March 11, 2016
Unity Culture Club: On Your Radar – 11.03.16
Here’s your weekly co. mailer, featuring a host of handpicked recommendations from the left-field of London’s arts and culture world.
Lock down your aerials…
1. STREET (ART & CRAFT) BEER
At Unity, we’re big fans of being connected with our city – last year, we identified Hyper-Locality as one of our key trends for 2016. We’re therefore delighted to hear about the launch of (Art and Craft)’s latest tour, Street (Art & Craft) Beer.
Starting at Peckham Rye Station, your guide will take you on a journey through the colourful world of street art in Peckham and East Dulwich, ending at the Brick Brewery with a craft beer tasting
You’ll have the chance to visit the work of artists who have showcased their own contemporary takes on classic paintings, including Conor Harrington, Stik, Remi Rough, System and more. Tour the streets of South London, hear about how they have mirrored the great masters on display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and complete the evening with great beer and chat.
WHERE? Meet outside Peckham Rye Station
WHEN? March 11, 18 & 19th Find out more
2. NIGHT SHIFT - LONDON AFTER DARK
The London Transport Museum has been producing some fascinating programming recently as part of its Transported by Design season, which showcases the evolution of the Capital’s design classics, as well as contemporary and future design. We’re particularly impressed by their Night Shift exhibition, which explores the dark side of London transport and what happens in the city when the sun goes down.
The development of gas and electric street lights at the end of the 19th century revolutionised London’s night life, introducing new opportunities for pleasure seekers and greater demands on night workers travelling in the city.
Design fans will particularly enjoy seeing the exhibition’s showcase of the power of publicity, with retro transport posters, photographs and archive film promoting evening leisure on display.
The rise of the West End and leisure economy are well documented, as well as the development of transport to meet the needs of Fleet Street and night workers. The exhibition also shines a light on 20th and 21st century life, from wartime Tube sheltering to the flourishing nightlife scene, giving us a new picture of the contemporary 24-hour city.
WHERE? London Transport Museum, Covent Garden
WHEN? Until April 10 Find out more
3. STRANGE AND FAMILIAR
Next week sees the launch of Strange and Familiar – another promising exhibition hosted by the Barbican, this time curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr.
The show considers how international photographers have captured the social, cultural and political identity of the UK through the camera lens from the 1930s onwards, from street and architectural photography to social documentary and portraiture.
Works by leading photographers – including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand, who have captured their interpretations of the country in their own distinctive styles – have been brought together for this vibrant celebration of modern Britain.
WHERE? The Barbican
WHEN? March 16 – June 19 Find out more
4. LETTERS LIVE
Letters Live returns to London’s iconic Freemasons’ Hall, one of the finest Art Deco buildings in Britain. Inspired by Letters of Note, the shows are part of a series of curated, live events celebrating the power of literary correspondence.
Expect a different star-studded cast to read their favourite letters each night, with names including Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen, Caitlin Moran, Gillian Anderson, Jude Law, Dominic West, and James Rhodes. The line-up changes (and is kept secret) for each performance, so prepare to be surprised.
The readings are bound to be remarkable, provoking heartbreak and inspiration in equal measures. In addition, part of the proceeds from each performance are channeled towards a number of selected literacy charities, to ensure the power of reading is preserved.
WHERE? Freemasons Hall, Covent Garden
WHEN? March 10 – 15 Find out more
5. B&H KITCHEN
We’re excited to welcome the latest addition to the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings in Clerkenwell: the B&H Kitchen.
Offering a range of informal cookery classes and short courses for all levels, there seems to be something for everyone – from butchery to bread making, and knife skills to baking.
Led by Executive Chef Adam Gray, they will be held in the bespoke kitchen which has been designed to offer the perfect environment for learning fresh skills in comfort.
This week’s classes include Specialty Bread, Knife Skills and Easter Chocolate. The end of each session sees everyone sampling their efforts together around the large farmhouse dining table and, if that wasn’t enough, you can also sample a specially-made cocktail from the bar below.
WHERE? B&H Buildings, 42 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell
WHEN? March 12, 16, 19 and onwards Find out more
6. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
We were one of many celebrating International Women’s Day this week, with our own founder Nik Govier writing a thoughtful piece for PR Week.
Explaining why everyone’s voice is and should be equal, just like the people behind them, she dismantles complaints against having days for specific groups of individuals. Days that applaud difference, she argues, should be about positive affirmation to bring people together through a commonality and assuring them they aren’t alone.
It’s not exclusive – it’s inclusive, through a shared desire to celebrate the positive contributions people make to the world and to each other.
And don’t we all want to do that?