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DIANE ARBUS: IN THE BEGINNING South Bank 13 February to 16 May 
Diane Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died, and where she worked in locations such as Times Square, the Lower East Side and Coney Island. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and midtown shoppers, are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the twentieth century. Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery, diane arbus: in the beginning takes an in-depth look at the formative first half of Arbus’ career, during which the photographer developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated. The exhibition features more than 100 photographs, the majority of which are vintage prints made by the artist, drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. More than two-thirds of these photographs have never been seen before in the UK. Tracing the development of Arbus’ early work with a 35mm camera to the distinctive square format she began using in 1962, the exhibition concludes with a presentation of A box of ten photographs, the portfolio Arbus produced in 1970 and 1971, comprising legendary portraits including Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967 and A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y. 1970.

Mary Quant at V&A and Fashion & Textile Museum
The mini skirt is the item of clothing that most people associate with sixties icon Mary Quant. But she was a versatile fashion designer, and V&A pays tribute to how she revolutionised women's fashion on the high street. In an unrelated exhibition the Fashion & Textile Museum explores a similar era from a broader angle, with a show looking at the fashion, homeware, textiles and furniture of this transformative time.
Mary Quant at V&A. 6 April 2019-February 2020
Swinging London: A lifestyle revolution at Fashion & Textile Museum. 8 February-2 June

Vitrine Gallery Bermondsey Square - various
“Our core purpose at VITRINE – the reason I started the gallery – is to encourage artistic experimentation and development. Our model of running ‘vitrine’ spaces allows this. Firstly, these sites mean that we can take more risks: we don’t need to move towards a dealership model, or limit our programme to conservative curatorial choices, in order to be sustainable. Secondly, using an innovative space encourages artists to develop ambitious, experimental works that explore the confines of the space. Finally, our new model frees up resources for collaborative approaches and non-for-profit projects. In 2014, we launched our SCULPTURE AT programme – a programme commissioning a series of public sculptures in London’s Bermondsey Square. Sponsoring this type of work is a vital part of our mission!” – Alys Williams in conversation with Marsha Pearce (2016).

Discover London's Secret Rivers At The Museum Of London Docklands 24 May to 27 October
Fleet, Effra, Walbrook, Neckinger... the lost rivers of London still cast a spell on the city, centuries after they were buried. Now, the Secret Rivers exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands lifts the lid (or sewer cover) on these enigmatic waterways. This free exhibition uses archaeological artefacts, art, photography and film to bring the story of the rivers to life. It also explores why many of them were lost over time, and how some forgotten rivers may yet rise again. Paddle in the River Effra, Fleet, Neckinger, Lea, Wandle, Tyburn, Walbrook and Westbourne... To celebrate the opening of Secret Rivers, the museum will hold an after-hours party on 30 May. Enjoy film screenings and hands-on workshops. See objects scavenged from the Thames, and hear immersive (and submersive) soundscapes. Ben Aaronovitch discusses his highly acclaimed 'Lost Rivers' novels, in a ticketed event. And indulge in some riverside oysters washed down with ale (from the Lost Rivers Brewery, naturally).

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