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This Week 2th - 8th February

2 February 2015 Laura Stevens

For a pick me up in the gloomy month of February you can dissect a dead animal, gaze on some wonderful photography or simply drown your sorrows in gin.

Margot Magpie’s Taxidermy Workshops
What to expect:
Learning how to stuff dead rodents. But don’t bring your own.

With the disclaimer “this class is not for the faint hearted” consider your squeamish levels before signing up. Margot Magpie offers first time taxidermists an opportunity to learn how to skin, prep, preserve, mount and position the animal. There are also options with how to display your resurrected rodent with either a naturalist setting on offer, or going down the route of anthropomorphism. Inspiration for the latter originates with the Victorian, Walter Potter who created a wedding party of kittens complete with morning coats and frilly knickers.  

Two day crow workshop 7 & 8 February, 14 February Valentine's Mouse Special at Horsley House, Soho. Buy tickets here.

Cocktails and Crack
What to expect:
A classy drug den. 

Christabel’s Cocktail Bar on the Regents Canal where cocktails will be the accompaniment to a Crack’in menu. See what they did there? To keep the narcotics theme instead of the usual umbrella in your sex on the beach you may even find a syringe.

Cocktails and Crack is on 5 February. For tickets go here.

Sipsmith Distillery Tours
What to expect:
A history tour vatly improved with award winning gin

Sipsmith Distillery was the first copper distillery in London for nearly 200 years, and they’re proudly showing off this history in their tours. They promise to pour you a drink, regale you with stories about gin and its relationship to our capital and then have a tutored tasting of the spirits.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday public tours are held at 83 Cranbrook Road, Chiswick. More information is available on their website.

Of People and Places
What to expect:
A new exhibition reflecting on the relationship between people and their landscape

Curated by Francesca Wilkins this display in Oxford House Gallery brings together work of ten international artists to investigate the way people interact with their surroundings. From the Israeli countryside to the vast tundra of Alaska, these images depict society’s impact on the landscape. The selected photographers are both established and emerging artists so it is a chance to see both familiar favourites and discover new talents.

The exhibition runs 5 February – 8 March. For more information go to their website.

 

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