Monday, 1 December 2014

Here's the Heads Up #24

Work by NATALIEBCOLEMAN as part of Second Skin

'Tis the season to shop, eat, drink, be merry and shop. If you need a reprive from any and all of those, here are some cultural palette cleansers in Ireland and London worth catching before the end of 2014...


Until 13 December: The Everyday Experience
Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
The Irish Architecture Foundation curated a great exhibition this time last year to accompany the major Eileen Gray exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Thankfully the exhibition is getting a second outing to show a host of work exploring the unconscious but significant effects that spaces have on us.

Until 25 January: Second Skin
National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Fashion is an incredible thing: an immediately appreciable and fun design discipline, a key way to identify oneself and a multi-trillion pound industry. But many of its practices are economically, environmentally and socially unsustainable. Second Skin challenges four Irish fashion labels 'to design, source and produce a garment or range of clothing on the island of Ireland and to document the opportunities and challenges in doing so.' Featuring the work of NATALIEBCOLEMAN (pictured above), it sounds like it could be well worth a stop-off on my annual festive world tour of Ireland...

Hefin Jones of the Welsh Space Campaign, part of It's Nice That on Disruption


Tuesday 9 December: It's Nice That on Disruption
Design Museum, SE1 2YD
To accompany the Design Museum's current Designers in Residence exhibition, which takes a look at the role of disruption in design (in contrast with the V&A's current exhibition Disobedient Objects, which looks at the role of design in disruption), It's Nice That are hosting a talk featuring, among others, founder of the Welsh Space Campaign Hefin Jones (pictured above). Sign me up.

Until 11 January: Constructing Worlds
Barbican Centre, EC2Y 8DS
Curated by Elias Redstone of Archizines fame, Constructing Worlds aims to take a comprehensive look at the relationship between photography and architecture, looking at buildings by Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames and more, along with the photography of Andreas Gursky, Bernd and Hilla Becher and others.

Until 11 January: History of the Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA
This is as much a note for me as it is for you, as this place has been unmoved from my 'to visit' list for a while. The Geffrye Museum explores home life through replica interiors from the past 100 years. What better prompt to go visit the place than when they're also exhibiting the history of the museum itself.

Until 18 January: Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games
The Jewish Museum London, NW1 7NB
I first became aware of the work of British graphic designer Abram Games through an exhibition in NCAD Gallery a number of years ago. This current exhibition gives a great overview of his work along with insight into his life and the influence his Jewish background had on all of the above.

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