Kensington Mums Back to School events for September

Local mums’ and parents’ website Kensington Mums is hosting a couple of exciting events for this month, helping you get back into the swing of things for the start of the new school year!

Kensington Mums

First up is a pampering event for all the mums out there – perfect for having a little ‘me’ time whilst the busy academic year starts up again. (Or maybe a relaxing moment after a busy summer!) Kensington Mums is proudly inviting you all to a special back to school pamper party at Salon Valentino in the heart of Kensington on Wednesday 23rd September for a blow-dry and express manicure.

Kensington Mums Pamper Party with Ruuby App

Each mum will receive two treatments (which must be booked in advance with assigned time slots) – there will also be an option to have a quick make-up look (eyes/lips) which is great for both school run mums and working mums! Kids are allowed to accompany you; drinks and nibbles will also be available for all to enjoy. All mums attending will also receive ‘Love Ruuby’ vouchers, which gives you £10 off any treatment booked over £30. Tickets for this event cost £10 and must be booked in advance – book your place today!

On Friday 25th September, there’s a first aid for babies and toddlers course provided by First Aid for Life, the the leading independent supplier of award-winning first aid training in Greater London. Mums and dads will see this as a great opportunity to pick up some first aid skills that may be life-saving in the case of an emergency.

Kensington Mums First Aid for Life

This two-hour course will be relaxed, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout. Taking place at My Kid Atelier in SW6, the course costs £50 per person or £100 for couples – you can again book your spot for the course online.

More on Kensington Mums and their other upcoming events can of course be found at www.kensingtonmums.co.uk.

Kensington Mums September Events
Back to School Pamper time with Ruuby App
9.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 23rd September 2015
and
First Aid for Life Course
7pm – 9pm, Friday 25th September 2015

Crown & Glory Pop-Up at Anges de Sucre

Anges de Sucre on Holland Street – the local sweetshop that was voted the best café or coffee shop in Kensington in the 2014 Timeout Loves awards – will be hosting a flower crown pop-up next weekend (Friday 14th – Sunday 16th August 2015) and is inviting people of all ages to come down!

Crown and Glory Pop-Up

Their Crown & Glory #CGCandyshop pop-up will be a fun and creative summer event. You’ll be able to pick out your own flowers to make fantastic, long-lasting flower crown headbands, whilst also munching on Anges de Sucre’s famous and delicious macaroons and cupcakes!

Pick your own custom faux fleurs from the sweet jars and watch the Crown & Glory gang whip up a unique floral crown, fascinator, headband or clip especially for you.

Girls and ladies of all ages can pick up a beautiful accessory for summer that will perfectly compliment their own style. But men won’t be left out – gentlemen, why not pick up a floral beard? For those with furry friends, floral dog collars can also be made!

Crown and Glory Pop-Up

Whatever your age or style, simply select the blooms you like best and get the C&G folks to create your own unique floral masterpiece at a special rate. Whilst they’re working their magic, why not tuck into delicious macaroons and cakes, all freshly baked in store?

The Crown & Glory pop-up is open to all ages and it’s free to explore – just turn up on any of the days! Floral accessories will cost between £10 to £35 to buy, whilst coffees, macaroons and cakes are available for under £5.

Crown & Glory Pop-Up at Anges de Sucre
9am – 7pm, Friday 14th August 2015
9.30am – 7pm, Saturday 15th August 2015
10am – 6pm, Sunday 16th August 2015
1 Holland Street
W8 4NA
www.angesdesucre.com

Crown and Glory Pop-Up

Pintar Rapido outdoor painting festival returns on 11th & 12th July

The UK’s largest outdoor painting festival, competition and exhibition is returning to the streets of London – and Chelsea – on the weekend of 11th and 12th July 2015 for its third annual event.

Open to both professional and amateur artists from all over the UK, the event challenges artists of all levels to create a picture of a London cityscape from start to finish in one day. Pintar Rapido attracts hundreds of artists each year that compete for £3,000 worth of prizes, including the top award of £1,000 sponsored by sofa.com, as well as the opportunity to sell their creations.

Pintar Rapido Pintar Rapido

Pintar Rapido‘ means painting ‘painting quickly’ in Spanish; the event was founded by Roger Beckett who has published two of the UK’s most influential magazines for designers, Design Week and Creative Review. He was inspired by a similar event whilst visiting a small village in Catalonia called Horta De Sant Juan where Picasso painted several early Cubist paintings.

Pintar Rapido Pintar Rapido

Roger Beckett said:

“Last year we had more than 500 artists taking part in making Pintar Rapido the biggest outdoor painting festival and exhibition in the UK. It was inspiring to see so many artists of all abilities, backgrounds and mediums creating a picture, live, out on the streets. I want to encourage people to take part – to paint, draw, sketch and be more creative whilst celebrating the city landscape of London.”

Pintar RapidoAfter Painting Day on Saturday 11th July – when each artist can choose a location across London to create their artwork using their own materials and working in any style, medium or size they wish – Sunday 12th July will see the public exhibition and sale at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Visitors can view more than 400 paintings and meet the artists, including the winner of the £1,000 Pintar prize. Paintings will also be available to buy, with 10% of profits going to charity.

Last year’s first prize was awarded to Ben Hope (pictured right), who painted Looking West Along Queen’s Gate Terrace, 25x30cm, oil on canvas. This year, the Pintar Prize is being judged by award-winning artist Richard Pikesley, gallery owners Charles and Sarah Russell-Walling and Steve Pill, editor of Artists and Illustrators Magazine.

If you’d like to take part as an artist, please sign up at www.pintarrapido.com/london.

Other Pintar Rapido events will be taking place in Glasgow on 15th & 16th August 2015, and in Amsterdam on 5th & 6th September 2015.

Pintar Rapido
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2015
Sunday exhibition, 12pm – 6pm, at Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road
SW3 5EE
www.pintarrapido.com

Design Pop Up The Poundshop at The Science Museum

The weeklong Poundshop pop up will be held at The Science Museum from 24th June and will feature a number of unique and exciting products based around the theme of science. The pop up will showcase the best science inspired designs the UK has to offer, including items from a range of talented contemporary designers.

Products on offer will include paper Lego spaceships by Durrell Bishop; geometric platonic solid candles from Essence & Alchemy; ‘stitch-it-yourself’ dot-to-dot constellation tote bags by Lollipop Designs; and A2B wrapping paper by Lisa Jones.

The Science Poundshop
Designers shown: Top: Lisa Jones Studio – You + Me – card -£1; James White – wooden toy cars – £10; Dind Ding – A5 clipboard Platonic solids – £1; Hana+ Hasmita – Paper rolled pencils – £1 Bottom: Gogo Chop Shop – Space cats and Space dog pillows – £15; Lollipop Designs – Mini planner – £5; Electronic Sheep – Scarf – £20; espergaerde – Desk Island – £3 each

Aiming to spread design to a wider audience by making it more accessible in terms of price and engagement, the Poundshop is also a superb platform for young and emerging designers, offering a testing ground for those looking to experiment with new and interesting products. Founded in 2010 by George Wu and Sara Melin, in 2013 the Poundshop was named as one of Selfridges’ Bright Young Things and also as one of the top five creative entrepreneurs on the h. Club 100 list.

Previously held at Tokyo Loft, Selfridges and Somerset House, amongst other locations, this time round the Poundshop will be offering new price bands for the first time – from just £1 to £20.

The Science Museum is delighted to collaborate with The Poundshop and its opening coincides with the much anticipated Science Museum Lates, The Next Big Thing, which is being held in collaboration with the Royal Society.

Sam Pilkington, Product Development Manager of the Science Museum Group, says:

“We’re delighted to welcome The Poundshop to the Science Museum this June, many contemporary designers are referencing science and scientific processes in their work, this pop‐up shop will showcase the best science inspired design that UK has to offer, all at a great price.”

Entry is free.

The Poundshop at The Science Museum
10am – 6pm, 24th June – 1st July 2015
Opening night: 6.45pm – 10pm, 24th June 2015
Science Museum
Exhibition Road
SW7 2DD
www.thepoundshop.org
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/lates

It’s All About Piano returns to the Institut français, 27 – 29 March

The third edition of the music festival It’s All About Piano returns to the Institut français at the end of March, with a wide variety of piano-themed events featuring musicians and artists from all around the world.

Curated by the Institut’s Head of Classical and Contemporary Music, Françoise Clerc, It’s All About Piano is the only festival in London that’s dedicated to this, the “king of instruments”. The festival aims to give its audience a chance to become more familiar with the instrument through events that combine piano playing with art, film and theatre. The festival also allows artists from a wide variety of different disciplines to work together.

It's All About Piano 2015

The festival will open on Friday 27th March with two multimedia recitals that will fuse animated images by the Brothers Quay and Kandinsky with music by Janáček and Mussorgsky, commissioned by the Cité de la Musique in Paris and performed by Uzbekistan-born French pianist Mikhail Rudy. That same evening, French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris will improvise to a champagne tasting given by French Bubbles co-founder Maud Fierobe; this will be followed by a recital given by British jazz pianist John Taylor. All of these events will be held at Kings Place.

On the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, events will move to the Institut français itself with recitals and readings, film screenings, a sing-along concert, a story-telling event, and free tuition for beginner piano players, plus workshops on How to Build Your Own Piano and The Art of Piano Tuning. The Institut français’ house bistro will also be turned into a ‘piano bar’ on these two days, with improvised jazz sessions being performed on both days.

It's All About Piano 2015
Pictured left to right: Angela Hewitt (credit Bernd Eberle) Cyperien Katsaris (credit Jean-Batptise Millot) François-Frédéric Guy (credit Benjamin de Diesbach) Mikhail Rudy (credit mr) Peter Donohoe (credit Sussie Ahlburg)

These weekend events will include recitals from international pianists François-Frédéric Guy and Peter Donohoe; a concert from Julien Gonzales, who is the 8-time winner of the Accordion World Championship; the London première of Messiaen’s La Fauvette Passerinette given by pianist and scholar Peter Hill who discovered the work in 2012; a collaboration between students from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and students of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama recorded by BBC Radio 3; a masterclass with Angela Hewitt; and ciné-concerts with improvised accompaniment to French classics created by Louis Feuillade and Max Linder.

Locals will of course know of the Institut français as a famed language centre, which today also comprises a multimedia library, cinema and French bistro. The centre also strives to contribute to London’s cultural life with many of its events that are held throughout the year – these include live broadcast screenings of the Opéra national de Paris and the Aix-en-Provence Festival; family chamber concerts organised in collaboration with the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust; and a network of contemporary classical music projects organised in partnership with the Franco-British fund for contemporary music, Diaphonique.

The full line-up of It’s All About Piano can be found at institut-francais.org.uk/itsallaboutpiano, where you can also book tickets for all events.

It’s All About Piano
27th – 29th March 2015
Institut français
17 Queensberry Place
SW7 2DT

and

Kings Place
90 York Way
London, N1 9AG

institut-francais.org.uk/itsallaboutpiano/

A Celebration of Christmas helps raise funds for BTRC

Last week (10th December) saw the fourth annual Celebration of Christmas hosted by the Brain Tumour Research Campaign (BTRC) at All Saints Church in Fulham.

Celebrities, carol singers and local residents with plenty of festive cheer came together for this event which was dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of brain tumour patients, as well as helping to raise funds for research at Imperial College’s Charing Cross Hospital. Each year, over 600 patients with brain tumours are diagnosed at the hospital.

The BTRC’s Celebration of Christmas included readings from actress Geraldine James, Charles Collingwood and Judy Bennett (Brian Aldridge and Shula of the Archers), Bob Cryer and family, Rob Curling (Sky News presenter), actress Jill Baker, June Whitfield and Deputy Lieutenant Sandy Cahill.

BTRC's A Celebration of Christmas

BTRC co-founder Wendy Fulcher said:

“The evening was a huge success and we are delighted to announce we have exceeded our Christmas Appeal of £25,000 by raising almost £30,000!

“These monies will continue to position Imperial College at the forefront of innovative neurosurgical techniques which, together with their laboratory work, will bring a better choice of treatments to brain tumour patients.”

More details on the BTRC and the work they do can be found at www.wayahead-btrc.org.

University of London Symphony Orchestra concert – The Chairman Dances, 23rd November 2014

The first concert in the University of London Symphony Orchestra’s new season sees a programme of Shostakovich, Adams and Bernstein in a concert titled The Chairman Dances.

Daniel Capps will return as musical director for this concert, which contains an ambitious and varied programme with plenty of virtuosic flair and emotional connection. Starting off with the pseudo jazz inflections, chugging rhythms and colourful orchestration of Chairman Dances by Adams, followed by the musical theatre of Berstein’s On The Town, the concert will finish off with Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, which is considered his greatest work; one forged in the heart of oppression and terror in Soviet Russia, and a piece of profound meaning and subtlety.

London University Symphony Orchestra

The ULSO is one of the leading student orchestras in the UK, run by students for students. It brings together the best musical talent of London’s universities to create a youthful, exuberant orchestra with a unique vitality. MusicWeb International has described the ULSO as an orchestra of “unfeigned commitment and concentration…obvious talent“.

Tickets for the concert cost £10/£8/£5 and can be purchased at the door or online.

As part of the ULSO’s Education and Outreach programme, all secondary school students are being offered tickets for this event for only £1. With Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 one of the set works for A-Level Music in 2014, it’s a great opportunity for all those studying the work to see it live! To claim this discount, students can use the special code ALevelStudents when booking online. Alternatively, simply buy a ticket at the door using student ID.

ULSO’s next concert will be held in Spring 2015 and will feature Brahms’ illustrious 3rd Symphony, and the Sibelius Violin concerto.

Further details of the ULSO can be found on their website at ulso.co.uk.

The University of London Symphony Orchestra: The Chairman Dances
7.30pm, Saturday 23rd November 2014
St Stephen’s Church
Gloucester Road
SW7 4RL
ulso.co.uk

London University Symphony Orchestra

Doggy Dating at Embargo Republica, 6th November

Chelsea’s Cuban-themed bar Embargo Republica is hosting a dating night with a twist next week – inviting singletons and their canine companions for a speed dating event and doggy disco!

Doggy Dating at Embargo Republica

The evening will take place on the venue’s roof terrace, which means that human attendees can meet like-minded singles, whilst their four-legged friends have space to play and even enjoy some special doggy treats! And with the largest roof terrace in all of SW10, there’s plenty of room for the little furry friends to have some fun.

General Manager at Embargo Republica, Andy Johnson, says about the event:

“The Chelsea set love their canine cuties so we thought transforming ourselves into ‘Embarko Repuglica’ for the evening would be a great way to raise some money for the brilliant Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Dogs are a great way to break the ice between strangers, so we’re sure the event will be a huge hit and love will be in the air!”

Admission for the doggy dating event costs £10, and a place can be reserved by emailing enquiries@embargorepublica.com. Availability is limited so do get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. All funds raised go to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Dating at Embargo Republica

Embargo Republica offers its guests a mix of lush surroundings, the best Latin beats and exotic cocktails – the selection includes the Hemingway, the Cuban Kiss, the Fidel Castro and the four-person Republica de Cuba, served in a cigar box. The venue regularly hosts live bands, DJs and acoustic sets from artists such as Victor Hugo & the Mambo Boys, The Cuban Brothers and Salsa Fuego Trio. And with the Cuban al-fresco feel of the roof terrace, it’s one of the best ways of experiencing a little Havana magic in London.

Dating night at Embargo Republica

Head down to ‘Embarko Repuglia’ for this dating night with a twist next week, or pop down to Embargo Republica on any night for a fun evening out!

Embarko Repuglia
6.30pm – 9pm, Thursday 6th November 2014
Embargo Republica
533 Kings Road
SW10 0TZ
www.embargorepublica.com

Contemporary prints and editions fair MULTIPLIED returns to Christie’s South Kensington, 17th – 20th October

The fifth edition of the UK’s only art fair dedicated to contemporary prints and editions – MULTIPLIED – returns to Christie’s South Kensington next weekend (17th – 20th October).

Taking place during Frieze Week, forty of the world’s most esteemed galleries will be taking part in the Fair, which will feature prints, photography, digital art and artists books. Some of the top London galleries that will be present at MULTIPLIED include Marc Quinn, London Print Studio, BEARSPACE, Flowers Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Paul Stolper Gallery, whilst exciting new talent from leading graduate institutions such as the Slade School of Fine Art, the Royal College of Art and the University of the Arts London will also be showcased.

Works by established contemporary artists will be exhibited, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, William Kentridge, Sarah Lucas, Daido Moriyama, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Jacky Tsai, Stained Glass Skull, 2013, 6 colour screenprint, edition of 60, 850 x 1100 mm. Courtesy of Eyestorm
Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Sir Peter Blake, USA Series – Pacific Park, 2014, edition of 100, 653 x 740 mm. Courtesy of CCA Galleries

The Fair’s events programme will see panel discussions and artist talks take place, with the line up for the latter including Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery; Sir Peter Blake (RA) in conversation with Alastair Sooke; Marcus Coates in conversation with Gavin Everall, Editor of Book Works; and Horst: A Photographer of Style by Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs, V&A.

Live printmaking sessions, in association with Rabley Contemporary and CFPR Editions, will also be held during MULTIPLIED. Traditional and 3D printing techniques will be demonstrated in front of a live audience.

Admission to talks and the printmaking sessions is free, although numbers are limited and booking is required – contact multipliedartfair@christies.com to reserve a space.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Tom Hammick, B. 1963 Getaway, 2014, reduction woodcut, edition of 20, 600 x 800 mm. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Murray Macaulay, Director of Multiplied, said:

“The contemporary prints and editions on show at Multiplied exemplify the vibrancy of art being created right now by emerging and established artists around the world. With exhibitors attending from throughout Europe and the Americas, a stimulating programme of artist talks, live printing events and new edition launches, Multiplied 2014 will provide a fresh perspective on this dynamic artistic field.”

Entry to the fair is free. Full details of the Fair and all of its accompanying events, including details of all participating galleries and exhibiting artists, can be found at www.multipliedartfair.com.

MULTIPLIED 2014 – Contemporary Editions Fair
17th – 20th October 2014
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
SW7 3LD
www.multipliedartfair.com

Visit Kensington & Fulham Open Studios this weekend

For all keen art collectors – on this coming weekend (10th to 12th October) and the next (17th to 19th October), Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will give you the chance to visit and purchase art works in the very spaces where they were created.

Now in its second year, five-five participants will be taking part in the 2014 edition of Kensington & Fulham Open Studios, with thirty unique spaces available to visit – including local attics, living rooms, cafes, galleries, food stores and even a houseboat! Many art forms will also be covered over the two weekends, from jewellers to milliners, potters and sculptors to painters, photographers to print-makers all taking part. The event aims to encourage people to explore unknown streets and get to know their neighbours whilst also providing them the unique opportunity to purchase from local creators in a relaxed setting.

A taster of all the art that will be on show in the area starts today (7th October) until the 19th October at the Chelsea Gallery on King’s Road. Sponsored by Paragon Design Construction, the show lets visitors see a sample of works from all the open studio artists in one place.

Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Leigh Glover
Leigh Glover
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Isobel Hutchinson Cannon Street
Cannon Street – Isobel Hutchinson
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Camilla Shavig
Camilla Shavig

This year, Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will also include a number of exciting mini-events – including the Art for Youth fundraising exhibition at the Royal College of Art on 15th and 16th October; tours of the Royal Brompton Hospital art collection and pop-up studios at Kensington and Fulham Whole Foods stores.

Entry to all Kensington & Fulham Open Studios venues is free. Full information – including profiles of the artists taking part, maps and opening times – can be found at www.kfopenstudios.co.uk. Do also look out for KFOS brochures at your local library or cultural centre.

Kensington & Chelsea Open Studios
10th – 12th October and 17th – 19th October 2014
www.kfopenstudios.co.uk