Everything is really bad – Babak Ganjei
Have you ever gone all the way to Margate to see an exhibition of an artist you like in a strange flat on a back-road If the answer is ‘no’, then you’re (maybe) just not living, but you can to some extent replicate the experience with our fave, Babak Ganjei, whose new exhibit is slightly closer to home. A collection of his latest work, he aims to reflect the times we live in, by doing things like calling it “Everything is really bad and it’s only going to get worse and this is the most perfect time”. Witty and self-deprecating in equal measure, I promise you that there’s no greater joy than waking up to one of his pieces of art on your wall each morning.
Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway
Timed to coincide with his 150th birthday, this survey of Norwegian artist Harald Sohlberg’s work is an exploration through the depths and variety of Nordic landscapes. Telling the story of how he mastered his skill, starting from intense, but confident self portraits to the crisp landscapes he became best known for, this exhibit is a lesson in the art of capturing delicate light and writing stories with paintbrushes.
15×5 is a beautifully simple concept: Five inspirational and invigorating speakers are given 15 minutes each. That’s it. This month they take over one of our new favourites venues for a bound-to-be-another-sell-out mix of astrology, feminism and stunning Palestinian poetry. There’s nothing more riveting than fantastic speakers sharing the subjects that excite them the most and for that reason this might just be the perfect event.
AVA festival started in Dublin but it really seems to have found the perfect home for its London edition in Printworks. I mean, there are few conferences that can boast Bicep and Octave One as keynote speakers, few conferences that combine fascinating panels, tech demos and an all-night party. And even fewer that do all that for free. It’s all ages. It’s all abilities. Just bring your passion for music and some stamina to last the night.
Bringing new meaning to the phrase “one person’s junk is another’s treasure”, artists Jimmy Turrell & Richard Turley are taking over East London’s Book Club for a two-part exhibition featuring found objects. Created from a huge collection of unwanted books, games and whatever-else, this is a two-part mural that will reveal itself over the months of the exhibit. With Turrell having done artwork for the likes of Beck and Aretha Franklin you know we’re in for something a bit special.