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This Week 23 – 29 January
This Week 23 – 29 January

This Week 23 – 29 January

23 January 2017 Belphoebe New

January is almost over and that means we’ve beaten the doom, gloom and empty pockets of the notoriously difficult first month of the year. You can really feel the reinvigorated sense of optimism this week with an emergence of some of the capital’s brightest and most exciting new theatre, exhibitions and debates.

VAULT Festival
 
From Wednesday, some of the UK’s most electric and subversive theatre and comedy will be happening below our feet. The Vaults Theatre in Waterloo return with their extravaganza festival of groundbreaking and daring new theatre as well as a varied programme of after parties and events that will have you dancing the night away. There’s almost too many events to mention in the first week, but highlights include a family comedy about a hippo that can never be caught, a disability for dunces guide by comedian Lost Voice Guy and a homosocial dance party incorporating performance art and a laser/visual spectacular – get ready to see some truly innovative performances that will change your perspective forever.
 
VAULT Festival runs 25 January – 5 March 2017, find out more here.


 
Breathe at Somerset House
 
This weekend, Somerset House are hosting a selection of free installations, performances, talks and workshops highlighting the impact of air pollution on our health. Air pollution is a serious concern in London, and Breathe will consider the problem through a proposed redesign of the city’s environment and a discussion of some of the methods already being implemented globally to deal with the issue. Featuring audiovisual installations inspired by the pioneering work of the Environmental Research Group and virtual forest landscapes from Emily Godden & Audit Chaos, this weekend is a fascinating and entirely necessary creative interpretation of one of the most critical problems the city faces today.
 
Breathe runs 28-29 January at Somerset House, events are free. Find out more here.


 
Profiles by Anna Laurini
 
From the streets to the exhibition hall, leading street art artist Anna Laurini brings her first neon show to Lights of Soho. Her signature faces can be seen painted on to walls across London, and now her profoundly expressive and thought-provoking art, which perfectly captures London’s vibrancy, will be lighting up this Soho gallery for a 6 week residency.
 
Profiles runs 25 January - 11 March 2017 at Lights of Soho, find out more here.
 

Photo credit: Anna Laurini: The First Lady

Sussex Modernism – Retreat and Rebellion
 
Sometimes the radical can be found in even the quietest of landscapes. This exhibition will explore how innovative, modernists artists were drawn to the idyllic countryside of Sussex in the first half of the 20th century and how creative communities were formed. Covering some of the most prominent artists from The Bloomsbury Group, including Edward James, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, it will trace them back to their Sussex connections to discover how their artistic inspiration sprung from there. There’ll also be showcases of significant modernist art from Brighton Museum and Hasting’s Jerwood Gallery.
 
Sussex Modernism – Retreat and Rebellion runs 28 January– 23rd April at Two Temple Place. Find out more here.


Photo credit: Duncan Grant (1885 - 1978) Venus and Adonis, c.1919 © Tate, London 2015 / DACS 2016

Designing the Tube at The London Transport Museum
 
If you’re a Londoner, the tube is undoubtedly a significant part of your life. This event at the London transport museum will discuss the work that went into designing the tube as well as possible future developments with a series of interactive debates, talks and workshops, as well as the chance to see the museum’s new Designology exhibition. Get involved in creating a network map out of thread, hear experts speak about how the tube has the power to connect or forget regions and communities, and enjoy live music at the bar.
 
26 January at The London Transport Museum, tickets are £12, find out more here.

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