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Draped Seated Woman, Henry Moore, 1962, courtesy Historic England

This Week 1st - 7th February

1 February 2016 Lydia Cooper

Happy February! This week, you can try some Norwegian art, look at the orchids at Kew Gardens and see the amazing floating Chinese lanterns in Chiswick.

Post-war Public Art at Somerset House

This new exhibition will follow the stories behind site-specific sculptures by pioneering artists that are due to be listed by Historic England. They include work by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Geoffrey Clarke, Elisabeth Frink and Paul Mount. Many of the works are from private collections and on display for the first time. The show celebrates England’s eclectic and absorbing collection of public art and the history behind it, but also examines the future of public art.

The show opens on 3 February. More information can be found on the Somerset House website.

 

Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

This Saturday, Kew Gardens will open their Orchid Festival for the second year running.  The Princess of Wales Conservatory will be transformed into an exotic celebration of Brazil’s plant life and habits. Admission is included with day entry to the Gardens and they’re also running a series of Lates this spring, with botanical cocktails, music, samba performances and talks from horticultural experts.

The Orchid Festival begins on 6 February. Visit Kew Garden’s website for more.

 

Painting Norway at Dulwich Picture Gallery

This exhibition of Nikolai Astrup’s work will be the first major show outside of Norway. There will be over 90 oil paintings and prints of the fin de siècle artist’s work, which explores changing landscapes and seasons in his home district Jølster. In conjunction with the exhibition, Dulwich Picture Gallery will be running a Valentine’s Late - with the option of a delicious three-course romantic meal - where you can browse the exhibition with a glass of prosecco. The ‘Astrup Spring Evenings’ in March and April also allow a more intimate viewing of the show, with two possible dinner seatings.

The exhibition opens on 5 February. For more information please go here.

 

Open Mic with South Bank Poetry

This one-off open mic night for aspiring poets will take place on Wednesday at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden. Each slot lasts four minutes. It is a twist on the usual weekly Poetry Unplugged Tuesdays at the Poetry Café, as the host will be Katherine Lockton, poet and co-editor of South Bank Poetry Magazine. Grab a glass of wine and head to the basement to listen, or if you’re feeling brave then take a slot - feedback is always constructive and friendly.

The poetry night starts at 7pm on 3 February. More information about the Poetry Café and South Bank Poetry can be found here.

 

Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens

London’s first Chinese Lantern Festival will be held in the exquisite grounds of the Chiswick House and Gardens. There will be an installation of over fifty lanterns in various forms, from animals and birds to buildings and abstract shapes. A range of international cuisines will be served, and a dazzling panoply of live performances is planned.

The festival begins on 3 February. For more, visit the event page.

 

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