment The Model – A Model for a Qualitative Society from 1968, in which the artist turned a Stockholm museum over to children to observe how a fairer society might look. All things being equal, the exhibition will run until 2 February.

@tate
@tateliverpool

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool

Jaques-Louis David
The Death of Marat 1793
Oil paint on canvas
1113 x 856 mm
Musée des Beaux-arts
© Musée des Beaux – Arts.
Photo: C.Devleeschauwer

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool

Zvono Group
Art and Soccer 1986
Video of performance
4 minutes, 11 seconds
© ZVONO

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool

Walter Crane
Banner for The Worker’s Union – Holloway branch
Solidarity of Labour c. 1898
Single layer silk fabric banner.
Ground of crimson and purple jacquard woven silk.
Replacement borders of yellow polyester rep.
Oil painted images on each side.
3074 x 2927 mm
People’s History Museum
By Permission of People’s History Museum.
Photo © People’s History Museum

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool

Cildo Miereles
Insertions into Ideological Circuits:
Coca-Cola Project 1970
3 glass bottles, 3 metal caps,
liquid and adhesive labels with text
Sculpture
Object, each: 250 x 60 x 60mm
© Cildo Meireles.
Image courtesy Tate.

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool

Guerrilla Girls
[No Title] 1985-90
Screenprint on Paper, print
430x560mm
© courtesy www.guerrillagirls.com.
Image courtesy Tate.

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013, Tate Liverpool

Pinot Gallizio
Industrial Painting 1958
Monoprinted oil and acrylic paint
typographic ink on canvas
Displayed dimensions variable
© Courtesy Archivio Gallizio Torino.
Image courtesy Tate.

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October 25 2013

13:50

Xbox One – Invitation

Alors que Sony a récemment dévoilé le spot Perfect Day pour la Playstation 4, c’est au tour de Microsoft de communiquer à propos de sa future console « Xbox One ». Une création multipliant les références et montrant des jeux invitant les joueurs à s’immerger dans l’univers de la nouvelle machine, prévue pour le 22 novembre.

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August 12 2013

10:27

The Hottest Ticket in Town

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love the festival spirit, and could have a bloody great time without even listening to a band. The feeling of the outdoors, choosing which fast food you’re going to gorge on next, and then there’s all the interesting folk, doing interesting stuff. That said, I’m not so keen on traipsing through 18 inches of mud, or relieving ourselves in the plastic manifestation of Hell either. Wouldn’t it be good if you could get a bit of the festival feeling, without the pitfalls, and enjoy it all year round? Fanfare please… Camp and Furnace, Liverpool.

This multi-purpose venue has been pitched in the Baltic Triangle by a group of friends from the neighbouring creative firms FVMA Architects, Smiling Wolf and Elevator Studios as “an antidote to the super-slick”, with a strong sense of the outdoors in the cavernous premises – check out the piles of lumber for the huge wood-burning stove. Camp is soon to launch an indoor caravan park hotel, hence the lovely vintage ‘vans parked up there now, done out in a boutique style. Elsewhere the food stalls can pop up and down, the event space is versatile, there are two photographic studios on site and they make their own Brown Bear ale. And if that wasn’t enough, you don’t need to sell an organ for a ticket or climb any fences to get in.

Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Camp and Furnace, Liverpool

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June 21 2013

10:21

What the Frack!

Science fiction fans may know the word “frack” as a cheeky way for the writers of the Battlestar Galactica TV series to swear their way around the pre-watershed censoring, but fracking is also a bit of a dirty word in the real-life scientific world of fuel extraction.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, uses a controversial high-pressure technique to crack the earth hundreds of metres below ground to create wells in which fuel such as gas and oil can flow to be collected. It works, but opponents aren’t happy with the environmental impact of what has been likened to a man-made earthquake. It’s just one of the topics being debated at Turning FACT Inside Out, an event where artists gather to examine the environment as well as other burning issues of the modern world.

Art collective HeHe have constructed an oppressive and powerful, small-scale working version of the mining process called Fracking Futures, including the tremors and spitting flames, at FACT in Liverpool, who recently hosted a celebration to the art of pop video. A host of other artists, including Steve Lambert with his challenging Capitalism Works for Me (True/False) and Katarzyna Krakowiak with sound/architecture installation Chute, will contribute to the creative think-tank which will run until 25th August.

Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool
Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool
Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool

Steve Lambert,
Capitalism Works for Me (True/False),
Installation at FACT

Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool

Steve Lambert,
Capitalism Works for Me (True/False),
Installation at FACT

Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool
Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool

MeMe Collective,
Sedimentary Timeline, 2013

Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool

Katarzyna Krakowiak,
Chute, 2013,
Installation at FACT

Turning FACT Inside Out, FACT Liverpool

All other images: HeHe, Fracking Futures, 2013,
Installation at FACT, Liverpool

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April 02 2013

11:05

Sound and Vision

Michael Jackson, even in death, can still hold claim to being not only the King of Pop but also the King of Pop Videos, but it would be wrong to think that his MTV-friendly mini-dramas were the beginning of music videos, as this exhibition at FACT Liverpool demonstrates so clearly. Films paired with music date back to the 1920s, and every generation since then has had a seminal group of artists and performers producing influential clips that have shaped the direction of the next – whether it be Dylan mournfully discarding lyric cards, Bjork bouncing around on the back of a truck, or Beyoncé shaking her booty as only she can, everyone has their own favourite standout music video moment.

The Art of Pop Video looks at the genre from a different angle, ranging from the Hollywood production values of Fred Astaire’s routines in Top Hat to the internet-savvy viral vids of Ok Go!, taking a historical look at the genre – although including those MTV watershed moments such as Jackson’s Thriller and Peter Gabriel’s animated head-spinner Sledgehammer – and predicts where the music video is headed in the future. The exhibition – accompanied by an exhaustive series of events, workshops and screenings – is on now, and wraps on 26th May.

The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool
The Art of Pop Video at FACT Liverpool

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October 25 2012

09:46

The Weekend Edit; 25.10.12

It might be the weekend of the witches, but before all that – we’re introducing our own event in The Weekend Edit for the very first time. Exciting…

We Heart & Kopparberg Present ün-establishment

25 October

We Heart & Kopparberg Present ün-establishment

We’re gearing up to bring our Create GB project into the real world for the first time, as we introduce a series of talks and meets with some of the up-and-coming designers we featured this summer. Rosa Middleton will be dissecting one of her intricately detailed multi-narrative illustrations, Son’ Emirali inviting you to share his obsession with a 90 year-old corner shop called Fosters and recent graduate Simon Cheadle will also be talking about his work process; whilst fashion designers Ashleigh Downer and Lisa Watson will be presenting their highly original work.

We Heart & Kopparberg Present ün-establishment, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street London, E1 6PG; Running 25th October, 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Free Event

After Dark Halloween Special

31 October

After Dark Halloween Special

Fancy a cultural Halloween? After Dark is an evening of film, music, performance, installations and spookiness. Taking place in the shadows of the Barbican Foyers, dress to impress and sip blood-red cocktails as you immerse yourself into Oskar Chmioła’s light installation or partake in a sinister séance. You may want to have your portrait taken with a spirit or watch a performance of extremes and contrasts in the ancient art of Japanese bondage? There’s much more too… atmospheric talks and workshops, a poetic dance performance dedicated to the fading glamour of fashion, decadence and women in the spotlight, claustrophobic investigations, stirring music and guests, invisible to the naked eye.

After Dark Halloween Special, Barbican Foyers, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS ; Running 31st October, 7:00pm tip 1:00am. Free event

Sneaking into Fashion; Covent Garden

Photography Manuel Vázquez

Until 28 October

Sneaking into Fashion; Covent Garden

Exploring how trainers have gone from being the footwear of choice for sports persons and, erm, chavs – to ‘must have’ attire for the image-conscious and famous, Sneaking into Fashion – Tracking The Trainers Journey Through Popular Culture – by online store Javari – is an intriguing exhibition showcasing over 40 collectable pairs of sneakers including Mo Farah’s Nike Volts, worn at the Olympics, Onitsuka Tiger Mexico style sported by Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, a Vivienne Westwood punk-inspired pair and Mel B’s Buffalo platforms.

Sneaking into Fashion, Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E; Running until 28th October, 9:00am – 7:00pm. Free exhibition

Edible Cinema; Beetlejuice

28 & 31 October

Edible Cinema; Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice, the classic Tim Burton directed ’80s blockbuster – in which a newly-dead couple find their home inhabited by the living dead, and hire a devious bio-exorcist (epically played by Michael Keaton) to ward them off – is the choice for The Aubin‘s first ever Edible Cinema. Rather like a Heston Blumenthal experience, the smell, texture, and way your mouth feels after eating will correspond to what’s happening onscreen and heighten your sensory experience. Collaborating with Soho House, experimental food designers Andrew Stellitano and David Bradley as well as Bombay Sapphire, this really will add a new element to the traditional trip to the flicks…

Edible Cinema; Beetlejuice, The Aubin Cinema, 64-66 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP; Running 28th & 31st October. Ticket prices vary

Inside Out Festival 2012

Nick Wiltshire

Until 28 October

Inside Out Festival 2012

The Inside Out Festival, produced by The Culture Capital Exchange, is your opportunity to get amongst the creative and learning institutions that help make London the cultural hub that it is. Throughout the week, events – there will be over fifty in total – have been taking place at venues such as Somerset House, the National Portrait Gallery, the Barbican Centre, the British Academy and a host of universities, linking the world of higher education and the arts in the UK. With so many more inspirational talks, thought-provoking performances and debates over the next few days, this really is quite the eclectic festival.

Inside Out Festival 2012, Events take place throughout London; Running until 28th October, most events are free

Scarewood Forest; Hallowe'en Festival

26 – 31 October

Scarewood Forest; Hallowe’en Festival

“If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise” and it won’t be a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Scarewood Forest is an experience of two halves, more fairytales, bobbing apples and pumpkin carving by day – best not to give the nippers nightmares – yet come nightfall, petrifying installations of nursery rhymes and their characters take place over three haunted houses, Robin Blood, Blade Marion and their wicked Ferry Men stalk the forest… and bloodcurdling screams will torture you long after you’ve left. Of course, there’s some culinary delights courtesy of Camp and Furnace, coffee from Bold Street, toffee apples and much more…

Scarewood Forest, Shorrocks Hill, The Pinewoods, Lifeboat Road, Formby, Liverpool L37 2EB; Running 26th to 31st October. Tickets, Adults £18.50, Children £14.50 or Family Ticket (two adults and two children) £59.60

October 23 2012

10:00

August 06 2012

17:52

Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A

From hotels to bars, a ‘punk’ tea shop to the sophistication of the UK’s highest restaurant, Liverpool’s R2A create unforgettable interiors, and – thankfully for us – they’re not afraid to bend the rules. One bit. R2A’s work is at its best when it toys with convention, drops in the unexpected, and has fun; “Korova strikes the perfect balance between scuzzy and sleek” said The Guardian of their design for a hip Liverpool music venue, confirming the studio’s passion for juxtaposition and surprise. Having collaborated with SB Studio (previously featured in Create GB) on a number of projects, the interiors agency are doing a throughly good job of making the North West look rather splendid, and long may it continue.

We caught up with R2A’s Richard Eastwood to chat about British creativity, the Olympics, and drinking too much…

Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A

Where’s your hometown, and where are you based now?

I was born in Manchester, studied in Newcastle, lived in Singapore, Berlin and New York before settling in Liverpool.

Do you think location affects creativity?

As the adage goes wherever you go, you go. If you cannot be creative on the loo you will not be creative in Timbuktu.

How would you describe British creativity?

Always better when it’s from the street up and not from the top down.

What do you think the rest of the world’s view of British creativity is?

Depends which part of the world is doing the viewing. One part of the world might view Aston Martin, Burberry and Paul Smith the quintessential peak of British creativity. Whereas someone in a sweaty Berlin club on a Saturday night, might have a different opinion upon hearing the latest tracks out of London.

Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A

The Swinging ’60s, punk, Hacienda-era Manchester… is there one period of intense British creativity that you’d like to have been a part of, and why?

Being part of British creativity right now would be good enough. I’ve got to get out more.

Are there any quintessential British traditions that inform your work?

I suppose a quality, humour, craft, reticence, too much alcohol.

Where in Britain do you feel most inspired

Anywhere but my desk. Sometimes you just have to walk away and trust your subconscious.

If you could collaborate with one GB creative, from any field, who would it be, and why?

There’s no one in particular, but lots of people at the same time. We collaborate all the time and the best bits on any scheme are where disciplines collide. I like to leave spaces in schemes for other creatives to come in and mess up.

Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A

Will you be watching the Olympics?

I’m lucky enough to be going. We’ve got rowing, handball and archery tickets. We were going to be camping on the Queens lawn in Windsor but I think she’s cancelled.

If creativity was an Olympic sport, who’s the one person you’d want to represent Britain on the global stage?

I prefer the competition. Maybe Frank Gehry and David Chipperfield high diving. I would love to see Rem Koolhaas give Norman Foster a kicking during greco roman wrestling.

Which sport would you like to compete in at London 2012?

Trampolining. If it’s allowed

You couldn’t live without…

Clients. I know they can get a bad press but I have been lucky to have some great ones. I am still humbled when they take a gamble on some weird idea I’ve come up with.

What makes you smile?

The fact that my partner banned me from writing anything about her here.

The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given…

Trust yourself. The decisions you’ve made have gotten you here.

We’re going to the pub and we’re buying, what are you drinking?

Tasty German Heffeweissen. I’ll kid myself that there will be no hangover because of its pure ingredients.

What’s next for you?

We’ve got a great variety of schemes at the moment ranging from brand roll outs, hotels, theatres and nurseries. That reminds we need to get some more staff. So send a CV or clear off.

Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB; Richard Eastwood, R2A
Create GB

April 26 2012

09:46

The Weekend Edit; 26.4.12

Beatboxing, shopping, art, cinema and the plastination-professor turning his gory eye to the animal kingdom. Here’s our weekly guide to your next 7 days…

Animal Inside Out; Natural History Museum

© Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination,
Heidelberg, Germany www.bodyworlds.com

Until 16 September

Animal Inside Out; Natural History Museum

Using Gunther von Hagens’ famed method of preservation, Plastination, Animal Inside Out is a must-see exhibition showcasing the anatomy of a mind-blowing range of animals. The extraordinary display features the diversity in the makeup of over 100 specimens ranging from the complex components of a hare’s brain to a whole elephant (which incidentally is the heaviest animal ever displayed in the museum). In addition, take in the animal’s nervous, muscular, reproductive and skeletal systems, and prepare yourself for the Hirst-baiting shark – who’s had all of its skin removed to reveal its perfect assemblage of blood vessels.

Animal Inside Out; Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD; Running until 16th September Open daily 10:00am to 5:50pm – late opening on a Friday – tickets £9.00 adults and £6.00 children.

Thomas Lélu; BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

Until 5 May

Thomas Lélu; BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

With a strong desire to rid himself of the traditional practices applied in art, French artist Thomas Lélu instead seeks to produce a dynamic encounter between word and image. Said image is often manipulated from its original context and incorporated with confrontational text, generally referring to antagonistic backgrounds such as fashion and politics, in this new series of paintings showing at Paris’ Nuke Gallery.

Thomas Lélu; BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE at Nuke Gallery, 11, Rue Sainte Anastase, 75003 Paris, France; Running until 5th May

Sundance London; Film and Music Festival

Chasing Ice (2012)
Jeff Orlowski

Until 29 April

Sundance London; Film and Music Festival

What began in Salt Lake City in August 1978, in an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah, has become the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. The annual Sundance Festival has given many famous independent filmmakers – such as Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh – their big break; as well as introducing films such as The Blair Witch Project and Little Miss Sunshine to the masses. Today sees the launch of Sundance London where 14 narrative and documentary feature films will make their UK premiers, in what founder Robert Redford says “is an attempt to bring the very best in current American independent cinema to the UK”. Complimenting the programme will be live music performances from the likes of Tricky and Placebo as well as An Evening with Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett to name but a few.

Sundance London; Film and Music Festival at O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX; Running 26th – 29th April. Ticket prices vary according to the package you prefer.

Liverpool Art Prize 2012

Alan Dunn; Soundtrack for a Mersey Tunnel

27 April – 9 June

Liverpool Art Prize 2012

Shortlisted artists: Alan Dunn, Tomo, Robyn Woolston and The Drawing Paper’s Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney were told late last year that they were in the running for The Liverpool Art Prize 2012, and only have to wait until 30th May to find out who will take away the coveted prize. A total of 48 entries were received for the contemporary art contest, which is open to professional artists from Liverpool and the surrounding boroughs, and the remaining four still have to continue to impress the panel of judges in order to be crowned winner of 2012. Their works will be exhibited at Metal – Edge Hill Station – the world’s oldest standing passenger station, and the prizes up for grabs include The Art Prize of £2000 plus a solo exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.

Liverpool Art Prize 2012, Metal at Edge Hill Station, Tunnel Road, Liverpool, L7 6ND; Running 27th April to 9th June. Open Tuesday to Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

Seven Dials Shopping Event

26 April

Seven Dials Shopping Event

With an abundance of independent boutiques, heritage brands, beauty and grooming stores as well as fine eateries – Covent Garden Village – Seven Dials and nearby St Martin’s Courtyard is a haven for those seeking retail therapy. What’s more, this evening they host a 20% off shopping event with over 120 stores from well known brands like American Apparel, Camper and Urban Outfitters, independent boutiques, beauty brands such as Kiehl’s and Benefit and a host of food and drink outlets too. The event will take place between 5pm and 9pm and many of the stores are set to provide live music or DJs.

Seven Dials Shopping Event, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London; Running 26th April 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Download your discount voucher either beforehand or by registering in person this evening

The Vocal Orchestra; E4 Udderbelly Festival

Shlomo

Until 27th May

The Vocal Orchestra; E4 Udderbelly Festival

Back for more lazing and grazing on the London Southbank is the E4 Udderbelly Festival,characterised by the enormous upside-down purple cow venue. Now in its fourth year, it continues to offer a fun-packed programme but we’re especially excited about Guinness World Record holder and human-beatbox giant Shlomo and his – Vocal Orchestra – who, along with seven of the planet’s best beatboxing stars promises an hour of vocal harmonies and floor-wobbling baselines in this no instrument, all mouth affair.

The Vocal Orchestra, E4 Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX; Running until 27th May

Jim Beam Honey Launch Pop-Up

26 and 27 April

Jim Beam Honey Launch Pop-Up

Kentucky whisk(e)y producers Jim Beam, have taken their four year-old bourbon and infused it with real golden honey for their new tipple, Jim Beam Honey. Launching this weekend at a London pop-up, they hope to attract a ‘swarm’ of drinkers by offering free entry and two complimentary drinks. A perfect opportunity we think, to ‘bee’ one of the first of many to taste this warm, rich, sweet potion from one of the best selling brands of bourbon in the world.

Jim Beam Honey Launch Pop-Up, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS; Running 26th and 27th April from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

March 15 2012

13:50

The Weekend Edit; 15.3.12

Art, print, ink, parades and a good old fashioned treasure hunt. It’s just your usual round-up of what to see and do at the weekend and beyond…

DC presents Burning Ink

Until 31 March

DC presents Burning Ink

Fusing art and tats, the Burning Ink Art Show – now in London – isn’t your usual run of the mill show promoting a conventional mix of designers and illustrators. At this show, you can buy the art you like but the only way you’ll take it home is by having it inked onto your flesh – either there and then, or by 31st March. If you don’t, it’ll be reduced to ashes at the closing party, where all the work is ceremoniously burnt. Brilliant.

DC presents Burning Ink in partnership with Kids Love Ink, Custom Tattooing. At Beach Gallery, 20 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH; Running until 31st March

Redistributing Fashion; Pop-Up

16 March

Redistributing Fashion; Pop-Up

It’s time to update your wardrobe with some select spring pieces, whilst doing good for the community. Chic and Seek are curating a pop-up sale in Notting Hill tomorrow, which will feature a host of London’s boutique fashion and lifestyle brands. Redistributing Fashion, an event in aid of The Rugby Portobello Trust – a charity who seek to provide young people with a positive outlook on how to live their lives – will also present the Celebrity Chic and Seek Rail, where you could be lucky enough to bag yourself a celeb-donated Chanel, McQueen, Hermes… you get the picture; now make sure you’re there to get the item.

Redistributing Fashion at 20th Century Theatre, Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2QA; 10:00am til 8:00pm

The Affordable Art Fair

Lear Gaukur 06
Kristjana S Williams
Archival giclée print on somerset velvet paper
42 x 30cm
£95.00
Outline Editions

Until 18 March

The Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair – now a global-phenomenon – has returned to Battersea Park with the illustrious photography, paintings, prints and sculptures that art lovers in attendance have become accustomed to. Featuring work from over 120 galleries, if you still need a Mother’s Day gift, this may just be the place to find it – and with prices starting at a distinctly reasonable 40 quid, here’s your chance to get your hands on a piece of original contemporary art from an up-and-coming name of the future. Of course, you can buy a more established piece if the funds allow – with the ceiling price set at £4,000. Keeping the Affordable Art Fair’s fun, informative and inspiring environment, expect activities for the whole family – along with workshops and tours.

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London; Running until 18th March. Admission is free for under 16′s and prices vary from £8 to £20 depending on the day and time of day you attend

No Vacancy; Young Pines

15 – 25 March

No Vacancy; Young Pines

Liverpool based Young Pines, are an assemblage of designers, illustrators and writers. Still new to their field, they’ve worked for local organisations as well as big ‘orrible corporates, but this weekend sees them launch their exhibition of visual art based on the poetry of Greg Gibson. No Vacany – will explore the theme of overpopulation, taking a vision of survivors of a natural disaster seeking refuge in a hotel, which in turn is crammed full. It will feature the work of four of the Young Pine members.

No Vacancy by Young Pines at Wolstenholme Creative Space, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, L1 4JJ; Running 15th to 25th March, opening times, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Please note, exhibition closed on 19th, 20th & 21st March

The Fourth Wall; Pop - Up

16 and 17 March

The Fourth Wall; Pop-Up

We can’t really say too much about the whereabouts of this pop-up. The roaming bar changes its location each week. Subscribe to their email list and every Wednesday you’re given a clue concerning the whereabouts for the coming weekend. It’s a bit like a treasure hunt, where a signature Chimps Tea or Lychee Martini may be your treasure. The Fourth Wall, created by the guys behind Fitzrovia hangout Bourne and Hollingsworth and Blitz Party, have kept the decor of the original venue – such as the distinctive flowered wallpaper, tablecloths and cocktail glasses – but each week it’s all packed up and moved on to the next stomping ground; which in the past has ranged from offices, warehouses and ballrooms. So, if you’re looking for a night of sophisticated cocktails, good music and fine atmosphere – get signed up and start cracking that code.

The Fourth Wall, at a secret location, 16th and 17th March; 5:00pm to 1:00am

The Line Up Art Show

17 March – 7 April

The Line Up Art Show

Having featured Kev Munday back in an early-January Weekend Edit, and being big fans of his work, we were excited to hear that he’d teamed up with fellow creatives; Katie Smith, Cei Willis, Bill Thorpe, Kieran Mckay and Curtis Hylton – who individually specialise in art such as illustration, painting and ceramics – to showcase their talents in the old market town of Basingstoke.

The Line Up Art Show, 2A Church Street, Basingstoke Town Centre, Basingstoke, Hampshire; Running from 17th March to 7th April

St Patrick's Day Parade; London

18 March

St Patrick’s Day Parade; London

If you just can’t help yourself from joining in on the weekend’s shenanigans, grab yourself a pint of the black stuff and get ready for the craic. Though celebrated throughout the World, London is hosting their own Paddy’s Day festival this weekend, so if by Sunday morning you’re still standing – join the melee. Starting at Hyde Park Corner at 12 noon, it proceeds to Trafalgar Square where you can enjoy Irish music, the customary jigs and, go on then, more Guinness…

St Patrick’s Day Parade, Hyde Park Corner and Trafalgar Square; From 12:00pm. Free Admission

March 08 2012

13:45

The Weekend Edit; 8.3.12

Art, music, feminism, tapas and a drunk. It’s just your usual round-up of what to see and do at the weekend and beyond.

Colette Carnaval

10 – 11 March

Colette Carnaval

Celebrating their 15th Anniversary, Parisian concept store; Colette, have decided to honour the occasion by throwing not just a party… but a Carnival. Friends, designers and artists have been invited to join customers revelling in this weekend’s 2-day event, that takes place in a 4000 m2 tent at Le Jardin de Tuileries. Promising a whole caboodle of designery fun and entertainment, there’ll be a huge kids and adults fair, as well as a whole host of other activities along the lines of design, fashion, food, drink and surprises. The programme’s as packed I imagine the Tuileries Gardens will be come Saturday afternoon.

Colette Carnaval, at Tuileries Garden, Rue de Rivoli, Paris; Running 10th and 11th March from 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Recto / Verso by Stuart Ruel; Exhibition Launch

8 March – 29 April

Recto / Verso by Stuart Ruel; Exhibition Launch

Launching his very first solo show, Stuart Ruel will exhibit illustrations, a painted mural and an intimate look into the sketchbooks he describes as “having become a valuable tool and place that I can retreat to”. Recto / Verso, which means; the front and back of pages respectively, comprises literary and musical references alongside themes of mortality, love and the sublime, and the works on show lead up from his very first sketches to the final accomplished pieces. Don’t be thinking this is all that’s going down at Shoreditch’s The Book Club tonight though – oh no – you can also catch Dean Chalkley’s screening of The New Faces, as well as the final showing of the exhibition Emil, by Asgrimsson.

Recto / Verso by Stuart Ruel; Exhibition Launch at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH; Recto/Verso is on the Ground Floor whilst The New Faces Screening and Party will be held in the Basement; Both event times are 6:00pm – 2:00pm but The New Faces Screening takes place at 7:30pm and lasts around 20 minutes. Free admission

New Fashion: Interventions in Materials & Tecniques

Una Burke, RE.TREAT collection, 2010
Photography by Diego Indraccolo
Styling by Kay Korsh

Until 7 April

New Fashion: Interventions in Materials & Tecniques

The exhibition currently being displayed at Britain’s only college to specialise in fashion education, research and consultancy – London’s College of Fashion, features young designers such as Una Burke, Chi Chi Luo and Derek Lawler, and is the first of three shows set to take place. New Fashion: Interventions in Materials and Techniques is not just about presenting emerging talent across the regimen of fashion design, but across the disciplines of illustration and photography alike.

New Fashion: Interventions in Materials & Tecniques, at 1st Floor, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ; Running until 7th April. Open Monday to Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Barn Pop-Up

Until further notice

The Barn Pop-Up

Apparently – not so long ago, there wasn’t much in the way of inspiration when it came to eating in or around Upper Street, Islington. When Philip Dundas, author of PipsDish, heard about this, he set out to make a difference. Fast forward a few weeks and, as if by magic, the old Citreon Garage on Upper Street became available and old friend / kitchen partner, Mary Doherty, returned from Greece. The result; a pop-up kitchen that, since late November, has been going from strength to strength. Farm Direct have jumped on board selling their fresh fruit and veg, fish, meat and dairy out of the shop and Friday and Saturday lunchtimes even operate a pay-what-you-think policy. They even extend their good work to the community; working with Age UK Islington, on the Free Lunch Friday initiative.

The Barn Pop-Up, 133B Upper Street, London, N1 1QP; Running until the summertime at the earliest. Open 12:00pm to 3:00pm for lunch on Friday and Saturday and pay what you think it’s worth. From 7:45pm for dinner on Fridays costing £25pp for 3 courses with live music. Saturday night is exclusive to dinner parties, minimum 15, maximum 30 guests and costing £35pp for 5 courses

Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2012

Until 11 March

Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2012

Today we celebrate, recognise and promote Women and their achievements as we mark the 101st International Women’s Day – and this is set to be the principal message at the Southbank’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival, this weekend. Featuring a packed programme of talks on politics, arts, education and human rights; highlights include a forum with Patrick Stewart and Baroness Scotland on the truth about domestic violence, a Cosmo debate with Dawn Porter and Kate Smurthwaite – I am a feminist – can I vajazzle – as well as a night of music at The Royal Festival Hall, hosted by Annie Lennox and joined by Katy B, Jess Mills and Emeli Sandé.

Women of the World (WOW) Festival 2012, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX; Running until 11th March

Spanish Gourmet Night; Lunya

14 March

Spanish Gourmet Night; Lunya

A true taste of Spain can be found in an unlikely Liverpool location, nestled amongst the shops in the heart Liverpool One. Away from all the usual chain bars and restaurants is the multi award winning Lunya, the restaurant and delicatessen having become quite a North West institution since opening its doors in 2008. Set in a converted 18th Century Warehouse, they serve a delightful tapas and A La Carte menu using authentically sourced artisan Catalan and Spanish ingredients alongside the high quality local fresh ingredients and, next Wednesday, they host another of their very successful Gourmet Evenings – pairing great food with fine wine. So if your idea of a good evening is chowing down on food like Carpaccio of scallops, Jamon Ibérico and Oxtail, and if you’re in that neck of the woods next week, you’ll want to be making a reservation… now.

Spanish Gourmet Night, at Lunya, 18 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DS; Running 14th March from 7:30pm. Bookings being taken and prices are £49.95pp if paid in full in advance or £59.95 if paid for on the evening

Bryony Kimmings: 7 Day Drunk

Photograph by Christa Holka

13 – 31 March

Bryony Kimmings: 7 Day Drunk

We’ve heard it time and time again from one famous type or other, how they need to be intoxicated in some way to perform to us mere mortals. We’ve all probably experienced ourselves how a drink or two can make us feel more confident, funnier, even sexier (and this is often where the problem starts). All round artist, creator of 2010′s award winning Sex Idiot and NON-alcoholic – Bryony Kimmings – will, in her new one woman show, investigate the link between artist and mind enhancing drugs. The hilarious 7 Day Drunk is based on her own relationship with alcohol and the fact that it can be to blame for her most genius and most hideous creations, and is performed as 2 parts song and dance routine and 1 part breakdown – with a twist of sobering reality. What a show to settle into with a cold vino in hand!

Bryony Kimmings: 7 Day Drunk, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE; Running 13th to 31st March

January 26 2012

15:41

The Weekend Edit; 26.1.12

Troubadours, cupcakes, Ai Weiwei’s café and a Sunday roast. It’s that time of the week again; put on your dancing shoes, Febreze your best underwear and tune into The Weekend Edit; our guide to what you should be doing in the next 7 days…

Leeds Print Festival

Until 31 January

Leeds Print Festival

Print’s dead? Don’t believe everything you read, the process that dates back 1,000s of years is just as alive as ever – and the chaps at a new print festival in Leeds are celebrating just that over the next few days. Tomorrow’s live printing event, Print Is Dead. So Are Zombies, Ghosts and Vampires. Be Afraid of Print is worth going along to for the title alone. Don’t you agree?

Leeds Print Festival at Leeds Gallery, Munro House, York Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG; Opens today and runs until 31st January

IMPRINT - A FABELIST Festival of Local and Global Stories

27 January – 3 February

IMPRINT – A FABELIST Festival of Local and Global Stories

Music, art, literature and gastronomy; IMPRINT – a festival presented by international arts community, FABELIST – hopes to engage adults and children alike, with a fusion of artworks, storytellers and theatrical performances. If you’re in or around NW8′s Church Street Neighbourhood then go along and show your support, be inspired by FABELIST’s troubadours, and “be whisked on your way to future stories by a magic flying balloon”. How fabulously arty…

FABELIST present IMPRINT at Serpentine Gallery Centre For Possible Studies, 21 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8HR; 27th January to 3rd February

The Cornish Grill at Redhook

Photography by Jonathan Perugia

Sunday; Lunchtime

The Cornish Grill at Redhook

A British institution, but about as interesting as a night out with George Osborne; the traditional Sunday roast was in need of a shakeup. Enter Matt Chatfield of The Cornish Grill and a monthly pop-up at Farringdon’s delightful Redhook. Inviting some of the capital’s top-chefs – this Sunday they welcome Alyn Williams (formerly holding top chef positions with Ramsay and Wareing) – to conjure up fine dining goodness from the finest Cornish seafood, meat and vegetables; this is one Sunday roast we’re very excited about…

The Cornish Grill at Redhook, 89 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5QU; Sunday lunch on 29th January. Tickets cost £40.00 each and are expected to sell out quickly

The Hummingbird Bakery, Islington

Photography Benjamin Backhouse

Opens 27 January

The Hummingbird Bakery, Islington

Splendidly scrumptious, American-style bakery The Hummingbird Bakery are continuing their onslaught on London’s cupcake scene with a fifth branch opening tomorrow in Islington; with the first 1,000 customers bagging themselves a lip-licking cupcake shaped bundle of joy, expect somewhat of a drooling stampede come 11am…

The Hummingbird Bakery, Angel Building, St John Street, London, EC1V 4AD; Doors open 27th January at 11:00am

Espacio Nomadic - Not in Transit

Until 10 February

Espacio Nomadic – Not in Transit

The Espacio Gallery Project – a 100-plus strong community of artists in quest of their own permanent London gallery space – present their second ‘Espacio Nomadic’ show at The BAR Gallery; displaying the works of 18 of their artists. Part of an ongoing travelling showcase of their artists, Espacio Nomadic will tour established galleries until they finally lay their hat; Not in Transit features the work of artists based and working in the UK but with roots spreading the entire globe…

Espacio Nomadic – Not in Transit, The BAR Gallery at Willesden Green Centre, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF; Running until 10th February. Open daily including weekends, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

International Film Festival, Rotterdam

Until 5 February

International Film Festival, Rotterdam

One of the largest film events in the world, and one of the biggest supporters of global independent filmmaking, Rotterdam’s stonkingly colossal film festival – 1,000s of screenings over 12 days – is the only place for cinephiles this month. And with a whole host of parties, events, fringe activities – and even an Ai Weiwei café cum exhibition space – it’s a destination for more than just movie-buffs…

41st edition International Film Festival is taking place at various locations in Rotterdam’s City Centre; Running until 5th February

Flamenco Fix at Proud Brighton Ballroom

27 January

Flamenco Fix at Proud Brighton Ballroom

The fine folks behind London’s Proud venues have taken over Brighton’s Hanbury Ballroom – transforming it into a delightfully decadent retro supper-club. This weekend it plays host to a passionate celebration of fiery flamenco; with live performances, kitsch visuals and rare grooves. The venue alone is worth a visit, but this lavish night of Latin passion makes it a must…

Flamenco Fix at Proud Brighton Ballroom, 83 St Georges Road, Brighton, BN2 1EF; Friday 27th January from 8pm. Show only tickets £8.00

Chinese New Year Celebrations, locations throughout London

29 January

Chinese New Year Celebrations, locations throughout London

And finally…

Lion dances, Asian stalls, general drum beating havoc – it’s the Chinese New Year and this weekend’s the time to celebrate. As well as London’s famous celebrations, there’s also plenty going on at both the World Museum, Liverpool, and throughout Manchester’s Albert Square and Chinatown…

Year of the Dragon Celebrations; Parade begins 10:15am at Trafalgar Square, proceeds through China Town ending at Rupert Street 11:30am. Official opening ceremony at Trafalgar Square; 12:00pm with performances through to 5:40pm. Shaftesbury Avenue has performances 12:00pm – 6:00pm whilst Chinatown hosts a parade of Lion dancers and various traditional Asian stalls

January 19 2012

16:50

The Weekend Edit; 19.1.12

The next 7 days see in the Chinese New Year and Burns Night; amongst a whole host of exhibitions, installations, pop-ups and design shows. It wouldn’t be the Weekend Edit without a little bit of diversity…

Daniel Arsham, the fall, the ball and the wall at OHWOW

Daniel Arsham
Floor Drip, 2011
Fiberglas, plaster, and paint
44 x 45 x 16″

20 January – 6 February

Daniel Arsham, the fall, the ball and the wall at OHWOW

Gallery/publisher/community/retailer… OHWOW is many things, but most of all, it continues to serve up its effortless cool on a conveyer belt of arty style and swagger. We’ve featured their beyond-hip retail spaces here, here and here; and their LA gallery has a steady rotation of the most forward-thinking art around. Their latest exhibition, opening this weekend, showcases the work of New York-based artist Daniel Arsham and his curious architectural manipulations. And rather spiffing it is too…

Daniel Arsham, the fall, the ball and the wall at OHWOW Gallery, 937 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069; 20th January to 6th February

WigWamBam; Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Pop-Up

Until April 2012

WigWamBam; Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Pop-Up

The Queen of Hoxton‘s rooftop terrace is one of the capital’s very best, and, following the resounding success of their Rooftop Cinema in the summer, they’re back with a cosy al fresco bolthole to see us through till spring. With a schwenkgrill throwing out bratwursts and winter tipples like hot buttered rum and hot’n’spicy cider; their WigWamBam is a perfect wee spot from which to escape the hustle and enjoy acoustic sessions, candle-lit readings, and all manner of fun and frolics. It’s a little bit like a hazy Glastonbury evening in the middle of London city…

WigWamBam at The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX; Open Monday to Friday 4:00pm – 10:00pm and Saturday 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Alice in Wonderland; Tate, Liverpool

Anna Gaskell
Untitled #6 (Wonder) 1996
Chromogenic Print
Courtesy of Yvon Lambert Gallery

Until 29 January

Alice in Wonderland; Tate, Liverpool

From Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, to Peter Blake and Yayoi Kusama; Lewis Carroll’s iconic novels have influenced generations of visuals artists, and Alice in Wonderland at Tate Liverpool is the first exhibition of its kind to explore these inspirations and relationships to contemporary art. It’s quite a collection, an absolute must for anyone with the slightest of a psychedelic persuasion, and it closes next week; so get there while you can…

Alice in Wonderland at Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, L3 4BB; Running until 29th January

Raarr at The Book Club

Launches tonight

Raarr at The Book Club

Shoreditch’s cultural hotspot The Book Club, is playing host to one of the most adorable, and worthy, exhibitions we’ve come across for some time. Raising money for the NSPCC, 22 of the world’s leading illustrators have produced specially commissioned animal portraits, all without heads or faces. The script is simple (but the results quite brilliant) a gang of kids from around the country – each brandishing an arsenal of felt-tips – were invited to complete the works. It’s fun, hugely original, and supports one of the country’s most admirable charities. Get down there, and show your support…

Raarr at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH; Exhibition Launch starts 6pm this evening. Free Entrance

Design Post Cologne

Photograph by Constantin Meyer

Until 22 January

Design Post Cologne

imm Cologne is underway, and one of the best spots for unearthing new work from some of the world’s top cutting-edge interiors talents is Design Post; with their 3,000 sq mt of high-end interior and product design, from the likes of Moooi, Nimbus and Rosso. One of the highlights kicks off on Saturday, when the ʻCHAIRityʼ event can see you trade in your unwanted seat (and a donation of 100€) in exchange for an iconic designer chair from the likes of Fritz Hansen, Kartell or Vitra…

Design Post Köln, Deutz-Mülheimer-Straße 22a 50679 Cologne; Running until 22nd January. Opening hours, 9:00am – 8:00pm Weekdays and 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday

Thornback & Peel Pop-Up Shop

Until 21 January

Thornback & Peel Pop-Up Shop

Thornback & Peel’s elegant hand-printed accessories are a delightful example of nu-Victoriana – steeped in quaint English heritage. Catch their sale pop-up event in Clerkenwell to grab some of their eccentric classics; with a further 10% discount by signing up for their mailing list, over here

Thornback & Peel Pop Up Shop, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DX; Running until 21st January. Open Monday – Friday, 12:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm to 8:30pm and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm

Auchentoshan Presents; The William McGonagall Burns Supper

25 January

Auchentoshan Presents; The William McGonagall Burns Supper

Keen readers will know that we’re fond of a wee dram; whisky has enjoyed somewhat of a revival in the last few years, and Glasgow’s closest Distillery, Auchentoshan (pronounced Ock-un-toshan, in your best Scottish accent please), are rethinking the tradition of Burns Night – 25th January – with a decidedly more irreverent approach at venues across the UK. Celebrating the work of William McGonagall – a Scot noted for challenging perceptions of poetry with his famously bad prose – as opposed to Robert Burns’ landmark works, Auchentoshan Presents… The William McGonagall Burns Supper will start with pudding, and end with the starter (turning the supper on its head as McGonagall turned Scottish poetry on its), whilst tweed wearing guests are invited to write and recite their own McGonagall styled pieces. Toying with the conformity of a traditional Burns Night supper, whilst staying true to its roots, Auchentoshan’s anarchic approach looks set to be one of the most inspired ways to spend next Wednesday eve…

The William McGonagall Burns Supper at The Charles Lamb, Islington, London, N1 8DE; Starts 7:00pm and costs £27.50 per person

Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year 23 January

Year of the Dragon

It’s the Chinese New Year on Monday. And what better way to celebrate than with a shiny new pair of sneakers? Perhaps not the most authentic way to see in the year of the dragon, but it’s a bloody good excuse to show you these opulent limited edition Kobe VII System Supreme in custom-crafted shoebox, that we saw over on Hypebeast

NIKE “Year of the Dragon Collection”; Available Now

January 12 2012

17:45

The Weekend Edit; 12.1.12

Living on the moon, augmented reality chintz and Margaret Thatcher’s head. It’s the most eclectic Weekend Edit yet; and it’s still only the second week in January. Here goes…

English Hedgerow at HOME

15-17 January

English Hedgerow at Home

It may be trade only but, if you can get yourself in, new Earls Court interiors and homewares trade show, Home, is playing host to a world exclusive ceramics/augmented reality mash-up. English Hedgerow is a very modernist take on chintz, comprised of a plate design by Andrew Tanner – with Jason Jameson and James Hall – that’s brought to life by a painfully cute app from Unanico…

English Hedgerow World Exclusive, Earls Court Two, London; 15th – 17th January 2012

Republic of the Moon, FACT Liverpool

Until 26 February

Republic of the Moon, FACT Liverpool

Liverpool’s quite brilliant arts organisation, FACT, is hosting – and co-curating with The Arts Catalyst – a curious exhibition that explores visions of life on the moon. Seven international artists offer their take on lunar habitation, whilst a series of screenings and events accompany the celestial exhibition.

Republic of the Moon at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ; Running until 26th February

Portable Monuments; Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Image: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin,
Gaddafi killed. That’s for Lockerbie. And for Yvonne Fletcher. And IRA Semtex Victims. The Sun, October 21, 2011,
Unique C-type print, 150 x 190 cm

14 January – 18 February

Portable Monuments; Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Amsterdam’s Galerie Gabriel Rolt introduce a new solo exhibition from UK-based duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin this weekend, and high-brow stuff it is too. Deconstructing press images of war into a visual language comprised of coloured blocks. You’ll have to engage your brain to decipher this particular code, but rest assured the exhibition will look pretty whilst the cogs are clicking into place.

Portable Monuments at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Elandsgracht 34 1016 TW Amsterdam, Netherlands; 14th January to 18th February

The Stew House Pop Up Experience

19 January – 4 February

The Stew House Pop Up Experience

Artists Katy Gray and Dan Hillier are working on the interiors of a specially designed banqueting hall, at an undisclosed London Fields location, for the return of cult supperclub/pop-up event; The Stew House. Based around a 70-person dining table, the team are delving into history to present 8 slow-cooked classics that are sure to be as heart-stoppingly good as the elaborate designs.

The Stew House, secret location in London Fields, London;
At time of going to press there are only 2 dates left in January; 19th and 26th.
Two new dates have been released for February with tickets still available; 3rd and 4th

The Market of Everything; Traffic, Dubai

Until 21 January

The Market of Everything; Traffic, Dubai

An art-based event in Dubai, that “promotes community involvment and supports social sustainability through the exchange and recycling of our belongings”? It might sound a bit off-kilter for the land of the mega-rich, and – with a series of events that also include a drum circle and a series of film screenings and ping-pong tournaments – it’s perhaps one of the more ‘real’ things you’ll see in the UAE city; and surely that’s a good thing.

Traffic; The Market of Everything, Buy/Sell/Trade/Donate, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, PO Box 6716 Dubai, UAE; 12th – 21st January 2012

Wine by the Bay

Now Open

Wine by the Bay, Miami

Owner of the Design District’s Etra Fine Art gallery; Stefano Campanini is one of the Miami art scene’s major players, and a lover of good wine to boot. Bash the two fields together and you get Stefano’s latest pet project, a delightful 1,200 sq ft wine boutique cum art space, located directly across from the under-construction new Miami Art Museum and with a terrace view of Biscayne Bay. If you’re enjoying some Winter sun in Miami this weekend, there’s no better spot for a bit of artistic refinement. Bravo.

Wine by the Bay, 888 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, Miami, FL 33132. Opened beginning of January;
Opening times are Monday – Saturday 12pm – 9pm

London Ice Sculpting Festival

13-14 January

London Ice Sculpting Festival

We may well have had ourselves a mild little Winter so far, but as the forecasters are predicting a cold snap over the weekend, why not get yourselves down to Canada Square (someone has to) for a theatrical display of drills, chainsaws and hefty, bearded Europeans.

London Ice Sculpting Festival, located across Montgomery Square, Canada Square Park and Jubilee Place Shopping Mall (right by Canary Wharf tube station); Open Friday 13th and Saturday 14th January

Maggie Mania at Maggie's

All Through January

Maggie Mania at Maggie’s

There’s been plenty who have called for Maggie’s head over the years, and now – with a little help from a swanky Chelsea night club – every miner’s dream’s come true. The 80s are back in all their disgustingly superficial splendour at this Fulham Road favourite, where you can party all night; just like a Liverpudlian who’s found out Maggie’s dead…

Maggie Mania, Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL;
Open every Wednesday and Thursday 10:30pm – 2:30am & every Friday and Saturday 10:30pm – 3.30am. Cocktail available now!

June 23 2011

19:48

Uniform

Uniform is a brand communications agency based in Liverpool with a portfolio full of inspirational work. They have a wonderful little video on their homepage that explains their agency. Good stuff.

April 07 2011

17:19

The Home Quarter, Liverpool

Anyone that knows Liverpool will be aware that its city centre shopping – not to mention its eateries, hotels and bars – have had somewhat of an upgrade of late. The imposing 5 floor, 55,000 sq ft behemoth that is The Home Quarter continues the regeneration by offering a single destination for 15 leading lifestyle brands such as Roche Bobois, Natuzzi, Calligaris and Boconcept. Bold typographic statements, quotes and wayfinding elements are utilised to great effect throughout the industrial space, designed by London-based Depiction Lab, and the stairwell’s feature lighting is a rather impressive touch. A gallery showcasing local artist’s work, café and rooftop terrace, scheduled to open in the next few months, enhance the experience and prove a worthy incentive to return frequently. If Liverpool’s retail regeneration continues at this pace, it could soon be “squeaky bum time” for its famous north west rival…

The Home Quarter, Liverpool
The Home Quarter, Liverpool
The Home Quarter, Liverpool
The Home Quarter, Liverpool
The Home Quarter, Liverpool
The Home Quarter, Liverpool

January 05 2011

17:04

Nam June Paik at Tate Liverpool

Aunt, 1986

Widely regarded as the first ‘video artist’, Korean-born American artist, Nam June Paik was one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century and of course an inspiration to millions. Tate Liverpool, in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), are presenting a unique retrospective of his works until 13th March – the first major exhibition since his death in 2006, and the first of his work in the UK since 1988. His inspiring manipulated television images formed the basis of the MTV generation and working alongside the likes of John Cage, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson and David Bowie, Nam June Paik was one of the greatest innovators in art of our lifetime. Exhaustive, engaging and utterly inspirational, this is an unmissable retrospective of an icon’s life’s work…

Nam June Paik at Tate Liverpool

TV Cello, 2003

Nam June Paik at Tate Liverpool

Nam June Paik with Yoko Ono and John Lennon

Nam June Paik at Tate Liverpool

TV Chair, 1968

Nam June Paik at Tate Liverpool

Good Morning Mr Orwell, 1984

March 30 2010

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Sparkle Reel 2010

Coup de coeur pour le nouveau showreel 2010 du studio de motion design et de post-production Sparkle, basé à Liverpool. Une sélection de leurs travaux pour des clients tels que BBC, Sydney Theatre Company ou Sanyo. Une vidéo réalisée pour un numéro de ComputerArts Magazine.




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