Friday, 25 March 2011


On the odd occasion when I get chance to go down to London for the day, I always try to see at least one exhibition. So I thought I would post about a few current and upcoming events that might be of interest.

The first is 'Modern British Sculpture' at the Royal Academy of Arts. This is the first exhibition for 30 years which examines British sculpture of the twentieth century. It includes works by Jacob Epstein, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Anthony Caro and Damien Hirst. It's only running until 7th April so if you are visiting or live in London make sure you check it out. I particularly love Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, both have their own galleries/museums.

( Image from  Tate Hepworth Gallery)   

Hepworth's is in St Ives, Cornwall and if you are ever down that way for a holiday make sure you visit her old home/studio which is open to the public, her garden is particularly pretty and festooned with her works. The Hepworth Wakefield will also be opening on 21st May, celebrating the areas artistic legacy it will include 40 sculptures by Hepworth gifted by her estate, as well works by major contemporary artists. 
(Image from YSP)

Moore is displayed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Bretton in West Yorkshire where you can experience his wonderful sculptures amoung the natural backdrop of the rolling Yorkshire landscape. You can also see his work at his home Perry Green and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

(Image from Tate Modern)

From 5th April the Tate Modern is running a survey of Damien Hirst's work over the last twenty years. It will include works such as 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' (1991) in which he suspended a shark in formaldehyde (as image above),  his pill cabinets and butterfly paintings. So if you are interest in the ever changing works of this contemporary artist get down to the Tate Modern.

(Image from Design Museum)

Along the river from the Tate Modern, The Design museum is currently running the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011 until the 7th August. This is said to be 'the Oscars of the design world' showcasing the most innovative and forward thinking designs from around the world including architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product and transport. If you need to be inspired by people who think completely outside of the box check out this fab exhibition.

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