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Must-sees For May

From classical music ensembles to London Craft Week panels, there’s plenty of creativity in the air this month. If you’re looking to soak up some culture, the search ends here. We’ve compiled our top-picks to elevate your calendar, so go ahead and pencil in these must-sees for May.

The Mother Art Prize

Candida Powell-Williams, Fountain of Tongues

Presented by Procreate Projects, The Mother Art Prize 2018 group show is the only international prize for self-identifying women and non-binary visual artists with caring responsibilities.

“These twenty artists who are also mothers prove that nothing is taboo, and a mother’s lived experience is as worthy a subject as any other for representation in the art world.” – Marcelle Joseph

The exhibition features twenty short-listed artists that work across a range of media. It’s curated by independent curator Marcelle Joseph, Zabludowicz Collection director Elizabeth Neilson, and Whitechapel Gallery curator Laura Smith.

The winner of the Mother Art Prize 2018, announced in December 2018, is British multi-disciplinary artist Candida Powell-Williams who creates a complex web of references as she brings together history and symbolism in her work, disorientating the viewer with the familiar and the unfamiliar. You can read our interview with Candida here.

Mimosa House London
Showing times: 3 – 18 May 2019
PV Friday, 3rd May 2019
Opening Hours: 3 – 9pm


Metaphorphasis, Cluster London 

Curated by Ema E. Marinova, Cluster is holding a 5 day fair where you’ll find a treasure trove of works from the fields of Craft and Illustration, each spanning across two floors. Running alongside the fair are a host of workshops, screenings and talks for those who want to network, make and learn. You can find out more information about these here.

Solo Show By Ronch

Make sure to keep an eye out for Cluster’s first solo show with artist Ronch. This is a narrative about the Ronch Underworld created through a combination of faddish stories. Each artwork represents sequences of a surrealist journey, exploring the provocative disruption of social norms and subjective identities. Grotesque characters, involved in the action of the Absurd, populate Ronch’s paintings – each one meticulously defined through a magnifying glass.

Ugly Duck, Tanner Street
Showing times: 2 – 5 May
Opening times: 11am – 7pm

Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts, London Craft Week 

Cockpit Arts provides tailored support for craft practices, and with London Craft Week returning this May for its fourth edition, they have some exciting events planned.

Form + Line

Cockpit artists and makers will show a collection of hand-crafted pieces using a range of eclectic materials which have a unique take on line and form.

Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER
2 – 19 May

Making it in London – Craft at Risk

A debate chaired by Katie Treggiden on how we keep creativity thriving at the heart of the city. Join the panel in a discussion of whether it is still realistic to run a craft business in the capital on Wednesday 8th May.

Leathersellers’ Hall, 7 St Helen’s Place, London EC3A 6AB
Free Entry

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Camarilla Irish Tour

Camarilla Ensemble, Wind Quartet

Chamber music group, Camarilla Ensemble, comprises five brilliant wind players that firmly established themselves on the UK music scene since their formation in 2001. With its fresh and dynamic approach to music, the ensemble continues to deliver inspiring events and workshops around the world.

This May, Camarilla is performing its debut tour to Ireland. Choose from a series of concerts inspired by humour and dance and spend an evening immersed in energetic music.

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Ellie Isaacs

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