I’ve never been a fan of Cupid’s shenanigans in February, so I am going to skim over anything icky which might be happening in the capital this Friday. I do have a free concert on Thursday for you if love is on your weekly agenda, and I do sincerely wish you all copious amounts of chocolate and buckets of red roses.
Oscar wasn’t so keen on the Brits yesterday evening, but never mind London, as we’ve got legendary film director and artist Sir Steve McQueen descending into Tate Modern this week in a major exhibition. And how on earth did half term land on us so quickly? For those of you staying put (yours truly included), here are some ways you can keep your budding Fridas and Damiens entertained.
“When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London. ” (Bette Midler)
Tuesday 11 February
A solo exhibition of new works by Light and Space master James Turrell opens at Pace Gallery today, marking the artist’s ninth solo presentation with the gallery. The exhibition will feature three new works from his Constellation series. On until 27 March.
Wednesday 12 February
The UK’s leading children’s festival, Imagine, returns to Southbank Centre for its nineteenth year with twelve days of performance, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0-11 and their grownups. The line-up includes Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq. More information here. On until 23 February.
La Cage aux Folles makes a camp comeback at the Park Theatre in a new translation by Simon Callow. On until 21 March.
Thursday 13 February
Steve McQueen at Tate Modern will feature 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture with an unprecedented opportunity to experience the depth of McQueen’s visual art career in this country for the first time since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. On at Tate Modern until 11 May.
Three surviving versions of the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I are to go on public display together in a free exhibition at the Queen’s House. Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I, is the first time the paintings have been displayed together in their 430-year history. On until 31 August.
Premiums, the testing ground for new and recent works for second year students at the Royal Academy of Arts opens today. On until 11 March in the Weston Studio and The McAulay Gallery. More information here.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with works by Henry Purcell and William Lloyd Webber in a free lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields. More information here.
Friday 14 February
Roger Allam and Colin Morgan star in Caryl Churchill’s A Number at the Bridge Theatre. How might a son feel to discover that he is only one of a number of identical copies? What happens when a father is confronted by the results of an outrageous genetic experiment? On until 14 March.
Saturday 15 February
A fascinating family-friendly exhibition brings the creatures of the Permian back to life through fossil skeletons, full-size models and animatronics at the Horniman Museum. Young visitors can also sift through interactive dig pits and get creative in an art area. On until 1 November. More information here.
Sadler’s Wells gets its name from the iron-rich wells water located where the theatre now stands. It was claimed that drinking water from said wells would be effective against “dropsy, jaundice, scurvy, green sickness and other distempers to which females are liable—ulcers, fits of the mother, virgin’s fever and hypochondriacal distemper.” You know where to go, ladies!
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