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Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Yvonne Michiels, Fading Flowers Peach, Photography, edition of 15, 125 x 125cm, £4,400, De KunstSalon

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Affordable Art Fair Battersea
London Literature Festival
Science Photographer of the Year
Shot in Soho
Nam June Paik
Moving to Mars
Art Licks Weekend: Interdependence
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London.

 
 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2019 to 5th September 2020

 

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a highlight of the year at the Natural History Museum, consistently showing fresh perspectives on animals, insects, plants and landscapes. The competition, running for over 50 years, is highly competitive with almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The shortlisted 100 images - including the winning pictures - are beautifully displayed on backlit panels for all visitors to enjoy. The 2019 exhibition provides the chance to see everything from a sleeping seal to a zombie beetle as well as an image of a turtle that provides a poignant reminder of the impact our waste can have on the ocean. The overall winner this year, claiming the prestigious title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019, is Yongqing Bao for his image The Moment, which illustrates a frightening yet humourous standoff between a Tibetan fox and a marmot.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London

 
 
 

Moving to Mars

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2019 to 1st March 2020

 

Life on Mars could be more than just a TV show a few decades from now. Exploring how we could arrive, survive and thrive on the red planet, Moving to Mars envisages the three phases of life on Mars. It's an 8-month journey to one of earth's nearest planets and this exhibition examines everything from the spaceships we need to get there to the places people will live in. Human inhabitation of Mars is a challenge for design as well as science. Every detail from the food we would eat to the tools we use is thought through in this Design Museum exhibition through a combination of factual science and design fiction. You can even experience what it's like on the surface of Mars via an immersive installation and step inside a Mars Habitat by Foster and Partners.

 
 
 

London Literature Festival

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th to 27th October 2019

 

Tricky, Suede frontman Brett Anderson and broadcaster and novelist Elizabeth Day are at this year's London Literature Festival. Held over eleven days across Southbank Centre's 17-acre site, the festival features a packed programme of exclusive appearances, live readings, newly commissioned performances, talks, debates, poetry, visual displays, workshops, award ceremonies, book launches, free activities and family events. This year's festival opens with Poetry International with the theme 'poetry as disruption' while other highlights include Once Upon Our Times, a series of events exploring the contemporary retelling of fairy tales; exclusive appearances from Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels and Suede frontman Brett Anderson; and the London Literature Festival Writers' Day, providing networking opportunities and advice for writers from under-represented backgrounds. The festival coincides with Half Term week so there's a packed programme of literary events, some exploring fairy tales and folklore - including I Believe in Unicorns anda new take on old Russian folktale Baba Yaga - as well as a Young Adult Literature Day where YA fiction writers present their new work.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Oct 2019

 

A diverse line-up of artists display an array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the Affordable Art Fair, which has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene over the past 20 years. Celebrating its 20th birthday in 2019, the fair will party like it's 1999 with a line-up of special nineties themed art workshops, talks and activities. There will be the chance to recreate a Brit Art classic, make your very own scrunchie and take part in a '90s pop culture drawing class. The fair is an event that strips away the pretension of the art world and gives buyers a chance to pick up some really great work at fair prices, covering everything from contemporary paintings and limited edition prints to photography and sculptures, all ranging from £100 to £6,000. The specially curated Recent Graduates' Exhibition all provides the chance to see some fantastic emerging talent. A fun, family day out, the art fair is accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious.

 
 
 

Art Licks Weekend: Interdependence

 

Various Venues Dates: 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Oct 2019

 

The free to attend Art Licks Weekend returns for its seventh year in 2019. The event is hosted by the Art Licks magazine and website, which was launched in 2010 to provide a platform for lesser-known creatives. For its seventh year, the festival takes the title and theme of Interdependence, exploring how artists across the country are responding to the increasing difficulties in starting a career due to growing economic and political pressures. The programme features exhibitions and events curated by 63 participating project spaces and collectives across London including Cypher, LUVA, Picnic and Dirty House, with 290 artists taking part. In addition, this year will see the Art Licks Weekend radio station broadcast daily throughout the festival with everything from in-conversations and reading group discussions to experimental music recordings.

 
 
 
 

Oktoberfest South London

Electric Brixton, 1 Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RJ

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th October 2019

 

On two Saturdays this autumn, Electric Brixton is transformed into an a Bavarian beer hall complete with steins of beer, Herman ze German wurst sausages and oompah music played live by the London Brass All Stars. A crowd of 2,800 partygoers, seated at long wooden tables, will be served by waitresses and waiters dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen while the music plays and DJs from Sexy Kitchen Party keep the party going late into the night and between sets roving comedians come to the tables to add the festive atmosphere. Beers by Spaten, Lowenbrau and Becks have been flown in from Germany and Herman's Currywurst and Bratwurst, served with bread or paprika-spiced fries, comes straight from the Black Forest.

 
 
 

Science Photographer of the Year

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 7th October 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

After giving hundreds of photographs a forensic examination, the judges of the Science Photographer of the Year have given the award to South African Morgan Trimble for her image 'Launching a Mini Boat'. The image, showing a tiny vessel being released to monitor ocean currents and educate about climate change, is shown at this free Science Museum exhibition. It offers a new perspectives on everyday materials like soap bubbles and Aperol as well as human health, environmental conservation and endangered wildlife. Open to all ages, the youngest on the shortlist is just 8 years old. However, it was teenager Jason Chen who won the Young Science Photographer of the Year for his photograph of a model of a dog's head, on display at his local vet school.

 
 
 

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 17th October 2019 to 26th January 2020

 

A major new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, tells the untold stories of twelve women depicted in Pre-Raphaelite art, 160 years after they were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849. Through a display of previously unseen works and new discoveries, the exhibition explores how the women were far more than just models, but rather creative influences and artists in their own right. Joanna Wells, for example, was a Pre-Raphaelite artist while Marie Spartali Stillman and Evelyn de Morgan helped shape the development of Pre-Raphaelitism alongside their male counterparts. An extraordinary collection of paintings, photographs, manuscripts and personal items will showcase the roles the women played as models, muses and helpmeets.

 
 
 

Shot in Soho

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 18th October 2019 to 9th February 2020

 

Soho, the gritty, colourful cousin to Mayfair, its well heeled neighbour, is continually captured on camera. The Photographers' Gallery celebrates the strong character of the central London district - from its sex shops to its coffee bars - as seen through the lens of well known photographers including William Klein, Anders Petersen and Corinne Day whose images take us into her Brewer Street home. Less familiar figures such as Times photographer Kelvin Brodie take us on night-time patrols with police teams and John Goldblatt captures strip club dressing room scenes in an exhibition which aims to commemorate, protect and champion the spirit of Soho.

 
 
 

Nam June Paik

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th October 2019 to 9th February 2020

 

In what will be the UK's most comprehensive survey of the Korean artist's work, Tate Modern presents a major exhibition on Nam June Paik. The artist is renowned for his pioneering use of emerging technologies, and the exhibition will introduce visitors to the concept with an opening display of TV Garden 1974/2002, a large-scale installation featuring dozens of television sets seemingly growing within a garden of lush foliage - created as an exploration of the diminishing distinctions between the natural and the technological. The installation is just one of more than 200 works going on display in the exhibition, which includes early compositions, performance and video.

 
 
 

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