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Georgia May Foote, Ainsley Harriott and Anita Rani join Strictly tour

ACTRESS Georgia May Foote, Celebrity Chef Ainsley Harriott and TV presenter Anita Rani are the next celebrity contestants confirmed to compete in the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour, which opens in Birmingham on January 22, 2016.

They will join Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, the 2016 host of the tour, Mel Giedroyc, and judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood (who also directs the tour) and Bruno Tonioli for the 30 date live extravaganza.

They will be reunited with more celebrities and professional dancers from this year’s ratings winning BBC One TV series, who will take to the dance floor to recreate their dazzling moves and compete for votes from the judges. More names will be announced soon.

Georgia May Foote shot to national fame when she played the role of Katy Armstrong in ITV1’s Coronation Street for five years from 2010 to 2015, although she had previously appeared in popular TV series, including Brookside, Grange Hill, Life On Mars, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Doctors, Casualty and This Is England ’86.

She said: “I am SO excited to be part of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. I’ve made some great friends on the TV show so I’m delighted to have the chance to perform with them again as we travel across the UK. I can’t wait for January!”

Ainsley Harriott is best known for appearing on many hit TV cookery shows such as Ready, Steady, Cook, Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, Ainsley’s Meals In Minutes and, in 2015, his latest series, Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food and Len & Ainsley’s Big Food Adventure (with Strictly judge, Len Goodman). He has also presented More Nosh, Less Dosh on BBC Radio 5 and has sold over two million books worldwide as a bestselling cookery book author.

He said: “I loved my time on the TV series and am now really looking forward to getting out on the road; it’s going to be so exciting to feel the reaction when we step out on to those arena dance floors with all the other celebrity dancers and their professional partners. I’ve been known to do a bit of dancing around the kitchen and I’m now thrilled to have the chance to dance in front of enormous audiences across the country.”

Anita Rani has worked as a presenter on TV shows including BBC One’s The One Show, Watchdog and Countryfile, appearing alongside former Strictly star Matt Baker. She has also presented BBC One’s Rogue Restaurants, BBC Two’s Escape To The Continent, Channel 4’s Four Rooms and was a part of the BBC presenting team that covered the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

As well as presenting on television, Anita has presented on BBC Radio 2 – deputising for fellow Strictly contestant, Jeremy Vine – as well as various shows on BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Asian Network and the BBC World Service.

She said: “I’ve thrown myself into Strictly and can’t believe how much I’m enjoying learning to dance. I’m over the moon to be able to carry on the glittery experience and join the tour. For a Yorkshire lass what better place to visit than my old uni town of Leeds. I hope everyone comes down for a northern knees up!”

The tour opens at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on January 22, 2016. It will then visit the biggest entertainment venues across the UK: Sheffield Arena, First Direct Arena Leeds, Manchester Arena, Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena, The SSE Arena in Wembley, before culminating at The O2, London on Valentine’s Day.

Read more about the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.

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The New Art of Making - The Gallery at Foyles

Exhibition preview

THE NEW Art of Making, a free exhibition which explores digital craftsmanship, curated by Futurecity in partnership with Price & Myers’ Geometrics, will be on display in The Gallery at Foyles from December 11, 2015 until February 7, 2016.

How we build our world is changing. A revolution is underway in making and building art and architecture, with technology now allowing us to create and make with an unprecedented freedom.

At the centre of this change is the ‘designer-maker’; a cross-disciplinary master craftsman, who fuses sophisticated digital design tools and computerised fabrication with industrial, architectural and engineering expertise to define new ways of working with traditional materials – wood, stone, steel and glass.

This emerging practice is digital craftsmanship – a radical new practice of rendering sculptural form, blurring the line between artist, designer and maker. It is an approach pioneered by Price & Myers’ Geometrics team, and supported by Futurecity through an innovative approach to commissioning art in the public realm.

The New Art Of Making exhibition, realised by Futurecity and Price & Myers Geometrics, charts the evolution of digital creativity and fabrication over a sequence of recent collaborations featuring key groundbreaking projects and major sculptural commissions.

Advances in computer-controlled fabrication have closed the gap between the drawing board and the real world. The development of advanced digital design and production techniques means that instead of constructing our buildings, bridges and sculptures from a set of pre-defined pieces – bricks, girders, windows – we can now manufacture our own lego® kit for each and every project.

By designing each piece specifically to the project requirements, we can minimize wasteful mass production and create almost any shape imaginable. Buildings become sculpture, and sculpture is set free to explore form at the limits of imagination.

Located at the point where architecture, engineering and fabrication converge with digital technology, Price & Myers Geometrics’ team of specialist engineers and architects exemplify this new model of ‘digital craftsmanship’. Together with visionary placemaking agency Futurecity, and working alongside pioneering artists and architects, the practice has delivered a diverse range of cutting-edge sculptures and architectural commissions across the capital and farther afield.

The New Art Of Making exhibition explores the theme of digital craftsmanship via a series of projects which range in scale from a chair arch in High Wycombe to a 12m aluminium vertical shell artwork, a stainless steel bridge in Bristol and a new pier building at Southend.

It culminates with the digital craftsmanship embodied within the recently completed Slipstream sculpture by Richard Wilson (RA), which traces the motion of a stunt plane as it joyfully cartwheels across 78 metres of space through the new Terminal 2 : The Queen’s Terminal at Heathrow Airport.

Created using techniques from fields as diverse as film animation, architecture, computer programming and – fittingly – aerodynamics and aerospace, Slipstream is formed by a vast kit of parts comprising over 45,000 unique pieces and 200,000 rivets; both a conscious echo and celebration of the golden era in aviation design.

A digitally fabricated 1:18 scale facsimile of Slipstream forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, sitting alongside digital content and development models charting its journey from the take-off of an idea to its triumphant landing in the immense space of the terminal building.

Using text, diagrams and models, the interpretative materials describe the featured projects from genesis to completion. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the themes of the exhibition by assembling their own models from digitally fabricated interlocking components.

The New Art Of Making exhibition gives a fascinating insight into an era of momentous change for the way we build, sculpt and curate the world around us.

For more information about The Gallery at Foyles, visit

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 9pm; Sundays, 11.30am – 6pm (11.30am – 12 noon browsing only).

The Gallery at Foyles, Level 5, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0LA

November/December 2015 events at Foyles

HIGHLIGHTS of the Foyles November/December events programme include a special visit from adorable internet sensation Tuna the Dog, an adult colouring evening with Michael O’Mara Books (with beer!) and Foyles’ first ever Christmas Craft Fair, transforming the flagship store’s Auditorium into a festive marketplace from December 3-6.


EFG London Jazz Festival Presents the Yazz Ahmed Quartet – Wednesday, November 18 from 6pm to 7pm. Tickets: £5.

Hypnotic Middle Eastern riffs, infectious rhythms and haunting melodies fused with jazz and free improvisation in this quartet’s original compositions.

EFG London Jazz Festival Presents Binker Golding And Moses Boyd – Friday, November 20 from 6pm to 7pm. Tickets: £5.

Exciting young saxophone and drums/percussion duo play improvised music stemming from the traditions of jazz, blues, west African and ritual music.

Adult Colouring with Michael O’Mara Books – Saturday, November 21 from 4pm to 5pm. Tickets: £3.

Grab a pack of crayons and a beer and get colouring with Michael O’Mara books, the publisher at the forefront of the adult colouring trend since 2012’s The Creative Colouring Book for Grown-Ups.

The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2015 – Monday, November 23 from 6pm to 8.30pm. Free.

To celebrate the return of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award this year, Foyles Charing Cross Road is hosting a special event to spotlight the very best young British and Irish writers today, featuring readings and conversation with past award winners and some of this year’s shortlisted writers, chaired by The Sunday Times literary editor, Andrew Holgate.

Foyles Book Club: Leaving Berlin – Tuesday, November 24 from 7pm to 8.30pm. Free.

Once a month, Foyles’ customers and staff get together to discuss a book chosen by its members. It’s an opportunity to share different interpretations of what you’re reading, to adamantly disagree and to meet people united by reading. This month’s book is Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon.

Grape Expectations: A Boutinot Wine Tasting Quiz – Thursday, November 26 from 7pm to 9.30pm. Tickets: £20 or £15 for Foyalty members.

Foyles is teaming up with award-winning wine merchants Boutinot for a wine tasting evening with a difference – a night of laughter, making friends and competition, as you and your team are put to the test against a panel of industry experts.

Ray’s Jazz: Taeko Kunishima Trio – Friday, November 27 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Tickets: £5.

Taeko Kunishima stops at Foyles on a flying visit to the UK. Playing material from a selection of brand-new work, she will team up with Europe’s leading performer on the Japanese shakuhachi, Clive Bell, and top bass player Julia Doyle.

Meet Tuna, the Underdog with the Overbite – Exclusive London Book signing and meet-and-greet – Wednesday, December 2 from 6pm to 7pm. Free.

Tuna will be popping into Foyles with his owner Courtney Dasher to celebrate the publication of Tuna Melts My Heart: The Underdog with the Overbite, a glorious celebration of an undeniably adorable little pooch. Fans will be able to have their photo taken with the dog of the hour and get their copy of the book ‘pawdographed’.

Foyles Christmas Craft Fair – Thursday, December 3 from 5.30pm to 10pm/Friday, December 4 from 9.30am to 10pm/Saturday, December 5 from 9.30am to 10pm/Sunday, December 6. Free.

Welcome to Foyles’ first ever Christmas Craft Fair – in which their flagship Auditorium transforms into a festive marketplace, with an exclusive, curated selection of stalls offering customers the chance to browse and buy their Christmas gifts.

Jackanory at 50 with the Children’s Media Foundation – Sunday, December 13 from 3.30pm to 6pm. Tickets: £10.

Join the Children’s Media Foundation as they celebrate fifty years since the launch of the iconic storytelling series Jackanory, the much-loved legend of BBC Children’s television.

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT


Jim Shaw at Simon Lee Gallery

Work by Jim Shaw

Exhibition preview

FROM November 19, 2015 to January 9, 2016, Simon Lee Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new paintings (all 2015) by Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw.

Material wealth, innocence and guilt, man’s relationship with nature and religious fanaticism all come under fire in Shaw’s new paintings. Mining and splicing American histories, mythologies, children’s stories, images from advertising, cartoons and his personal memories and collections, Shaw’s seductive, darkly comic works invite us to reflect on social and economic power systems and subjugation.

Like the monumental backdrop paintings first shown in the exhibition Left Behind in 2010 at CAPC, Bordeaux, these new works are painted over used theatrical scenic backdrops bought by the artist. Now cut down and stretched, these readymade canvases are typically from the 1940s and 1950s, and carry with them a sense of the history of that time.

That sense of the past is combined with the imagery Shaw uses for the works – from late 19th century political cartoons to DC comics, 1970s album covers, Hollywood films and detective novels indicating a past which haunts the present and different vernaculars which co-exist within the same frame.

These new works reflect Shaw’s rigorous research processes and systematic interrogation of cultural detritus. He employs strategies of the absurd to bring into sharp focus themes such as slavery and corruption, deftly revealing the underbelly of society whilst commenting on the construction of individual and collective identity.

One of the works in the exhibition, King Cotton, draws on the Rumpelstiltskin fable in a commentary on slavery, machines, and the cotton trade. The green mechanical elf featured in the foreground is based on a vintage toy owned by the artist called ‘Mr. Machine’, and in relationship to the turd-like spun gold created by the king, reminds us of the cycles of life, history repeating itself and the potential dangers inherent in the pursuit of personal gain over collective good. Shaw calls into question the desire for knowledge, the creative process, fiscal wealth and power.

Other paintings further develop Shaw’s investigation into allegories, myths, conspiracy theories, faith and belief systems. Whore of Babylon and Robber Barons depicts the Book of Revelations beast composed of notorious 19th Century American merchants atop a sea of 1960s political conventioneers. The whore holds a torch aloft and sports a crown, referencing French sculptor and Mason August Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty and was originally commissioned to build a giant Isis statue overlooking the Suez Canal.

Shaw hints at false promises and swathing the protagonists in luscious pinks, vulva reds and funereal lilac, reiterates the inextricable link between sex and power.

Sex, death, the perversity of leadership and the fractured self are also battled out in Wrestling with God #1, a composition which references both abstract expressionism and heroic mythological painting and is based on the Biblical story of Moses’ return to Egypt, during which Yahweh attempts to murder him for not having circumcised his son.

Narratives from the artist’s ongoing development of the fictional religion ‘Oism’ weave in and out of the iconography of the works and connect them with his wider oeuvre. Popular folklore blames Mrs O’Leary’s Cow for starting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and this is also the moment in Oist history when its founder Annie O’Wooton loses control over the church. Intended as an apocalyptic painting, the cow is a demonic beast rising from the flames gleefully lapping its tongue and snorting smoke – a force of nature impossible to keep at bay.

Shaw’s ongoing dialogue with art history also punctuates these new works: Wrestling with God #2 references Gorky’s 1944 Liver Is the Cock’s Comb and continues the theme of wrestling with God and shows Edward Snowden as Prometheus and the hollow fennel stalks in which he hid fire from Zeus.

Referenced here too are Ad Reinhardt’s How To Look At Looking, Courbet’s Origin of the World and three different NSA intelligence-gathering elements: a Buzz Buzzard comic as a predator drone, warehouses where information is kept and rock-like formations on the ground used to collect audio data.

Weaving fact and fiction, found imagery and the imaginary, Shaw’s new paintings reflect on the human condition – our complex idiosyncrasies, fallibilities and thwarted ideologies.

NB: On Saturday, November 21 at 3pm, Jim Shaw will be in conversation with Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator, BALTIC, Simon Lee Gallery, London. This event is free to the public, but booking is advised by phoning 020 7491 0100 or e-mailing

Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DT


Ice skating in and around London

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IF YOU enjoy ice-skating or even just watching others take to the ice, there are several ice rinks to chose from, both in and around the capital, this coming festive season.

Natural History Museum – October 29, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Now in its 11th year, the spectacular Swarovski Ice Rink is nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington Museum, beneath 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and around a 40-foot-high tree.

The Café Bar is open daily and offers tasty meals, snacks and refreshments, including hot drinks and a range of wines, beers and soft drinks. – See more at

Somerset House – November 18, 2015 to January 10, 2016.

Make the most of the wintry weather as one of London’s most beautiful outdoor ice rinks returns.

In partnership with Fortnum & Mason, this icy experience is open all day and well into the evening, when the rink hosts some of the best international clubs and festivals at exclusive Club Nights.

Après-skate, treat yourself to a cocktail, indulgent Welsh Rarebit or hot chocolate from Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge.

Make your visit extra special with one of the Skate Extras including Champagne & Chocolate Truffles, Wine & Fondue for Two, or Champagne & Smoked Salmon Blini, all served in Fortnum’s Lodge on-site.

Everyone can brush up their skills at Skate School and young children can take their first steps on the ice with Polar Cub Club.

The West Wing will again be transformed into The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of the classic Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly store, open daily throughout the season until January 3. Get festive at Tuesday Treats when skaters and spectators can enjoy seasonal food, drink and music plus late-night shopping experiences in the arcade.

Eyeskate at The London Eye – November 14, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Beneath the beautiful twinkling haze of the London Eye lights, Eyeskate welcomes everyone from beginners to professionals.

Combine a spin on the Eyeskate ice rink with the festive views of South Bank from 135m above the city on the London Eye. See more at

Hampton Court Palace – November 20, 2015 to January 4, 2016

The outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court offers spectacular views of the magnificent Palace that Henry VIII once lived in. Book an evening session to see the palace lit up after dark while you skate under the evening stars!

The Ice Bar & Café provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks.

The Tower of London – November 20, 2015 to January 3, 2016

The Tower of London Ice Rink returns this winter, so put on your ear muffs, gloves and skates, grab a steadying hand (if needed!) and have some festive fun on the ice in glorious historic surroundings.

The outdoor ice rink at The Tower of London offers spectacular views. Book an evening session while you skate under the evening stars!

The Ice Bar & Café provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks.

Wembley Park – November 20, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Enjoy the spectacular ice skating rink next to the iconic Wembley Stadium and London Designer Outlet. (Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0QL). This outdoor ice rink is open to everyone, from beginners to experts. As well as skating, you can shop, eat, watch a movie or stroll through the traditional Christmas market.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – November 20, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Get into the festive spirit as family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park. This free-to-enter event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.

Westfield London Ice Rink – November 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Skate along to the sounds of live music and enjoy special themed sessions at Westfield London’s stunning ice rink in its central atrium this winter.

Listen to soundtracks from resident DJs and live acts on the stage while gliding across the ice. There will be themed sessions to enjoy and extra-long sessions available for those who can’t get enough of the wintery fun!

The rink is suitable for everyone aged from three years old, with fun penguin-and seal-themed stabilisers available for those who are less steady on their skates.
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Exhibitions at Rich Mix - November/December 2015

RICH Mix has a number of exhibitions lined up for the coming weeks.

Photomonth Photo-Open – in the Mezzanine Gallery until November 28. Free.

The Photomonth Photo-Open Exhibition is open to all kinds of photographers. This year, submissions must tell stories using a series of images on any subject matter.

Photomont Portfolio Review – in the Main Space on November 28. Free.

This is an excellent opportunity for photographers to discuss their work with experienced industry professionals including picture editors, curators, gallerists, agencies, creative and commissioning editors.

City of Dreams – in the Lower Café Gallery from November 13 to November 21. Free.

James Birtwhistle’s unique photographs offer a dark but painterly vision of London as a city inhabited by an unknowable population of ghostly figures pursuing whatever dreams sustain them.

I, Amir – in the Lower Café Gallery from November 24 to December 5. All day. Free.

Poet/Artist Nisha Bhakoo’s short film explores the Freudian concept of the uncanny. She draws upon the uncanny implications of the doppelgänger, new technology and poetry.

The Book of Travels – in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 3 to January 3. Free.

Explore the relationship between the Ottomans and Europe through coffee, music, architecture and the dreams of rebels and radical thinkers all those centuries ago.

David de Brito – When Sao Paulo and London Collide – in the Lower Café Gallery from December 9 to January 1. Free.

Street artist David de Brito is originally from Sao Paulo Brazil. He now lives and paints in London. You may not have heard him but if you walk around the streets of Shoreditch, Peckham and Camden you will see his artwork everywhere.

L’Intru (Invaders) – Upstairs on December 12 at 3pm and 6pm. Tickets: £12, £10 in advance + concessions.

L’Intru (Invaders) is a multidisciplinary exhibition that deals with issues of post-colonialism, capitalism, memory, identity and narration.

For more information visit

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Little Light Nights

Event preview

LITTLE Light Nights will light up dark corners of east London with interactive light installations, performances, and music for a beautiful night of adventure, fun and storytelling to inspire and celebrate.

The festival presents an ambitious programme bringing together innovative live artwork. It is completely free and open to all.

On Saturday, November 21, 2015 (6-10pm), The Brick Box will be bringing Little Light Nights to Bow Creek Ecology Park in east London as part of this two-month festival of light from exciting national and local artists.

The Brick Box will return on Saturday, November 28 (6-11pm) to work their magic on the A13 underpass in Canning Town, the last of this year’s Little Light Nights events, which are part of the UNESCO International Year of Light.

The programme includes interactive moving-image, performances, puppetry, installation and choreography designed to entertain and illuminate. The team of artists collaborating to create the unique events include Chemaine Cooke, James Islip, Fabric Lenny, Jean Mcwean, Output Arts, Lou Sumray and Samuel Wyer.

Little Light Nights is the evolution of Light Night Canning Town and The Electric Fireside. As well as a fantastic opportunity to take part in a live art exhibition, the project is about providing a positive environment in which to dwell after dark. People will literally be able to put themselves in the picture and become part of an ever-changing co-created mural of light, shadows and colour across urban panoramas.

This Arts Council England funded project is a national festival of light, bringing together communities in Bradford and London, generating opportunities for cultural exchange and artistic development between the two cities while exploring how to create a more intimate and interactive experience with light.

Eleanor Barrett, Artistic Director of The Brick Box, said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing Little Lights to east London. We are inviting people from near and far to come together to celebrate two of the city’s assets and to experience east London in a new light.’

Little Light Nights is produced and delivered by The Brick Box CIC, an arts organisation and social enterprise based in London and Bradford, working nationally and internationally.

It empowers people to take part in arts and cultural activity in under used spaces. It believes in the power of creative expression to transform people’s lives and environments. From shopping centre loading bays to motorway underpasses, goods lifts to double decker buses, underground tunnels to disused docks, it finds inspiration in some very unlikely spots and thrives on filling in-between and often overlooked spaces with a large sprinkling of art, love and magic.

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Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age - Science Museum

Exhibition preview

DISCOVER the story of Russian space travel in an exhibition entitled Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, which is on display at the Science Museum until March 13, 2016.

In 1957, Russia launched the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into space and just four years later sent the first ever human – Yuri Gagarin. Discover the dramatic story of how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age will reveal the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK, including:

Vostok 6: the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova, the first ever woman in space.

Voskhod 1: the capsule used on the first mission to carry more than one crew member.

LK-3 Lunar Lander: a single cosmonaut craft built to compete with Apollo.

A collection of gadgets that cosmonauts – and pioneering space dogs – need to live in space, including a shower, toilet, medical instruments and survival kits for crash landings.

Visitors can explore the historical, cultural and spiritual context of Russian space travel, shaped especially by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century. They can also see poignant testimonies and memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight and discover the deeply personal stories of the pioneers who kick-started the space age.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Russian Art Week - November/December 2015

Event preview

THIS autumn, the capital welcomes the seventh edition of Russian Art Week – from November 27 to December 4, 2015.

Auctions of valuable Russian paintings, icons, Fabergé and works of art will be held at all the major London auction houses, alongside a series of Russian art exhibitions, academic lectures and performances by celebrated Russian musicians.

The previous event in June 2015 resulted in £21.1 million of sales.

Bonhams, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Sotheby’s will offer a variety of Russian works of art and decorative objects during the week.

Highlights at Sotheby’s include a collection of works on paper by Natalia Goncharova, the largest ever to come to the market, including her designs for Ballet Russes. Christie’s will present an intriguing Self-portrait with crows by the Kremlin by Vasily Sitnikov, estimated to fetch between £70,000 – £90,000.

Bonhams will offer a dreamy Romantic Encounter by Pavel Svedomsky, estimated to sell for £80,000 – £120,000, whilst MacDougall’s are offering landscapes by Isaak Levitan, High Water, and Ivan Shishkin, Pine Forest, at an estimate of £250,000 – £300,000 and £400,000 – £600,000 respectively.

Leading London galleries will also present the work of living Russian artists, presenting the diversity of contemporary art in Moscow and beyond. Peripheral Visions exhibition at GRAD gallery showcases works by Olga Chernysheva, while Erarta Galleries London, in collaboration with Maxim Boxer, presents the first UK retrospective of famed Moscow conceptualist Sergey Shutov, Russian Landscape.

The de Pury de Pury Gallery at Grafton Street presents the first comprehensive London exhibition of Erik Bulatov,BOT, since the artist’s debut in the capital in 1989. In November, Saatchi Gallery will reveal the results of the first ever open competition for all emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine in the exhibition UK/RAINE and later will present Revelations by Aidan Salakhova, an Azeri and Russian artist, featuring her new works alongside the iconic enigmatic veiled sculptures.

Coinciding with the Russian Art Week programme is the major exhibition at the Science Museum – Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. The display brings together numerous objects, which have been declassified for this exhibition and have never left Russia before.

Several lectures will take place in Russian Art Week, including by world renowned Professor John Bowlt who will lecture on the origins of the Russian Avant-Garde. Dealer James Butterwick will speak on the panel to discuss the challenges of fakes and forgeries in Russian art at GRAD gallery and Gallery Elena Shchukina will host Gregoire Aslanoff’s lecture in Russian on Marc Chagall.

In addition, the Courtauld Institute of Art will host a screening of The Gospel Circle of Vassily Polenov followed by an academic round-table discussion.

London theatres and concert halls will also offer numerous performances of renowned Russian operas and ballets. In December, the Royal Opera House will stage an unmissable event – Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, conducted by Semyon Bychkov and performed by Dmitry Hvorostovsky.

Pushkin House together with Opera Coast invite the public to join them to hear some of Rachmaninov’s song repertoire, as well as excerpts from his diaries and letters at Rachmaninov: Reflections.

Traditionally, both the Royal Opera House and National English Opera will welcome young audience and families to admire the magical The Nutcracker, an eternal Christmas classics by Tchaikovsky, while the Royal Albert Hall presents a fresh approach to this work with The Nutcracker on Ice.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre will host a performance of another Tchaikovsky’s work, The Sleeping Beauty, directed by Matthew Bourne, as a gothic romance for all ages.

Theodora Clarke, organiser of the week, said: “We are excited to announce this year’s programme of events for Russian Art Week. Political tensions between Russia and the UK have increased in light of recent events. However, our event is a great reminder of how art can transcend politics and I think the range of culture on offer will appeal both to Russian enthusiasts and the general public alike.

“Some of the works being sold at auction are museum quality pieces and so there is a great opportunity for anyone to view pictures by these influential artists, who are often less well presented in British collections, for free”.

This year’s event is being sponsored by Knight Frank. Katya Zenkovich, Head of Knight Frank’s Russian Desk, commented on this initiative: “We are delighted to be involved with Russian Art Week 2015. There is an intrinsic link between property and art, with many of our clients looking for homes around the world not only to showcase wonderful collections, but also as an art form themselves.

“Like many art collectors, Knight Frank prides itself in its knowledge of the market and having access to the finest properties around the globe. Our Russian desk is able to understand the wants and needs of its clients, ensuring that they are looked after to the highest standard through one point of contact, whatever their property requirements.”

For a full listing of events and to download a guide visit

Oliver Jeffers: Measuring Land and Sea - Lazarides Rathbone

Oliver Jeffers: Measuring Land and Sea

Exhibition preview

THIS November, Lazarides Rathbone Gallery welcomes back Brooklyn-based artist Oliver Jeffers with a new exhibition. Entitled Measuring Land and Sea, it will be on display from November 20 to December 23, 2015.

Measuring Land and Sea continues Oliver Jeffers’ investigation into the philosophical impasse at which art and science often find themselves. While one is by nature subjective and the other is defined by the pursuit of objectivity, both express two very human characteristics: feeling and reasoning.

For this show, Jeffers has combined classical landscape and seascape painting with technical measurements. Through this juxtaposition, the artist presents the viewer with two modes of representation, one artistic and one scientific. Rather than increase our understanding of the work, this combination makes things less clear by providing superfluous distraction whilst highlighting the boundaries of perceived knowledge.

Thus, Jeffers points to two underlying obstacles of human cognition: the tendency to overthink and the inability to fully comprehend.

In his landscapes, Jeffers complicates each scene by inserting additional, yet unnecessary information. Atop serene terrains, he has carefully measured and marked the angles of the gradients that occur in the image. Despite being inherently factual, this information is extraneous, and with it Jeffers mirrors the muddying effect of the human inclination to overcomplicate.

Conversely, his seascapes comment on the limits of human capacity for comprehension. In these paintings Jeffers has superimposed numbers that mark the depth of the ocean in fathoms, a now obsolete system for measuring depth.

As his various depictions of ocean swell suggest, the surface of the sea is not flat but in constant motion, forever changing. Moreover, what lies beneath the surface is a notoriously uncharted frontier; these paintings speak to the futility of trying to measure—with potentially inadequate means—the immeasurable vastness of our universe.

Measuring Land and Sea follows the artist’s acclaimed 2013 solo exhibition Nothing To See Here at Lazarides Rathbone. To coincide with his show, Jeffers will conduct a discussion on his Dipped Paintings project at London’s National Portrait Gallery. More information is available at

About Oliver Jeffers:

From figurative painting, collage and installation to cartography and picture-book making, Oliver Jeffers’ practice takes many forms. His distinctive oil paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Curiosity and humour are underlying themes throughout Jeffers’ practice as an artist. As much about investigating the ways in which the human mind understands its world, his work is also executed as comic relief in the face of futility.

Jeffers’ picture books are translated into over 30 languages with HarperCollins publishing them in the UK and Penguin in the USA. Titles include the New York Times Bestseller This Moose Belongs to Me, Stuck, How to Catch a Star and The Hueys. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, his second book, Lost and Found, was developed into an animated short film, which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film.

Jeffers won an Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with director Mac Premo. Picture Book awards include the The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Blue Peter Book of the Year, as well as shortlists for the British Book of the Year, The Roald Dahl Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Born in Australia and brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jeffers now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Admission: Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm.

Lazarides Rathbone, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR

Tel: +44 (0) 207 636 5443