Five things to see in May

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Events - By Bar­bara Chan­dler

1 MID-CEN­TURY SOUTH

Sun­day May 15, 10am-4pm; Alec Ste­wart Gate, The Kia Oval Cricket Ground, Har­ley­ford Street, Ken­ning­ton, SE11 (mod­ern­shows.com). Tickets cost £10, or two for £10 af­ter 2pm. Or un­til end of Fri­day May 13, buy on­line for £9. THE home of Sur­rey County Cricket is a new venue for the show that started in 2001 and has nur­tured the mid-cen­tury mod­ern trend ever since. About 50 deal­ers will of­fer a lav­ish spread of last-cen­tury fur­nish­ings in­clud­ing chairs, fab­rics, wall­pa­pers, glass, ceram­ics and light­ing. Spe­cial­ist in orig­i­nal film posters from 1940 to the present is Or­son & Welles, mark­ing the death 20 years ago of Hol­ly­wood poster artist Saul Bass. His work (pic­tured) from a 50year ca­reer is not only col­lectable but looks stun­ning on the wall.

2 COL­LEC­TIVE GE­NIUS

Open now un­til June 11; Ves­sel Gallery, 114 Kens­ing­ton Park Road, Not­ting Hill, W11 (020 7272 8001; ves­sel­gallery.com) THIS show, the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to the breath­tak­ing beauty of stu­dio glass, should not be missed by con­firmed glass en­thu­si­asts, ei­ther. It high­lights Dev­ereux and Huskie Glass­works in Wilt­shire, a stu­dio run by glass artists for artists. See work from 20 in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed glass artists/de­sign­ers who have never shown to­gether be­fore. Pic­tured is Clovis in steel and plum (by James Dev­ereux him­self ). All works are for sale at prices from £380 to £8,000.

3 UR­BAN VIL­LAGE FETE

Sun­day May 15, noon-7pm, free en­try; The Gate­way Pavil­ions, Penin­sula Square, Green­wich Penin­sula, SE10 (ur­banvil­lage­fete.co.uk) A FUN, free out­ing for all the fam­ily, put on by en­ter­tain­ment en­tre­pre­neur Wayne Hem­ing­way. His suc­cess­ful “rus in urbe” ru­ral/ city frolic has in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, live en­ter­tain­ment, street food ven­dors and a good dol­lop of de­sign. Meet/buy from ce­ramic artists Tilly Hem­ing­way and Amanda Tong, along with Ny­lon Sky jew­ellery. Ex­plore Lon­don hand­made fur­ni­ture from Biggs & Quail, and Mahica hand­wo­ven bas­kets. Step in­side a gi­ant whale to make your own art­work, join in drum­ming, fold a pa­per hat, or mas­ter the lost art of hula hoop­ing. De­sign stu­dents from Ravens­bourne Col­lege have built a play struc­ture, and Stu­dio My­er­scough is show­ing off a colour­ful lo­cal project for painted cranes. Bring your pets to sam­ple “healthy treats” from Scan­di­na­vian dog food brand Won­der­boo.

4 ENGLISH HER­ITAGE BLUE PLAQUE WALK­ING TOURS

This Satur­day and Sun­day in cen­tral Lon­don TO CEL­E­BRATE the 150th an­niver­sary of Lon­don’s 902 blue plaques, the cur­rent cus­to­dian of the scheme, English Her­itage has or­gan­ised four walks this week­end that ex­plore plaques in Bel­gravia, Char­ing Cross, Piccadilly, and West­min­ster (cost is £15 for English Her­itage mem­bers and £20 for non­mem­bers). Ad­vance book­ing is es­sen­tial (no tickets on day): call 0370 333 1183. Six new cel­e­bra­tory fine bone china din­ner plates (pic­tured) repli­cate the blue plaques for Jimi Hen­drix; Dame Agatha Christie; Em­me­line and Dame Christa­bel Pankhurst; Sir Al­fred Hitch­cock; Sig­mund Freud and Ken­neth Williams (from pro­ducto­fy­ouren­vi­ron­ment. co.uk; priced at £35.41 each).

5 DE­SIGN UN­DE­FINED

SARA CARTER, who runs Clerken­well Lon­don, a ca­pa­cious “hy­brid” de­sign shop, restau­rant and café, says: “De­sign to­day doesn’t fit into boxes; it builds bridges be­tween art and tech­nol­ogy, in­no­va­tion and her­itage. Our show breaks the rules and asks ques­tions.” Star ex­hibit is thus an in­no­va­tory 3D printed wheel­chair, be­low, by young Lon­doner Ben­jamin Hu­bert, which can be “cus­tomised” to in­di­vid­ual needs. Also en­joy sculp­tured mar­ble-like art cakes by RCA grad­u­ate Kia Ut­zon Frank, get an in­sight into to­day’s ma­te­ri­als-ob­sessed world by the Mat­ter agency and won­der at ex­otic fur­ni­ture by Tree Cou­ture (check out the pre­his­toric bog oak).

Tues­day-Thurs­day May 24–26; Clerken­well Lon­don, 155 Far­ring­don Road, EC1 (020 3826 1142; clerken­well-lon­don.com)

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