CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Martin Parr in Paris, the British Library Spring Festival, graphics event BCNMR in Manchester, Designs of the Year in London, Facing Pages magazine festival in the Netherlands, and Future Everything festival in Manchester …
Martin Parr: Paris
Maison Eurpopéenne de la Photographie, Paris
Until 25 May
Commissioned by Maison Eurpopéenne as part of a series on famous photographers’ visions of the city, this exhibition of photographs depict the French capital through everyday activity in Parr’s classic kitsch and colourful style. Archive work sits alongside the new images; often humorous and exaggerated, they capture recognisable scenes of tourism, food, fashion, iconic buildings and other surreal Parisian details.
British Library Spring Festival
British Library, London
27 – 31 Mar
A variety of events inviting visitors into the library to explore the collections and play in the building, celebrating film, design and fashion. The library’s popular music curator Andy Line will be delving into the archives and looking at the history of the vinyl album. Fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart curates a night of fashion and film in the jazz age, drawing on the library’s collection of vintage magazines, with a talk from editor of Clothes of Film blog Christopher Laverty, plus music and cocktails. Screenwriter and director Tony Grisoni, art department researcher Celia Barnett, and production designer Tony Noble share stories about their work with a Q&A, other screenings. Plus an informative event about protecting your creative work in association with ACID (Anti Copying inDesign); The British Newspaper Archive open doors day with story telling workshop; and screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi in conversation with writer Rachel Holmes, reflecting on his work, with screenings and his personal archive on show, which was recently acquired by the library.
Various venues, Manchester
27 Mar – 23 Apr
Barcelona designers and illustrators are heading to Manchester for the second edition of graphics event BCNMCR. Eleven studios – Alex Trochut, Brosmind, Solo, Toormix, Laura Meseguer, Atipus, Clase, BCN, Two Points, Folch Studio, Forma & Co and Berto Martinez – will showcase work in a free exhibition, and designers will also be giving talks on March 28, with CR editor Patrick Burgoyne chairing the Q&A. Read more about this event in the April issue of CR, with an extended exclusive gallery of images available on our iPad edition, available on the app store.
Designs of the Year
Design Museum, London
26 Mar – 25 Aug
Bringing together an innovative and diverse selection of winning projects, the awards showcase the best in digital, fashion, graphic, product, transport and architectural design. Related events run alongside, including talks on design by crowd sourcing and material innovation. Click here to read a review on the CR blog.
Arnhem (the Netherlands)
28 Mar – 7 Apr (Symposium 28/29 Mar)
Independent magazine biennale, with lectures, presentations, exhibitions, and other events celebrating the power of print. This year’s theme is ‘Make Magazines not War’ and includes a variety of speakers focusing on magazines as a tool for change. The two symposium days will focus on attitudes recently surfacing in the magazine scene – namely activism and escapism – with editors, designers, writers and other mag enthusiasts discussing mag culture, design, storytelling, publishing and more. The exhibition includes the opportunity to browse over 100 magazines, alongside an online platform and specially curated sections.
Manchester Town Hall
27 Mar – 1 Apr
19th edition of the two day annual festival of art and technology, which this year explores how we can collaborate on new tools, devices and systems to transform life in the digital age, from art to social change, with the theme of ‘Tools for Unknown Futures’. The event features project showcases workshops, talks, fireside chats, and keynote lectures from leading practitioners and thinkers from the fields of design, art, technology, business and more, discussing everything from design for openness, to mapping the digital public space, and data-driven football.
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