Archive of ‘Exhibition’ category

Chelsea Fringe

The grande dame of the gardening world, the Chelsea Flower Show returns this week for her annual celebration of horticultural design and innovation. Indeed, the designs on show tend to determine the gardening trends of the next year. And running along beside her, is new (ish) kid on the block, the Chelsea Fringe.

Having started on Saturday, the Fringe runs until 8 June and this year is taking place in and around London, as well as Brighton, Bristol, and has even spread as far afield as Vienna and Ljubjlana. 
Although only in its third year, 2014’s Fringe is playing host to a heady mix of over 200 public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations. With so many exciting events going on, we thought we’d lend a helping hand and have picked a few we like the sound of most. 
Discover London in a new light with Where the Wild Things Grow, a project which aims to make us take notice of the small and often overlooked wildernesses within the city. Where the Wild Things Grow documents the ordinary everyday weed, or wildling, and encourages us to look more closely at the botany, history and geography of our pavements, building edges, bridges and step cracks. From walks and talks, to a photography exhibitions and a pop-up café, this event takes a number of forms and each promises to be equally interesting, informative and illuminating. 
Dirt and Martini’s; Herbal cocktails in Kentish Town certainly sounds like one for tickling the taste buds. Head to the Boma Garden Centre, where they have teamed up with The Oxford Pub to bring you a Pop up Herb Garden. Sample herbal cocktails and summer snacks whilst being given top tips and expert advice on growing your own edibles at home.

The Tea Time Wonder Game invites you to become part of ‘a bizarre, wreathed in mist tea party’ and it sounds delightfully intriguing. After taking a place around the table, you become part of a performance that mixes Alice in Wonderland with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter Pan, and adds a dash of Dali’s surrealism for good dreamland measure. Not necessarily directly related to gardening, but sounds fun nonetheless! 
Spend three delightful afternoons with artist Kate Osborne, exploring different watercolour techniques using the late Spring garden as inspiration. In Waterworks you will learn how to mix watercolour with other mediums to create your own beautiful botanical images.

This Pop up Edible Garden aims to show that you don’t need much space at all to grow your own food in the middle of a city. Popping up in a spot the size of a car parking space, you will be able to see for yourself the wide variety of food that can be squeezed into tight spaces and may even inspire you to turn those green fingers to growing fresh food.
Enjoy a literary evening at Bristol’s Chelsea Fringe Poetry Review. Garden and wildlife poetry will be performed by acclaimed poets as well as newcomers and the readings promise to be entertaining, informative and evocative. The perfect way to mix a little cultural learning with outdoor interests.

By Laura Peebles

Something For The Weekend…

If you’re seeking a cultural fix this bank holiday weekend, then Bristol is the place to be. This weekend heralds the city’s very first Bristol Art Weekender, for which Bristol’s biggest art organisations have come together to stage a four day art extravaganza.
With over 130 artists taking part there are lots of events on offer: from Bristol’s emerging artists to leading exhibitions, special performances and site-specific installations, we are invited to discover the Bristol art scene in unusual settings. There is even a handy art map to guide us through all the arty places and spaces involved.
We particularly like the sound of Annika Kahrs A Concert for the Birds Taking place in The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, one of the city’s oldest chapels, Kahrs is staging a recital of one of Franz Liszt’s most well known piano solos accompanied by a choir of songbirds. A most enchanting and ethereal way to spend an hour if ever there was.  
The Bristol Museum are currently showing Turner: Watercolours from the West which spans Turner’s career, featuring pieces from his student days right through to his mature style. The exhibition includes views of Bristol and the surrounding area, and should make for an interesting display of the British master’s work.  
Jeremy Deller’s English Magic is set to be a popular exhibition too. Part of the 2013 Venice Biennale, the exhibition is currently touring in the UK. A fascinating assembly of large-scale murals, drawings, photographs and film reflecting Deller’s interest in the nature of British Culture will all be on show. 
There’s plenty more to see too, so if you fancy a cultural day out it will certainly be worth a trip. The majority of events are free and the full programme is listed on the Bristol Art Weekender website.   
By Laura Peebles

Picasso to Warhol

Well the weather outside is frightful but inside the Fashion and Textiles museum is a rather delightful display of artist’s textiles. This new exhibition traces the history of art in textiles throughout the 20th century, showcasing examples of work from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol. The result is a dazzling display of colourful, intriguing and inspiring textile design.
 There are cute lipsticks from Zandra Rhodes, simple bullfighting illustrations from Picasso, bugs from Andy Warhol and every pattern in between proving that impressive art doesn’t just have to hang on the walls of imposing museums. Textiles are often overlooked in the world of art but this collection rightly demonstrates that an artist’s talent and eye for detail is just as strong in fabric form. This bright and clever exhibition is certain to brighten up a drab and dreary afternoon. 
 Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol is on at the Fashion and Textiles Museum from 31 January – 17 May
By Amy Peck  

Cellardoor’s Weekly Edit

Welcome to our new weekly run down of stuff worth checking out, from tasty treats to hot new designs, exhibitions and publications. Pop back weekly to see what’s fresh off the block and worthy of a ganders.

READ Cat People, a publication for cat lovers and others 

Finally a cat magazine is here and a very stylish one at that. Cat People is a new book from Melbourne based editor Jessica Lowe, looking at people and their cats. It explores the lives of interesting cat owners such as illustrator Mat Maitland and fashion designers Suzanne Clements & Inacio Ribeiro of Clements Ribeiro. Even if you’re not a cat fan (why?) this is a fascinating and very stylish publication to dip into.

PREPARE as Katherine Hamnett launches Fashion Revolution
News has just come out of Fashion Revolution, a day that’s been initiated by a global board of industry leaders to commemorate the tragedy at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. It’s a day for raising awareness of ethics in fashion and has been created to encourage us to think about where our clothing comes from. The theme’s Who Made Your Clothes? and the idea is to wear something inside out on the day to represent a positive shift in perspective within the fashion industry.
SHOP Bold Bags by Nicola Brighton
Textile designer Nicola Brighton makes clutches so colourful they almost melt your eyes, in a good way. This talented new designer combines combination of photography, drawing, and traditional textile techniques to create incredible digital patterns on oversized clutches. They’re guaranteed to make you smile this winter.

New York based filmmaker Zachary Heinserling won Sundance’s Directing Award for his latest film Cutie and the Boxer. The film took 5 years to film and follows 81 year old Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko as they struggle to get by in New York. It’s touching, smart and affirming.

DRINK in the hidden treat that’s Upstairs at Nancy’s 
A curious little bar situated above the recently revived Crown and Shuttle on Shoreditch High Street, Nancy’s is a little gem. A small space decorated like a set with shop fronts adorning the walls, it has a lot of charm and serves a selection of London gins, craft beers (Partizan, Redchurch, the Kernal and Five Points) and some tempting cocktails, which includes the signature La Penca Mezcal. Worth popping by.

EXPERIENCE Nordic music at the Ja, Ja, Ja Festival, London
The first ever addition of the Ja,Ja,Ja festival takes place over two days (8-9 November) this weekend at The Roadhouse, Camden. The festival brings together a host of Scandinavian talent, who have been making proper waves in the music industry of late. This includes Mew, The Raveonettes, múm, NONONO, Husky Rescue, LCMDF, Sin Fang and Postiljonen so go enjoy some Nordic sounds.

LISTEN to the chilled sound of Connan Mockasin 
New Zealander Connan Mockasin makes a kind of introverted chilled psyche that makes any dark night feel summery. His latest offering is Do I Make You Feel Shy is a dreamy track off his much anticapted latest album Charm.

Yam, Yam! is part of Café Culture, a fourteen month project generously supported by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Fund taking place at The Albany, an arts centre in Deptford. As part of the project Mazí Mas, they’ll be will be running free workshops and a pop up South American restaurant. Do check it out for amazing food and inspiring people.  

So the nights are dark and the air is getting chilly, so what better excuse to eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy!

By Kerry Flint

Something for the weekend…

If you’re at a loose end this weekend, why not head over to the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey?

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum opening its doors, fashion legend Zandra Rhodes has just opened Zandra Rhodes: Unseen – a collection of the work that has influenced the fashion industry for more than 50 years.
On display are her beautifully designed dresses, illustrations and patterns that inspired her work. If you ever wanted to figure out her creative process, here’s the place to do it! There’s a mixture of her well known collections, as well as little gems you may not have seen before.

We especially loved her Sketchbook Dresses, the designs of which were taken directly from her own sketchbooks. 

On display around the exhibition are also the winning designs from the 5th Annual Student Wallpaper Competition.

The exhibition is open 11am to 6pm on Tues-Sat and runs until the 31st August. Entry is £8 or £5.50 for concessions.

Something For The Weekend…

Cellardoor spent a sunny afternoon (rare, we know!) at Somerset House recently, taking in the artistic genius of Erwin Blumenfeld. 
Throughout a prolific career spanning 35 years, Blumenfeld became one of the most influential and highly paid photographers of the twentieth century. He shot more Vogue covers than any other photographer in history and was renowned for his experimental techniques and imaginative imagery.
The exhibition focuses on his fashion photography from the 1940s and 1950s including his long running collaborations with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. It also showcases some of his celebrity portraiture, advertising campaigns and war effort propaganda. Blumenfeld’s innovative methods demonstrate his desire to instil artistic significance into photography and subsequently helped define the look of a generation. 
 The exhibition runs until the 1st September 2013 and is definitely worth checking out! 
 Words and images by Cheryl Maguire.

Something for the Weekend….

Whilst we’re all (impatiently) waiting for spring to finally show itself, why not keep in the warm this weekend by heading over to the Frock Me! Vintage fashion fair at Chelsea Town Hall? 
 It’s a great place to score some great vintage pieces and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with everyone from fashion students and models to A Listers (Yoko Ono, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl are just some of the celebs to have been spotted having a rummage!). 
After a hard day’s searching you can even reward yourself with a cuppa from the pop up vintage tea room set up by Brighton’s Blackbird Tea Rooms. The perfect end to any shopping trip!
See more event details here

Something for the Weekend…

The National Theatre is celebrating a century of Norman Parkinson’s beautiful and highly influential work with a collection of his most famous photographs. 
Cellardoor recently paid the exhibition a visit and was impressed and inspired by the late photographer’s iconic work. It showcases images spanning from his early career in the 1930’s up until his death in the 1990’s, including portraits of movie stars, musicians and royals, as well as his pioneering images for Vogue. Parkinson’s use of unusual props and far flung locations revolutionised modern fashion photography, making him one of the most important British photographers of the twentieth century. 
The exhibition runs until the 12th May 2013 and pays a must see tribute to this seminal fashion photographer’s remarkable career.
By Cheryl Maguire

By Royal Appointment

This weekend the Cellardoor team soaked up the timeless glamour of royal couture at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Hartnell To Amies exhibits some of the beautiful costumes worn by the royal family through the twentieth century, from show stopping 1930’s evening gowns to country-esque tweed suiting to chic day dresses from the 1960’s. 
Designers Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies as well as milliner Frederick Fox, created countless pieces for H.R.M and other stylish royals. Up until the 1920’s fashion was dominated by Parisian inspired designs from the likes of Charles Frederick Worth. 
The exhibition showcases how the Queen’s patronage of Hartnell and Amies established Britain as an influential authority on fashion through the trying times of the Second World War and beyond. 
Well worth paying a visit, the exhibition continues until the 23rd February 2013, providing the perfect opportunity to admire the intricate hand embellishment, timeless tailoring and dream worthy ball gowns of the golden age of British couture.
By Cheryl Maguire

Something for the Weekend…

2012 has certainly proved a stellar year for fashion exhibitions. First we were treated to the magic of Ballgowns at the V&A before exploring them further with Hartnell and Amies at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Somerset House has also served up an array of fashionable treats, most recently the Tim Walker: Storyteller exhibition, presented in association with Mulberry and their recently opened installation, entitled ‘Valentino: Master of Couture.’ Showcasing over 100 of Valentino’s bespoke couture creations, the exhibition features designs worn by style icons including Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and is set to be another must-visit.

Constructed in three parts, the exhibition begins with a private look into Valentino’s life, with photographs and other items from his personal archive offering a unique firsthand insight into his creative process and influences. Moving on, the space then becomes a couture fashion show where visitors take to the catwalk whilst viewing an array of Valentino’s stunning designs for themselves. Finally, the exhibition explores the process of putting together a couture collection by shedding light on the craftsmanship behind the catwalk. A series of specifically commissioned films affords visitors behind-the-scenes access to the work of the Valentino atelier and the virtual Valentino Garavani museum gives you the chance to explore the evolution of a true fashion icon. Definitely one not to be missed!

  Valentino: Master of Couture runs at Somerset House from 29th November 2012- 3rd March 2012. Tickets are £12.50/£9 concessions.

By Sarah Farrell

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