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Things To Do Cultural Events In December
Amata Benedict Exhibition On At 8 Holland Street


 


The V&A building at South Kensington is as fascinating as the objects it contains. Trace the history of their museum through the visionary architects, designers, artists, and directors who have created one of the best-loved buildings in the world. An architectural tour of their South Kensington building will take you through the history and setting of our collections.



 


A beloved staple of London’s winter season, Somerset House’s spectacular courtyard will be transformed this year into a glorious festive destination with a uniquely Swiss winter vibe courtesy of Switzerland Tourism. Hailed as one of the capital’s favourite winter experiences, Skate at Somerset House signals the start of the festive period with unrivalled skating, contemporary music and tasty food and drink.



 


Join them as they bring together independent makers in a celebration of creativity and craftsmanship this festive season. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, they will host a festive market at Coal Drops Yard, London. Every Thursday through Sunday between a collection of unique handcrafted gifts will be available alongside TOAST gifting and festive decorations. There will be a changing programme of makers and events each weekend.



 


Dreaming and Drowning is an intimate and visceral deep-dive into the boundless mind of a young Black queer man wrestling with anxiety. This electrifying world premiere of the Mustapha Matura Award-winning play is written and directed by Kwame Owusu, performed by Tienne Simon (Grime Kids, BBC) and produced by WoLab (For a Palestinian).



 


Artground 1.0 is an exciting, multi-disciplinary exhibition, bringing together eight emerging artists and eight different ways of seeing and translating the world in art. Wink King Moe, Nathalie Hollis, Meryl Yana, Helena Lacy, Gerry De Banzie, Melanie Issaka, Lucie Gray, and Barnaby Makes will show their paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and photography – coming together in an easy, stirring, dynamic companionship curated by Artground founder Betty Sims-Hilditch.




 


Timothy Taylor is pleased to present Two Poets, an exhibition of new paintings by Michel Pérez Pollo at the gallery’s London location following its recent announcement of the artist’s representation. Featuring luminous, surreal still-lifes, this will be the artist’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery.



 


Join them as figurative artist Sophie de Stempel leads this month’s life-drawing session, inspired by their current exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life. With a thematic focus on describing the sitter, this workshop will be inspired by Hockney’s faithful rendering of individuals. All materials will be provided. Sophie de Stempel studied painting at the City and Guild School of Art, followed by eight years working for Lucian Freud. She has exhibited at the Albemarle Gallery with Pippa Houldsworth and also Browse and Darby.



 


The workshop begins with a discovery journey through the botanicals of winter. You’ll then get hands-on with clay to learn the art of botanical bas-relief. Tutor Janet will give step-by-step know-how to creating your own trio of botanical hanging decorations. Once done, they will be ready to adorn your tree or to give as a special gift. Garden entry is included in the ticket price, and all materials needed for the workshop are provided.



 


Hampton Court Palace's magnificent courtyards and grounds will be transformed into a food-lover's winter wonderland once again. With a dazzling market featuring over 100 independent artisan producers, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Christmas gift for even the trickiest loved one.



 


Their next exhibition is in Kensington, where Amata Benedict - a partnership working collaboratively in sculpture, ceramics, textiles and furniture - create a home from their past's paraphernalia - imbuing each work with their own history and a wry wit.



 


Join artist Alison Kusner for a pastel workshop inspired by Paula Rego’s mastery of the medium. Rego’s portrait of Germaine Greer (1995) in the Gallery’s Collection is an extraordinary example of her accomplished use of pastel to create striking portraits in bold colours. In this one-day workshop, you will create your own pastel portrait and hone your drawing technique.




 


Explore their Film Club listings, from recent releases to an exploration of award-winning cinema. Available at The Soho Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel and Covent Garden Hotel, it’s a ‘club’ in name only. Showing films such as A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Love Actually, It's A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, The Holiday, Elf And Miracle On 34th Street.



 


Sourced x E5 events are back! And they are in the sourced journeys season of the GOURD - think pumpkin, squash, melons. Gourds are a prehistoric crop, thought to be the first cultivated crop. Dried gourds became vessels to carry water and allowed for travel, they also feature in many myths and legends, particularly around fertility or the birth of the world. Join them for an evening of learning to grow pumpkins (and other veg) from Hollie Wan Owens, an urban gardener who has transformed her East London garden into a vibrant veggie patch. They'll then be delving into storytelling techniques and finding out how to tell their own gourd myths.



 


They're thrilled to be once again setting up shop with their good friends Pentreath and Hall in early December. They’ll be stocked to the rafters with fantastic jumpers, hats, gloves & scarves and the ever-popular Community Clothing socks (the best type of Christmas stocking).





 


In conversation with Eszter Steierhoffer (Director, Jencks Foundation), Raqs Media Collective member Monica Narula discusses their new film commission and exhibition 1980 in Parallax on view at The Cosmic House. The conversation will evolve around a particular year and touch upon perceptions of time and geography, fact and fiction. As part of the event, they will also screen The Bicyclist Who Fell into a Time Cone.



 


Join them for an after-hours gathering with an exclusive curator tour of their beloved period rooms dressed for their Winter Festival. As well as crafting, nibbles and seasonal music. Discover how they have dressed their well-loved period rooms to explore four centuries of winter celebrations at home. Plus, there will be an opportunity to make your own everlasting Crocus with a drop-in workshop from the fabulous Leo Flowers.



 


Curated and organised by Natasha Lawless (Kindred House) and Josie James (Studio Mond), they are thrilled to be hosting a Winter Market featuring a selection of local Kent makers and artists. Visitors are invited to the open-house style event, set over 3 floors, to browse the selection of offerings available for festive shopping.



 


Londoner Emery Walker (1851 - 1933) was a typographer and printer and very much a member of William Morris's circle. He founded the Doves Press in Hammersmith, which was a model for many successful private printing presses during the 20C. Walker received a knighthood in 1930. His daughter lived in his Hammersmith home for many years after his death, keeping it in an excellent state of preservation and leaving it very much as it was during Walker's lifetime. Experience 7 Hammersmith Terrace by candlelight on a guided tour. Journey back in time as you explore these expertly preserved Arts and Crafts interiors and hear the stories of the House’s former residents.



 


Saturday night sees a truly magical celebration of music and food. 5pm - 6.30pm will be a candlelit musical performance in St Sennen Church exploring electronic, folk and shanty with performances from friends, including Femmes De La Mer and special guests. 6.30pm - midnight - Dinner in the Village Hall. A three-course sharing feast by Flora with a hand-picked soundtrack by disco queen Kelley Brogan. Ticket includes access to music in the church, three-course sharing menu and music until midnight.



 


Join local artist and floral designer Sharon from Fleurellyer and unleash your inner creative to kick-start the festive season, learning how to make your own natural, luxurious, sustainable, moss-based, Christmas wreath. Using seasonal foliage and décor, you will make your own beautiful, multi-textured wreath representing the unending circle of life and symbol of eternal hope in the true spirit of Christmas to hang on your door. Enjoy preparing for the festive season at David Parr House and have the opportunity to walk through the house during this workshop.



 


SoLo Craft Fair are delighted to announce their most exciting venue, Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden! SoLo Craft Fair will take over the 36th floor of Sky Garden with over 20 London-based makers who will be showcasing everything from art to fashion to homeware and more. Support independent businesses whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the City from the 36th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie building). After you've finished shopping you can always purchase a drink or snack from the Sky Pod Bar on Level 35 and take a well-deserved rest! Support small businesses this Christmas!



 



A festive feast featuring wood roast duck from Beech Ridge Farm roasted over the open fire. Chris and Hollie rear chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese in a totally free-range environment on their family farm in Somerset.



 


A shoppable celebration of beautiful handcrafted objects in collaboration with Deborah Needleman. Over 30 makers and dealers will take over the tavern, selling pottery, baskets, clothing, quilts, textiles, jewellery and more. They'll feed you while you shop.



 


The Cosmic House, one of the world’s most important examples of Post-Modern architecture, opened to the public in September 2021. Situated in London’s Holland Park, it became the UK’s first Grade I listed Post-Modern interior. Begun in 1978, the conversion of the house was a collaboration between Charles and Maggie Jencks and the architect Terry Farrell, with contributions from Piers Gough, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Graves, Celia Scott, Allen Jones and others. Its symbolic architecture, complex iconography and cosmic references are all imbued with Charles’ characteristic learning and wit.



 


Cindy Leveson, founder of Leveson Design, and Hector Coombs, founder of Shame Studios, invite you to join them in conversation with Scott Maddux of Maddux Creative & Robert Stephenson, an expert in handmade carpets and rugs. The talk will be chaired by David Lipton from World of Interiors.



 


Join independent curator Charlotte Flint, as she leads a tour of the exhibition exploring the work of Tee A. Corinne, JEB and Barbara Hammer and the important role that nature plays in their practice.

Charlotte Flint is a curator and writer based in London whose research explores photography, feminism and queer activism. She has held curatorial positions at the Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and is currently working on a book about the trailblazing photographer Tee A. Corinne due to be published by MACK in Spring 2024.



 


This one-day workshop will guide you through creating your own winter garden planting design. This personalised design for your own garden will also look to analyse the plantings and recognise individual species that make the Winter Garden at RHS Garden Harlow Carr so special. They will also look into the garden to find opportunities to combine winter interest into a mixed planting scheme.



 


Join artist and craftswoman Rebecca Stark for this five-hour workshop in their visitor centre. Using the David Parr House patterns for inspiration, participants with draw simple designs to scale and transfer the design onto copper foil wrapped around a wooden blank before progressing to learn both embossing and repoussé techniques to create three stunning Christmas hanging decorations.



 


The TP Caring Spaces Carol Concert 2023 is the first in what we hope will become a very special annual fundraising initiative and a date for many diaries. It is guaranteed to be a truly joyful occasion with magical musical moments, plenty of fabulously festive carols and heart-warming and humorous readings from familiar faces from the world of design. All this entertainment will take place in the awe-inspiring venue of St Luke’s Church in Chelsea, London. No Carol Concert is complete without readings, and they are absolutely delighted to have the support of some much-celebrated and influential names from the world of design committed to entertaining everyone with the classics, the comical and the wonderfully nostalgic.



 


The Blue Pelican is a seafront townhouse with Japanese-inspired dining and natural wines from the team behind The Rose. Above is The Pelican Rooms, with boutique yoga, massage and treatments. At the helm of The Blue Pelican kitchen is Luke. He has worked with us at The Rose for five years. Luke spent five years working as a chef in Tokyo. It was here he met his wife, Miaki, and sparked his passion for Japanese food.



 

New Film Releases


May December (1st December) The Bikeriders (1st December) WONKA (8th December)




 

Antique & Flea Markets




Auctions



 

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