News from around the Barbican

“All of London Life is There”

The Barbican Library often has interesting art on show, and this exhibition is no exception. Taking as its title “All of London Life is There”, a famous quote from Ben Jonson’s ‘Bartholomew Fair’, an exhibition of 70 or so paintings present today’s London in all its fascinating variety. One of the paintings by a member of the Group - Royal Courts of Justice - Ink and Watercolour by John Crane  £220 Passing like a thread between the artworks are famous quotes about London, not all of them complimentary, but all honest. This neatly links the work on the walls with the works on the … [Read more...]

Come and sing your heart out!

The London Symphony Orchestra have invited us to apply as they prepare for a colossal vocal performance that will take place at the Barbican Centre in the spring. The performance will be the UK premiere of a piece by composer David Lang, and will bring together 500 local people. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the LSO’s choral director, Sir Simon Halsey, there are no auditions, and there’s no requirement to read music. Be part of something big this spring, as 500 people from all walks of life come together for a once-in a lifetime performance at the Barbican … [Read more...]

Craft a Christmas Wreath at Broadgate on Sunday 2nd

For a winter family day out with a difference, head to The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle as Homemade London presents a series of brilliant (and free) crafting sessions for children, family and friends. See the full listings for December here and explore our winter wonderland of special menus, seasonal drinks, live music and more. Christmas Wreath 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sunday 2 December  Create a minimalist indoor wreath using copper wire, paper and natural materials. Then take home an eye-catching decoration with a contemporary look that’ll fit nicely on your front door. Just drop-in on … [Read more...]

Free Festive Crafts at Broadgate in December

For a winter family day out with a difference, head to The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle every Sunday as Homemade London presents a series of brilliant (and free) crafting sessions for children, family and friends. See the full listings below and explore our winter wonderland of special menus, seasonal drinks, live music and more.  Christmas Wreath 12.30pm-1.30pm, Sunday 2 December  Create a minimalist indoor wreath using copper wire, paper and natural materials. Then take home an eye-catching decoration with a contemporary look that’ll fit nicely on your front door. Just … [Read more...]

Local hospitals to star this week in Operation:Live on TV

Local hospital staff and patients will step into the limelight this week (13-15 November 2018), starring in Channel 5's Operation:Live. Viewers will go behind the scenes to join surgeons and their teams in a rarely-seen side of the NHS, as The Royal London and St Bartholomew's hospitals perform three operations live on air.   The live television event will be fronted by Nicky Campbell from 10pm each night, with viewers being invited to submit questions to surgical experts via social media. Episode 1 - Open Heart Surgery Live, Tuesday 13th November at 10pm on Channel 5 The live … [Read more...]

IDENTITY Exhibition explores body dysmorphia

IDENTITY TEN ARTISTS EXPLORE BODY DYSMORPHIA IN POWERFUL EXHIBITION Zebra One Gallery challenged ten artists to explore body dysmorphia and self-image for Identity, a powerful group exhibition showing at the Hampstead Gallery from 24 November until 9 December. It features never-before-seen images of Lady Gaga, who famously suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in her teens, leading to eating disorder battles. A percentage of monies raised from the exhibition will go to The BDD Foundation, the only charity in the world that is dedicated to alleviating the suffering that BDD … [Read more...]

COSMIMA Special Selling Exhibition

22 – 25 November 2018 Clerkenwell Gallery 20 Clerkenwell Green London, EC1R 0DP Previous COSMIMA exhibtions It all started in 2005 when Jewellery Designer colleagues and friends Hidemi Asano, Chris Carpenter, Ulla Hörnfeldt, Daphne Krinosand Louise O’Neill planned a collaborative selling exhibition showcasing their work. The exhibition held in Clerkenwell was such a success, and the collaborative process so enjoyable that they decided to make the exhibition an annual event. A decision was made to invite four guest makers to join them so each year two silversmiths and two jewellers show … [Read more...]

Sample Christmas

A festive shopping experience offering unique gifts for the urban generation - this is a Christmas market like no other. The brightest stars in the world of fashion, homewares, and lifestyle products will showcase next season’s trends at the festive edition of SAMPLE. This free market on Greenwich Peninsula makes finding Christmas gifts a breeze with its handpicked selection of designers, independent producers and craftspeople. SAMPLE is open on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December from 11-7pm with both a day and night-time offering. Greeting the savvy shoppers will be an alternative … [Read more...]

Charterhouse Christmas Fair

The Charterhouse opens its doors for its very first Christmas Fair On Tuesday November 13th, the Charterhouse, which encompasses seven centuries of history in seven acres between Barbican and Farringdon, is welcoming everyone to its first Christmas Fair.  Open from 11.00am to 7.00pm the Fair will offer a treasure trove of wonderful gift ideas from cashmere hats and chocolate, to jewellery and gin, in the glorious atmospheric surrounds of this former monastery and Tudor mansion. Join us and get into the Christmas spirit with our own Santa, seasonal treats, and over 30 stalls of distinctive … [Read more...]

MoL raises more money for move

The Museum of London has announced significant support totalling £15m towards its bold, ambitious plans to create a new museum for London in West Smithfield. A major grant of £10m from the Linbury Trust, the charitable foundation established by Lord and Lady Sainsbury of Preston Candover, and initial support of £5m* National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) make up the latest high-profile support for creating a spectacular new home for the museum in the historic heart of the city.    The Linbury Trust’s support of £10m is one of the largest gifts in the museum’s … [Read more...]