London Calendar



Diana: Her Fashion Story


      Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales

A major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Don’t miss an extraordinary collection of garments, including the iconic velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.

Venue: Kensington Palace
until 31 Dec 2019

Poster Girls A century of art and design


Poster Girls – a century of art and design will feature some of the leading female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known individuals who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city. The works on display show a dazzling spectrum of artistic styles and mediums; modernist, figurative, flat colour, boldly patterned, abstract, collage and oil.

Venue: London Transport Museum
until 9 Sep 2018



1932 was an intensely creative period in the life of the 20th century’s most influential artist.  This is the first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern. It will bring you face-to-face with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life.

Venue: Tate Modern



 This is the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum
until 9 Sep 2018

Edward Bawden

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Featuring 170 works, half of them from private collections, this exhibition will explore every aspect of Bawden’s 60-year career, revealing his humour, skill and versatility. He refused to see a distinction between fine art and commercial design.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery
until 14 Oct 2018


Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts
Explore illuminated Mughal manuscripts, natural history paintings, vivid depictions of the Hindu pantheon of gods and modern masterpieces.

A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6
Discover more about the jewellery, gold and ceremonial arms presented to the future King Edward VII during his historic tour of the subcontinent in 1875–

until 7 Oct 2018


cole-event-banner-newDiscover one of America’s leading painters of the mid-19th century. With his work seldom seen outside the USA, this exhibition establishes British-born Thomas Cole (1801–1848) as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art. Displaying Cole’s paintings alongside those of his contemporaries,  including Turner and Constable, the exhibition brings to light the dialogue between American and European artists of the mid-19th century.

The exhibition includes Cole’s monumental cycle of paintings ‘The Course of Empire’ (1833–36, New York Historical Society), and provides a vivid new context for Cole’s ‘The Oxbow’ (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting, never previously shown in the U

Venue: National Gallery

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

The exhibition explores how Frida Kahlo fashioned her identity, offering an unparalleled insight into one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. It will be the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display these clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 2 Sep 2018

Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship A photography double-bill

The first UK retrospective of American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) and first major UK solo exhibition in a public gallery of British contemporary photographer Vanessa Winship.

Venue: Barbican Art Galllery
until 23 Sep 2018


george_grosz_grey_day_1921_nationalgalerie_berlin_c_estate_of_george_grosz_princeton_n.jMarking the 100 years since the end of World War One, Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One looks at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe. Art was used in many ways in the tumultuous period after the end of the war, from documenting its destructive impact, to the building of public memorials and as a social critique.

Venue: Tate Britain
until 21 Oct 2018

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

1600_LaChapelleMJThis landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery
until 7 Oct 2018

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body.  Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna.    The show interlaces stories of his life and career alongside personally selected garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017.

Venue: The Design Museum

Starting in September 2018

29 Sep -10 Dec


Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, we celebrate the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary.  The year is 1768, and Britain is in the throes of the Age of Enlightenment Oceania will bring together around 200 exceptional works from public and private collections worldwide, and will span over 500 years. From shell, greenstone and ceramic ornaments, to huge canoes and stunning god images, we explore important themes of voyaging, place making and encounter. The exhibition draws from rich historic ethnographic collections dating from the 18th century to the present, and includes seminal works produced by contemporary artists exploring history, identity and climate change. 29 September — 10 December 2018

 Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts

Starting in October 2018

2 Oct -7 Oct

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Japanisme & Its Influence on European Interiors
Mixed with formal antiques, collectors’ items, art and accessories from the 20th century to the quirky, the formula proved an instant hit.  Exhibitors were encouraged to display their stock in a room-set fashion.  Using their highly creative skills, the dealers’ stands provide ideas and inspiration for how to display items at home.  Many of our exhibitors also work as designers to their clients, sourcing stock and advising on display

Venue: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
11 Oct -27 Jan


Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art. This is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK. a long overdue recognition of Albers’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design. As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers was discouraged from taking up certain classes. She enrolled in the weaving workshop and made textiles her key form of expression. She inspired and was inspired by her artist contemporaries, among them her teacher, Paul Klee, and her husband, Josef Albers.


24 Oct -24 Feb


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Born in 1833, Burne-Jones rejected the industrial world of the Victorians, looking instead for inspiration from medieval art, religion, myths and legends.  One of the last Pre-Raphaelites, Edward Burne-Jones brought imaginary worlds to life in awe-inspiring paintings, stained glass windows and tapestries.This exhibition – his first solo show at Tate since 1933 – charts Burne-Jones’s rise from an outsider with little formal art training to one of the most influential British artists of the late 19th century.