Now that summer is almost over (we can still hang on to some hope), it is time to start compiling your list of fun and interesting things to which take place inside, and thus, out of the cold! Living in such a diverse metropolis such as London, you would be hard pushed to spend a weekend in total boredom.
September and October are full of promise for great exhibitions, so get out your diary and text your mates…reserve that calendar space!
Quentin Blake ‘Inside Stories’ – House of Illustration
As a child, it is more likely than not that you will have read a book by legendary children’s author, Roald Dahl. And the familiarity of his stories goes hand in hand with the illustrations used to bring his stories to life. And we have Quentin Blake to thank for those.
This new exhibition at the House of Illustration (Kings Cross) is sure to bring out the child inside of you. His drawings were unique, scribbly splotches of colour; not at all refined or neat, but children and adults continue to love them.
With illustrations displayed in storyboard form, with original drawings and captions, the audience can really get to grips with how Blake creates and evolves his characters, and how his relationship with authors shaped the finished projects.
Certainly one for all the family, and a bargain to boot: £7 for adults, £4 for children.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Natural History Museum
Opening on the 24th October at the Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year brings together a stunning collection of images of the most extraordinary, and sometimes peculiar, species on the planet.
Celebrating its 50th year, this year is set to achieve a record number of visitors; who will see the winning photographs chosen from over 40,000 entries.
With tickets priced at £14 for adults and £7 for children aged 3-16, the event isn’t the cheapest exhibition around town but it is more than worthwhile. If past exhibitions are anything to go by…you will be astounded by the striking imagery on show.
Toy Stories – V&A Museum of Childhood
As you make your journey from childhood to adulthood, you remember your playmates from your former years; playmates being your favourite teddy, or your first remote controlled car. Toys are the objects you are most likely to keep from your childhood…the material possessions that remind of what life was once like.
Italian photographer, Gabriele Galimberti visited numerous countries to take pictures of children with their most beloved toys, and this exhibition tells the story of 21 of those children from a range of ethnicities, social backgrounds and economic circumstances.
The exhibition runs until October 19th.
Malevich – TATE Modern
Kazimir Malevich, the creator of the ominous ‘Black Square’, is the daddy of abstraction. A new exhibition at the TATE Modern brings Malevich’s life work to the fore, spattered with socio-political agenda’s of his life and times; bringing his work into full context. Following the hugely successful exhibitions on Lichtenstein and Matisse, the new retrospective on the work of Malevich promises to be equally as successful.
Despite not being as well known as Matisse and certainly not as popular as pop-arty Lichtenstein, the exhibition for Kazimir Malevich spans twelve rooms; testament to his progression and evolution as an artist.
The TATE does an exhibition well…so give it a go. Malevich runs until 26th October, and entry is set at £13.10 for adults.
Paint the Town Red – London Transport Museum
If you hadn’t noticed, 2014 is the Year of the Bus…as celebrated by Transport for London. And to complement the campaign, the London Transport Museum is getting in on the act and paying homage to the lowly bus.
Before the Tube ran during the night, buses were the most reliable and cheap form of transport for most Londoners. And so, Friday Lates at the museum will be devoted to all things bus; from making custom bus blinds, taking part in bus pub trivia quizzes, and learning more from talks and tours…surely there is no better way to spend a Friday evening?
Friday Lates are 18+ only, and cost £10 per person.