My summer 2015 cultural hit list
The weather is balmy and us Brits are coming out of hibernation! It’s getting close to summer in London, one of my favourite times of year. So what’s on my cultural hit list of things to do?
15 April — 9 August 2015
I discovered Sonia Delaunay at art college in the 90s. I remember seeing her work on a trip to Paris and falling in love, so this is high up on my list.
Fashion on the ration: 1940s Street Style
Imperial War Museum
Until 31 August 2015
I have only heard good things about this from friends and I like the description: “This is a story not about the end of fashion but about creativity, innovation and coping in adversity.”
Mac Conner: A New York Life
House of Illustration
Until 28 Jun 2015
Just round the corner from where I work (the British Library) is this small but perfectly formed exhibition featuring over 70 original works by McCauley 'Mac' Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America's golden age of advertising.
Royal Academy of Arts
14 March — 7 June 2015
Beautiful colours and expressive paintings by a US artist I don’t know much about – but want to know more.
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
24 June – 25 October 2015
I loved seeing Barbara Hepworth’s work in St Ives in Cornwall. Tate Britain will open the first major Barbara Hepworth exhibition in London for almost fifty years. Not one to miss.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
14 March — 2 August 2015
Still kicking myself that I haven’t been to see this yet! Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work in Europe.
Close to where I live, Eltham Palace is part Art Deco, part 1930s cutting-edge technology and part medieval royal palace. It’s been closed for most of the winter, and after a £1.7m refurbishment, it’s opened with five new rooms and a new café.
Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015
23 April – 4 May 2015
Pick Me Up is lots of fun: cool graphic designs and illustration work to look at and buy and interactive making stations. I love that it celebrates current design.
Goldie & Heritage Orchestra
Wed 22 Jul 2015–Thu 23 Jul 2015
Ok, so it’s not an exhibition, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing Goldie recreate his legendary Timeless album. He and the Heritage Orchestra have expanded and reworked the tracks for full orchestra, band, choir, electronics, and guest vocalists.
Anything else you think I've missed? Leave a comment below... all ideas welcome.