Creative weekend in London

We love that Huddle Creative HQ is in the depths of East London, however at the weekend we like to spread our wings a little further a field. Join us as we take you on a wider creative trip to explore what's on for an art and design inspired purge this weekend. 

1. Terrance Donovan: Speed of Light

This is the first major retrospective of Terence Donovan (1936 - 1996) one of the foremost photographers of his generation. 

Donovan rose to prominence in London as part of a post-war renaissance of the creative industries and came to represent a new force in fashion and, later, advertising and portrait photography. He operated at the heart of London’s swinging sixties, socialising with and incisively capturing the scene’s chief protagonists and actors. Gifted with an unerring eye for the iconic, Donovan was a master craftsman commanding both the technical and compositional to redefine studio photography. More info: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/terence-donovan-speed-of-light

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2. Björk: Bringing Music to Life Through Virtual Reality

Somerset House’s new exhibition on the work of Icelandic musician Björk explores the combined power of technology and music in creating emotional audience experiences.

Despite the mainstream remembering Bjork for wearing a swan costume and singing contradictory songs about shh'ing, Björk constantly and consistently challenges the status quo, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in music, art and technology. The exhibition at Somerset House invites visitors to engage with her work through the latest in virtual reality (VR) technology. Björk believes that by offering a private theatrical experience, VR provides a unique way to connect with her audiences. We'll give it whirl! More info: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/bjork-digital

 
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2Leighton House Museum: A Palace of Art

Leighton House Museum is the former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton and boy did Lord L have a penchant for opulent design. This is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the United Kingdom, it is one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century.

Lord Leighton grew the space into a ‘private palace of art’ featuring the extraordinary Arab Hall with its golden dome, intricate mosaics and walls lined with beautiful Islamic tiles. Upstairs, Leighton’s vast painting studio was one of the sights of London, filled with paintings in different stages of completion, the walls hung with examples of his work and lit by a great north window.  Many of the most prominent figures of the Victorian age were entertained in this room; including Queen Victoria herself who called on Leighton in 1859. But Leighton lived alone in his palace, occupying the house’s only bedroom on the first floor. More info: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1.aspx

 
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3. David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life at the Royal Academy of Arts

David Hockney lines up his pals at the Royal Academy with a remarkable new body of work that is a relaxed, humorous and quirky ensemble of portraits of people within in the the LA art world. Embracing portraiture with a renewed creative vigour, he offers an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years. A must see!

After his monumental landscape exhibition burst to life in 2012, Hockney turned away from painting and from his Yorkshire home, returning to Los Angeles. Slowly he began to return to the quiet contemplation of portraiture, beginning with a depiction of his studio manager. Over the months that followed, he became absorbed by the genre and invited sitters from all areas of his life into his studio. More info: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/david-hockney-portraits

 
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4. Images of Power: Seen Fifteen

Seen Fifteen are providing a little light relief from the comedy that is 2016 politics by helping us delve further into the darker side of power. An exhibition of political photography, examining images that politicians have broadcast of themselves and the ways that artists appropriate and subvert to challenge and question.

"2016 was the year that politics imploded, from the United Kingdom abandoning the European Union to a reality TV's stars nomination for president. To mark this, Seem Fifteen gallery plays host to Images of Power, a reactive exhibition examining the images which politicians broadcast of themselves in an attempt to win support, and the ways that artists appropriate, twist and subvert these images". More info: http://seenfifteen.com/exhibitions-current/

 
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5. The Infinite Mix: Sound and Image in Contemporary Video

Apparently, video killed the radio star but we'll fall back on the innocent until proved guilty mantra for this one as we can't wait to be taken on a journey through a series of spaces above and below ground, discovering hologram visions, screens and projections at The Hayward Gallery.

The Infinite Mix, presents UK premiers of audio visual artworks by leading artists Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller with Cecilia Bengolea, Stan Douglas, Cyprien Gaillard, Dominique Gonzalez-Forerster, Cameron Jamie, Kahlil Joseph, Elizabeth Price, Ugo Rondinone and Rachel Rose. More info: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/infinite-mix-1001731

 
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6. London Design Festival

It's that time of the year again where the city celebrates designers and makers with a sprawl of events and exhibitions across London. The big dogs such as the V&A are behind some of the exhibitions and installations across the designated 'design areas'. It's a tricky one due to sheer size but you can wade through the different events online to see what interests you most. We'll definitely be checking out the The Brixton Design Trail and popping of heads into the London Design Fair Event at the Truman Brewery next week when we're back in the hood. More info: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

 
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