‘The Rosie days’ Guest post: London Must Visit Exhibitions

Beth Bowman, Platform Fashion Editor, has written a review of three of her favourite recent exhibitions in London on her personal blog http://www.therosiedays.com . The transport links from Nottingham to London make it easier than ever to travel down for the day and experience the culture our capital city has to offer. Here Beth talks about the exhibitions she recommends you go and see…

“London is for me, one of the best cultural cities in the UK; with endless exhibitions, pop-ups & launch events, each week there are hundreds of things to see & visit. Though you might not always love everything that you see, there will always be a small element of the experience that you can take forward & develop to help you progress as a creative. Here are a few of the exhibitions that I’ve visited recently in the city that I would recommend taking a trip to…

The Photographers Gallery is one of my favourite galleries in London; tucked away behind Oxford circus, it’s a great place to visit if you’re in the area. All of the exhibitions are free to enter before midday & after that they’re only a few pounds each. The Feminist Avant-Gardeexhibition is a curation of works from the Verbund collection. With pieces from nearly 50 female artists, the exhibition draws attention to the practitioners who were prominent in the shaping of the Feminist Art Movement. At the time, the question of gender equality was being brought into public discourse, & the images, films & collages shown in the exhibition  each illustrate the creativity happening around the time. Open until January 29th 2017.
2. Is it even worse in Europe? @ The Whitechapel Gallery 
Continuing with the Feminist Art theme, the world renowned Guerrilla Girls currently have an exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery, just next to Aldgate East tube station. To give a bit of background, the Guerrilla Girls are a group of women activists who strive for gender equality in the art world; self coined the conscience of the art world, they work to bridge the gender gap in exhibitions & creative spaces on an international scale. This exhibition is a visualisation of their recent research into the percentage of women in exhibitions & archives in galleries across Europe. The questionnaires are displayed across a full wall of the space, covered with summaries of their key insights & quotes. Before you go into the main exhibition room, I would recommend watching the short film on the screen just outside the door to give you a summary of their women’s work. Open until March 5th 2017 (Free Entry).
Whilst The Hayward Gallery is being refurbished, they have taken over one of London’s favourite show spaces for The Infinite Mix. The exhibition is a large scale film installation comprised of 10 individual visual works, each displayed in their own section of the vast space. The exhibition takes you around the building; through derelict corridors, graffiti covered stairwells & The Store, the space’s beautiful cafe. Though I didn’t personally enjoy every film, I feel that they each attract a different kind of person. Covering a vast range of subject areas, the films aim to highlight unique societal issues across the world. With the use of holograms, 3D projection & immersive multi screen setups, the films each dictate an unheard narrative through the use of sound & visuals. Some of my favourite pieces were numbers 1, 3, 6 & 10. Open until December 4th 2016 (Free Entry).


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This post originally appeared on Beth’s Blog http://www.therosiedays.com