the best things to watch, see and do this week in the uk
Get your indispensable gui-De to leisure action, with our culture highlights of the week.
Image courtesy of Hennessy: For the Culture
Music: Hennessy: For the Culture
Let’s be honest, it looks like Glastonbury is gonna be a wash out. So why not enjoy a summer of great music without risking trench foot in the process? Hennessy have teamed up with Somerset House on For the Culture, an exhibition launching this week which explores London’s dynamic underground music scene, particularly grime and hip-hop, as it moves from the underground to the mainstream (and the headline slot of the Pyramid Stage). Music historian Lloyd Bradley, photographer Olivia Rose and Grime commentator Hattie Collins track through London's most pioneering black music scenes from the 60s to now with a series of events including gigs, interviews and imagery from Skepta, Julie Adenuga, Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, Jammer, Wiley, and more.
Hennessy: For the Culture launches this Wednesday 12 June with a series of events that run until 15 September. Find out more on Somerset House’s website.
Photography: If You Know the Beginning, The End Is No Trouble
Down to the other side of the river now, where in south London Russian-Ghanaian artist Liz Johnson Artur is opening her first ever solo show in the UK. Presenting a new body of work from her seriously impressive archives, If You Know The Beginning, the End Is No Trouble documents and celebrates the lives of the African diaspora in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the USA. There’s a special focus on the black British diaspora too (Liz has lived in London since 1991), with her intimate images showing how the capital has transformed over the past three decades.
If You Know The Beginning, the End Is No Trouble, by Liz Johnson Artur, opens this Friday 14 June at South London Gallery. Find out more about the show, which runs until 1 September, here.
Exhibition: Kiss My Genders
The gender binary is a thing of the past, or at least, it’s going that way, and that’s what this energetic, diverse group exhibition is celebrating. Opening this week at Hayward Gallery, Kiss My Genders is the result of a collaboration between more than 30 international artists (across over 100 artworks!), all of whom explore and engage with gender identity. Employing a wide range of approaches, these artists share an interest in articulating and engaging with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities.
Kiss My Genders opens at Hayward Gallery this Wednesday 12 June and runs until 8 September. Find out more about the artists features in the show and buy tickets here.
Fashion: An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection
I dunno about you, but I own no pairs of Manolo Blahnik shoes. I know right, life is hard. But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the beauty of a Manolo. Same for you? This exhibition might be worth a look. Pairing iconic Manolo Blahnik shoes with the paintings that inspired them, An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection highlights and celebrates the baroque aesthetic of the designer’s archives, and opens a dialogue between art and craft. Carrie Bradshaw-ites incoming.
An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection runs 10 June until 1 September. Find out more about the exhibition here.