There are some seriously good art exhibitions in London this year which you need to get yourself to. Check out the other side to Quentin Blake, more famous for his illustrations in the legendary (legend, legend!) Roald Dahl books or head to the Fashion and Textile Museum to explore how t-shirt’s came such a political tool. We are well and truly spoilt for choice in London, so here’s our top picks of art shiz to check out this Spring 2018. Enjoy.
1 | Art for The Illustrator Enthusiast
Celebrate Sir Quentin Blake being more than the guy who drew The Twits and Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Born in the London suburbs in 1932, Quentin is a Landan Lad through and through. Head on down to the House of Illustration between 10am and 6pm to see the cheeky delights of Quentin, who’s humour is cheeky, witty and will make even the grumpiest of Londoner crack a smile.
Where? House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross
When? Now until 29 Apr, 2018
2 | Art for The Socially Inquisitive
Where? The Barbican
When? Now until May 27, 2018
Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins looks at the ‘continuing fascination of artists with those on the margins of society through the photographic medium’. The exhibition showcases art work from 20 different photographers, capturing photos from the 1950’s to now. The photo’s feature themes such as drugs, addiction, minorities, youth culture and sexuality.
3 | Art for the Design Lovers
Where? White Cute Bermondsey
When? Now until 8 April, 2018
White Cube is pleased to present ‘Concrete Pitch’ by Eddie Peake at Bermondsey. This exhibition, Peake’s fourth with the gallery, includes new sculpture, painting, sound work and performance presented in an immersive and constructed environment.
4 | Art for the Fashion Conscious
Margaret Thatcher meets designer Katharine Hamnett, wearing a t-shirt with a nuclear missile protest message. 17 March, 1984. Press Association.
What? T-Shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion
Where? Fashion and Textile Museum
When? Now until May 6, 2018
Just how did the plain old tee grow into symbol for anarchy and communicating political messages? Explore T-shirt culture and the history behind the messages at the Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey. Check out the private collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts from back in the day when her ‘Let it Rock, Sex, and Seditionaries’ campaigns were going down, plus her new stuff which is described as ‘Active Resistance to Propaganda and Climate Revolution’. More than just a tee.
5 | Art for the Historians
Falls Are Not Funny poster, designed by Stan Krol, 1967. © The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
What? Designs on Britain
When? Now until April 15th, 2018.
This exhibition explores the way in which Jewish immigrants to the UK shaped design. Some of Britain’s most famous and well loved brands were thought up by our Jewish immigrant’s including the London Underground, the General Post Office and Tate & Lyle. Plus you can explore the four permanent galleries which showcase the vibrancy of Jewish life in Britain. Have a look at the recreation of London’s East End plus gaze upon rare items from the museum’s designated collection of Jewish ceremonial art.
6 | Art to Celebrate Women
What? Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design
Where? London Transport Museum
When? Now until January, 2019
Check out Covent Gardens Poster Girls exhibition. Showcasing over 150 posters and original pieces of art, produced by female artists for London Transport and TFL. Feature’s an array of artists including the likes of Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight and Zandra Rhodes. The London Transport Museum explores how travel continues to shape the lives of those living and working in London and showcases original artworks as well as the advertising posters, including the iconic Routemaster bus and the world’s first Underground steam train.
Happy Artin’ Team NL x