A cultural July: crafts, talks, music and more

Equilibrium by Sophie Taeuber-Arp 1934 Kunst Museum Basel Gift of Hans Arp

There is lots going on this July and something for everyone whether you like crafts, talks, music or art.  Here are our top picks.

Online Wimbledon Book Festival Talks

You have until 16th July to buy a £25 digital pass for the whole of the Wimbledon Book Festival (which happened in June) which allows you access to all the talks – our highlights include the Reverend Richard Coles, Anya Hindmarch and Caitlin Moran.

Until Friday 16th July.

Book your tickets here.

Brian Eno Music at The Serpentine Pavilion

If you haven’t already visited the latest Serpentine Pavilion designed by Counterspace, then we’d recommend you go before 23rd July to hear the new musical composition by Brian Eno.  It lasts 90s minutes long and can be heard all day, from both beneath your feet to the space above your heads.

Until 23rd July, 10am – 6pm everyday.

Free.

Online Charleston Festival: Love Letters with Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies

In what was a specially commissioned piece originally planned for a sold-out at Charleston Festival in 2020, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies were to read the intense love letters that passed between Lydia Lopokova, star of the Ballets Russes, and brilliant economist John Maynard Keynes.  Now Bonham Carter and Menzies will do a live performance on 9th July broadcast from Charleston.  The event is then available on demand until the end of 2021.  Check out the other speakers from the festival too including Elizabeth Day, Jeanette Winterson, Antonia Fraser, Elif Shafak and Jeremy Deller.

Friday 9th July, 7pm.

Book your tickets here

Online Wild Botanical Workshop with Jess Wheeler

Join designer and artist Jess Wheeler for a wild botanical painting workshop inspired by traditional European folk art. Before the workshop, you’ll need to take a walk outside to collect a variety of flowers from your surroundings. Then Jess will guide you through a series of drawing exercises and you will be introduced to a range of painting techniques, developing your botanical pattern into a decorative final piece. Tickets cost £10 and 20% of the ticket price will be donated to Crafts Council UK.

Thursday 15th July, 7pm BST (8pm CEST / 2pm EDT), 1 hour 30 mins.

Book your tickets here.

Pajaki evening with Karolina Merska in Dalston

During the two evenings workshop artist Karolina Merska will introduce you to a rich history of unique Polish rye and straw chandeliers called “pajaki.” Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) are traditional Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper. Their history dates back to the mid-18th century, made by country women as decorations for their homes especially for Christmas, Easter, as well as for weddings and christenings. Karolina will teach you how to create a structure which later will be decorated with 5 traditional “kalinka” pom poms. “Kalinka” pom pom is made of 15 layers of hand twisted tissue paper.

21st July & 28th July, 6.30 – 9.30pm at the Meadows Store, 50 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3AH

Book tickets here

Sophie Taeuber-Arp at Tate Modern

Sophie Taeuber-Arp was one of the foremost abstract artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s. She made embroideries and paintings, carved sculptures and edited magazines, created puppets and mysterious Dada objects. She used traditional crafts in a modern way, challenging the boundaries separating art and design.  This is the first retrospective of her work ever held in the UK and it brings together her principal works from major collections in Europe and the US, most of which have never been seen in this country before.

From Thursday 15th July at Tate Modern.

Book your tickets here.

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A cultural July: craft classes, talks, music and more
— Francesca
7th July 2021

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