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This Month in London: Art & Design

This Month in London: Art & Design

As we enter the month of February and the heavens continue to pour upon us, the dull ache that is the longing for summer intensifies. While we can’t speed up time, we can lift your mood and imagination through the wonderful world of art and design. Take a look at Sophia Hickinson’s top picks of the capital’s exhibitions this month:

Selfridges Festival of Imagination / Selfridges London / On now - 2nd March

Selfridges explores the ‘power of the imagination’ in this new campaign. Their London concept store has been transformed into the Imagine Shop that showcases pioneering products in the world of design. Events and lectures focusing on a variety of topics are held in the purpose built Imaginarium designed by award-winning architect Rem Koolhaas.

 The Rem Koolhaas designed Imaginarium. Source: Dezeen.

The Rem Koolhaas designed Imaginarium. Source: Dezeen.

In the Making / Design Museum / On now - 4th May

In an unusual move this exhibition, curated by the founders of design studio Barber & Osgerby, displays unfinished products. From the 2012 Olympic torch to a cricket bat; 24 objects are captured mid-manufacture to illustrate the thinking and process behind some of Britain’s most loved designs.

 A marble halfway through the manufacturing process. Source: Dezeen.

A marble halfway through the manufacturing process. Source: Dezeen.

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined / Royal Academy of Arts / On now - 6th April

Large-scale installations by various architects from around the world aim to challenge the way architecture is perceived. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the installations – touch, talk, sit or climb – in order to reflect on how architecture influences their lives.

 Exhibition-goers interact with an installation. Source: Royal Academy.

Exhibition-goers interact with an installation. Source: Royal Academy.

Sage Vaughn: Nobody’s Home / Lazarides Rathbone / On now - 1st March

Exhibited by Lazarides, the man responsible for launching Banksy’s career, Sage Vaughn’s collection portrays lonely domestic interiors injected with his signature birds and butterflies in a burst of colour. Nobody’s Home challenges the viewer to look to the beauty of nature rather than the routine of the day-to-day environment.

 Sage Vaughn's signature butterflies. Source: Lazarides.

Sage Vaughn's signature butterflies. Source: Lazarides.

Phlegm: The Bestiary / Howard Griffin Gallery / On now - 4th March

The Sheffield-born illustrator turned street-artist is bringing his haunting graffiti to London in The Bestiary - a large-scale installation depicting his signature imaginary creatures in a cave-painting style format.

 An image depicting one of Phlegm's haunting fantasy creatures. Source: Artslant.

An image depicting one of Phlegm's haunting fantasy creatures. Source: Artslant.

Richard Deacon / Tate Britain / 5th February – 27th April

The Turner Prize winner’s portfolio of work spanning four decades is celebrated in the new exhibition. Deacon’s huge, organic sculptures are exhibited alongside his drawings and other small-scale work in an exhibition that demonstrates his talent for working in a variety of styles.

 Richard Deacon's  Laocoon.  Source: ArtRabbit.

Richard Deacon's Laocoon. Source: ArtRabbit.

Photography Now / The Brick Lane Gallery / 6th – 16th February

This contemporary art gallery set in the heart of Shoreditch - London’s edgy and artistic neighbourhood – showcases a selection of work by some of the capital’s finest up-and-coming photographers.

 One of the pieces on display in Photography Now. Source: The Brick Lane Gallery.

One of the pieces on display in Photography Now. Source: The Brick Lane Gallery.

Bailey’s Stardust / National Portrait Gallery / 6th February – 1st June

The career of arguably one of Britain’s most famous photographers, David Bailey, is documented in this new exhibition that features over 250 images, hand-picked and printed by Bailey himself. The exhibition is presented across a series of themed rooms, each depicting one of Bailey’s signature subjects from actresses to musicians and models.

 Bailey's iconic portrait of the Kray twins. Source: Guardian.

Bailey's iconic portrait of the Kray twins. Source: Guardian.

Richard Hamilton / Tate Modern / 13th February – 26th May

Widely regarded as a founding figure of pop art, the late Richard Hamilton was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and had a career that spanned six decades. This exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of his life’s work from his earliest work of exhibition design to his final paintings in 2011.

 Richard Hamilton's  Swingeing London 67.  Source: Tate Modern.

Richard Hamilton's Swingeing London 67. Source: Tate Modern.

London Fashion Week / Somerset House / 14th – 18th February

The Autumn/Winter 2014 show returns to the iconic Somerset House with British designers Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane and House of Holland among others taking to the catwalk. The week has a schedule of events across a number of locations to entertain London’s fashion enthusiasts. 

 Cara Delevingne walks for Burberry. Source: Guardian.

Cara Delevingne walks for Burberry. Source: Guardian.

Art14 Fair / Olympia Grand Hall / 28th February – 2nd March

The second edition of London’s global art fair welcomes galleries from all over the world to exhibit, with exhibitors from Berlin to Dubai showcasing their collections of contemporary and modern art.

 An installation at last year's show. Source: Art14.

An installation at last year's show. Source: Art14.

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