It’s the beginning of another month, and here at MouthLondon we’ve picked some art-related events that may be worth taking a look at throughout October.
Showcasing over 90 photographs alongside paintings from the National Gallery’s collection, this exhibition explores how photographers use fine art traditions to “explore and justify the possibilities of their art”. Paintings are shown alongside early and contemporary photographs to highlight the “universality of themes and influences across all the works”. The exhibition will display work by the “greatest British and French photographers”, with photography and video that has been commissioned for the exhibition or rarely shown in the UK.
31 October – 20 January 2013 £6 – £13.20
This exhibition showcases the work of the four artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize. The prize is presented to an artist “under 50, living, working, or born in Britain for an outstanding exhibition in the previous 12 months”. The shortlisted artists are Spartacus Chetwynd, nominated for her exhibition which “confuses the boundary between performer and spectator” with her collection of paintings, “carnivalesque performances” and sculptures; and Luke Fowler, nominated for his exhibition at Inverleith House in Edinburgh which “interweaves found footage and material into accomplished and immersive films”. Paul Noble, whose exhibition displays the “details and engrossing drawings of the fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown, is also nominated along with Elizabeth Price, whose video installations “guide us through immersive virtual spaces, derived from the cultural debris of the material world”.
Runs until 6 January 2013 £4.25 – £11
The Jerwood Drawing Prize “aims to explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice in the UK”. The exhibition brings together 78 pieces of work from the 73 shortlisted artists, which range from emerging talent to established artists.
Runs until 28 October. Free.
Jez Butterworth returns to the Royal Court with his first play since the award-winning Jerusalem which also showed at this theatre. As with Jerusalem, The River is directed by Ian Rickson, and stars Dominic West in the lead role. With little information on the play except its setting in “a remote cabin on the cliffs” with “a man and a woman, and a moonless night,” the play is shrouded in mystery.
18 October – 17 November. £10 – £20
Sean Holmes directs this revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic Desire Under the Elms which sees the youngest of three brothers begin “a passionate and dangerous affair with his father’s new wife” in a battle to “control the farm he believes is his”. On 22 October, to accompany the play, ‘In Conversation: Desire Under The Elms’ sees playwright Simon Stephens talk to the set designer for the production, Ian MacNeil, about the play’s revival. (Tickets £3).
3 October – 10 November. £12.50 – £35
Written by award-winning screenwriter Ron Hutchinson, Dead On Her Feet depicts the “phenomenon of 1930s dance marathons” in this “new and powerful play” that, with music, movement and drama speaks directly to the “younger generation…brought up on a diet of X Factor and reality TV”.
3 October – 3 November. £12 – £20
The Southbank Centre and the Poetry Society hold an afternoon of poetry with “some of the most exciting poets and spoken word artists in the UK” all free of charge. The theme of this year’s poetry is ‘stars’ and poets such as Dannie Abse, Grace Nichols, Rachel Rooney and Simon Barraclough will all be contributing to the afternoon with readings.
4 October. Free
Just days before the winner of the Man Booker Prize is announced, shortlisted authors Alison Moore, author of The Lighthouse, and Tan Twan Eng, author of The Garden of Evening Mists, will be in conversation with author and journalist Graham Marks about their novels. In addition, there will be readings and the opportunity for a Q and A.
11 October. £5.
The London Book Market is a new monthly event that aims to bring “all forms of printed material under one roof”. Items for sale include illustrations, collectors’ items, antiquarian books and manuscripts.
27 October. Free.