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A Birds Eye View by Martin Parr

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LEADING food brand Birds Eye has commissioned renowned photographer Martin Parr to showcase a never before seen collection of 30 photographs, revealing a unique perspective of Britain’s eating habits.

Entitled A Birds Eye View, the exhibition documents Parr’s four month tour of the UK, offering visitors an exclusive insight into what makes up the typical, modern mealtime in Britain.

Martin Parr, who has famously captured the personal tastes and habits of Britons for more than 22 years, was appointed by Birds Eye to develop a deeper understanding of the nation’s mealtime habits. The initiative follows the Big Mealtime Audit, a study by Birds Eye exploring the way real people eat and interact with one another during meals and uncovering what makes modern British mealtimes truly special.

The original photography collection features real people enjoying mealtimes from across the UK with the subjects hailing from regions including Kent, London, Cornwall, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Wales, Kent, Southport and Birmingham.

The collection displays a variety of scenarios including everything from a group of young professionals sharing a midweek meal, a family eating dinner in front of the TV, a breakfast fry-up on a camping holiday amongst friends, a group enjoying a traditional Indian curry, to a summer BBQ in the garden.

A Birds Eye View will pop-up in central London for just one day – on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Visitors will experience an exclusive free of charge viewing of the collection, as well as a screening of a behind-the-scenes film documenting Parr’s tour and the various subjects and meal occasions he photographed throughout the course of the tour.

Martin Parr comments: “Each photograph within this collection highlights that whether you choose to eat with others or alone, every moment captured can tell a story and reveal a fascinating insight into people’s lives. My aim with A Birds Eye View is to bring this idea to life and understand the real people and real meals that depict how our nation eats today, encouraging others to appreciate our different and wonderful ways of living.”

Venue: 18 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PE

Time: 9am – 9pm.

From Around the World by Kevin Cummins

Moscow

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PAUL Stolper Gallery in London is pleased to offer 100 prints, each for £100 + VAT by Kevin Cummins, exclusively at Multiplied 2014: Contemporary Art in Editions Fair, (October 17 – 20).

Manchester born Kevin Cummins has an international reputation as one of the world’s leading photographers.

His iconic portraits of rock musicians as diverse as Joy Division, The Smiths, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Love and David Bowie have graced magazine covers and galleries the world over and are included in the collection of The National Portrait Gallery and The V&A amongst others.

Cummins career has seen him travel across the globe and the images in this collection are a selection of photographs taken from around the world over the last five years, from Venice to Muscat, Paris to LA. Speaking about the genesis of this collection, Cummins comments:

“Working with musicians is 5% work and 95% hanging around waiting for them to turn up. They tend to be nocturnal creatures, which gives me a lot of free time during the day. Early in my career, I’d diligently sit around awaiting their impending arrival – which proved to be immensely frustrating.

“Once I realised that most musicians think there’s only one 10 o’clock in the day, I started filling my time by wandering the streets of whichever city we were in, taking photos for pleasure. You could say that this set of 100 prints has only been made possible due to the ‘laziness’ of others.”

Paul Stolper Gallery, 31 Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH

Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 7001

Website: www.paulstolper.com/

Lego sculptor Nathan Sawaya's The Art of the Brick

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THE OLD Truman Brewery – East London’s revolutionary arts and media quarter – will host Nathan Sawaya’s world renowned exhibition The Art of the Brick® – from Friday, September 26, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015.

Over seventy five art sculptures, created by US artist Nathan Sawaya from more than a million LEGO® bricks, will be on display.

The Art of the Brick has been proclaimed by CNN as one of the world’s 10 must see exhibitions and has already attracted millions of visitors worldwide in New York, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Shanghai and Singapore.

The artworks on display will be large scale sculptures, many of which are human figures such as Sawaya’s most famous piece Yellow and a TRex skeleton Dinosaur constructed from over 80,000 LEGO bricks that measures over six metres in length.

In addition, visitors will have a chance to see Sawaya’s recent interpretations of some of the world’s most famous artworks, such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The exhibition includes an Interactive Zone inviting younger (and older) visitors to explore their creativity using the iconic bricks.

Nathan Sawaya, whose previous career was as a successful corporate lawyer, started playing with LEGO toys at an early age and just never stopped creating. He explains:

‘I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles. The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves.’

Ticket for the exhibition are available from www.artofthebrick.co.uk/ or at 0207 492 5374.

Hew Locke: Beyond the Sea Wall - Hales Gallery

Hew Locke, Anira St, 2014, acrylic on c-type photograph, 81.5 x 122 cm.

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HALES Gallery is presenting an exhibition entitled Beyond the Sea Wall. Hew Locke’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, it will be on display from October 10 to November 22, 2014.‏

The show will be comprised of new works in various mediums, such as sculpture, painted photographs and painted share certificates, in which Locke explores and connects the ideas of past and present, good and bad fortune, as well as memories from his childhood in Guyana.

Hew Locke (b. Edinburgh, 1959) spent his formative years (1966-1980) in Guyana before returning to the UK to complete an MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1994). His recent works have been included in The Folkestone Triennial (2011), the 54th Venice Biennale (2010) and Deptfor X (2012).

In 2014, Locke’s works will be featured in Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial.

Selected shows include National Portrait Gallery (London), El Museo de Bario (New York), Fondation Clément (Martinique), The Bell House (Prague), Kunsthal KAdE (Netherlands), Tate Britain (London), V&A Museum (London), The New Art Gallery (Walsall), Rivington Place (London), The Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool), The British Museum (London), The New Art Exchange (Nottingham), The Luckman Gallery (LA), The New York Museum of Art and Design (New York), Atlanta Contemporary Arts (US), The Brooklyn Museum (New York) and Perez Art Museum Miami.

In 2010, Locke’s work, Sikandar, was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Locke’s work is represented in many collections including The Government Art Collection (UK), Miami Art Museum (US), The Tate Gallery (UK), The Arts Council of England (UK), The Collection of Eileen and Peter Norton (US), The Brooklyn Museum (New York), The Arnold Lehman Collection (US), The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (US), Kansas City Collection (US), The RSID Museum (Rhode Island), The New Art Gallery (Walsall), The Victoria & Albert Museum Drawing Collection (London), The British Museum (London) and The Henry Moore Institute (Leeds).

Times: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm or by appointment.

Hales Gallery, Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Website: www.halesgallery.com/

Michael Sole at GX Gallery

Detail of Michael Sole's The Cuillins - oil and acrlic on canvas - 200 x 100cm.

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FROM September 20 to October 8, 2014, GX Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new paintings by 2013 winner of The Royal Society of Marine Artists, Michael Sole, best known for his large, brave, striking and emotionally charged canvases of rolling, almost splashing, sea paintings.

This year’s show focuses on Sole’s trip to Scotland where he spent the time outside wandering, camping and avoiding giant rock falls on the Isle of Skye.

Sole’s major interest is nature and the re-evaluation of its painterly tradition. His work explores painting as a process using the great outdoors as a subject matter. To gain inspiration, he places himself into the environment he paints, enabling him to bring thoughts, ideas, and the physical presence of the landscape back into the studio as a transferral process.

As he explains: “When I see an evening or morning bright colourful sky, I have an uncontrollable urge to see if I can not only capture it but do it justice on a canvas. If I had already been able to, and had succeeded, then this urge wouldn’t be there in the first place.”

Sole attempts to replicate nature with oils and acrylics on canvas. Unlike most seascape painters he does not work from a palette, painting bit by bit which sadly, often creates what may be photographic but flat lifeless paintings. Instead, he works directly on the canvas bringing energy and movement to a work which is truer to the characteristics of sea.

As he again explains: “The painted layer is so wet and moveable thanks to the white paint. You can put so much expression into your movements which then obviously gets locked as the layer dries. It’s exciting to have a limited amount of time to perfect that layer, the only thing to watch out for is adding too much paint. Painting wet paintings is so much more exciting than painting onto dry paint. You have to build the next layer up so much so that the whole canvas is wet paint so the whole canvas can be ‘tied together’ and a huge feeling of satisfaction can be felt – there is no painting satisfaction when bits and pieces are added to that dried layer.”

Born in Dorset in 1985, educated at Wimbledon College of Art and graduating with a BA in 2008, Sole has gone on to exhibit in group and solo shows across Britain and France. Now a recognised name within contemporary British art his works continue to appreciate, with a loyal following of collectors. This is the fourth exhibition of his works in London. Sole’s dedication to research, constant commitment to overload and push the boundaries of paint, and his confidence are evident in this collection of land and seascapes.

GX Gallery, 43 Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8RS

Tel: +(0) 20 77038396

Website: www.gxgallery.com/

David Farrell at the Osborne Samuel Gallery

Shirley Bassey

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UNTIL September 20, 2014, Osborne Samuel is presenting a major exhibition of photographs from the estate of celebrated British photographer David Farrell (1919-2013), internationally renowned for his iconic images of many of the greatest musicians, actors, authors, dancers and artists of the 20th century.

The exhibition will be the first survey of Farrell’s work since his death earlier last year. It will showcase images of many of his most famous sitters, from Louis Armstrong and Laurence Olivier, to Anthony Caro, Margot Fonteyn and the Rolling Stones, alongside documentary works depicting domestic life in Britain and anonymous street subjects.

Born in London, Farrell studied at Dulwich College and later trained at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1946, following a period of active service with the RAF during WW2, he moved to Gloucestershire, where he became a central figure in a circle of intellectuals and artists including Lynn Chadwick, Jacob Bronowski and Peter Nichols.

Abandoning his ambitions to become a solo violinist due to growing family responsibilities, Farrell turned to photography, securing a significant commission from the British Council to photograph a series of well-known artists including Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi and Barbara Hepworth. These portraits established his reputation and attracted regular commissions for newspapers and magazines, and in 1955 he received his first music assignment to photograph Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Thomas Beecham at the Bath Festival.

Over the next 30 years, Farrell made numerous portraits of musicians and performers in informal situations, preferring to photograph them at home or in the studio rather than in public performance. He had a knack of being in the right place at the right time and his approach proved popular with his sitters. Paul Scofield described him as the one photographer “who never intruded”. John Gielgud, on seeing his portrait, asked “David, where were you? I didn’t know you were there!’ And Menuhin claimed that Farrell created the visual equivalent of his own musical achievements.

Expanding his portfolio through commissions from London Weekend Television and Thames TV, Farrell went on to photograph most of the pop stars of the period, including early performances by the Beatles, Cilla Black and Tom Jones. In the 1960s and 1970s, he turned to theatre and film with an invitation to photograph the production of Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) starring Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren, and over subsequent years he worked on more than 100 films and TV dramas alongside directors including Michael Winner and Ken Loach.

Upon his death aged 93, Farrell left an extensive archive of images which together form a fascinating “hall of fame” of the 20th century’s best-known stars of stage, screen and soundtrack. Osborne Samuel is delighted to be celebrating and commemorating his extraordinary legacy with this important exhibition of highlights drawn from across his remarkable five decade career.

Osborne Samuel, 23a Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QG

Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 7939

Website: www.osbornesamuel.com/

Sumatran Tigers at London Zoo

Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS summer, London Zoo (ZSL) has an extra special attraction and it comes in the form of three beautiful Sumatran tiger cubs. The two males and one female, born to Melati on February 3 this year, are now seven months old and their names reflect their personalities.

The young males are Nakal, meaning Trouble or Naughty, and Budi, meaning Wise, while their playful sister is Cinta, meaning Love.

They live with their mother, a young female Sumatran tiger who moved to London from Australia, in Tiger Territory, a special area that has been designed with ZSL’s team of tiger keepers, conservationists and experts to ensure that it perfectly suits the big cats’ needs. That means it has tall trees for them to scale and high feeding poles to encourage their natural predatory behaviour.

It also has floor-to-ceiling glass windows that enable visitors to get really close to them without any of the obvious dangers. Tigers love climbing and the raised viewing platform brings you on a level with their treetop retreat – perfect for getting that special photo.

At the moment, Melati and the three cubs live apart from father Jae Jae, a handsome male Sumatran tiger with a unique, eye-catching ruff of fur. He was born in San Francisco Zoo and came to London from Akron Zoo in Ohio as part of the global breeding programme for this critically endangered species – there are only 300 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Poaching and habitat loss are largely to blame.

Just by visiting the zoo, you are helping to fund the programme. Moreover, as I’ve already said, you get to see these beautiful creatures as never before. I know because I recently explored Tiger Territory with my two young grandsons who were as enthralled as I was.

But tigers apart, the zoo has much more to offer visitors – from lions to leafcutter ants, from gorillas to Komodo dragons. And each day there’s a programme of events to suit all tastes. For more information, visit www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo.

Tiger Territory Gallery

London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY

The Beautiful Octopus Club returns to the Royal Festival Hall

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ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, The Beautiful Octopus Club, the largest multi-media club night in London, which celebrates the best of learning disability culture, returns to the Royal Festival Hall for its sixth year with five stages, over twelve live performances and twenty top DJs.

This year’s club will be inspired by five Heart n Soul artists: award-winning singer Lizzie Emeh, multimedia artist and filmmaker Dele Fakoya, singer and performance artist Tilley Hughes, visual artist Ifeoma Orjiekwe and Dean Rodney of glitch pop band The Fish Police.

All are working in collaboration with artist Ben Connors, who will be creating a special edition pullout comic based on their stories. Ben Connors is an artist who has designed visuals for numerous music and performing artists including Gilles Peterson and poet Dean Atta.

The club, which has previously attracted audiences of more than 3,000 people, invites the public to get involved in a multi-sensory artistic experience, take part in a range of creative activities and experience high quality art.

A key highlight of the club will be the SoundLab where audiences will get the chance to create and experiment with their own music tracks. App makers Amplify Studio will create a unique installation just for the club where audiences will be able to create their own digital band using their brand new app NOiZE, which will be premiered at the event and made available for general release later in the year.

There will be live music across three stages including Lizzie Emeh, who will be performing tracks from her new album with a four-piece string quartet, and music from The Fish Police, who have invited some of their favourite bands from their UK tour earlier this year.The evening will also include DJing from some of the best DJs on the learning disability club scene across the UK.

The Tunnel of Love, Heart n Soul’s multi-media installation in Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall, will also be open to explore, including the Piggie Powder room, created by Tilley Hughes with Bobby Baker.

Heart n Soul is a leading creative arts company who believe in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities. Their work is about art, training and taking part. Diverse artists and participants work together towards their goal of making a more creative, fun and open world. They offer a range of opportunities for people to take part in, train in a new skill or develop their artistic talents. Artists and participants share their work live, recorded or online for as many different people to enjoy as possible. The company reached over 30,000 people per year in live events, creative sessions and online.

Lizzie Emeh was the first solo artist with a learning disability to release an album to the mainstream public with Loud and Proud in 2009, describing her sound as a mix of ‘R&B, jazz and a lot of soul’. Since then, she’s won an award at the Radar People of the Year awards for her achievements in music and the arts in 2010, a Champion of the Year award at the AMI’s, and is currently working on her second album. She also performed with Beverley Knight at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. She was discovered on the open mic at Beautiful Octopus Club in 1999.

Dean Rodney is the lead singer of The Fish Police, a three-piece band hailing from South London. Combining upbeat surreal pop imagery with glitch beats and a punk aesthetic, they have created their own unique blend of electronic future funk, pop and hip hop. Along with band mates Matthew Howe (guitar) and Charles Stuart (keys, co-songwriter, background vocals) they mix their love of computer games, cartoons, fast food and Japanese culture to create sounds that set them apart on the UK urban music scene.Rodney was cited as one to watch by Dazed & Confused magazine in 2013.

The much-anticipated return of Unlimited, Southbank Centre’s festival that celebrates the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists, will run from Tuesday, September 2 to Sunday, September 7, 2014. In 2012, Unlimited was one of the highlights of the Cultural Olympiad. It returns again for an ambitious and eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, literature, comedy and visual arts honouring difference underpinned by a spirit of artistic adventure, searing honesty and wicked humor.

The Unlimited commissions celebrate the work of disabled artists on an unprecedented scale. In 2013, Shape and Artsadmin were awarded funding by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012 to deliver a new three-year programme with key partners including Southbank Centre, British Council, Disability Arts Online and DaDaFest. Between 2014 and 2016, the Unlimited programme will once again support disabled artists creating extraordinary work.

Suitable for ages 18+.

Admission: Free.

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX

Website: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/

Drawing on Style: Four Decades of Elegance

Drawing on Style: Four Decades of Elegance

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GRAY MCA, leading specialists in Fashion Illustration, have announced that they will be holding a selling exhibition of original fashion illustrations from Post War 1940s through to the 1970s from Thursday, September 11 to Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Gallery 8, St James’s, London.

Coinciding with London Fashion Week, the exhibition will include 40 original works by the leading fashion illustrators of the time from Britain, Europe and America, including Rene Bouche, Rene Gruau and Carl Erickson for publications including Vogue as well as advertising work for L’Oreal and other famous names in Haute Couture.

There will also be a selection of original designs by designers including Dior, Zandra Rhodes and Bellville Sassoon.

Prices will range from £300 – £10,000.

Illustration: Gerd Grimm (1911 – 1998). Fashion drawing for Frau im Speigel 1947. Indian ink and watercolour, signed, 42 × 30 cms. Price: £5,000.

Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN

Omar Ba: State of Emergency - Hales Gallery

Omar Ba, Afrique, Afrique, Afrique, 2014, oil, gouache, ink and pencil on corrugated carton, 190 x 143 cm.

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HALES Gallery has announced its first solo exhibition with Senegalese artist Omar Ba. Entitled State of Emergency, it will be on display from September 3 to October 4, 2014.

Having lived both in Senegal and Switzerland, Omar Ba’s works combine memories of his motherland with experiences of his current home in Geneva.

Ba predominantly makes paintings directly onto corrugated cardboard sheets, the artists preferred surface. His relocation from Dakar to Geneva has had a major effect on his work bringing together both African and Western influences often centred around single figures, isolated on blackened surfaces.

The highly patterned and elaborate paintings draw together imagery associated with famine, tribal decoration, factional warfare and despotic self-styled leaders, along with advances in new technology and popular culture.

These almost mythological, ‘folklore’ inspired beings are not void of Western influences which serve as a nod to Postmodernity and the culture of ‘now’.

Omar Ba (b. Senegal, 1977) received his formal education in both Senegal (l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts, Senegal, 2002) and Switzerland (l’Ecole Supérieur des Beaux-arts, Geneva, 2005 and ECAVMAPS Arts in Public Spheres, 2011). Selected exhibitions include: Biennale de Dakar (Dakar, Senegal, 2014), Vitalic (Hales Gallery, London, UK, 2013), La Jeunesse est un art (Manor Kunstpreis, Aagauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2012), Swiss Art Awards (Bale, Switzerland), and others.

In 2011, Ba received the prestigious Swiss Art Award. 2014 saw the publication of The Prophecy of the People of Durban/La Prophetie des Gens de Durban, the artist’s most recent catalogue. Ba’s works can be found in private and public collections, including Credit Suisse, Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Geneve, Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris, Centre national des arts plastiques, France, and others.

Ba lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.

Opening Times: Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm; or by appointment.

Hales Gallery, Tea Building, 7 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Website: www.halesgallery.com/