Your January guide: 6 things to do and see
Although the festive season is behind us, there’s a lot to do throughout the new year. Whether you want to discover must-see exhibitions, enjoy buzzworthy restaurants or take on a new hobby, there’s a whole host of offerings to make your January more interesting.
Vivian Suter, Tate Liverpool
Until 15th March 2020
Take the chance to see the first solo display of Vivian Suter’s in the UK, whose work is inspired by the tropical landscape of Panajachel in Guatemala, where she lives and works. Suter leaves her artwork outdoors to be exposed to the elements so that natural substances, such as volcanic and botanical matter, are incorporated into her work – creating the most unique pieces. Look closely to see whether you can spot leaves or twigs congealed in the paint or the random
Out-Spoken, Southbank Centre, London
Out-Spoken, one of London’s premier poetry and live music nights, continues its year-long residency at Southbank Centre with four live events. Multi-award winning poet Robin Robertson headlines the in its first gig this month. Featuring comic poet Rob Auton and Next Generation Poet Jane Yeh, Out-Spoken is hosted by Joelle Taylor, with Sam ‘Junior’ Bromfield spinning the best in reggae, soul and R&B throughout the evening. For those eager to learn more about writing poetry, Southbank Centre also kicks off Unearthing The Southbank this month, a six-part poetry course which explores queerness, self, desire and landscape. Led by poet Richard Scott in over 6 sessions, the course will draw inspiration from Southbank Centre’s archival materials and exhibitions and support aspiring poets to develop their skills (20 Jan – 6 Apr).
Australian Bushfire Relief Fundraiser at Wander, London
22nd – 26th January 2020
Every year, Wander – a small, neighbourhood restaurant in Stoke Newington – by Australian chef-owner, Alexis Noble, celebrates Australia Day. As we know, toward the end of 2019 and continuing into 2020, parts of Australia have been ravaged by bushfires. Following Alexis’ recent return from her home trip to Sydney and Adelaide Hills – faced with the devastating effects these fires are having – she decided to gather the Aussie community in London to help raise money for relief support back in Australia with donations, a charity raffle and a special week-long Australia Day menu. Enjoy a £35 Banquet menu featuring Aussie classics such as Chicken Parmy, Meat Pie, Salt and Pepper Squid and Pavlova. Add a 4 pour wine flight that showcases all of Wander’s Adelaide Hills wine for an additional £30, with 100% of wine flight proceeds going to the appeal, via Wander’s Crowdfunder.
London short film festival
London Short Film Festival is back for its 17th year, offering up a fresh and exciting selection of short films from both established and up-and-coming names in cinema. The UK and International film awards will see almost 300 short films screened in London – film fanatics, this is not one to be missed.
John Walker, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Until 23 February 2020
It’s not too late to make it to this major exhibition by Birmingham-born artist John Walker – who was recently described as “one of the standout abstract painters of the last 50 years” (Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, 2014) – and enjoy a selection of “anti-scenic” paintings inspired by the landscapes of Maine where he now lives. The freedom with which he works and the beauty he achieves gives rise to a refreshing artistic experience of colour and graphic rhythms. Walker left Birmingham more than 50 years ago to explore new landscapes and Ikon have described it as a privilege to have him back for a long-awaited homecoming.
Life Drawing Classes, The Royal Drawing School, London
Throughout the year
Fancy getting creative? The Royal Drawing School offer daytime and evening courses in drawing for all levels, from beginners to experienced artists and creatives. Their Shoreditch studios in East London are at the heart of the School where they run studio-based courses in a converted Victorian warehouse – however there are also courses available in West London too. All sessions are taught by a specialist faculty of over 75 practising artists, and they are committed to the continued training of future teachers of drawing.