home: event [ Portmeirion exhibition ]
Worth catching before it ends in July, this Portmeirion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum runs til the 28th.
Portmeirion is a British success story. Its innovative designs have set trends in the pottery industry over six decades. The company has thrived at a time when many of its famous, long-established rivals have not managed to survive. 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Susan Williams-Ellis (1918-2007), founder of the pottery, whose classic designs include ‘Totem’, ‘Magic City’ and the ever-popular ‘Botanic Garden’.
home: event [ LCW ]
Back for its fourth year, London Craft Week is the perfect place to explore and celebrate British & International creativity.
The festival brings us over 200 makers, designers and brands located around London in gallery spaces, shops and museums. Running over 4 days you can take part in workshops, listens to talks or wander the exhibitions.
‘London has long had a Fashion Week and a Design Festival. Now there is London Craft Week. A magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best – made of things’
On from 9-13 May / visit londoncraftweek.com to view the programme of events and book tickets [ half of the events are free ].
home: event [ Collect ]
Now in its 14th year the Saatchi gallery, London is hosting the Collect exhibition. In association with the Crafts Council this show looks at how we explore crafts throughout the world and how we see them in the future.
‘Collect brings together 39 galleries from four continents for a celebration of making, extraordinary in both scale and scope. Museum-quality works and installations from hundreds of the most talented makers in the UK, USA, South Korea, Japan, France, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden will offer visitors and collectors a multidisciplinary overview of the people, processes, materials and ideas defining international craft in 2018’
22nd – 25th Feb 2018
Tickets available from craftscouncil.org.uk
home: event [ Christmas past at Geffrye Museum ]
Step back in time with historic interiors given the festive overhaul. See how real people decorated their homes at Christmas at the exhibition running from November to January at the Geffrye Museum in East London. Get inspired for your home with period details from Christmas Past
The Geffrye is in Hoxton, East London. Admission to the museum is free.
The nearest Overground and Underground stations are Hoxton, Liverpool Street and Old Street.
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day
The period gardens and herb garden will close for winter at 5pm Sunday 29 October. The front gardens are open until 5pm all year round
The café is open until 4.45pm
The shop is open during museum hours
Exciting news … We are about to embark on a transformational £18m development project – Unlocking the Geffrye – which will mean the museum will close on 7 January 2018 for almost two years. Although the main museum building and period gardens will be closed, there will still be plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a busy programme of events, activities and installations in our front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year.
home: event [ Leighton House Museum ]
With various exhibitions running throughout the year, the architectural and interiors gem, Leighton House Museum, is definitely worth a visit.
12 Holland Park Road London W14 8LZ
Monday to Friday: +44 (0) 20 7602 3316
Saturday and Sunday: +44 (0) 20 7471 9160
Time Out say;
Leighton House reopened in April 2010 after a £1.6 million refurbishment which has uncovered and restored many of the decorative schemes and features of the house, as well as a previously unseen staircase. In the 1860s the artist Frederic Leighton commissioned his friend, the architect George Aitcheson, to build him a showpiece house in Holland Park, which he filled with classical treasures from all over the world, as well as his own works and those of his contemporaries. The house was a work of art in itself, with every inch decorated in high style inspired by the studios Leighton had seen on his extensive European travels. There were magnificent reception rooms downstairs designed for lavish entertaining, and a dramatic staircase leading to a huge light-filled studio taking up most of the first floor. Four extensions were added over the years, the most striking addition the ‘Arab Hall’, designed to showcase Leighton’s huge collection of sixteenth-century Middle Eastern glazed tiles. The house was created as a stage on which Leighton could play out his role as a great artist, contrasting with the tiny single bedroom, the only private space in the whole house. Today, the house is still an architectural treasure trove which belies its somewhat dour exterior and the museum holds, or has on loan, some fine paintings as well as drawings and sketches.
home: event [ ceramics exhibition ]
Our favourite, London, interiors museum, the Geffrye Museum, has another great exhibition running from Thursday 22 September to Sunday 24 September show casing works of some of the top UK ceramicists.
‘Meet the makers, browse and buy at the Geffrye Museum’s vibrant annual celebration of ceramics which showcases the work of over 50 leading ceramic artists from across the UK.
An eclectic selection of ceramic work to suit all budgets will be on sale direct from the makers, from practical table-ware to ornamental objects and striking one-off collector pieces. Earthy stoneware will be displayed alongside delicate porcelain and vivid painterly pots will contrast with elegant muted tones in an extravaganza of texture, colour and style. Part of the London Design Festival.’
A definite date for the diary to have a shop of unique ceramics for you, your home or gifts for others.
home: event [ inside an almshouse]
Visit the Geoffrye Museum for their latest step back in time for interiors. There are various opening dates and times for this special exhibition, onwards from April 19th, with audio guides available. Visit their calendar of events for full listings.
Geffrye’s restored 18th-century almshouse, which has been taken back to its original condition and offers a rare glimpse into the lives of London’s poor and elderly in the 1780s and 1880s.
‘An almshouse is charitable housing provided to enable people (typically elderly people who can no longer work to earn enough to pay rent) to live in a particular community.’