Here’s our pick of art-related events that might be worth taking a look at this February.



Royal Academy of Arts – Manet: Portraying Life

RA_ManetIn this first retrospective exhibition devoted to Manet’s portraits, the exhibition brings together his work from across Europe, Asia and the USA. Consisting of over 50 of Manet’s works, the exhibition highlights the artist’s modern approach to portraits, showcasing his portraits of family, friends and luminaries in Parisian society.

Runs until 14 April. Tickets: £6 – £17


The British Museum – Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind

This exhibition offers the chance to view some of the oldest known sculptures, portraits and drawings. Displayed alongside modern works by artists such as Henry Moore and Matisse, the exhibition aims to highlight how Ice Age Art, created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago, has the same creativity, experimentation and desire to communicate as artists today.

Runs 7 February – 26 May 2013. Tickets: £5; £8; £10.


The Photographer’s Gallery – Perspectives on Collage

This exhibition at The Photographer’s Gallery showcases eight different artists’ approaches to collage. Through its aim to highlight the “enduring relevance of collage”, the exhibition displays various works of collage in different mediums, including Batia Suter’s sculpture of overlapping books featuring photographs of waves and Peggy Franck’s collages made from everyday materials. 

Runs until 7 April. Free.



New Diorama TheatreA Strange Wild Song

A Strange Wild Song_NewDioramaTheatreThis new play brought to the New Diorama Theatre by critically acclaimed theatre company Rhum and Clay tells the story of a man who is left a roll of film after his grandfather’s death. The play follows him as he discovers meaning through the photographs and a world of childhood and memory where “fragments of a half-remembered war explode into the present day calm”. With a live musical score, the story is told with a “visually unique and highly inventive style”.

26 February – 2 March. Tickets: £11.80; £13.80


Finborough TheatreLondon Wall

In its first London production for 80 years, John Van Druten’s London Wall takes a “wryly comic look” at the lives of female office workers in the 1930s. The play tells the story of the women in a solicitor’s office as a new typist is thought of as “fair game” by the manager. Despite the other women’s warnings, she is left to her fate, and her boyfriend begins his attempts to win her back. The play takes a “surprisingly modern look” at men’s “inability to see women as professional equals and colleagues”.

Runs until 23 February. Tickets: £10-£16.


Bush TheatreMoney the Game Show

Money the Game Show takes a “playful and politically sharp look at the roots of the financial crisis” as the game show hosts invite you to play a variety of games with £10,000 to help demonstrate the near-collapse of the economy.

Runs until 2 March. Tickets: £10-£19.50.




London Transport Museum – Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs

To celebrate 150 years of the Tube, the London Transport Museum’s exhibition displays 150 of the best transport poster designs commissioned by London Underground from the first in 1908 to the present day. Visitors will be invited to choose their favourite poster on display, and the most popular will be revealed at the end of the exhibition. 

Runs 15 February – October 2013. Free.


Design Museum – Design Museum Collection: Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things

The Design Museum opens a permanent exhibition to explore the history of contemporary design. Divided into six sections that each explores an aspect of design, the exhibition showcases furniture, fashion, transport and architecture among others to highlight key designs that have shaped the modern world.

Free. Tickets: £7.50; £10.70; £11.85


V & A – Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock Photographs by Harry Hammond

CliffRichard_VAThis display showcases 60 behind-the-scenes portraits and performance shots by Harry Hammond, the music photographer who chronicled the rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll music in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition showcases photographs of leading musicians from the time including Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey and the Beatles.

Runs until 3 March. Free. 

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