Top Picks For Your March Cultural Calendar

If your March calendar is looking a little lacklustre, don’t panic! We’ve compiled our top 5 picks for the month so that you can schedule in your weekly dose of creative culture without lifting a finger! From architectural storytelling to lunchtime piano concerts, you’re sure to find something to enjoy in this round-up of the UK arts scene.

David Adjaye, Sclera Pavilion, Credit: Ed Reeves

David Adjaye: Making Memory

“I think you only make a better future if you question the past” – David Adjaye

Head over to the Design Museum this March to discover new monuments and memorials by celebrated British-Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE.

Delve into architectural themes explored throughout Adjaye’s career and get a sneak preview of ongoing work. The exhibition features outstanding projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Making Memory challenges the notion of architecture functioning as an edifice and demonstrates that form can be a related to narrative; a storytelling device that can evoke memories.

A must-see exhibition for inquisitive minds who are open to developing new ways of looking at things.

Exhibition Dates: 2nd February – 5th May 2019
Opening Hours: every day 10am – 6pm

Play Me, I’m Yours, Canary Wharf  images

Play me, I’m Yours

World Piano Day is on March 29th which means it’s the perfect time to check out Play Me, I’m Yours.  

This project is an initiative thought up by British artist Luke Jerram, where street pianos are installed in cities across the globe for everyone to interact with. The project has taken place in over 60 cities and has reached an audience of over 10 million people worldwide.

Canary Wharf Arts + Events have commissioned 5 new pianos that have been placed in various locations across the estate. Bring some music to your working day and feel free to show off your skills (or lack of) on the ivory keys!

Note: during the week of the launch you will be able to enjoy lunchtime concerts, so stay tuned for the details!

Drawing Biennial 2019 

Drawing Biennial 2019

Get your creative fix this month with Drawing Room’s exhibition and auction of 200 unique drawings. The exhibition showcases exciting artists of all generations, working in a variety of different techniques.

You may recognise some of the featured artists associated with the medium of drawing such as Charles Avery and Nikhil Chopra who will sit alongside those better known as sculptors, such as Richard Deacon or as painters, such as Turner Prize winner George Shaw.

Drawing Biennial 2019  demonstrates the vitality of drawing today, signalling the diversity of artists’ imagination and offering a fresh insight into contemporary art today.

Exhibition Dates: 20th February – 26th March
Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 11am – 6pm  & weekends 12 – 6pm
Auction: 11th March 10am / 26th March 9.30pm

MAC International

Nikolaus Gansterer Wor(l)ding a meshwork of sense in flux, Mixed media installation, 2018‌

MAC International

This exhibition has been running for a little while now, but this month is your last chance to check it out! Spanning all three of the MAC’s galleries in Belfast, MAC International provides a global perspective on contemporary art and assists in building audiences around ambitious and innovative work.

MAC International features photography, film, installation, sculpture and painting. The works tackle some of the main concerns facing artists and wider society today.  Many address dominant social, cultural and political concerns. This overview of contemporary practice also increases the visibility around artists who have not yet developed international profiles.

The MAC International 2018 prize was awarded to Nikolaus Gansterer for his work Wor(l)ding: a meshwork of sense in flux. 

Showing until 31st March 2019
Opening Hours: every day 10am – 6pm

Smack That (A Conversation), Credit: Foetini Christofilopolou

Smack That (A Conversation)

This March at Oval House, Rhiannon Faith presents Smack That (A Conversation).

Beverly is having a party and you are one of her guests. Expect games, dancing, humour and a very raw and honest account of domestic abuse.”

The all-female cast, inherit the persona of Beverly to convey real life experiences. The setting creates a safe space for them to reveal the turbulent challenges that they have faced and to celebrate their endurance with the audience.

Rhiannon Faith’s creative process draws autobiographical stories from the communities and artists that she engages with. Using dance and theatre, the audience are taken on a narrative journey which is both challenging and accessible.

Showing times: 27th February – 16 March, 7:30pm

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Ellie Isaacs

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