More than 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Steve McQueen, Derek Jarman, Sunil Gupta, Chila Kumari Burman and Gillian Wearing exploring themes of gender, sexuality and identity in art.
Antartic Monkeys, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby, Sat Feb 3
Artic Monkeys may have just announced their return in 2018, but if you can’t wait that long check out the next best thing this weekend! These 4 lads mimic Turner, Cook, O’Mally and Helder’s style perfectly and have performed to sell-out gigs in Sheffield and Birmingham.
Book now! Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome Tue Feb 6 – Sat Feb 10
Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.
Made in the Middle, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby, now to March 10
John Grayson – La Brexiteuse à petits talons. Photo credit: John Grayson
An exhibition celebrating the best contemporary craft and applied art from the Midlands including jeweller Dauvit Alexander Aimee Bollu, who creates beautiful minimal ceramic vessels, John Grayson the creator of whimsical, humorous and decorative metal objects like the ones above and Karina Thompson, who pushes the boundaries of digital embroidery. Free.
The exhibition runs Jan 20-March #madeitm30 #madeitm; http://madeinthemiddle.org
The Lights of Leamington, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, until April 15
During the ’50s an annual autumn festival known as The Lights of Leamington drew 300,000 visitors to the town. Thousands of coloured electric lights turned Jephson Gardens into a wonderland until the switch was turned off in 1961. This new exhibition curated by Birmingham-based artist Stuart Whipps illustrates the diverse ways light runs through the gallery collection. Lights used during the historic festival will be on display alongside light emitting objects linked to Leamington’s history, such as lights used in medical spa treatments, plus paintings and photographs depicting or utilising light. Free.
Discounted entry, Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, until Feb 9
The zoo is also offering local families’ term-time discounted entry, so families can enjoy a peaceful visit to the zoo, while most people are back in work or at school. ‘Twycross Toddlers’ will offer entry to adults for only £5, children aged between 3-15 years for only £5 and as always under 3’s go free.
Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10am-5pm, twycrosszoo.org or Tel 0844 474 1777
Frost/Nixon, The Priory Theatre, Kenilworth, Mon Jan 29 – Sat Feb 3
In the TV age of 1977, image is king! British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his country’s eyes. Both men are desperate to out-talk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president’s legacy. Peter Morgan’s play – made into the 2008 Oscar nominated film – makes it clear that the competitor who controls the camera reaps the spoils.
Clare Woods: Reality Dimmed, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, now – Sat March 10
Clare Woods, Creeping Eruptions, 200 cm x 150 cm, Oil on Aluminium, 2017
Mead Gallery’s Spring exhibition will see renowned Hereford based painter, Clare Woods, exhibit a solo show of never seen before paintings in Reality Dimmed. Her work is held in many international collections and this major exhibition will see her exhibit her raw and powerful painting, which are frequently vast in scale.
Mead Gallery, free
British Motor Museum launches 2018 spring lectures and workshops programme, Gaydon, Warwickshire
Highlights for petrolheads include one-day event Inside British Motorsport on March 3 featuring many speakers from the world of motorsport hosted by Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief of Autocar magazine and Stephen Laing, Curator of the British Motor Museum and popular Classic Virgins Experience Day returns on April 21 – a hands-on, informative day for anyone considering buying and owning a classic car. For those interested in photography art and creative writing, the Museum offers 3 photography workshops this spring starting with Cars through the Lens on Feb 24), 4 art workshops with Richard Cook, a recently retired art teacher, including Automotive Sketching in Perspective on March and Sharon Bradshaw, a poet and bestselling author of historical fiction will be delivering Motoring Memoirs on April 21.
Booking is essential for all lectures and workshops, Tel: 01926 649649 or go to britishmotormuseum
Hip hop karoake, Terrace Bar, Tate Modern, Fri 2 – Sat 3 Feb
I feel cool just writing this. How about an evening of hip hop at Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar? Join DJ Rob Pursey and the Hip Hop Karaoke team as they lead the party, with craft beer from Brooklyn Brewery and old school gems from the 80s, 90s and 00s so you can still feel you know where it’s at. Add your stick on tooth diamond and remember not to talk about property prices.
Amadeus, the National Theatre, London from now – Tue April 24
Following a critically lauded sell-out run in 2016, Michael Longhurst’s production of Peter Shaffer’s play returns with the brilliant Lucian Msamati – who played Iago in the RSC’s 2015 production of Othello – as composer Antonio Salieri, who strikes a deal with God and is overtaken by a jealous vendetta against his musical rival, Mozart.
National Theatre, SE1
Pots With Attitude, British Museum, WC1, now to March 11
Bonaparte Dethron’d April 1st 1814. Creamware jug, Cambrian Pottery, Swansea, Wales, transfer-printed in black and painted in enamels, 1814. On loan from a private collection.
In the Georgian age, satirical art really did include images on the inside of chamber pots. Pioneering transfer techniques allowed caricatures to be reproduced on jugs, bowls and other ceramics, piss pots included, taking contemporary art of the day to a popular audience in alehouses and inns. One reviewer described as “like Grayson Perry on snuff”.
Speakers, by Nicolas Party, Modern Art Oxford, until 18 Feb 2018
This exhibition at Modern Art Oxford has been running since late November but if you’re yet to catch it now’s your chance. The Swiss artist Nicolas Party (formerly a graffiti specialist) has produced Speakers, a theatrical selection of five five foot female heads, complete with two hour looped soundscape that seems to speak to you as you brush past. The work is a response to the masculine architecture and institutions of Oxford, particularly the Emperors’ Heads outside the Sheldonian Theatre. Weird, and kind of wonderful.
Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, now – 11 Feb 2018
This started just last week, Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.
Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, now – Feb 4
Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas! The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, wbstudiotour.co.uk
Veganuary: new ‘Meet Feast’ menu, Comptoir V, London, until Jan 31
New London-based vegan restaurant, Comptoir V, has launched a ‘Meet Feast’ menu, available throughout January to celebrate Veganuary – a month-long campaign inspiring people to give veganism a try.
Tel 0203 092 0047, comptoirv.co.uk
Modigliani, Tate Modern, now – April 2 2018
The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.
North – Fashioning Identity, Somerset House, now – Feb 4 2018
Alice-Hawkins, LOVE magazine, ‘The Liver Birds’, 2012
Forget the north/south divide, London doffs its hat to Manchester, Newcastle et al in this new exhibition. Social documentary film and photography detailing life in the north of England in the mid-20th century sits alongside works by photographers, designers and artists inspired by the parts of our green and pleasant land beyond the Watford Gap. Contributors include Nottingham’s finest Paul Smith and Manchester’s Factory Records designer Peter Saville. If you visit after 15 Nov, you can also take a twirl on Somerset House’s gorgeous outdoor ice rink.
Imagining the Divine – Art and the Rise of World Religions, Ashmolean, Oxford, now to Sun Feb 18 2018
Could have had a catchier title truth be told! But anyhoo, this major exhibition is the first to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. Blimey! Brand new research from a major project between The Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum and Oxford Uni, with amazing objects created when the iconography of each of the major religions was still being developed… ashmolean.org
Codebreaker and Groundbreakers, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until Sun Feb 4
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, the Oscar-winning film about the life of Alan Turing
A pioneering exhibition to feed your mind celebrating the genius of Second World War codebreakers like Alan Turing at Bletchley Park with Michael Ventris who in the same year deciphered Linear B, the ancient Greek language. It includes an Enigma machine, a rare loan from GCHQ, and unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge, as well as encouraging visitors to explore ‘codebreaking’ in all its forms.