Sunday, 12 January 2014

Here's the Heads Up #18

The Everyday Experience, IAF@IMMA

Welcome to the latest edition of Here's the Heads Up, giving you a quick rundown of the events and exhibitions I hope to go to in London over the next month or so and the ones I wish I was around for in Dublin right now. Enjoy!


Until Sunday 26 January: Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 8
While I was home in Ireland for Two Whole Weeks over the Christmas break, with so much travelling and visiting to do, I only got to hang out in that brilliant capital city of ours for a few hours :( Which meant that while I did call into IMMA, I didn't have time to see Eileen Gray: Architect Designer Painter, without a doubt the biggest exhibition of Gray's work in Ireland to date. A real shame I couldn't spend a few hours experiencing it, as Gray is becoming one of the most noted practitioners of the Modernist era and long due some recognition in Ireland. But instead of seeing this exhibition, I spent a short time visiting...

Until Sunday 26 January: The Everyday Experience
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 8
Taking up some of the ground floor galleries for the first time, the Irish Architecture Foundation has curated an exhibition exploring architecture's influence on everyday life entitled The Everyday Experience, bringing together recent or specially commissioned works from a range of Irish and international artists, architects and designers. A really thoughtful and thought-provoking show, it also comes with a fab range of accompanying talks, screenings and events.

Starting Tuesday 28 January: Introduction to Screen Printing
Damn Fine Print, Block T, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Mentioned recently in a post about projects aiming to open up making and manufacturing in Ireland, Damn Fine Print is Dublin's first open access screen printing studio. They've just announced their first set of workshops, giving you an introduction to screen printing over the course of four weeks. Workshop participants will also be given additional time in the studio once the course is completed to put their new skills to use: perfect!

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the Royal Academy; installation view


Until 9 February: Pop Art Design
The Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS
Pop Art Design opened late last year in the Barbican's art gallery, taking a look at how design and commercial arts influenced the Pop Art movement and how that in turn influenced design and commercial arts. If you're already well-versed in Pop Art and mid-century design this show holds few surprises, but if not it provides a really nice introduction to both.

22 January - 4 May: In the Making
Design Museum, SE1 2YD
Opening soon in the Design Museum is In the Making, a show curated by British designers Barber & Osgerby exploring the process of making in contemporary design. Exhibiting a range of objects paused in the middle of their manufacture, I'm curious to see how this exhibition looks and what it says about making in the 21st century. Also on in the Design Museum until 9 March is Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, looking less at the work of British fashion designer Paul Smith and more at how and why he makes that work. A really charming exhibition.

Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm: The Human Scale screening and Q&A with Jan Gehl
Hackney Empire, E8 1EJ
Jan Gehl is a pioneering Danish architect and urban designer. His research and writings on how and why we use urban space have shaped much of urban design as we know it today, and his work in Copenhagen's public realm has helped make it one of the best cities in the world for cyclists and pedestrians alike. The Human Scale is a documentary exploring Gehl's work and it's going to be screened in Hackney Empire this month followed by a Q&A with the legend himself. You'll find me nerding it up in the front row... of the upper circle (I'm not made of money!)

Saturday 25 January - Sunday 6 April: Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined
Royal Academy, W1J 0BD
A major exhibition of work by Japanese, Chilean, Chinese, African, Portuguese (!) and Irish (!!) architects, Sensing Spaces sees some of the world's most interesting architectural practices transform the Royal Academy's main gallery spaces this year. This exhibition is massive in scale and ambition, giving visitors a multi-sensory experience and posing questions about the nature and impact of architecture today. I. Can't. WAIT!

Thursday 6 and Friday 7 February: Sign Painters and Horn Please screenings
The Roxy Bar & Screen, SE1 1LB
With a screening on 5 February already sold out, it's clear there's an avid audience waiting to see these two typographic documentaries. Taking a look at American sign painting and Indian truck painting respectively, I reckon this is a great opportunity to learn more about traditional techniques being maintained today. More info and tickets here.

Artist Josh Luke as part of Sign Painters
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