This display will showcase the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk. It will include a brocaded shawl made from the silk of more than one million female golden orb-weaver spiders collected in the highlands of Madagascar, as well as a cape on public display for the first time. The display will also feature background material and a short film revealing the process.
Japan’s most famous artist returns to London for an exhibition across the three spaces of the Victoria Miro gallery in Islington and Mayfair. Her central themes – dots, pumpkins, infinity – all return in a selection of completely new work, testament to the artist’s ageless creative spirit.
Eunice Olumide’s list of accomplishments could put anyone to shame. After rising to fame as a supermodel she’s worked as an actor, journalist, musician and presenter alongside charity work. She’s just launched a new art gallery with a focus on contemporary pieces. Does she ever just feel too busy? We chat to her about equality, cake, and her first foray into the art world.
This week begins with the Summer Solstice and it only gets better from there. London’s biggest outdoor theatre festival is about to open, as is a brilliant new exhibition of acclaimed street art in Chelsea. If that doesn’t sound like enough, we’ve got the Pride weekend to look forward to, as well as the opening of the world’s tallest slide.
With the EU referendum around the corner and the refugee crisis continuing to occupy headlines, it’s more important than ever to understand the complexities of migration and put human stories to the faceless word ‘refugee’. Every year since 1998, Refugee Week has presented a programme of arts, cultural and educational events. These celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourage a better understanding between communities – a crucial task in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. There is a wide array of events to enjoy and learn from between 20th – 26th June, and here we break down the most worthwhile and exciting picks.
The Tate’s new exhibition looks at one of India’s most esteemed modern artists. Bhupen Khakhar’s work draws your eye with its bright colours and vital scenes of everyday life, but on closer inspection more complex ideas emerge. The works often deal with controversial subjects such as homosexuality, violence and iconoclasm, bound together with an eye for storytelling utterly outside the Western tradition.