Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Tate Britain: 24 June – 25 October 2015

Barbara Hepworth was a British sculptor, who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1903. She was a leading figure in the international art scene throughout a career spanning five decades.

Pelagos (1946)

Pelagos (1946)

From its simple origins in her studio, Barbara Hepworth’s abstract sculpture has become iconic, taking pride of place in museum collections worldwide and outside buildings such as the UN headquarters in New York. Celebrated throughout her career in Britain, she was also a leading figure in international modern art.

This major exhibition charts her progress from the earliest surviving carvings to the large-scale bronzes of the 1960s. Among the highlights are four large sculptures in sumptuous African hardwood – the high point of her post-war carving career – reunited in one room.

Uniquely, this retrospective shows the way Hepworth’s work was presented or imagined in contexts such as the studio, the theatre, the landscape or with architecture. Alongside sculpture, it features rarely seen textiles, photographs, collages and film, and selected works by her peers and predecessors from Jacob Epstein to Henry Moore.

Watch the video about the exhibition here.

Address: Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Admission:

Adult £18.00 (without donation £16.30)
Concession £16.00 (without donation £14.50)
Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian).  Family tickets available (two adults & two children 12-18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

Opening hours: 10.00–18.00 daily

Last admission and ticket sales for special exhibitions is at 17.15. Ticket desks close at this time.

Women Fashion Power

Design Museum |29 Oct 2014 – 26 Apr 2015

Admission: Standard entry £13

From Naomi Campbell to Pearl Lam, Viviene Westwood to the mayor of Paris, exploring how influential women have used fashion to build reputation and assert authority.

 

Dame Vivienne Westwood, designer Photograph © Christian Shambenait

Dame Vivienne Westwood, designer
Photograph © Christian Shambenait

Peering into the wardrobes of the world’s power-dressing women, this exhibition –​ devised by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid – explores fashion as a marker of status. Thankfully it isn’t all shoulder pads and tailored suits; the diverse choice of subjects showcase wide-ranging sartorial style. Zandra Rhodes’ outlandish outfits are counterbalanced by the demure designs favoured by Margaret Thatcher. Meanwhile, extravagantly stylish pieces worn by the likes of Naomi Campbell prove that being ambitious no longer means a dress code that’s androgynous.

Although the show encompasses 150 years of women’s fashion history, it’s the contemporary examples that are likely to draw the most interest. Twenty of today’s leading female figures were asked to contribute one of their own outfits for display, and in accompanying interviews they elaborate on their personal style philosophy. Ranging from politicians to princesses, the 20 participants include Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, Serpetine Galleries’ Julia Peyton-Jones, Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, the lead vocalist of Skunk Anansie and HSH Charlène of Monaco. – Art Fund

Design Museum
Shad Thames
London
SE1 2YD
020 7940 8783
www.designmuseum.org

Opening Times:

Daily, 10am – 5.45pm (last admission 5.15pm)

Book online via the Design Museum website

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) | 14 March – 2 August 2015

Admission: Standard entry £16

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art staged a retrospective of the late designer Alexander McQueen three years ago, no one could have quite anticipated the dizzying heights of its success. The show quickly became a phenomenon, driving 660,000 people through the door and notching up a place on the museum’s top 10 most visited exhibitions list – eighth in its 142-year history. Now an expanded version of the exhibition is being shown in McQueen’s hometown, featuring 30 additional garments and a new section exploring his early days as a designer.

Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen Butterfly Head dress

Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen Butterfly Head Dress

 

McQueen’s career went from strength to strength; among his most notable creations were David Bowie’s Union Jack coat and Bjork’s topless dress. His ‘bumsters’ sparked a new trend for low-rise jeans and his skull motif emblazoned designs were coveted among the fashion elite.

Aside from his commercial success, McQueen became known for staging outrageous catwalk shows. His most famous included a recreation of a shipwreck, a human game of chess and a life-sized hologram of Kate Moss, dressed in yards of rippling fabric. The latter is one of the exciting features of this V&A display.

The designer said of London ‘It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration’, making it particularly apt that the exhibition is staged in the city. At the announcement, V&A director Martin Roth commented: ‘It feels like we are bringing his work home’.

V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000
www.vam.ac.uk

Open daily: 10am – 5.45pm
Fri: 10am – 10pm

Book online via the V&A website

Caroline Stokesberry-Lee

Website: www.carolinestokesberrylee.com

Email:  carolinestokesberry@hotmail.com

 

Blue Topaz Ring

Blue Topaz Ring

What made you want to become an Designer?

My passion for jewellery definitely stems from my childhood.  I used to love looking through my Nan’s endless collection of jewellery, admiring the beautiful gemstones, intricate designs and trying on all the different pieces.  I think my love of jewellery and appreciation for jewellery design has always been there.

What’s your background? 

Knowing that I wanted to work within the creative field, I studied ‘A’ Level history of art at school.  However, at the time of choosing my university course, I also had a strong desire to work within a caring profession.  I have a BSc Hons degree in Social Administration and Policy, and have worked in various administration roles.  Within the last 5 years, I rekindled my creative side again, writing poetry and designing and making jewellery.  I attended a silversmithing/jewellery making course and was hooked from there!  I have since attended private workshops, constantly updating my skills, and satisfying my desire to create more complicated designs.

What work do you most enjoy doing?

I enjoy almost all aspects of jewellery making, from designing a piece to the actual execution of a piece.  One of my favourite silversmithing techniques is anticlastic raising, where sheet metal is formed with a hammer on a sinusoidal stake.

What inspires you? 

I am inspired mostly by natural forms and elements, but also random objects, patterns and details.  I visit lots of historical places of interest, castles, museums and galleries, and I always come away so inspired, and brimming with new ideas for my jewellery designs!  For example, my wave range is directly inspired by the waves crashing against the world famous hexagonal columns at the beautiful Giant’s Causeway on the North Coast of Ireland, where I am from.  My Causeway Treasure ring is also inspired by the mystical undertones of this famous landmark.

What’s your favourite piece? 

I have a couple!  My Druzy rings because they make such a statement.  And my wave pendants, which are extremely popular with customers.  They are made using the anticlastic raising technique, so I really enjoy making them, and no two are ever the same!

What is your dream project? 

I would love to create a warrior style jewellery range, which features ankle cuffs, wrist cuffs, upper arm cuffs, earrings, rings, neck piece and head piece.  A high fashion collection that could be seen on a film set, or catwalk.  I have a few design ideas sketched down for this, and hopefully I will get the chance to make this dream a reality!

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Dennis Hopper – The Lost Album

Royal Academy of Arts – 26th June 2014 – 19th October 2014

Admission: £11.50. Concessions available.

Dennis Hopper carved out a place in Hollywood history, with roles in classic films like Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romance and Easy Rider. He is less well known, though no less respected, for his work as a photographer. This exhibition brings together over 400 images, taken during one of the most creative periods of his life in the 1960s. Every image you’ll see was chosen by Hopper himself for his first major exhibition in 1970 and is the vintage print he produced for that occasion.

This was a decade of huge social and political change, and Hopper was at the eye of the storm. With his camera trained on the world around him he captured Hell’s Angels and hippies, the street life of Harlem, the Civil Rights movement and the urban landscapes of East and West coast America. He also shot some of the biggest stars of the time from the worlds of art, fashion and music, from Andy Warhol to Paul Newman.

Together, these images are a fascinating personal diary of one of the great countercultural figures of the period and a vivid portrait of 1960s America.

– Royal Academy of Arts.

Entry Details:

Saturday – Thursday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 10:00pm

Address: Royal Academy of Arts

6 Burlington Gardens

London

W1S 3ET

Ai Wei Wei

Royal Academy of Arts – 19th September 2014 – 13th December 2014

Admission: £15.50 Concessions available.

Ai Weiwei has worked in a variety of different contexts, referencing Chinese art and culture through both the choice of traditional materials and interventions with original historic objects, as well as exploring international Western contemporary art. The idea of creative freedom, especially the increasingly political aspect of much of his work, will be a prominent feature and underpin much of the exhibition. – Royal Academy of Art

Main Galleries, Burlington House

Address: Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House

London

W1J 0BD

Tel: 020 7300 8000

 

Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster

London College of Communication – 13th Sept – 16th Oct 2014

Standard Ticket: Free.

Exhibition by Alan Kitching (RDI AGI Hon FRCA) and Monotype

Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand were well-known for creating iconic and memorable posters. This unique set of prints created by Alan Kitching and Monotype commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of these five giants of graphic design. A poster has been created in the spirit of each individual’s work and using the typefaces associated with each individual. Also exhibited alongside Alan’s work will be posters designed by Eckersley, Games, Henrion, Müller-Brockmann and Rand.

Part of LCC’s 160 exhibition #LCC160

Entry Details:
Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
(Saturday 11:00am until 4:00pm and Sunday closed)

Well Gallery
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle
SE1 6SB

Horst: Photographer of Style

V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) | 6 Sept 2014 – 4 Jan 2015

Standard Ticket: £8.00

Portraits, haute couture garments, magazine spreads and film footage chart the illustrious career of the German fashion photographer.

Born in Germany in 1906, Horst P. Horst originally wanted to be an architect and moved to Paris in 1930 to study under Le Corbusier. While in the city he met Vogue photographer Baron George Hoyningen-Huene and became his assistant. Horst showed such talent that it was just a few months before he had his first picture published in the French edition of the magazine.

Beginning in the 1930s, the exhibition includes vintage photographs from the Paris Vogue archive which reveal Horst’s early work in the studio. During this period he also captured photographic portraits of many of Hollywood’s leading stars, from Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis to Vivien Leigh, Noël Coward, Ginger Rogers, and Marlene Dietrich, among others.

Male Nude

Male Nude – P Horst (1952)

Horst incorporated an array of influences into his work; from ancient art to Bauhaus design and Surrealism. Sometimes these references were explicit – such as collaborative projects with Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Frank – while other times they can be seen in the style and composition of his work. One example is a series of male nudes Horst produced for an exhibition in Paris in which the models were posed and lit to accentuate their musculature, evoking the classical sculpture that he so admired.

As well as original contact sheets, sketches and cameras, the display includes examples of the couture garments shot by Horst and film footage showing him at work in the studio.

V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Cromwell Road London
SW7 2RL
Tel: 020 7942 2000
Website: www.vam.ac.uk

Entry details

Open daily, 10:00am – 5.45pm

Fri, 10:00am – 10:00pm

 

Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers

Works

The work entered may be in any medium on any material provided they are in keeping with miniature techniques and all work is subject to selection by the Selection Committee.

The number of works entered may be a may be up to five miniatures for non-Members.

For Members (ARMS & RMS), up to seven miniatures may be submitted, plus, up to four larger works.

Size limits on Portraits or Subject Matter?

Objects which are the primary focus of the work must not be larger than 2″ ie. heads, animals, buildings etc (for humans, ‘heads’ is interpreted as ‘heads with normal hairstyles’ and does not include hats, head-dresses or unusual built-up hairstyles; for animals or birds, ‘heads’ includes ears and beaks.) Animal heads may also be portraits, but cannot fall under the N.F.S rule.

Submission Deadline: 5th October 2014

Submission cost: £15.00 for non-Members (incl VAT) for each work, which is non refundable.

For further information click here: http://www.royal-miniature-society.org.uk/Submission.html