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Surround yourself with the objects, photography, paintings, sculptures, drawings and models which present a life time of design by Charles and Ray Eames at the Eames Office.

It’s an extensive exhibition displaying over four decades of work from two of the most influential and important designers of the 20th century, exploring their pioneering designs and philosophical ideals.

21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 at The Barbican


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Lee Miller explored the impact of WW2 on women’s lives through photography.

Starting as a fashion model, she became one of the most important female war photographers of the century as a correspondent for Vogue – snapping events including the London Blitz and the liberation of Paris.

This is a rare chance to see items never before on display from her collection including art and personal items as well as photographs.

Imperial War Museum, 15th October – 24th April


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One of our favourite London buildings is Barbican. Part post modern concrete jungle, part conceptual architecture, part “what, people actually live here?” council estate. It’s a unique beast.

It being summer and all, you should really partake in one of Barbican’s Architecture Tours – a guided, informative walking tour around it’s highways and fountains.

You’re promised an education in it’s design, construction and influence, as well as Barbican secrets and unusual facts.

Until September 29th at Barbican


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K1, P1 – it’s the layman’s way of manipulating fibre.
Instead, we’re in awe of Paris-based American artist Sheila Hicks and her first UK solo show.

Her huge scale works of vibrant yarn and fibre scale and engulf much of the Hayward Gallery. You can even see them from outside.
As well as her giant creations, her skill is demonstrated in fibre based drawings and intimate hand woven works too.

Until 19th April at The Southbank Centre


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We’re being WOWed at the Southbank over the next week.

The Women of the World festival, in it’s fifth year, is a huge celebration of amazing things women are doing around the world – from performances about Muslim female boxers, to complex discussions with women from all backgrounds.

Speakers (all 96 of them) include Annie Lennox and Caitlin Moran and tUnE-yArDs performs a headline show.

From 1st to 8th March at The Southbank Centre


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History is being rewritten, or rather, it’s being re-curated.

Seven artists have collectively taken over the Hayward Gallery at The Southbank Centre to explore Britain’s modern cultural past.

The collection is a display of over 250 objects – some from public and private art collections, others are everyday items. Each peak, trough, and curve that shaped our nation today is presented for discussion – from the Cold War and feminism to BSE and celebrity culture.

Until 26th April at The Southbank Centre


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From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr

Ok, so it’s not quite SE1, but the Dulwich Picture Gallery is hosting the first UK exhibition of the works of Emily Carr – one of the most esteemed artists in Canada, virtually unknown outside of the snowy tundra – and we thought it was worth a mention.

The Guardian called her the Frida Kahlo of Canada, and this exhibition explores the West Coast artist’s dramatic journey from dark to light.  The clautrophobic forest scenes make way for light-filled beaches, and alongside these two displays, there’s a look at Carr’s documentative exploration of aboriginal coastal communities.

Until 8th March at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

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An evolution of Liza Lou’s works with glass beads, Solid / Divide explores the process of making, and the beauty of imperfection which comes from handcrafting – in particular, the subtle personal differences which reveal themselves in the repetitive activity of weaving.

Solid is never quite solid.

Until 18th January at the White Cube, Bermondsey


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London is one of the world’s hotspots for contemporary art, and MIRRORCITY explores the effect of the digital revolution on how we exist here.  This Hayward Gallery exhibition brings together both new and established artists to answer complex questions around how technology impacts both our digital and physical spaces.

Through a wide variety of media, the artists look at how where the crossover of the two realities lies, and how this influences our perception of the world.

Until 4th January at the Hayward Gallery, tickets are £12


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Grand Guignol

Straight off we should tell you, Carl Grose’s play Grand Guignol describes itself as ‘a black comedy, a demented, psychological thriller and an unrepentant splatter-fest’ so if you’re sqeamish (screamish) look away now.

Based on a ficticious series of events at the real life horror show that was the Grand Guignol theatre in Paris in 1903, this play tells the story of a psychiatrist’s obsession with the grisly and macabre theatre, and how, in befriending the cast and author of the show, he starts to lose his grip on reality.  Not one for first daters.

23rd Oct – 22nd Nov at the Southwark Playhouse, tickets £18

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