What’s on this Month

May is the last month of spring, and traditionally this is the season that many people give their houses/flats a thorough cleaning. It’s easy to make your place feel fresh with a bit of a #spring clean, but some of you may be bored by the décor and want to give your place a new lease of life. The Affordable #Art Fair which is being held in a marquee at the Lower Fairground Site on Hampstead Heath, from the 11th – 14th of May, is a great place to find pieces of art to spruce up your home. This popular event has been running for seven consecutive years and is the little sister of the Battersea Park original. The fair has over 100 galleries under one roof, exhibiting #paintings, original prints, sculptures, etchings and photography from both established names and emerging talents. The comforting part of this event is that all items on sale are priced from £100 - £6,000, so you don’t need to be a millionaire to attend. There is also an interactive aspect to this fair with artists and gallerists presenting workshops and talks on the theme of The #Relationship between Arts & Travel.

The Victoria and Albert Museum will be hosting an exhibition on Spanish haute couture designer Cristobal Balenciaga, commencing on the 27th of May until 18th February 2018. Balenciaga was known as the king of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s and was a designer who shunned publicity. He is now the centre of attention with this exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, and it marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of his first fashion house in San Sebastian. As well as having around 100 beautiful dresses on display, there will also be 20 hats, all representing the work of Balenciaga and his followers. To add to the intricate detail of the garments, sketches, photographs and fabric samples will be shown alongside the creations. There will also be patterns, x-rays and film to reveal how the finished garments were made. Many of us may not be able to afford haute couture fashion, but this exhibition allows us to gain some insight into this lavish world. Do you consider yourself a #fashion follower or innovator?


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