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West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival, and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: Glasgow

Thu 20 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Fri 21 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 22 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

…and 8 more dates until 30 Jun

The Night Sky Show

Learn about the stars in an interactive and fun way.

The Beacon, Wantage

Fri 15 Nov

£16 / 01235 763456

British Academy Summer Showcase Late

Annual after-hours look at the British Academy Summer Showcase.

The British Academy, London SW1Y

Fri 21 Jun

Free / +44 (0)20 7969 5316

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Byres Road Makers Market

A market on the last Saturday of the month featuring handmade crafts and work by Scottish designers, artists and crafters.

Hillhead Library, Glasgow

Sat 29 Jun

Times to be confirmed / 0141 339 7223

Sat 27 Jul

Times to be confirmed / 0141 339 7223

Sat 31 Aug

Times to be confirmed / 0141 339 7223

…and 3 more dates until 30 Nov

Friday Forum: Dior in Detail - Designing Dreams

Delve deeper into the world of Dior in the company of fashion historians, curators, conservators and designers. From Dior’s dresses for Princess Margaret to accessories and underwear, talks will explore objects on display but also those in the V&A archive. You will gain a closer look at Dior’s use of textiles, his…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 5 Jul

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£15–£45 / 020 7942 2000

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

Festival in the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which celebrated the values of curiosity, discovery and exploration. Featuring talks, exhibitions, performances and more, up and down the galleries and museums on Exhibition Road.

Exhibition Road, London SW7

Fri 28 Jun

prices vary

Sat 29 Jun

prices vary

Sun 30 Jun

prices vary

Ivon Hitchens: Space Through Colour

Anne Goodchild, curator of the current Ivon Hitchens retrospective, presents a fresh perspective on one of Sussex’s favourite adopted sons. 6-7pm Anne Goodchild, who guest curated Ivon Hitchens: Space through Colour, was the Curator of Art at the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield before working freelance. Her most…

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Thu 22 Aug

£8 / 01243 774557

Lunchtime Lecture: China’s Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-cities

When author, Austin Williams began researching China’s urban development in 2011, the country claimed to have 11 Eco-cities: environmentally-friendly, sustainable, smart, low-carbon, urban centres. Within 5 years, it had documented 285. China has regularly been portrayed as an environmental pariah, so are we witnessing…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Wed 26 Jun

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7942 2000

Rubble Theatre

German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni’s sculpture Rubble Theatre is a highlight of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. It recreates a scene of destruction in Syria, featuring the rubble of a bombsite and an abandoned car. Halbouni was born in Syria, the son of a Syrian father and a German mother. He studied at art school…

St Enoch Square, Glasgow

Thu 20 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00

Fri 21 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00

Sat 22 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00
…and 4 more dates until 26 Jun

Show + Tell 5 / A creative talk night

Join us for an evening of talks by creatives based within the East Midlands who work on a national and international scale. Our guests will talk us through their recent projects and how they’ve found the opportunities to thrive in the area. Guests to be announced very soon! Our bar and shop will be open all evening.

Modern Painters, New Decorators, Loughborough

Thu 12 Sep

We Are One: Citizenfest

Festival in celebration of equality and diversity, with a programme of events spanning food, talks, drama, art, seminars and more.

Strathclyde Students' Union, Glasgow

Tue 9 Jul

Free / 07898685250

Sat 10 Aug

Free / 07898685250

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams - subtitled talk for deaf and hard of hearing people only

Come and see the exhibition which traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain. Please note that this event is for deaf and hard of hearing users. Booking is essential.

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 12 Jul

Meeting Point, Grand Entrance

Free / 020 7942 2000

CreateInsights: Curating Fashion

This month, Dani Trew will speak about her role as Assistant Curator in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the V&A, with particular responsibility for the Fashion Gallery. She has worked on the forthcoming Mary Quant exhibition and the recent Fashioned from Nature, and Ocean Liners exhibitions. Dani is…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 16 Aug

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Free / 020 7942 2000

Fashion and Fiction: Elif Shafak with Rosie Goldsmith

In this special event, the distinguished British-Turkish novelist and activist Elif Shafak launches her new novel '10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World'. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear this inspired and inspirational speaker and writer talk about her views of women, clothing, culture and identity in her…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 21 Jun

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£12–£15 / 020 7942 2000

Following The Lights Lighthouse Exhibition

A display of photographs of lighthouses and scenery from Scotland and Isle of Man complimented by a history of Robert Louis Stevenson's ancestors and books.

St Abbs Head Visitor Centre

Thu 20 Jun

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Fri 21 Jun

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 22 Jun

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00
…and 104 more dates until 4 Oct

Lunchtime Lecture: Donne Buck: A lifetime in Children’s Adventure Playgrounds

Donne Buck has been a playleader and campaigner for children’s right to play since the 1950s. A significant figure in the history of play. In his long career Donne has established and run adventure playgrounds in London, Stevenage and Peterborough. He has been an active campaigner for children’s rights and promoted the…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Wed 3 Jul

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7942 2000

Lunchtime Lecture: Donne Buck: A lifetime in Children’s Adventure Playgrounds

Donne Buck has been a playleader and campaigner for children’s right to play since the 1950s. A significant figure in the history of play. In his long career Donne has established and run adventure playgrounds in London, Stevenage and Peterborough. He has been an active campaigner for children’s rights and promoted the…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 5 Jul

Hochhauser Auditorium

Free / 020 7942 2000

Lunchtime Lecture: The Age of Great Cities: The Town Halls of Victoria and Albert

The Victoria era was known as The Age of Great Cities, as the booming industrial conurbations of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham sought to translate their wealth into civic pride and confident urban architecture. At the aesthetic and cultural core of the 19th century city was the Town Hall: designed as a testament to…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Wed 2 Oct

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7942 2000

Moon Festival

Celebration of the moon, marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The festival will include art exhibitions, music performances, lectures and talks by experts such as the European Space Agency, film screenings, street parties, and a keynote delivered by Margaret Atwood.

Various venues: London, WC2R

Thu 18 Jul

Fri 19 Jul

Sat 20 Jul

…and 5 more dates until 25 Jul

Morningside Makers Market

A boutique market held on the first Saturday of every month with artists, crafters and designers offering ceramics, jewellery, glassware, photography, textiles and art.

Columcille Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Jul

0131 447 7404

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sat 3 Aug

0131 447 7404

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sat 7 Sep

0131 447 7404

  • 11:00 – 16:00
…and 3 more dates until 7 Dec

The Newspaper Man: Michael Andrews and the art of painted collage

This lecture focuses on an extraordinary pair of pictures painted by the prominent English artist Michael Andrews in the early 1960s, in which he juxtaposes a mass of visual elements taken from various photographic sources. Deer Park (1962) and All Night Long (1963-4) offer fascinating examples of what we might call…

The British Academy, London SW1Y

Tue 2 Jul

Free Booking required, admission is on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive in good time. / 02079695360

  • 18:30 – 19:45

Refugee Festival Scotland

Coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, and centred around World Refugee Day (for 2019 it's 20 June), this annual festival of arts and cultural events celebrates the contribution which refugees make to Scottish cultural life and the welcome offered by local people.

Various venues: Scotland

Thu 20 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 9799

Fri 21 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 9799

Sat 22 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0141 248 9799

…and 8 more dates until 30 Jun

Spotlight On: Body Beautiful

Explore how fashion creatives are challenging perceptions and championing alternative ideals of beauty on the catwalk.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Jun

Auditorium, Level 1, entry via Chambers Street

Free / 0300 123 6789

Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Chambers Street.

Free / 0300 123 6789

Free / 0300 123 6789

20th Century Glasgow on Film

See what life in Glasgow looked like in the 20th century at this guided tour of vintage videos, led by curator Liam Paterson.

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Wed 26 Jun

Free but ticketed / 0141 276 1450

A.N. Wilson on Prince Albert

Prince Albert was born 200 years ago this year. Since the nineteenth century, there has never been a biography based on all the archival material at Windsor, Coburg, and Gotha. Join A.N. Wilson, who wrote 'Victoria' some years ago, and who has been through all the documents, to discover a portrait of Albert the husband…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Mon 9 Sep

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£15–£18 / 020 7942 2000