CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including two new exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, with John Deakin and the Deutsche Börse Photo Prize, The Story of Jacqueline Wilson at the Museum of Childhood, new documentary festival Art Screen Glasgow, Secret 7″ Record Fair in London, and The Weather Diaries as part of The Nordic Fashion Biennale in Frankfurt …
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014
11 April – 22 June 2014
Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho
11 April – 13 July 2014
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Two new exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery open this week. The work of the four shortlisted artists for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 will be on show in advance of the award being presented on 12 May, including four decades of black and white self portraits from Alberto García-Alix; abstract detailed shots and everyday scenes from the scientifically curious Jochen Lempert; war zones in psychedelic hues from Richard Mosse; and Lorna Simpson’s mix of still and moving image exploring culture, gender and the body. Click here to read more about the shortlisted artists on the CR blog.
In addition, the Soho photographs of post war British artist John Deakin have been collected for an exhibition exploring the hidden corners and colourful characters of 50s and 60s London’s Soho. Works on show range from obscure street scenes to fascinating portraits of artists and writers, with rare and previously unseen shots of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson
Museum of Childhood, London
Until 2 November
Exhibition celebrating the life and work of the award-winning writer, most famous for her children’s literature. It begins with a replica of her childhood bedroom, explores her long and successful collaboration with illustrator Nick Sharratt, traces the life of some of her most popular characters including Tracey Beaker (including the set of the BBC show), Hetty Feather (with silhouette painting activity) and The Illustrated Mum, and closes with a model of the room that Wilson writes in today.
Glasgow Film Theatre and Centre for Contemporary Arts
New festival dedicated to arts documentary, as part of Glasgow International Festival. The four-day programme will showcase international film and and highlights from the BBC archive, with screenings covering a range of art forms including fine art, architecture, music and photography, and panel discussions, interviews and other events running alongside. Highlights include Arts In The Archive, with classic BBC documentaries on photographer Vivian Maier and animator Norman McLaren, and Vogue photographer Guy Bourdin’s personal archive of 8mm film; Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face; Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters; Julian Temple’s Rio, with a Q&A; and a masterclass with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on making 20,000 Days on Earth. Click here to watch a trailer for the event.
Secret 7″ Record Fair
Downstairs at Mother, London
Unique vinyl artwork from internationally renowned artists at affordable prices, will be available to purchase at this event, each created especially for this year’s fair. 7 tracks are taken from 7 famous musicians, with 100 vinyl records produced, and creatives asks interpret tracks into a one-of-a-kind sleeve, thus 700 original artworks on sale. Buyers won’t know the artist of their sleeves until after purchasing, but names include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sir Antony Gormley and Sir Paul Smith. All proceeds raised go to the War Child charity. Click here to read more on the CR blog.
The Weather Diaries
As part of The Nordic Fashion Biennale
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
Until 22 June
The work of top Nordic fashion designers has been brought together in a photography exhibition as part of the Nordic Fashion Biennale, promoting West Nordic fashion design. American-Austrian artists Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer – known for their strong narrative imagery referencing culture and fashion – have curated the exhibition which includes their own large-scale photographic work, depicting dreamlike figures clothed by various designers from the festival, alongside installations from selected designers.
Sailing Through the Trees: Caroline Dowsett & Alex T Frazer
Until 24 September
Exhibition from two Manchester based illustrators, exploring the narrative of a couple separated by the sea, and inspired by a piece of Icelandic folklore which states that ‘lighting a cigarette from a bar’s candel kills a sailor at sea’. The work in the exhibition includes screenprints, wood pieces, painting, risographs and embroidery, developed around a comic which the duo had written, also available to buy as a comic or posters at the show. Click here to read more about this event on the Facebook page.
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