There are a few upcoming events which have caught our eye. For your consideration:
– On 10 October, at the Museum of London, architectural historian Tom Keeley curates an informal evening of talks, readings and film screenings with leading artists, writers and campaigners including Kathrin Böhm, John Grindrod, Verity-Jane Keefe, Marion Shoard and Ken Worpole. From green belt fields and canal towpaths to chain store retail parks, cul-de-sac estates and motorway junctions, this salon will reflect on what life at the edges can tell us about the centre. What do these places tell us about London and where it is going? More info and tickets here. (more…)
This one’s for the believers: A Brief History of the Lives of All Those in the Caught by the River Tent at The Good Life Experience, by John Andrews
I missed Joan Shelley and The Pictish Trail and all on Friday to my shame, coming north on an evening train after the fire, crossing the border as midnight struck on Gladstone’s clock. “This one’s for the believers”, shouted Mick Head, our favourite of saints, the next day, mid-song, and the tent was lit, we were fifty thousand each crying a silver tear, you can call it sheer joy, you can call it what you want, but it WAS the holy shiver, a sighting of the magic bird, a book stall in the corner of a gin parlour, a Kabbalah for the kids. Will read ‘A Song for Uncle Dee’ and Michael Chapman declared ‘I ain’t no folk singer’. Golems chanted in the secret rooms of each corner for Keenan, a blessing for the one-issue fanzine writers, a blessing for all the bands who might have been, a blessing for all the galleries that were dole queue rumours and a blessing for all believers. ‘Who are the believers?’ asked Emma with a smile, as if she and we didn’t know. Can a tent be a chapel, a Cocteau-painted cocoon in what on Thursday last Cerys Matthews called a world of chaos? Yes, it can, it can, it can. (more…)
50,000 bees arrive at their new home, in advance of their gig with BE on Saturday 7 October at Coventry Cathedral. Buy tickets here.
Artwork by Nick Hand at The Letterpress Collective.
Situated in the former Cuming Museum – a museum founded by a father and son, which was originally home to a collection of natural history and archaeological curiosities – Natural Selection, by father and son Andy Holden and Peter Holden, will take you on an ornithological journey, from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.
Natural Selection showcases several multi-screen films, a selection of archival material, and Andy Holden’s own collection of found nests. The exhibition spans two floors and captures the multi-sensory oeuvre of birds. ‘A Natural History of Nest Building’, situated on the ground floor, exposes the unscrupulous cuckoo; the artistry of the bowerbird; and the nest as an object in its own right. While, in the basement, ‘A Social History of Egg Collecting’ sheds light on this practice in a changing legal landscape, and the resultant criminal operations after 1954, through a video work ‘The Opposite of Time’ and an installation titled ‘How the Artist Was Led to the Study of Nature’. (more…)