Cultural Journal: Seven events for March
Words Daisy Gray
From radically rethinking materials at the Design Museum to discovering both fresh and emblematic ceramics in London and Cambridge: here’s what we’re bookmarking for the month ahead…
Panel Discussion on Radical Matter by FranklinTill
Design Museum London, 13th March
To mark the launch of their new book, Radical Matter: Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future, London-based design and research agency FranklinTill will chair a discussion at the Design Museum. The talk will bring together innovative thinkers and makers to reassess our use of materials and discuss new, sustainable approaches to design practices.
Art for the Elizabeth Line
Whitechapel Gallery London, 13th March – 6th May
The archive and project spaces of the Whitechapel Gallery will be presenting a wide overview of the public art commissions for the new central London Elizabeth Line Stations. Sketches, maquettes and prototypes will reveal the convoluted process of translating artistic ideas into a public space.
Jan Kath Boro Inspired Rug collection
FRONT rugs London, 14th March – 15th April
Contemporary rug designer Jan Kath is presenting his new collection of Boro-inspired rugs. Boro, which derives from the word ‘to stitch together’, is the Ancient Japanese art of re-purpose – a belief that nothing should be wasted. Alongside his rugs, Kath will present pieces from his own personal collection of Ancient garments and clothing, showing tattered and beautiful edges of Boro.
Ceramics Fair with Turning Earth
Barbican London, Sunday 18th March
As part of this year’s Barbican OpenFest, 60 contemporary makers from Turning Earth will be selling one-off ceramic pieces in the green of the Conservatory Terrace and Garden Rooms. There will also be live demonstrations and a chance to have a go at working with clay yourself.
Things of Beauty: British Studio Pottery
Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, 20th March – 17th June
First exhibited at the Yale Centre for British Art, Things of Beauty tells the story of British Studio Pottery and the evolution and ever-changing nature of the vessel form. A combination of historic and contemporary ceramicists’ work will be on display, from Bernard Leach and Hans Coper to Edmund De Waal and Julian Stair.
Artipelag, Stockholm, 23rd March – 30th September
A creative range of modernist painting, photography, textiles, furniture and literature from the loose collective that formed the Bloomsbury group will be showcased at Artipelag – celebrating a time of shared ideas and bold imagination. The entrance of the gallery will see a recreation of the garden at Charleston Farmhouse, which became the unofficial country HQ of the Bloomsbury set – a place to meet, discuss and create.
Roberto Casamonti Collection opening
Collezione Roberto Casamonti, Florence, 25th March
Renowned collector and gallerist Roberto Casamonti will be opening his extensive personal collection to the public in the historic centre of Florence. His museum, Collezione Roberto Casamonti, marks the first public art space in Florence solely dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The collection includes the likes of Warhol, Basquiat, Kapoor, Kandinsky and Klee, as well as an abundance of post-war Italian art.