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Lee Bul at the Hayward Gallery

This week: 4 – 10 June

4 June 2018 Suzanne Frost

A living artwork, immersive dining and a 17-metre zeppelin – the latest happenings in London will keep you on your toes and your senses, mind and body engaged.


Be part of the the UK's largest ever public artwork for women! PROCESSIONS is a mass participation artwork taking place simultaneously in the four capitals of the UK, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, PROCESSIONS will celebrate one hundred years since the first British women won the right to vote. On Sunday 10th June, tens of thousands of women (including those who identify as women and non-binary) and girls will walk together in the suffragette colours of green, white and violet. Each given a coloured wrap, participants will be choreographed to create a flowing river of colour through the city streets. At the heart of the processions will be one hundred handmade banners created by female artists in partnership with community groups, voicing women's contemporary hopes and concerns. Participating artists and designers include Vivienne Westwood, Anya Hindmarch, Lucy Orta, Claudette Johnson, Heather Agyepong and Sarah Maple. Register to participate or simply show up on the day. Scarves in the suffragette colours will be handed out to participants at the start of PROCESSIONS.
PROCESSIONS will commence on 10 June at 12 pm at Park Lane, W1k 7AJ Abingdon Street, SW1P 3JY and cover a distance of 2.6 miles lasting approximately 90 minutes.
Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One
Paul Nash, Wire, 1918-19

Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, this major new exhibition at Tate Britain explores the immediate impact of the conflict on British, German and French art, looking at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe. Aftermath brings together over 150 works from 1916 to 1932 by artists including George Grosz, Fernand Léger and C.R.W. Nevinson. During this tumultuous period, artists began to explore new imagery and used new visual forms of making art to process experiences of war, offer socio-cultural critique and start the rebuilding and healing of cities and societies.
Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One opens at Tate Britain on 5 June– 23 September.

Lee Bul: Crashing

One of the most acclaimed contemporary artists from Asia, Lee Bul, is taking over the entire Hayward Gallery in this ambitious exhibition – her first major solo show in London. Internationally recognised for her imaginative and provocative work, she draws on diverse sources that include science fiction, 20th century history, philosophy and personal experience, whilst making use of deliberately ‘clashing’ materials that range from the organic to the industrial, from silk and mother of pearl, to fibreglass and silicone. The 16 works displayed explore the full range of her pioneering and highly inventive practice, transforming the Hayward Gallery into a futuristic landscape with monsters, cyborgs and  mirrored labyrinths, culminating in a 17-metre long Zeppelin, suspended above a reflective floor in the Hayward Gallery’s newly refurbished upper galleries.
Lee Bul: Crashing is at the Hayward Gallery 30 May–19 August.

The Place presents: Splayed Festival: An Eruption of Disruptive Femininities
 FK Alexander. Photo by IRO

This new dance festival curated by dance artist Amy Bell is a response to the growing urgency within dance to challenge ideas of female power. Splayed Festival draws together a cluster of subversive artists to challenge what we think we know about gender, desire, identity, violence, performance and power. During a week of bold and playful performance, engaging discussion and a free zine, conventional notions of femininity will be thrown into question and new possibilities set rubbing up against each other. Highlighting the festival is the London premiere of Violence by Glasgow-based performance artist FK Alexander.
Splayed Festival is at The Place fom 6 – 9 June.

The Murdér Express

Not to be confused with any Agatha Christie thrillers, this is in fact London’s latest immersive dining experience set onboard a glamorous 19th century train with lavish furnishings. Traveling back in time, passengers are invited to be the first to experience 'The Murdér Express’A living artwork, immersive dining and  as it makes its first historic journey from London to the fictional town of Murdér in France. Joined by characters such as Frank, an East End Costermonger, Tilley, a music hall star, Vera, a widow in search of adventure and Cliff, a local antique dealer they embark on the trip of a lifetime. Guests will board via the elegant dining car, featuring plush booth seating lit by period table lamps. The menu, designed by BBC One’s MasterChef 2016 finalists, Billy and Jack, will be served as the story of the 'The Murdér Express' unfolds.
Entrance via Pedley Street Station’s ‘Seven Sins’ Bar, Funicular, Arch 63 Pedley Street, London, E1 5BW. Tickets start at £53 and can be booked here.

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