London has more than just fancy restaurants and tourist attractions, it is the art and culture capital of the UK and has some of the best museums and art galleries in the world. Here are a few of the festivals and exhibitions that can be seen the city at the moment.
Pop Art Design at the Barbican Art Gallery
Bold, colourful and playful, Pop Art encapsulated a generation and beyond. Emerging in the mid-1950’s Pop Art presented a challenge to the traditions of fine art and signalled a change in direction in the post-war era.
Pop Art encapsulates aspects from popular culture including advertising and comic books together with ideas from the fields of design and art to produce some of the most iconic paintings and sculptures around today.
Pop Art Design brings together more than 150 works from over 70 artists and designers and includes works from Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake. The exhibition also features a range of graphical material, such as posters and magazines and Pop interiors and architecture.
The exhibition runs till the 9th of February 2014, tickets cost £12 per adult and £8 for students and children aged between 13 and 17 (children under 12 get free admission). Opening hours are, Sat–Wed (10am–6pm) and Thu–Fri (10am–9pm).
London International Mime Festival
Spanning across various venues, the 38th annual London International Mime Festival offers a wide range of contemporary visual theatre from all over the world including the Czech Republic, France and Italy.
Must see shows include cutting edge circus theatre, illusions and puppetry, as well as dance and a homage to silent movies. Together with the shows, the London International Mime Festival lets you get up close and personal with the creators and performers with a full programme of workshops and public interviews.
The festival finishes on Saturday the 1st of February 2014, so you better be quick to catch one of the fantastic shows. Whether you’re on a family day out or a romantic date night there is something for everyone at the London International Mime Festival.
Visit http://www.mimelondon.com/ to see a full list of shows, workshops and venues.
Confiscation Cabinets at the V&A Museum of Childhood
We’ve all done it, gone to school with our favourite toy to show off to our friends only to have it confiscated by the teacher. The Confiscation Cabinets exhibition showcases artefacts confiscated in 150 schools over three decades and is the brainchild of artist and teacher Guy Tarrant.
Some of the objects on display include pen tubes used as pea shooters, plastic toys and a range of gadgets from years gone by. Each of the schools that donated artefacts to the exhibition have their own policies when it comes to returning confiscated goods and the ones on display are items that have not been reclaimed. This exhibition is a wonderful insight into the mind of a child and is only a fraction of the weird and wonderful items confiscated daily in schools across the UK.
The exhibition runs until the 1st June 2014 and is great for the whole family. Admission is free; opening times – 10:00am – 17:45pm daily.