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What's On: August

2 Willow Road
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Exhibitions and installations taking place this month

2 Willow Road

Erno Goldfinger’s 2 Willow Road in Hampstead

National Trust house visits

Visitors have the chance to see inside some culturally and architecturally important buildings as part of the National Trust’s summer events programme.

2 Willow Road, Hampstead, is a unique Modernist home designed by Ernö Goldfinger in 1939. Entry is by guided tour at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm from 1 to 31 August. Places are limited and only available on the day at the door on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be booked in advance.

The iconic Arts and Crafts home of William Morris, Red House in Bexleyheath, is also open to visitors in August. Designed by Morris with the assistance of Philip Webb and completed in 1860, it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as ‘the beautifullest place on earth’ and is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. Until 1999 it was the home of former Lambeth council head of architecture Ted Hollamby, who restored it.

Search for Willow Road and Red House here for further details.

When In most cases until the end of August.

Where Various National Trust locations

Cui Jie's installation 'Pigeon House' at The Cass Sculpture Foundation

Cui Jie’s installation ‘Pigeon House’ at The Cass Sculpture Foundation

A Beautiful Disorder at The Cass Sculpture Foundation

Unprecedented exhibition of monumental sculpture and installations that the Cass Sculpture Foundation has commissioned from 16 Chinese artists, featuring work using 3-D rendering and modelling software and materials such as brass, iron, stainless steel, concrete, fibreglass and marble.

When Until 6 November

Where Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, Sussex

1965 Ercol catalogue showing Ercol studio couch

1965 Ercol catalogue showing Ercol studio couch

Source: reproduced by kind permission of ercol

Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration at Compton Verney 

In the years which followed the groundbreaking Festival of Britain of 1951, design played a crucial role in shaping and redefining the Brave New World of a modernising and increasingly prosperous Britain. This exhibition looks at all aspects of 1950s design, both inside and outside the home, through the lens of an imagined young couple. Their recreated home interior features paintings, posters and textiles by Enid Marx, Edward Bawden and John Piper, as well as packaging, household goods, furniture, fashion and even a Vespa scooter.

When Until 2 October

Where Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire

Isabel Rawsthorne by Francis Bacon

Isabel Rawsthorne by Francis Bacon

Source: © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved.

Francis Bacon, 1909–1992 Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho 1967 Oil paint on canvas 1980 x 1475 mm © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2016. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie. Acquired by the state of Berlin

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms at Tate Liverpool

A show exploring the recurring motif of the faintly traced structures in some of Bacon’s most famous works. The exhibition presents more than 30 paintings alongside a group of rarely seen drawings and documents and provides a refreshing lens through which to approach Bacon’s work.

When Until 18 September

Where Tate Liverpool

Still from Kirill Savchenkov's Museum of Skateboarding at Calvert 22 Foundation

Still from Kirill Savchenkov’s Museum of Skateboarding at Calvert 22 Foundation

Citizen Activated Space: Museum of Skateboarding at the Calvert 22 Foundatio

The third part of the foundation’s Power and Architecture exhibition programme is a new commison that explores ‘the individual’s participation in the activation of public space’ through skateboarding with Russian artist Kirill Savchenkov’s installation.

Museum of Skateboarding is a mixed media installation that considers skateboarding not just as a form of exercise, but also as a way to explore and reflect on the contemporary city space. The project studies the secret language of the sport, illustrating how certain architectural interventions or objects can be understood through skateboarding.

When 11 August to 11 September 

Where Calvert 22 Foundation, London

Sunset House, 2005 Agadez, Niger by Not Vital

Sunset House, 2005 Agadez, Niger by Not Vital

Not Vital at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This is international sculptor Not Vital’s first major exhibition in the UK. Not Vital works across studios from the Swiss village of Sent to Beijing, China, as well as in Rio de Janeiro and Niger. The exhibition reflects the artist’s nomadic and diverse practice and features paintings and works on paper, indoor pieces made from plaster, silver, gold, marble, glass and coal, and outdoor sculptures in stainless steel and bronze. His work Houses to Watch the Sunset is an especially fascinating artistic endeavour from an architectural point of view.

When Until 2 January 2017

Where Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

The Hive by Wolfgang Buttress at Kew Gardens

The Hive by Wolfgang Buttress at Kew Gardens


The Hive at Kew Gardens

The Hive, designed by UK-based artist Wolfgang Buttress was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. At 17m tall, 40 tonnes in weight and constructed from about 170,000 parts including 1,000 LED lights which glow and fade to the soundtrack that plays over it all, it is a fully immersive experience.

When Until 30 November

Where Kew Gardens, Richmond


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