Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Issues which engaged Shaw's attention included education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.
Picasso and Paper
When: Sat 25th Jan 2020 to
Mon 13th Apr 2020
Where: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1S 3ET
Times: Daily: 10am – 6pm Fri: 10am – 10pm
Admission: £18 - £22
About the event:
Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career.
For Picasso, paper was both a tool to explore his ideas and a material with limitless possibilities. He experimented with everything from newsprint and napkins to decorative wallpaper. He spent decades investigating printmaking techniques, sourcing rare and antique paper from as far as Japan – and all without losing his compulsion to draw on every last scrap.
From effortlessly expressive drawings that led to towering sculptures to the colossal collage, Femmes à leur toilette, Picasso’s work with paper spans his entire lifetime and showcases his constant drive to invent and innovate.
You will see Picasso’s creative process first-hand in remarkable documentary footage of the artist at work, studies for Guernica, and sketchbooks where the seeds of revolutionary masterpieces first took shape, including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
Official Link: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/picasso-and-paper
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
When: Fri 18th Oct 2019 to
Sun 31st May 2020
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Times: Daily: 10:00 - 17:50
Admission: Adult: £13.95,
About the event:
The fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.
Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species, exhibited on 100 stunning lightbox displays.
Go deeper and discover the surprising - and often challenging - stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis.
A panel of international experts selected the awarded images from almost 50,000 entries by the world's best photographers.
Official Link: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
When: Fri 4th Oct 2019 to
Where: National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
Sat 27th Jun 2020
Times: Mon - Sat: 9.30am – 11pm
About the event:
This new exhibition invites you into the world of the National Theatre’s Costume department – unique in the UK for being housed almost entirely on-site – which sources, constructs, repairs, alters, organises, dresses and maintains costumes for over 20 new theatre productions every year. The Costume Hire department circulates costumes – from its stock of 90,000 – to venues all over the country. This team of 46 people possess astonishing skills from producing muddy uniforms and fantastical giant caterpillars, to dressing an actor in a corset in under 60 seconds and eliminating stage blood from garments.
The exhibition features costumes from Follies, Antony & Cleopatra, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, wonder.land, Dara and War Horse, amongst other NT productions. The exhibition visits each part of the production process; from design to construction, sourcing and alterations, to dressing, repairs and laundering. Costume at the National Theatre has been curated by Aoife Monks and is designed by Tom Paris.