CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including the mystery of the Aero girls in York, Fotofest in Texas, Only in England photography show in London and Bradford, interaction design talk at the V&A from This happened, Liège Photo Biennial, Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, Cover Club in London, and photographer Matilda Temperley at the Queen of Hoxton …
Who were the Aero Girls?
Rowntree Park Reading Café, York
13 Mar (7-8.30pm)
Talk exploring the 20 portraits used in Rowntree’s 1950s Aero chocolate adverts, unraveling the mystery of the girls in the paintings featuring in the ads. The latest discoveries and archive material from the Borthwick Institute and film footage from Yorkshire Film Archive will be shared, alongside discussion including special guests Virginia Ironside and Drusilla Gabbott, daughters of the Aero girls.
Various venues, Houston, Texas
15 Mar – 27 Apr
The theme of this year’s festival is contemporary Arab photographic art, as artists address a broad range of aesthetic and cultural issues around Arabic culture, with photography, video, and multimedia installations. Talks and seminars will run alongside with the artists and other experts, plus workshops including Exploring Creative Publishing and and Inside the Collector’s Mind and other live events.
Only In England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
Science Museum, London, until 16 Mar
National Media Museum, 28 Mar – 29 Jun
Fascinating exhibition exploring English eccentricities and documenting many now largely disappearing English social customs and cultural activities. Photographs from the late Tony Ray-Jones, sit alongside work from Martin Parr, who was deeply influenced by him. Parr assisted with the curation of the show, selecting images from the archive, including previously unseen work, alongside notebooks and other ephemera. Humorous, yet often melancholy, and full of nostalgia, the exhibition explores the relationship between the two photographers, linked by a talent for social observation. This week is the last chance to see the show in the new Media Space in London’s Science Museum, before it travels to the National Media Museum in Bradford.
This happened: Announcing London #16
The Sackler Centre, V&A, London
14 Mar (6.30pm)
This happened is a series of events focusing on interaction design, and exploring various projects, how they get made, and how concepts and production processes help inform future work. Speakers at this event include Joe Smith, Co-founder of Marerversity, a supportive workspace for start-up making and manufacturing businesses; Romain Meuner, freelancer designer and maker, working in both digital and analogue audience interaction projects; Valentin Spiess, CEO of iart and engineer on the 3D kinetic selfie installation from the recent Sochi games; Di Mainstone, artist and creator of The Human Heart Project.
Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Liège: Pixels of Paradise
Various locations, Liège
15 Mar – 25 May
Incorporating several exhibitions across the city, BIP2014 will explore the relationship between image and belief, with various exhibition themes including idols, icons, mirages, the creative power of faith and mysticism, and more. Many of shows will take place in listed buildings across the city, with installations and other digital work situated in the surroundings of chapels, baroque mansions and public spaces. View the full program here.
Pompidou Centre, Paris
Until 9 Jul
Ten years after his death, the great photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson is the subject of a comprehensive retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in Paris revealing many hitherto ignored aspects of his work. Read more in in the April issue of Creative Review, in an exclusive interview with the show’s curator Clément Chéroux, who discusses the artist’s career and enduring relevance.
Cover Club presents Terry Paster
Downstairs at Ace Hotel, London
12 Mar (8pm)
New event aiming to ‘put the spotlight on the creative minds behind today’s and yesterday’s most iconic artwork’, starting with Terry Paster in conversation. He will be revealing the stories behind his back catalogue of sleeve design, which includes David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust.
Matilda Temperley, as part of First Pressing
Queen of Hoxton, London
15 March (12-7pm)
Photographs of the recent Somerset floods from Matilda Temperley, are being showcased in the rooftop wigwam, alongside cider related goings-on from Somerset-based The Cider Box. The black-and-white images, which depict the devastation the recent inclement weather, were published across the media, including The Times, The Observer, and The Telegraph. (Tickets include drinks and food). More details here.
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