Classic to avant-garde
Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern, Fashion & Textile Museum until 23 September
Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives.
London Design Biennale 4 to 23 September 2018
A highlight of the global design calendar, with 40 countries, cities and territories at Somerset House from 4-23 September 2018 will reveal how design influences our emotions in response to the theme Emotional States.
Space Shifters at The Hayward Gallery 26 September 2018 to 6 January 2019
Hayward Gallery's Autumn exhibition Space Shifters features artworks by more than 20 international artists that alter or disrupt the sense of space and re-orient the understanding of visitors surroundings in ways that are subtle and dramatic. Often constructed from reflective or translucent materials, not least glass, resin and mirror, the artworks in this exhibition elicit responses that are both physiological and psychological. The exhibition will include pioneering sculptures from the 1960s as well as ambitious new commissions that respond to the distinctive architecture of the Hayward Gallery, with featured artists including: Leonor Antunes, Larry Bell, Fred Eversley, Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin,Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ann Veronica Janssens, Yayoi Kusama, Alicja Kwade, Daniel Steegmann Mangrane, John McCracken, Helen Pashgian, Charlotte Posenenske, Fred Sandback, Monika Sosnowska, DeWain Valentine, Richard Wilson.
Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs - Fashion & Textiles Musem 12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019
Following the success of 2017's 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, we are thoroughly excited to announce our Winter 2018 exhibition: Night and Day - 1930s Fashion and Photographs!
Cecil Beaton: Thirty from the 30s | Fashion, Film, Fantasy Fashion and Textile Museum 12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019
Celebrated as one of Britain’s most influential portrait photographers, Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was among the greatest visual chroniclers of the Twentieth Century. This distinguished photographer spent many years as a major contributor to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Life, The Sketch and Tatler, photographing the most notable names in fashion, film, the arts and society. Although Beaton’s career spanned some 50 years and embraced painting, interior design, costume and more, some of his best-known works are his fashion photographs of the 1930s. Cecil Beaton: Thirty from the 30s will present some of Beaton’s most influential and recognisable portraits, featuring subjects including Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn. Another key piece will be a rare 1935 colour photograph of model Mary Taylor and a selection of images created at Beaton’s notorious and fantastical house parties, held at his glamorous home at Ashcombe.
Museums at Night 25 October to 27 October
Part of a UK-wide festival, the London offering of ‘Museums at Night’ sees doors kept open after-hours at cultural venues across the city. It’s a chance to go behind the scenes and see London’s best museums in a very different way with specialist talks, unusual events and one-off exhibitions thrown into the mix. The venues really go for it – and the themes get weirder every year.