Image: Barnardo’s x Emma Breschi 

It’s November in London: the pre-Christmas month is peak cosy time. Here our pick for the month: you can go full-on art exhibitions mode with the stunning Dora Maar at Bankside AND THE EXHIBITIONS AT 180 tHE sTRAND ARE DOUBLE WORTH IT. OTHERWISE A FASHION CHARITY POP UP AND AN INSIGHT IN THE ORIGINAL CLUBBING ERA: CABARET!

Chapter Launch and Pop up

This inspiring initiative sees the opening of its first pop up shop in the heart of Shoreditch.  Having at its core the aim of helping female-owned, online businesses thrive in the “real” world, it inaugurates with the pretty self-explanatory ‘Women Who Give a Sh*t’. The real-life physical space will be hosted from 8th November to 8th December, speaking to women who are not only increasingly conscious about how their shopping habits impact the world around them, but who miss the thrill of purchasing in-store. The selection guidelines are: equality, ethics and environmental impact, while customers will be able to choose between the best sustainable finds (keep an eye on it when doing your Christmas shopping!): slogan tees, quirky stationery to vegan condoms.

BOXPARK Shoreditch, from 8th November to 8th December, Free Admission

#LoveNotLandfill pop up

#LoveNotLandfill is back with pop up event in which you can shop the best charity collaborations, and you’ll get to meet the inspiration behind the charity collections on display. You can come along, browse, and shop the very best pre-loved clothes that London has to offer!nCollections on offer are Barnardo’s Emma Breschi, The Royal Trinity Hospice x Oenone*, Oxfam Elizabeth Whibley, Cancer Research UK x She Wears Fashion and Combined Menswear collection by Sicckm8. 

13 November, free admission with registration on Eventbrite.

Image: Barnardo’s x Emma Breschi

Image:Dora Maar Untitled (Main Shell) Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Jacques Faujour

Dora Maar at Tate Bankside

Tate Bankside sees the largest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in the UK. The groundbreaking artist’s surrealist photomontages became celebrated icons of the genre. Experimenting with the medium in commercial photography, fashion and advertising, as well as to her social documentary projects, Maar’s approach was multifaceted. In Europe’s increasingly fraught political climate, Maar signed her name to numerous left-wing manifestos – a radical gesture for a woman at that time. Her turbulent relationship with Pablo Picasso shaped both their careers – she withdrew from photography and concentrated on painting, returning to her beloved darkroom only in her seventies.

Opening the 20th of November, Free admission

The Store X OTHER SPACES at 180 The Strand

The Strand hosts a multi-sensory installation in collaboration with Fondation Cartier Pour L’art Contemporain, Paris. Curated by the exciting creative collective UVA, it sees three large-scale installations play with light, sound and space. There’s an immersive lazor experienced inspired by Renaissance drawings, and a soundscape of animal recordings captured by bioacoustician Bernie Krause. With music composed by the master Mira Calix, this is literally a feast for all senses.

All Month, Free Admission

Image: The Vinyl Factory

Image: Rudolf Schlichter, Damenkneipe (Women’s Club), c. 1925

Into the Night: Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art 

Take a visual journey into the world’s most iconic cabarets, cafés and clubs, portrayed through the work of pioneering artists. Stretching from London to New York, Paris to Mexico City, and onwards to Berlin, Vienna and Ibadan, the exhibition spans the 1880s through to the 1960s. Incubators of creativity, cabarets and clubs have long been hubs for artists, performers, designers, musicians and writers. From the Cabaret Fledermaus in turn-of-the-century Vienna to the Mbari clubs in 1960s Nigeria, this is a global party. 

From 4 October, tickets from £15, Barbican Centre

Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder

Group show curated by Jefferson Hack featuring Doug Aitken, Sophia Al-Maria & Victoria Sin, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Donna Huanca, Juliana Huxtable, Evan Ifekoya, Dozie Kanu, Quentin Lacombe, Lawrence Lek, Jenn Nkiru, Chen Wei and Harley Weir & George Rouy. The exhibition takes its name from a Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem that wonders how we can try to make the world that little bit better. It’s running at the same time as the immersive exhibition ‘Other Spaces’, giving you double the reason to run along to 180 The Strand this autumn. 

180 The Strand, Free Admission

Image: Jenn Nkiru ‘REBIRTH IS NECESSARY’ (2017) © the artist

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