Culture Journal: Seven events for June
Words Vilma Paasivaara
From the (countless) design fairs all over the world to the Summer festival at Daylesford Organic Farm; here is what we are bookmarking for the month ahead…
London Festival of Architecture
London, 1st – 30th June
From the beginning of June, London Festival of Architecture will again be spreading over London, with walks, installations, talks and open studios. This year’s theme is ‘identity’, which will be explored across more than 400 separate events. Of those worth looking out for are: Identity: The Story of the London Stock Brick/Walking Tour of London Bridge with Taylor Maxwell; Sigita Simona Paplauskaite’s art installation Building Site; and the Castles in the Air photography exhibition by Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre. Keep your eye out for all the Open Studio Evenings also, which will be taking place in different areas of the city.
San Francisco Design Week
Various locations in California, 7th – 15th June
Despite its name, SFDW takes over not just San Francisco but various cities and locations all over California. With a goal to promote the Bay Area as a place where design looks to the future with innovation, the fair gathers together everything from state-of-the-art technology and startups to product design and digital services. At the core of SFDW is a desire to generate meaningful exchanges between the public and the design community and raise public awareness of the impact of design in our everyday lives, as well as exploring emerging design disciplines.
Daylesford Summer Festival
Daylesford Organic Farm, 9th June
We could not be more excited to be working with Daylesford Organic Farm for their annual Summer Festival. This year Hole & Corner will curate the Makers Barn, where there will be workshops and demonstrations of incredible skill running throughout the day. The Summer Festival is a tradition which brings together both locals and visitors to taste the organic goods of the farm, learn about everything from beekeeping to growing your own food, as well as witnessing the master sheepdogs at work. The event is free to attend and there will be something to see and do for the whole family – the perfect excuse to head out to the idyllic Cotswold countryside for a day.
Design Miami/ Basel
Basel, 12th – 17th June
Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/has been dubbed ‘more than a marketplace for design’. Both fairs bring together collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from over the world. Expect a whirlwind of unique designs from both emerging and established names in Basel this June, as well as interesting talks such as Craftsmanship 2.0 in Collectible Design: Between Innovation and Tradition (with Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard, founders of Carpenters Workshop Gallery; Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, founders of Studio Drift; Pierre Yovanovitch, founder of Principal of Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Interieur; and Emma Crichton-Miller).
Sea, Rock, Earth and Ice by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Jerwood Gallery, 13th June – 07th October
Over the summer, the Jerwood Gallery in East Sussex will be exhibiting the work of artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. The exhibition, comprising of both the gallery’s own pieces as well as pieces borrowed from Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust, explores the artist’s work over four decades. As one of Britain’s foremost abstract artists, Barns-Graham depicted mostly landscapes in her work, drawing on her intimate understanding of nature. Sea, Rock, Earth and Ice is part of the Jerwood Gallery’s In Focus series which highlights pieces of their collection with a wider exhibition, curated by Lara Wardle, Director of Jerwood Collection.
Beirut Design Week
Beirut, 22nd – 29th June
One of the fastest-growing design events in the Middle East and North Africa, BDW will be returning for its seventh consecutive year, showcasing the best of Lebanese and international design. One of the fair’s aims is to promote the region’s rich cultural heritage as well as encourage local creative entrepreneurship and movements. Their mission is to foster intercultural exchange, design education and provocative, critical thinking – so visitors can expect not only interesting aesthetics but engaging discourse around design from a local and international perspective.
Business Design Centre, 27th – 30th June and 4th – 7th July
If you are wondering who are the names of the next generation entering the UK design scene, then look no further – New Designers will bring over 3,000 graduates and young design businesses under one roof for two weeks. New Designers has 33 years of history and it has grown into one of the major events for emerging designers to showcase their work. The programme is divided into two weeks which will host designers under different categories (textiles, fashion, costume design, jewellery, glass, ceramics and contemporary design crafts in Week 1 and product, furniture, industrial, automotive, interior design, graphic design, animation, illustration, gaming and motion Arts in Week 2). We also recommend One Year In, where 100 new design entrepreneurs, selected by Rheanna Lingham, showcase their work.