Monday, 30 March 2015

Here's the Heads Up #26: London Edition

We Wont be Trouble Anymore by Mac Conner, on show at the House of Illustration

For those of you based in or near London (or planning a trip soon) here are a few choice design and architecture events to enjoy, grouped based whether they're events happening soon, exhibitions soon to close or exhibitions just opened. For those of you in Ireland, hang on until next week when I have something great planned for you...


31 March, 8-10pm: All of This Belongs to You Public View
V&A, SW7 2RL
Continuing along the lines of Rapid Response Collecting and Disobedient Objects, the contemporary team at the V&A are looking at the relationship between the museum and the society it's situated in, this time with a series of displays and installations around the V&A called All of This Belongs to You. Museums are public institutions so technically they belong to the public. But what does that mean now? Head along to the Public (not Private) View on Tuesday evening to find out...

1 April, 6-10pm: Mad Men/Wild Women
House of Illustration, N1C 4BH
A martini-fueled gallery late launches the House of Illustration's exhibition of work by Mac Conner, a pioneering illustrator part of the 1950s and 1960s New York's advertising scene. A chance to see the work of one of the original Mad Men, and a chance to dress up like one too.

6-10 May: London Craft Week
Various locations
This May sees the first edition of London Craft Week, featuring exhibitions, events, workshops and more designed to give insight into the making process and showcase emerging and established makers alongside luxury brands. The programme is brimming and ready for browsing, with a LOT for you to choose from...


Until 26 April: Women Fashion Power
Design Museum, SE1 2YD
Women Fashion Power shows the history of fashion through the lens of feminism, or the history of feminism through the lens of fashion (I guess it depends on how you look at it). There are some great garments on display with stories of powerful women past and present.

Until 17 May: The Future of Housing
The RA, W1J 0BD
It's election year and there's a housing crisis on our hands, so there's no better time for the architecture team at the Royal Academy to ask 'what is the future of housing'? An exhibition, Four Visions for the Future of Housing, shows a number of provoking propositions, while a series of discursive events asks for opinions from speakers and audience alike.

Spray Painted Dress by Alexander McQueen, on show at the V&A


Until 2 August: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
V&A, SW7 2RL
An exhibition so hotly anticipated that the V&A finally had to cave and give me a job to help handle it all (seriously, I've been applying regularly since I moved here but I've finally MADE IT!), Europe's first retrospective of the work of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen sold 70,000 tickets before it even opened and is receiving rave reviews. It's a great exhibition experience and at the heart of it is some beautiful and daring work. It runs until 2 August but I recommend you book your ticket now!

Until 23 August: Designs of the Year 2015
Design Museum, SE1 2YD
Designs of the Year is always a great exhibition to go and see, giving you a flavour of what's been happening across a host of design disciplines from all over the world. Better still is the inevitable controversy once an overall winner is selected, but that's all in good time...

Until 31 August: Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style
Imperial War Museum, SE1 6HZ
I have yet to visit the Imperial War Museum as it's subject matter isn't exactly my area of interest. But I am trying to make my way around a lot of London's museums and an exhibition on wartime fashion gives me the perfect opportunity to head to IWM. I'll let you guys know how it goes...

Designs of the Year 2015 at the Design Museum

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