What’s On | May

by / 2nd May 2018 London, News No Comments

Image: RHS / Sarah Cuttle

From the pinnacle of modern craft and the world’s most famous horticultural show, to contemporary art that will challenge the way you think; here are the best events for your diary this month

Chelsea Flower Show

22–26 May
The focus of this year’s world-famous Chelsea Flower Show will be on the positive impact plants and green space have on our health and wellbeing, with designs that celebrate the garden as a haven to be enjoyed. Opening hours on the Friday will be extended into the evening for the new Chelsea Late Event, a vibrant evening with live music, wandering artists, food markets and the chance to explore the Artisan Gardens by twilight. Also new to Chelsea for 2018 will be the Space to Grow gardens, which will focus on how to make the most of smaller urban outdoor space with plenty of ideas for anyone to try at home. rhs.org.uk

Image: Delpozo SS18

London Craft Week

9–13 May
Now in its fourth year, London Craft Week 2018 will bring together more than 200 established and emerging makers, brands, designers and galleries from around the globe. As a celebration of craft in all its forms, the programme aims to attract a broad audience to meet and buy from artisans working across a huge spectrum of disciplines; from ceramics, wood-carving and leatherworking, to bookbinding, watchmaking and millinery. Held in museums, galleries and workspaces across the city. londoncraftweek.com

The trash-ic or trash in the face of beauty

31 May–3 June
Veering between the opposing forces that comprise contemporary society, the Saatchi Gallery’s thought-provoking new exhibition, The trash.ic or trash in the face of beauty is artist and painter Mouna Rebeiz’s personal examination of the modern world. Focusing on the tension between what is ‘trash’ and what is ‘beauty’, with a particular emphasis on how both can co-exist in art, Rebeiz combines the techniques of both the Old Masters and the applied arts in a self-stated attempt to ‘convey the movement of the times’. saatchigallery.com

Image: Lee Bul Willing To Be Vulnerable, 2015-16 Installation view of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2016 Photo: Algirdas Bakas. Courtesy: Studio Lee Bul

Lee Bul: Crashing

30 May–19 August
Coinciding with the Hayward Gallery’s 50th anniversary, this is the first time that acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul has exhibited in London. Pioneering and thought-provoking, Bul is known for her fascination with the human body, using it as a conduit through which to explore questions of intimacy, gender, technology and class. Spanning three decades, the exhibition will place Bul’s most visionary paintings, sculptures, performances and immersive installations within a wider social and political context. southbankcentre.co.uk

Image: Wyndham Lewis, ‘Workshop’ c. 1914-5, © Wyndham Lewis and the estate of Mrs G A Wyndham Lewis by kind permission of the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

2 May–14 October
The first exhibition of this scale to explore the links between modern artistic disciplines, Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art will feature over 300 works by more than 100 artists, including Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Jackson Pollock and Antony Cairns. Beginning with the creative experiments of the early 20th century, Shape of Light will take you through mid-century expression, 1960s Op Art and the conceptual practices of the 1970s, culminating with a series of contemporary works that reflect the advances of the digital age. tate.org.uk

Hae Cho Chung Ok Hi

LOEWE Craft Prize 2018

4 May–17 June
First conceived in 2016, the LOEWE Craft Prize aims to acknowledge the cultural significance of modern craft, and celebrate the artisans whose vision and innovation will set the standard of the future. This year, shortlisted works from each of the 30 international and multi-generational finalists will go on display as part of a special exhibition at the Design Museum. It ecompasses a diverse spectrum of techniques, media and modes of creative expression. designmuseum.org

Image: Kimatica

Splice Festival

10–13 May
Established in 2016 as a way to encourage the exchange of ideas between both emerging and established artists, Splice is a dynamic audio-visual performing arts festival that aims to explore the overlap between culture and technology. This year, audiences can expect live cinema, digital theatre, creative coding and experimental music, and a fun new family section, while a special educational programme will offer a range of workshops, talks and panel discussions. splicefestival.com

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