London Calendar



The Design Museum London‎

Following a long search for larger premises to expand its activities, in 2008 the Design Museum selected the former 1960s building in Kensington High Street, West London, as its new home. This unique landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that had stood vacant for over a decade, will be transformed by a design team led by John Pawson who will make the building fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its unique spatial quality. The Design Museum worked with John Pawson on the interior fit out of its building. OMA were responsible for the overall master plan and in conjunction with Allies and Morrison for the refurbishment of the exterior of the museum.The Design Museum London is one of the world’s leading museums devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design.

Venue: The Design Museum -224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG.

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 20 Aug 2017


RIBAComparing the design methods of two of the most highly recognised architects of the 20th century this exhibition offers a renewed examination of their iconic architectural schemes proposed for the same site in the city of London. Exhibition extended until Sunday 20 August.  Whether a fan of postmodernist style or not, this show offers an unmissable opportunity to explore the minds of some of the most iconic architects of the past century, giving a glimpse into the machinations behind genius. Go for the models, stay for the history lesson

Venue: RIBA
until 28 Aug 2017

People Power: Fighting for Peace


Take a journey from the First World War to the present day, exploring how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict in this major exhibition.  From conscientious objectors to peace camps and modern day marches, Fighting for Peace tells the stories of passionate people over the past one hundred years and the struggles they have endured for the anti-war cause.  Over three hundred objects including paintings, literature, posters, placards, banners, badges and music reveal the breadth of creativity of anti-war protest movements, reflecting the cultural mood of each era.

Venue: Imperial War Museum
until 1 Oct 2017

QUEER BRITISH ART: 1861 – 1967

Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864 Simeon Solomon 1840-1905 Purchased 1980

Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864 Simeon Solomon 1840-1905

Queer British Art: 1861 – 1967, the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art. Unveiling material that relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. It will present work from the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy in 1861 to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967 – a time of seismic shifts in gender and sexuality that found expression in the arts as artists and viewers explored  their desires, experiences and sense of self.

Venue: Tate Britain
until 28 Aug 2017

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic


Turner Prize-winner Chris Ofili unveils a new tapestry, handwoven by Dovecot Tapestry Studio.  Commissioned by the Clothworkers’ Company, Ofili has been collaborating with the internationally renowned Dovecot Tapestry Studio to see his design translated into a handwoven tapestry. The imagery reflects Ofili’s ongoing interest in classical mythology and the stories, magic, and colour of the Trinidadian landscape he inhabits

Venue: National Gallery
until 10 Sep 2017



Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art. This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century.

until 19 Nov 2017

Canaletto & the Art of Venice

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The Royal Collection contains the world’s finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice’s most famous view-painter, Canaletto (1697-1768). These works were bought by the young George III in 1762 from Canaletto’s agent and dealer Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice, along with the rest of Smith’s huge collection.

Venue: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Sounds of the City

Lyrics and languages, hubbub and stillness, heritage and science have all inspired 100 illustrators to product a collection of striking artwork that reflect their relationship with sound in our diverse and multi-layered cities.  Themes include wildlife, nightlife, music, markets, transport and sport.  Visitors will enjoy illustrations that visually interpret the sounds we hear about us day and night – from the common to the curious, to a recognisable street and cityscape through to visual soundscapes of buzzing colour. web_soundsofthecity_inline

Venue: London Transport Museum
until 13 Aug 2017

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Hokusai_642_480Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will leThroughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusai’s work will show the artist’s creative breadth and depth. A selection of superb landscapes is introduced with the iconic Great Wave – itself part of a print series of views of Mt Fuji. Intimate domestic scenes capture fleeting moments in private lives. ad you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most memorable masterpieces.

Venue: British Museum
until 18 Feb 2018

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative traditionBAL-envelope-dress

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 3 Sep 2017

A Handful of Dust

Walker-Evans-Erosion-Mississippi-1936-sm-e1490109334668A Handful of Dust is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics. The exhibition features works by over 30 artists and photographers including Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Robert Filliou, Mona Kuhn, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Sophie Ristelhueber, Aaron Siskind, Shomei Tomatsu, Jeff Wall and Nick Waplington alongside magazine spreads, press photos, postcards and film clips.

Venue: Whitechapel Gallery
until 8 Oct 2017

Sargent: The Watercolours


The first UK show in nearly 100 years devoted to watercolours by the Anglo-American artist, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925).
Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, Sargent also devoted time to developing his talent in watercolour, undertaking several painting expeditions to Europe in the early twentieth century. Free from the constraints of his studio he was able to take inspiration from the places he visited – from the streams and glacial moraines in The Alps to the renaissance and baroque architecture he explored in Venice.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery
until 29 Oct 2017

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity

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The exhibition explores Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity and how this interest related to his own domestic circumstances expressed through the two remarkable studio-houses that he created in St John’s Wood together with his wife Laura and daughters. Born in the north of the Netherlands, the exhibition traces his early training and move to London in 1870 where he established a hugely successful career at the heart of the artistic establishment.

Venue: Leighton House Museum
until 22 Oct 2017


Who's Afraid of Barney Newman 1968 Frank Bowling born 1936 Presented by Rachel Scott 2006

Spanning the period 1963–83, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Powerexplores how the category ‘Black Art’ was defined, rejected and redefined by artists across the United States. Most of the works are on display in the UK for the first time and introduce the UK audience to American artists such as Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar, alongside prominent British Guyanese painter Frank Bowling who was resident in New York much of this time.

Venue: Tate Modern
until 1 Oct 2017

The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace is 22 July – 1 October 2017.

The Place Today – Buckingham Palace is the working headquarters of the Monarchy, where The Queen carries out her official and ceremonial duties as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth.  Tour through the magnificent State Rooms in Buckingham Palace which are used by The Queen for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Each room is furnished with many of the treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens; sculpture by Canova; and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

Venue: The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Starting in September 2017

23 Sep -10 Dec

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns is regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and has remained central to American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s. There is no-one is more fitting than Johns to take up the mantle from the likes of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer for our single artist, Main Galleries shows.

Venue: Royal Academy of Art