Just under two hours train journey from King’s Cross is the town of Wakefield, one of the North’s most exciting artistic hubs and home to Neon Workshops. Incredibly passionate about his work, contemporary artist Richard Wheater has been running the 2.5 hour workshop since 2008. His aim is to shine a light on the neon art industry by teaching curious creatives the ways of neon; covering cutting, fusing and filling with gas.
The suggestion of an embroidery class usually conjures up the image of groups of nanas, chatting over tea & biscuits and floral napkin designs. Embroidery classes with Laura Lees however, couldn’t be so far removed. OK, so her techniques may be traditional but that’s as far as it goes. Embellishing the pages of Vogue, dressing the catwalks at fashion week and adorning large scale collaborative projects, her edgy, in your face designs have undoubtedly led fashonistas and crafts enthusiasts to the same conclusion. Embroidery is sew now. In the throes of men’s Fashion Week, Laura invited me to one of her masterclasses so I could try my hand at The Mighty Stitch.
From now until 18th May, Somerset House is hosting the Sony World Photography Awards; an exhibition displaying the winning and shortlisted entries from this year’s competition. With 139,000 submissions from photographers all around the world, the competition was tougher than ever. This visually and emotionally stunning work is split into categories ranging from photojournalism, to fine art, to lifestyle.
Heading up the street art movement in the west of the capital is Graffik Gallery; a cool, contemporary arts gallery on the bustling Portobello road in London’s infamous Notting Hill. With the works of artists such as Banksy, Stik, D*Face, Obey and many more splashed across the walls, Graffik Gallery has built a reputation for launching newer artists to dizzying heights.
From now until June 2014, V&A Museum of Childhood hosts Confiscation Cabinets; a collection of items gathered over 30 years of subbing in schools by artist and teacher Guy Tarrant. I read about this exhibition with immediate interest. I have always been fascinated by the laws of the playground and was keen to see if any of the toys and games I used to have had made the collection.