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Paul Nash (1889–1946) is best known as a landscape painter and war artist. This display explores his work as an illustrator, showing how his graphic style was changed by his experience of war and influenced by his exposure to new artistic ideas in the early decades of the 20th century.


Things To Do In August 2023

 

In the Downing Street Press Office an emergency meeting has been called. The Prime Minister has been ad-libbing on live tv (again) and his words are going viral. There is a flurry of accusations, and demands for an apology; but as the team debate what to do next, it’s already too late. His words have found their way to dinner parties, bus journeys and newspaper columns across the nation – and not everyone is angry.

Rabiah Hussain’s new play, directed by Nimmo Ismail, explores how language seeps into public consciousness and reverberates with far reaching consequences that will last for generations. “History always ripples on. Even if we don’t realise it.” Word-Play was developed whilst Rabiah Hussain was on attachment as part of the Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowship in 2019.


On Friday 18th August, Rabiah will perform My Voice Is… after that evening’s performance.

Post-show Talk - 2nd August .A Q&A with writer Rabiah Hussain.



 


Maria Prymachenko grew up in Polissya, a picturesque region near Kyiv. With no formal artistic training, she took inspiration from nature. Regardless of floods or droughts, she continued to work amidst adversity, and was fortified by an inner light. Maria Prymachenko spent almost her entire life in her native village, rarely venturing far away. But in her imagination, she created a universe that audiences can continue to explore and delight in today. Since the destruction by Russian forces of a local museum housing Prymachenko’s works, it has only been possible to see the artist’s paintings through exhibitions such as this. During times of war, Prymachenko’s art became a source of strength for Ukrainians. It reminds them of their own power, their incredible past, and what the future could hold.

Maria Prymachenko Exhibition At The Saatchi Gallery
Maria Prymachenko Exhibition At The Saatchi Gallery

 


Somerset House is hosting Black Venus, an exhibition curated by Aindrea Emelife that examines the representation and legacy of Black women in visual culture, through the lens of the Hottentot Venus, the Sable Venus and the Jezebel. The work of 18 Black female and non-binary artists, including Carrie Mae Weems, Zanele Muholi, Renee Cox, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Sonia Boyce, Ayana V Jackson and Delphine Diallo, will be on display, showcasing the many ways Black femininity can be expressed and reclaiming Black womanhood from fetishisation and objectification.



 


The Corner Shop is the permanent pop-up space, housed in the Selfridges London fagship. Positioned on the ground foor of the store at the corner of Duke Street and Oxford street, The corner shop is the MOST high profile space within Selfridges. Pinned as a place for creativity and collaboration, “The Corner Shop” hosts a rotating line-up of imaginative retail concepts and innovations. Each week will have a rotation of roughly 10 dealers. The groups of dealers will have styles that closely compliment each other, giving them the ability to create a coherent and highly stylised space.


The Spotlight Market At The Corner Shop By Selfridges
The Spotlight Market At The Corner Shop By Selfridges

 


"The best of times are now" with this glorious musical revival of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's show-stopping classic, La Cage aux Folles. Georges, Albin and their son Jean-Michel re-discover the true meaning of family, and of putting yourself last so that the ones you love can come first.



 


In this show, they focus on portraits captured by McCartney, using his own camera, between December 1963 and February 1964 – a time when The Beatles were catapulted from a British sensation to a global phenomenon. These never-before-seen images offer a uniquely personal perspective on what it was like to be a ‘Beatle’ at the start of ‘Beatlemania’ – and adjusting from playing gigs on UK stages, to performing to 73 million Americans on The Ed Sullivan Show. At a time when so many camera lenses were on the band, Paul McCartney’s photographs offer a crucial new perspective on the story of a band creating cultural history – in one of its most exciting chapters.

Paul McCartney, Photographs 1963–64 : Eyes of the Storm At The National Portrait Gallery
Paul McCartney, Photographs 1963–64 : Eyes of the Storm At The National Portrait Gallery

 


Passion and heartbreak collide in Matthew Bourne’s contemporary take on the timeless tale of two star-crossed young lovers.


Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet gives Shakespeare’s timeless story of forbidden love a scintillating injection of raw passion and youthful vitality. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. A masterful re-telling of an ageless tale of teenage discovery and the obsession of first love, Romeo and Juliet received universal critical acclaim when it premiered in 2019. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, collaborating with the New Adventures Artistic team; Etta Murfitt (Associate Artistic Director), Lez Brotherston (Set and Costume design), Paule Constable (Lighting Design), Paul Groothuis (Sound Design) and Arielle Smith (Associate Choreographer) with Terry Davies’ thrillingly fresh orchestrations of Prokofiev’s dynamic score.



 


Two Hour Class for Absolute Beginners - Handbuilding

In this fun introductory class, you will get familiar with the basics of hand building and learn what it is like to have a go at making a mug. There is a maximum of 10 people who attend each class. You will be able to start learning the introductory techniques of hand building with clay and have a go at making your own form after having watched the teacher demonstrate the process to you. You will keep a pot, which will fire and glaze for you.


Price: £55


 


The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court sits at the heart of Somerset House and is one of the capital’s most beautiful and inclusive public spaces. An oasis from the bustle of the city, they’re inviting you to make the space your own this August. On weekdays, they're welcoming everyone to the courtyard, providing a space for families to enjoy the sunshine alongside food & drink pop-ups and our magnificent fountains, switched on across select dates in August.


Then at weekends, they’re excited to present a series of live events and performances from established creatives and grassroot communities with inclusivity at their heart. The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court centres around 55 fountains, which rise and splash in choreographed sequence, forming not only a delightful spectacle at the heart of the courtyard, but also a fun area for children to play, especially in the heat of summer.

Summer In The Courtyard At Somerset House
Summer In The Courtyard At Somerset House

 


Hearts and minds racing, Connie and Tristan are falling for each other fast. But is their sudden and intoxicating chemistry real, or a side effect of a new antidepressant? As two young volunteers in a clinical drug trial, their illicit romance poses startling dilemmas for the supervising doctors. Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac) directs Lucy Prebble’s (Succession) funny and intimate examination of love and ethics. Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) plays Tristan and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) plays Connie.



 


Summer is here and HOLM in South Somerset is kicking off a packed programme of events over the coming months. Following the success of the Spring Chef Series - which included Gill Meller, Ana Ortiz, Harriet Mansell and Sam Lomas - Nicholas and team have pulled together a line-up of tantalising terrace BBQs, fantastic fire feasts and more of the hugely popular ‘Dinner at HOLM’ series with inspiring, visiting chefs. Whilst guests can expect an entirely different eating experience from each event, the common thread will be a spirit of collaboration between Nicholas and the guest chefs, sharing ideas, ingredients, and techniques. And for the BBQ evenings, a relaxed summer vibe, dining al fresco on the restaurant’s spacious terrace.



 


Wilderness is known for it's breadth of incredible experiences. From delicious culinary delights to soul-nourishing workshops, forest foraging to creative crafting, wall-to-wall games to fire-igniting debates, there's something for everyone. All tickets are for the full weekend because they want you to immerse yourself in their world. There are no temporary visitors. Stay for the duration, make friends and get involved. Whether you prefer to camp in style or come and go, there are options for everyone. Simply browse their campsites and book into your preferred home for the weekend below.


Wilderness Festival
Wilderness Festival

 

The Fairy Tales Presented by Shame Studios, Under The Pentreath & Hall Umbrella, 3rd - 30th August, 11am - 6pm, Tuesday To Saturday, 17 Rugby Street, London, WC1N 3QT





 


Drop in on the first Friday night of the month for an evening of free drawing. Pick up a pencil and get creative at this free drawing evening, inspired by the Summer Exhibition. The drop-in session will be led by London Drawing who can give you tips and tricks for improving your drawing. All abilities welcome. You will be provided with basic drawing materials but feel free to bring your own dry materials too. Due to high demand capacity may be limited. Queuing is likely, and they allocate spaces on a first come first serve basis.



 


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the greatest celebrations of arts and culture on the planet and takes place every August in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Anyone can take part in the Fringe. The Fringe is a three-week festival of performing arts that takes place in Edinburgh every August. Its story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. The Edinburgh International Festival was an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War.



 

An Introduction To Sashiko Workshop With Helen Entwistle, 5th August, 10am - 1pm, Visitor Centre of David Parr House, 184/186 Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LW


Sashiko, meaning ‘little stabs’ is a beautiful, but simple art form making effective use of a repeated running stitch. In this workshop, you will discover the history of this mindful and economical craft and enjoy a short slideshow presentation showing what is possible using the skills you will learn.

House Manager and textile artist, Helen Entwistle will show you how to master the basics. Using traditional indigo dyed fabric and sashiko thread from Japan, you will practise your technique on a mini sampler, and then progress to a larger one, which you can then turn into a wall hanging, bag front or cushion when it is completed. This workshop is suitable for stitchers of all levels of experience, even if you only know how to thread a needle.


Price: £50 Per Person



 


Open the door to this unique arts and crafts gem, built between 1902-1904 by artist and craftsman Frank R. Dickinson. Inspired by Ruskin, Dickinson bought one of the first plots of land in this developing South London suburb at the end of the nineteenth century. With no official architecture training, but with the love and support of his fiance, he designed and built the ideal family home the young couple dreamt of, and together they created the interior furnishings. This really is the ultimate DIY story.



 


Join V&A Academy course director Dr Kathy McLauchlan for a free live online lecture. Learn about London: its wealth, its glamour, its grime, and how this city became a source of fascination for British artists during the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy learning about scenes of urban life from William Hogarth to Holman Hunt, while getting to know the V&A Academy learning platform. You will receive a link to join the live lecture 24 hours before the event, as well as a link to the recording afterwards, so that you can enjoy watching the lecture on demand.



 


64 Goodge Street is a new restaurant from Woodhead Restaurant Group, opening on 7th August 2023.

Our new restaurant is based on “French cooking from an outsider’s perspective” as seen by chef Stuart Andrew (who has been with us since the first day Portland opened and the group began back in 2015) and centres around his time spent cooking in Paris, and the love that he has for French cuisine.


This spirit punctuates the menu from the welcome gougeres with your aperitif to lobster vol-au-vent with sauce Americaine and beyond. Dishes such as snail, bacon and garlic ‘bon bons' give a lighthearted nod to French food through a romantic English prism; Morteau sausage, walnut and morbier tourte celebrates the extraordinary quality of ingredients through faithful classicism. The wines of Burgundy play a big role but as at all our restaurants bottles of all styles and origin provide breadth to the wine list. The dessert menu is arranged around fruit, pastry, ice cream and cheese, with the likes of peach and Beaujolais jelly, a fig leaf bavarois, and a simple bowl of cherries.



 


Explore the art of the portrait print carving with Japanese hand tools and trialling various papers. Your focus could be your own face, a friend, stranger (you've just met) or even a pet! Join artist and printmaker Alex Booker for a 3 hour woodcut workshop on the art of the portrait print. The session will involve carving with Japanese hand tools, working on Shina plywood and printing by hand on various papers, including Hosho paper. All inks, tools, materials and FUN are provided in the ticket price.


Price: £80


 


They’re hosting a secret studio sale and you're invited!


For five days only from 16th - 20th August, they're offering a selection of original artworks, homewares and limited edition prints up to 50% off - starting from just £50. An amazing chance for people to pick up their first artwork or add to their collection whilst also supporting the work of emerging artists.


Their Studio Sale will be hidden in a password-protected area of their website just for their community to access. Sign up now and your password and link will be emailed to you.



 


Take your seats outside for an unmissable big-screen experience under the stars. With the house and garden as your backdrop, catch up on major blockbusters and watch all-time favourites - perhaps seeing them on the big screen for the very first time. Their lineup this year includes Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden (with a special guest appearance by Chatsworth House), Grease, with Oliva Newton-John and John Travolta, and Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly. Add great food and a full bar, both with click-and-collect service, and perhaps add an optional seat upgrade and you have yourself a perfect summer evening out. By Luna Cinema.


General Admission: From £18.50


 


On arrival at the farm, you'll enjoy a welcome drink and nibbles before embarking on a tour of the farm with courses in each of the workshops. While you dine, artist Guan will talk through his process as you explore the cutting edge repurposed farm buildings. Artist Guan Lee is director of Grymsdyke Farm, a research facility, fabrication workshop and living-working space for architects, artists and designers in Buckinghamshire, UK. His practice explores the essential connections between processes of design, making and place. Prepared by Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Eleanor Barns-Graham, you'll enjoy food that showcases the exceptional produce of the local area. Eleanor's previous kitchen experience includes roles at Noma, Copenhagen and the Fat Duck, Bray.


 


Notting Hill Carnival is still proudly a community-led event, its ever-increasing popularity over the last 5 decades has seen it become the wonderfully diverse and vibrant event it is today. With over a million visitors expected over the August Bank Holiday, London’s NHC is second only to Brazil's Rio Carnival in size, and is now one of the globe's largest annual arts events. NHC is considered to be the largest street event in Europe. Whilst Notting Hill Carnival is rooted in Caribbean culture, with its Windrush-generation influence remaining strongly evident, it is at the same time characteristically ‘London’ – today's modern London.


 


From the first coloured pastel drawings in the 16th century by Federico Barocci, to the vibrant compositions of Impressionists like Mary Cassatt, no artistic understanding of the figure is complete without considering colour. In this five-day summer school, participants render the human figure in colour by exploring a range of image-making skills and methodologies, while employing a variety of wet and dry coloured media. Working directly from life models and props at the RA, participants experiment with collage, layering both chalk pastel and coloured pencil and will also paint in distemper, an ancient technique that uses glue as a vehicle to mix and disperse raw pigment.


Each day of the summer school focuses on a different medium and technique and will begin with a demonstration supported by art historical references and supplemented by visits to the RA’s Collection and Library. Throughout the week, participants develop their colour-mixing strategies, tonal awareness and visual perceptiveness, while focusing on the human figure. By the end of the course, participants use the skills and knowledge gained throughout the summer school to construct a final composition with two models.


Price: £1,900. Includes all materials, light refreshments each day and drinks receptions throughout the week.


 

New Film Releases


Brother (4th August), Scrapper (25th August), White Bird (25th August)



 

Antique & Flea Markets


The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair, 11th- 13th August



Auctions



 

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