If you find yourself at a loose end this weekend and want to soak up a bit of culture, why not take a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the William Eggleston exhibition
Eggleston revolutionised colour photography back in the 1960s and ’70s by experimenting with colour transparency film, and his vivid and mysterious images have become iconic. Eggleston rarely captioned his images, leaving you to interpret each photo in your own way and although he’s photographed celebrities, his images of the ordinary people in his life are often far more interesting.
Many film-makers, such as Sofia Coppola, credit Eggleston as an inspiration for their work and he’s provided album covers for a whole host of musicians, including Big Star, Primal Scream and Vampire Weekend.
We were lucky enough to take a peek at the exhibition a few weeks ago, and also visited the all-important gallery shop on the evening they collaborated with the fabulous Pop Boutique, giving us a truly 70s experience.
The team at Gallery Shop have curated a collection of books, clothing and homewares that refelect the photographer’s work. You can find mini prints of his work and even a limited edition, signed exhibition book, as well as vintage cushions and scarves (the perfect 1970s accessory!). We highly recommend taking a visit! You may even find a few images you recognise…
Punk is back… In fact, we’re not really sure it ever left, but either way, it’s definitely not disappearing any time soon.
40 years after punks first shook things up in Thatcher’s Britain, the British Library are putting on an exhibition to celebrate the musical phenomenon. Punk 1976-78 explores the sub-culture’s most formative years and the music that defined it, including (of course) Sex Pistols and The Clash.
We were lucky enough to take a sneak peek at the exhibition’s and the gift shop and that alone is reason enough to pay a visit. Set up like a record store, you can listen to all of your old favourites on the 1970s replica listening booth or climb into the photo booth for a few cheeky snaps – let’s face it, it’s much more fun than a selfie.
There’s something for any fan, including vinyl, gifts and homeware created especially for the exhibition – we loved the limited edition prints from Punk legend Sheila Rock.
The exhibition is on until 2nd October – make sure you don’t miss it!
So Liberty have done it again. The quintessentially British brand has collaborated with UNIQLO to create a unique collection, featuring the iconic prints from their archives that we LOVE. Fusing together the signature Liberty print with UNIQLO’s clean and casual designs, they’re just perfect for spring. The collection is available online from 11pm, 17th March and in store from 18th March. We’ll see you in the queue…
One of the must-see gems in Paris is the Musee Picasso. Located near the heart of the city, it’s an inspiring experience that takes you on a journey of Picasso’s passion. Reopened in 2014, this refurbished gallery is home to a collection of Picasso’s finest works that were donated to the French state after his death in 1973. The gallery is inside the beautiful Hotel Sale, a building that echoes architecture from the 1650’s and remains as a grand historical space. In the initial rooms of the gallery models and drawings of the refurbishment can be seen, showing the transition it underwent to become the Musee Picasso.
Over 5000 works of art are displayed and organised chronologically from when he was a teenager in Spain to his elder years in France. Rooms are also thematically displayed giving viewers the chance to engage with the cubist period, abstraction, self-portrait and the Spanish Civil war. With paintings hung next to sculptures, this offers a more interactive experience.
Aside from Picasso’s finished products, the exhibition presents sketches, notebooks and photographs giving viewers an extra insight into Picasso’s journey. His personal collection of art was also donated to the French state after his death and is exhibited in the gallery. In fact, it’s the only place that presents all of these works and documents preserving his history.
The exhibition is an inspirational insight into one of the world’s iconic artists and his view of society. The gallery itself is within a beautiful, peaceful building that spirals up several floors – the perfect place to sit and reflect about one of the worlds greatest artists.
The mussee Picasso is open from 11.30am-6.pm Monday-Friday and 9.30-6.00pm Saturday and Sunday and is located on 5 rue de Thorigny- 75003, Paris.
Words by Laura Dunham
If you find yourself at a loose end this weekend (and you don’t want to get caught in the forecasted cold, wind and rain) then you should try and make your way over to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, which opens today.
Vogue was founded in 2016 and has been at the cutting edge of fashion ever since, with some of the world’s most famous faces gracing the cover, making it the world’s most influential fashion magazine.
The National Portrait Gallery have worked with Condé Nast to put together a display of 280 prints from the archives, featuring portraits by some of our favourite photographers, including Patrick DeMarchelier, Clifford Coffin and George Hoyningen-Huene.
We were lucky enough to get an exclusive sneak peek of the Vogue shop last week, where we were treated to our own personalised Vogue biscuits from The Biscuiteers, as well as first dibs on exclusive Vogue prints, accessories and specially commissioned designs from Karen Mabon, Anna Pugh and Andrea Garland.
If you can’t make it over this weekend, don’t worry, the exhibition runs until 22nd May. Though don’t leave it too long, it’s a must-see!
It’s time to share another one of our favourite Instagrammers and this week it’s collage artist, illustrator, pattern maker & blogger Lauren Redburn, otherwise known as @Carboardcities.
Lauren’s feed is full of colourful, interesting shots and she often finds the most beautiful patterns and shapes in everyday objects and places that we’d usually just walk straight past. She helps us to see that art is everywhere! Check out her feed for some inspiration…
This year Liberty is turning the ripe old age of 140 and to celebrate the occasion the Fashion and Textile Museum are hosting an exhibition, Liberty in Fashion. The exhibition charts Liberty’s evolution throughout the years and explores how their style became so iconic, with their distinctive textile prints and instantly recognisable floral patterns.
Liberty in Fashion opens today and runs until 28th February, but we were lucky enough to get a sneaky preview earlier this week. The exhibition is made up of nine key sections, showcasing fashion from their humble beginnings selling imported exotic silks from the Far East, to the infamous swinging sixties in London, as well as their modern collaborations with designers such as Anna Sui, Acne and Nike to name a few.
There are more than 150 garments on display from a whole host of designers, including Jean Muir, Yves Saint and Vivienne Westwood. If you find yourself in the capital, it’s definitely worth heading over and taking a look…
We share another one of our favourite instagrammers, this time in the shape of colourful stylist @CharlotteLovely. We love her use of shapes and colour to create some fun posts that always brighten up our feed and never fail to raise a smile or two!
The craze for art therapy and adult colouring books has been going strong for a couple of years now and it shows no sign of slowing down. These illustrated books feature designs that are much more elaborate than their kiddie counterparts, providing grown-ups with both a creative outlet and a some relaxation. Once you’ve added the finishing touches to each page not only will you be far more chilled out, but you’ll also own some artwork that is totally unique to you.
Here are some of the best colouring books for adults, handily selected for your enjoyment. Pens at the ready!
Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom: A Colouring Book Adventure
This beautiful little book was a Sunday Times bestseller. It features lovely illustrations that are all based on the natural world. You can add colour to everything from a curled-up fox to a magnificent flamingo and all of the drawings contain miniature plant life motifs. Her follow up, Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland, inspired by birds of paradise and rainforest fauna, comes out in July.
The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons
This pocket-sized colouring book can easily be tucked into your bag and contains detailed doodles which aren’t so tiny or complex you need to get the magnifying glass out. The drawings are simple and fairly easy to colour in, making this the perfect option for a beginner looking to de-stress.
Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book
Enchanted Forest is the second colouring book by Johanna Basford, illustrator of the wildly successful Secret Garden, An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book which has sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide. The skill of the artist, who draws everything by hand, shines through on every page. You’re invited not only to colour to your heart’s content but also to find hidden objects which allow you to unlock the secret castle at the end of the book. Utterly charming.
The Art Therapy Colouring Book
This book features the illustrations of three artists: Richard Merritt, Hannah Davies and Cindy Wilde. It’s unique in that it allows for a wider range of artistic involvement from the reader, with some designs left incomplete so that you can draw, as well as colour in. Ideal for creative types who aren’t sure where to start and those who enjoy doodling as much as colouring.
Words by Kate MacCarthy