Spanning seventeen centuries of stunning handmade Indian fabrics, the V&A’s Fabric of India exhibition gathers together a wealth of sumptuous textiles and provides an unmissable centrepiece for the museum’s India season. The exhibition brings together two hundred fascinating and exquisite textiles to tell the story of Indian fabric across the centuries. Showcasing fine examples of textiles from different regions and eras including spectacular wall hangings, robes, bed covers and dresses, this ravishing show manages to be both educational and visually stunning. The show also provides plenty of religious and cultural context to accompany its beautiful exhibits. Ancient ceremonial banners, sacred temple hangings, bandanna handkerchiefs and even a meticulously reconstructed tent used by the infamous Tipu Sultan are among the many highlights, but the show also provides considerable insight into the ingenious processes behind these gorgeous works of textile art and their uses today by contemporary designers.
This August the Charles Dickens Museum will present a unique and very special night of Victoriana. You’ll be granted an opportunity to sample a selection of rare gins, try your hand at book binding and enjoy a live acoustic guitar performance by Facio, all in the atmospheric surrounds of Dickens’ former house in Bloomsbury. Experts from The London Gin Club will be present to discuss the finer points of gin tasting while you sample a hand picked library of fine gins that are certain to shed new light on the spirit’s nuanced characteristics. There’ll be plenty of time continue your education in the gin bar, which boasts an entire library of artisan gins along with carefully selected garnishes and tonics. And if all that gin hasn’t taken its toll a book binding workshop will be running throughout the evening, offering expert insight into Japanese stab binding and a chance to make your very own hand stitched notebook – a fine memento of what promises to be a delightful evening.
Ascot will play host to more air-bound drama this summer with the return of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Perhaps better known for the sartorial splendour of its race meeting, Ascot is quickly developing an exciting side-line as the venue for the British leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Last year 50,000 people attended the Air Race and the event proved to be a huge success, picking up Event of The Year at the prestigious British Racecourse Association Annual Awards. Pitting the world’s finest pilots against each other, the Red Bull Air Race is an exhilarating test of speed, precision and daredevil skill. Saturday’s attendees will witness a full day of aerial action, commencing at 9.15AM with a calibration flight and reaching a thrilling finale at 5PM with the Challengers Cup, which will see the starting places for Sunday’s Masters event decided.
Composing a mixture of public projects that have been selected from an open call and work delivered by LFA Partners and RIBA London open studios, the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) provides a valuable platform for the most interesting and significant architectural developments in the capital. Whether you’re a keen follower if architecture in London or an interested outsider looking to glean an insight into the city’s fast moving architectural landscape LFA aims to provide a fascinating forum for the discussion of today’s issues and a glimpse of the latest projects being developed by London’s brightest architectural minds. This year’s theme is ‘Work in Progress’ and a diverse and fascinating selection of responses is guaranteed. Highlights of the citywide festival include Never Mind The Bollards at South Crescent on Store Street in Bloomsbury, which explores the social design history and meaning of elements in our public spaces we walk by and over everyday, and a variety of fascinating talks and debates at venues across London.
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition, its aim is to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world. So it’s not surprising that it attracts the very best contemporary photographers from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. Somerset House is proud to host the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. The historic surroundings of the venue lend itself to an exhibition of this nature, where you will be able to view the winning and shortlisted images from across the Professional, Open, Youth and Mobile Phone competitions of the awards. The incredible exhibition will also include an intimate display by legendary photographer, and the awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient: Elliott Erwitt. The awards have consistently offered participants an unparalleled opportunity for exposure and have increased recognition for photographers at all stages in their careers. The awards span all genres of photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography and categories include but are not limited to: current affairs, nature and wildlife, arts and culture, portraiture, contemporary issues, sport, landscape, still life, lifestyle and architecture. Prizes range from the latest Sony digital equipment to large cash sums.
The Ideal home show has been helping to transform British homes for over 100 years and returns in 2015 bigger and better than ever. From bathrooms to bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms are all covered in this fantastic show. Whether you’re looking for something big or small, or even something to eat, there’s a good chance you’ll find exactly what you’re after right here at the world famous, award winning Ideal Home Show. The show isn’t limited to home interiors – gardens are covered too, and all the latest gadgets will be on display for those interested in technology. There will even be experts on hand to give you beauty advice and tips. Regardless of whether you’re refitting an entire house or simply looking for ideas for your next project the Ideal Home Show has everything you need, all under one roof.