14 September 2018
London is home to some of the best Summer events in the world-from art fairs to live performances and food festivals. If you are in staying in the Capital this September weekend, here are some of the best events to attend:
Hampton Court Palace Fair, East Molesey KT8 9AU
Hampton Court is probably the most famous attraction in the Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. Every year, thousands of visitors flock here to see the magnificent Palace grounds, maze garden and the ghost that haunts the historical halls originally built for Thomas Wolsey. This September, Hampton Court Palace will be hosting an artisan fair which features great food and handmade crafts. It is a very hands on event with something for everyone, not just history buffs.
Banqueting House Chubby Cloud, Whitehall SW1A 2ER
The ceiling of Westminster’s Banqueting House is a sight to behold; hand painted by Rubens, this is the focal point of an Anya Hindmarch Fashion Week installation called Chubby Cloud. This Chubby Cloud Experience will be a combination of guided meditation and relaxing on a large bean bag, as if you are really floating on clouds. As far as installations go, you won’t find an experience like this all Summer.
BAFTA Gurus Inspiring Minds, 195 Piccadilly W1J 9LN
The BAFTA Gurus event is a weekend fest of talks, demonstrations and fun insider insights. The Gurus are industry people with experience in film-making and screenwriting. As always, it is an event that will inspire creative people and the curious alike.
Open Future Festival, 8 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London WC2N 5BY
Hosted by the Economist, this informative and topical event will cover some of the more serious subjects relating to the future of trade, technology and human freedom. Some of the guest speakers are well known politicians, poets and people at the forefront of technology.
Michael Jackson: On The Wall, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
Every year, the National Portrait Gallery curates a compelling exhibition that captures the spirit of our times. The Michael Jackson On The Wall exhibition features artworks inspired by the King of Pop, capturing some of this essence perfectly. It is said that fans create the mythology around their favourite artist. The artists in this exhibit all share one characteristic: a fascination with the persona of Michael Jackson. There’s a baroque and overly done portrait by Kehinde Wiley, a lovely piece by Andy Warhol and some interesting interpretations of Michael as the Messiah by David LaChapelle. Michael’s rise to fame, black pop culture and obsession with fame are all themes explored here with a fresh take on celebrity worship.
Loie Hollowell, 6 Burlington Gardens London W1S 3ET
Loie Hollowell is a female American artist who takes the theme of reproductive organs and creates beautiful canvas images of it. The entire exhibit is about fertilization of the womb through phallic shapes and forms. The images and colours vibrate with life and a potent sexual energy. The more you look, the more abstract it seems, although there is an intensity which will linger with you after the exhibition. With obvious influences from 70s art and other pop artists, Hollowell has created an indelible impression on art lovers this September.
Anthea Hamilton, Millbank London SW1P 4RG
One of the more lighthearted art exhibitions this September, Anthea Hamilton dresses up squash vegetables as people, or perhaps, people as squash? Tate Britain is a very traditional gallery and this is juxtaposed with the irreverent squash creations sitting about idly. If you like humour and fun injected into your art, Hamilton’s creations will tickle your fancy.
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