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Things to do this October/November


Feast for the eyes at the Photographers' Gallery

"Exploring the rich history of food photography through some of the leading figures and movements within the genre including: Nobuyoshi Araki, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans and Weegee.

Encompassing fine-art and vernacular photography, commercial and scientific images, photojournalism and fashion, the exhibition looks at the development of this form and the artistic, social and political contexts that have informed it."


18th October 2019 to 9th February 2020

16 - 18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

More info here


Some events at the Photographers' Gallery in relation to the food photography exhibition:


Exhibition Tour: Feast for the Eyes with Asma Khan

Friday 1st November, 18.30 - 20.00

"Visit the show in this unique tour with celebrated chef Asma Khan. From daily sustenance to celebratory multi-course meals, food takes on many forms and meaning. Hear chef and entrepreneur Asma Khan discuss the complex role food plays in our lives in this unique tour inspired by Feast for the Eyes. The event includes an audience Q&A and a drinks reception."

More info here


Workshop: Photographing Food & Form

Sunday 17th November, 11.00 - 17.00

"Food is seductive, and the art of documenting it continues to activate all senses. Together with lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura, this practical workshop explores different ways of representing the food that inhabit our everyday. Using ingredients like fruits and vegetables, we will look at the transformative possibilities of their simple forms. We will experiment with various light techniques and play with composition and texture to see what kind of stories can be told using food as a point of inspiration. There will also be opportunity to work with a food stylist (details to follow) to gain more insight into how to arrange and showcase food."

More info here


Feeding the Country: What’s Wrong with How We Eat?

Wednesday 20th November 18.00 - 21.00

"Food is personal and social, economic and political. Rich in symbolism and connotation, Feast for the Eyes is a representation of the fantasies and realities of our past and present. But what will our future look like as we continue to see temperatures rise, increasing land degradation and an ever-expanding world population? How can we make our cities more sustainable? What impact does contemporary lifestyle have on waste production? Join us for a panel discussion as we examine the impact our individual food choices have on global food systems."

More info here


Olafur Eliasson In Real Life, Tate Modern

"In Eliasson’s captivating installations you become aware of your senses, people around you and the world beyond. Some artworks introduce natural phenomena such as rainbows to the gallery space. Others use reflections and shadows to play with the way we perceive and interact with the world. Many works result from the artist’s research into complex geometry, motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory. All but one of the works have never been seen in the UK before.

Within the exhibition will be an area which explores Eliasson’s deep engagement with society and the environment. Discover what an artist’s perspective can bring to issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture. And once every other week you’ll be able to communicate with people from Eliasson’s 100-strong team in his Berlin studio via a live link.

The kitchen team at Studio Olafur Eliasson will also create a special menu and programme of related events for Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar, based on the organic, vegetarian and locally sourced food served in his Berlin studio."


Until 5th January 2020

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

More info here


Public Open Day: GASES, at the Institute of Making

"Save the date for an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of GASES, as we host a one-day, large-scale, drop-in and totally free festival. From fermentation to levitation, with foams, farts and steam engines; we will explore the intangible materials that are a vital but (often) invisible part of our lives. We will be putting on a wealth of airy activities with plentiful making processes, challenging people to investigate how we depend on and interact with airborne substances."


Saturday 26th October 2019 13.00 - 17.00

Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE

Free admission

More info here


Play Well at the Wellcome Collection

"Play Well will explore how play transforms both childhood and society. Using toys, games, artworks and design, this exhibition will investigate how we played as children and how we play now we’re grown up: developing social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing. By featuring video games, playing blocks, comic strips and images of people at play everywhere from playgrounds to refugee camps, as well as a newly commissioned play space by artist Adam James, we invite you to consider the impact of play in our lives."


24th October 2019 until 8th March 2020

183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, UK

Free admission

More info here


Wet Sounds

"Wet Sounds transforms swimming pools into spaces for music, light and performance experienced by entering the water and moving freely below and above the water surface. Underwater, sound is perceived through the bones. It is clear and immediate. The water surface is a threshold between two different kinds of music, two entirely different listening experiences and public and private spaces." Appearing in various cities, Wet Sounds is coming to London on the 27th October for one day only.


More info here

London 27th October - Get tickets

Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, 170 Chingford Road, London, E17 5AA


House of Dreams Museum

"Behind the front gate of an unsuspecting house on a quiet suburban street in East Dulwich lies artist Stephen Wright’s homage to outsider art. Every surface of his home (and garden) is covered with found objects – from false teeth to bottle tops – alongside Stephen’s hand-written memory boards. Head to one of the open days and be prepared to have your mind blown."


Various open day dates available

45 Melbourne Grove, London, SE22 8RG

More info on dates here


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