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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I hope you’re all looking forward to a lovely, happy, romantic weekend. Of course, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow but whether you’re all-for-it or anti-it, here’s three things to enjoy this weekend, a great new exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery – a chance to sneak a look at the collections of artists – a flower workshop in east London and a fab sample sale if you have any pennies left! STOP What: Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Where: Barbican Art Gallery, London When: Until May 25 While may exhibitions have focused on the work of artists, this is one of the first exhibitions in the UK to look behind-the-scenes at the fascinating collections of artists themselves. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists, from Peter Blake and Edmund de Waal (you can the hare with the amber eyes) to Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. Image: © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images LOOK What: Columbia Creative Valentine’s Pop-up Where: Boxpark, London When: 11-15 February Learn how …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I admit, I haven’t done a Stop Look Listen in a long time, not since before Christmas. There’s no excuse, January has just slipped by in a blink of an eye, but this one’s a cracker. There’s lots of art, design and architecture events to look forward to this year, from a Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican to the Alexander McQueen extravaganza at the V&A (they’ve just released an extra 50,000 tickets, hop to it!). But for the moment, you could either reflect on abstract art at the Whitechapel Gallery, get all nostalgic by the seaside at the De La Warr Pavilion or indulge your inner crafter at Heal’s Modern Craft Market. Enjoy! STOP What: Ladybird by Design Where: De La Warr pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea When: Until May 10 Occasionally I do feature events outside of London (shock horror!) and I can’t wait to get out of the big smoke and see this exhibition. Almost everyone who grew up in the UK can probably remember the innocent but delightful Ladybird books from their …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It’s such a lovely crisp Winter’s day this morning, so I thought my picks for things to do in London this weekend should have a slightly festive feel. These three events have a couple of things in common: craft, objects for the home, shopping, and some tasty treats if you know where to find them. Etsy is popping up in London for the first time, while Monocle is having its annual Christmas Market. Finish the day with a visit to Canal gallery, part of a weekend of festivities on the Haggerston Riviera. STOP What: Etsy House Where: Covent Garden, London, WC2H When: Until Sunday 7 December 12 – 6pm (10 – 8pm Saturday) Everyones favourite shop for handmade or vintage goods is popping up in London for the first time. Located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, the shop will feature products for sale from Etsy sellers across multiple categories: art, home decor, bath & body, clothing, jewellery, furniture, stationery, and more. There will also be workshops hosted by Etsy designer-makers (Wool & The Gang‘s Snood session is bound to be a …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It would have been an obvious choice to recommend the Frieze Art Fair this weekend, but if you want to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track, I’ve handpicked three events for you. Head east for a pop-up bookshop, pop-up art exhibition and, oh, pop-up film festival (there might be a theme there..). Enjoy! STOP What: Bibliothèque pop-up bookshop Where: Hoxton Arches, London When: 17-19 October London-based design studio Bibliothèque is curating an interactive installation and pop up bookshop with Artwords at Hoxton Arches. There will be a coffee bar from Climpson & Sons, while you can relax in furnishings provided by Vitsoe.  Friday 17 October, 12 – 7pm Saturday 18 October, 10am – 6pm Sunday 19 October, 10am – 3pm LOOK What: Open: An exhibition of UK artists on Etsy.com Where: 5th Base Gallery, London When: 17-19 October Online handmade marketplace Etsy is hosting its first ever art exhibition. A panel of experienced curators – Katherine Mellor, Matt Roberts from a-n and Lena Nix of Space Studios – whittled down over 600 Etsy art sellers to create an exhibition of fifteen UK artists, covering disciplines ranging from …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Now that we’re getting well into autumn and winter, sunny days in the park and slow dinners outside have now been replaced by cosy nights in with a hot chocolate and warm socks. But there’s still some exciting events happening this weekend, which are well worth getting out of bed for. Get your design fix at Midcentury’s show in Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston school, be amazed by architectural photography at the Barbican and prepare to be wowed by an installation in Covent Garden. STOP What: Midcentury Show East Where: Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School, London When: Sunday 12 October, 10am-4pm If you’re mad about design like me – think Eames, Jacobsen, Wegner, Nelson and The Days – then head along to the recently refurbished Erno Goldfinger-designed school in Haggerston, East London for your design fix this weekend. Here you’ll find some of the best midcentury dealers in furniture, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, posters and more, while the space alone is worth the trip. LOOK What: Constructing Worlds: photography and architecture in the modern age Where: Barbican, London When: Until January 11, 2015 The Barbican’s …

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London Design Festival 2014 at the V&A

London Design Festival kicked off last week for me with a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the hub location of the festival for the past six years. This year’s programme is packed to the rafters with innovative installations and product displays, from the scale of a pencil sharpener to Barber & Osgerby’s extraordinary Double Space that twists and turns two reflective structures in the Rafael Gallery. One of the highlights for me was The Wishlist, a joint project between Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark Furniture and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). They invited 10 design legends – from Zaha Hadid to Paul Smith – to nominate an up-and-coming young designer to create for them a product that they had always wanted, but never been able to find. All the items were crafted during one intense making week at Benchmark’s workshop in rural Berkshire (I visited them back in July, you can read my article in Blueprint’s September/October issue, out now). They range from a ladder for Richard and Ab Rogers, a table for Alex de Rijke and a …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Yay, it’s the weekend again! And this time I have some fab events for you, from an exhibition of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s black and white photographs – their first solo show in London since 1998 – a chance to dust off your sketchbook and pen and get drawing, and a street festival on an independent London high street. Enjoy! STOP What: Bernd and Hilla Becher Where: Spruth Magers Gallery, London When: Until October 4 Over the past five decades Bernd and Hilla Becher have become among influential figures in contemporary photography, famous for their images of industrial structures. This exhibition is their first solo show in London since the Camden Arts Centre in 1998. It will feature five typologies of industrial structures, as well as a number of single, large-scale photographs. Image above: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Lime Kiln, Kaltes Tal, GER, 1997. Courtesy the artists and Sprüth Magers Berlin London. LOOK What: Moleskine City Stories Where: Covent Garden, London When: September 6, 11.30 am – 5.30 pm Global artist collective Urban Sketchers is calling on the creative community to take ownership of their city …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Summer may be slowly slipping away, and rainy evenings coming, but here’s three lovely events for you this weekend, from an Olafur Eliasson exhibition at Tate Britain to a showcase of paper artwork and a must-see French film with Marion Cotillard. Enjoy and have a great weekend! STOP What: Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments Where: Tate Britain, London When: Until January 25 Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, creator of the Turbine Hall’s dazzling sun for The Weather Project in 2003, has made a new series of paintings in response to the work of J.M.W. Turner. Eliasson has analysed seven paintings by Turner to create Turner colour experiments, which isolate and record Turner’s use of light and colour. LOOK What: Paper Cut Where: The Proud Archivist, London When: Until September 25 Paper Cut presents the work of 25 paper craft illustrators and includes original artworks, paper sculpture and prints. Curated by notable paper craft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve, highlights include hand-cut artworks by popular UK artist Rob Ryan, Bianca Chang’s Comparative Form in White series, large-scale creations by LA-based artist Jeff Nishinaka, hand-crafted props from Andersen M Studio’s animation Going West and a selection of Kirigami artworks from …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Forgive me, I haven’t written a Stop Look Listen in a while, but I’m back with a bang, alongside a new gallery of illustration in King’s Cross and a gory opening at Barts Pathology Museum. Have a great weekend! STOP What: Alexander Calder Where: Gagosian Gallery, London When: Until August 29 This exhibition of Alexander Calder’s gouache paintings on paper has been extended. Parallel to his sculptures, Calder created a series of paintings in gouache during a year-long stay in Aix-en-Provence in 1953. Painting quickly, he transcribed the vocabulary of his sculpture into a medium far more immediate than the large-scale works in sheet metal produced simultaneously. Here they are displayed in all their colourful glory. (Head’s up- there will also be an exhibition on Alexander Calder at the Tate next year) LOOK What: Quentin Blake: Inside Stories Where: House of Illustration, London When: Until November 2 A new gallery dedicated to illustration has just opened next to Central Saint Martins behind King’s Cross station. They are opening with an exhibition on Quentin Blake, one of England’s best-loved illustrators, known for his work …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I wish you all a happy weekend! Here’s three things you could be doing in London: an exhibition on The Moomins creator Tove Jansson, an exhibition reflecting on the transience of rented accommodation in cities across the world today, and a rooftop film screening in Peckham. STOP What: Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago Where: ICA, London When: Until August 24 To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson – the creator of The Moomins – this display in the Fox Reading Room presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions. Image courtesy The Finnish Institute in London.   LOOK What: A House is Not a Hotel Where: Pi Artworks, London When: Until September 10 We move from city to city, rented accommodation to rented accommodation at an ever-increasing pace. For those that can take advantage of it, this freedom of movement opens up exciting and liberating opportunities while for others it ebbs at the sense of security that stability and continuity can bring. Nevertheless, for both …