Friday, 30 September 2016

Whitechapel Gallery Events - What's On: October Talks, Conferences & Tours

Talks & Events 

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Tune in to the Whitechapel Gallery Facebook to see the Guerrilla Girls live, join a day of discussion on the art of the Arab world, and find out how contemporary art has merged with other practices to explore animal nature with the launch of the latest Documents of Contemporary Art book title.


Facebook Live: Guerrilla Girls 
Whitechapel Gallery Facebook page | Sat 1 Oct, 3pm 

Watch the live broadcast of renowned feminist artist collective the Guerrilla Girls' lecture at the Gallery, illustrating their work over the past thirty years, and the work that still needs to be done. Tune in via Facebook

Coinciding with the the new displayGuerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?

Documents of Contemporary Art: Animals
Thu 27 Oct, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs

A talk launching Animals, the latest title in the Whitechapel Gallery's Documents of Contemporary Art book series. Editor Filipa Ramos is joined by artist Marcus Coates and writer Maria Fusco to discuss how contemporary art, in dialogue with other disciplines, has emerged as a platform for exploring animal nature. Book Now

Conferences & Symposia

Tracing An Imperfect Chronology: The Barjeel Art Foundation Collection
Sat 22 Oct, 11.30am-6pm | £15/£12.50 concs
Coinciding with the exhibition Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II this day-long event brings together artists, academics and curators to discuss alternative histories of modernism and how they have shaped contemporary artistic practice in the Arab world. Book Now
Invisible Architectures:
Lesions in the Landscape

Sat 29 & Sun 30 Oct 2016, 11.30am–6pm | £15 (1 day) £25 (2 days)

How can art transform the ways we understand memory, forgetting and amnesia? This two day symposium brings together artists, writers, scientists and social psychologists as part of Lesions in the Landscape, a project exploring amnesia and the implications of memory loss on identity, space and imagining the future. Book Now


First Thursdays: Art Bus Tour
Thu 6 Oct, 7pm, | £9.50/£7.50 concs

Discover new exhibitions in east London on the First Thursdays Art Bus. Stopping atHales Gallery The Art Pavillion and Nunnery Gallery you'll get an introduction and tour from an artist or curator. Book now


Mikhail Karikis: Location, Voice, Action!
Thu 20 Oct, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs

An evening featuring a selection of Mikhail Karikis’ video-works from the last decade, including a premiere screening of Ain’t Got No Fear (2016). Karikis is joined in discussion with influential curator Katerina Gregos, followed by a Q&A. Book Now

Gangsta Granny at the Garrick Theatre

Neal Foster’s adaptation David Walliams’ popular children’s book Gangsta Granny transfers to London’s West End for a limited summer season in 2017. Following a hugely successful tour of the UK, the stage version of the terrific tale was recently nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People.
Gangsta Granny follows Ben, a young boy who is once again staying with his granny on a boring Friday night. Ben expects the same old grizzly cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake – but what he doesn’t realise is that this groovy Granny has her very own secret! Soon, Fridays become more exciting than he could ever image, as he embarks on night-time adventures with his very own Gangsta Granny!
Presented by Birmingham Stage Company, the adaptation by Neal Foster comes from the company at the helm of the ever-popular Horrible Histories Barmy Britain series, which recently played a season at the Garrick Theatre. The West End debut of Walliams’ story premieres at the Garrick Theatre on July 26th, with an official press night on August 1st. Gangsta Granny is set to run until September 3rd 2017.

Gangsta Granny Tickets


Two-Course South-East Asian Meal for One or Two at Tang London (Up to 46% Off)

Two-Course South-East Asian inspired meal

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Starters include: fried chicken with homemade hot sauce or lemon tofu dip | crispy homemade black bean tofu with a white miso sauce
Mains include: spicy prawn and pork broth with bean sprouts and eggs, served with wheat, rice or glass noodles | roast chicken broth with pulled chicken, bean sprouts, eggs and ginger sauce, served with wheat, rice or glass noodles | mushroom burdock broth with mushrooms, tofu, bean sprouts, eggs and goji berries, served with wheat, rice or glass noodles

About Tang London

Nestled at a venue which sits close to Tottenham Court Road station, Tang London is the capital's proud representant of the lazy noodle bars of Asia, where patrons can enjoy a hearty meal and a beer without rushing. The kitchen specialises in dairy-free broths, while the dining hall boasts walls covered with Chinese newspapers and industrial-inspired design. The experience is complemented by a wide range of drinks

Two-Course Meal with a Bellini Cocktail for Two or Four at The Old Fire Station Bar and Grill Restaurant (Up to 37% Off)

Two-Course Meal with Cocktail

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Starters may include: naan bread | soup of the day | grilled aubergine | hummus | yoghurt with wild garlic
Mains may include: grilled halloumi cheese | poached sea bass fillet | grilled salmon and prawns | 8oz rump steak | 8oz sirloin steak

About The Old Fire Station Bar and Grill Restaurant

Located in Brentford, The Old Fire Station specialises in serving a broad array of steak, kebab and seafood dishes, with vegetarian options also available. The food can be accompanied by a selection of drinks, ranging from beer and wine, to Champagne and cocktails. The Old Fire Station is happy to house private events, with its second floor suited to various needs, from parties to yoga classes. In 2016, the venue received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

One- or Two-Hour Maserati Driving Experience from GT Rush (Up to 40% Off)

Maserati Driving Experience

About GT Rush

London-based GT Rush offers personal and bespoke on-road driving experiences in a 4.7l V8 Maserati GranCabrio for couples, families and adrenaline enthusiasts alike. Each ride is tailored to the customer’s preferences favouring less trafficked, scenic routes. Customers are accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable guide who will run them through all the features of this incredible machine and guide them along the chosen route.

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Seven Sins Friday Cabaret Show with Two-Course Dinner, Cocktail and Club Entry for Four at Café De Paris (41% Off)

Café De Paris, Piccadilly Circus

About Cafe De Paris

Since its launch over 90 years ago, Café de Paris has played host to performers of circus, burlesque, music, magic, cabaret and jazz. The diverse West End venue allows guests to watch dynamic and fresh performances while enjoying modern European cuisine in the Titanic Ballroom or while looking down on the stage with a cocktail from the mezzanine. The venue also hosts vibrant club nights on Fridays and Saturdays and has been attracting high profile events, from gigs and album launch parties to catwalk shows and award ceremonies.

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Seven Sins – this sultry, provocative and sensual spectacular showcases the best of the London cabaret underground scene. Hosted every Friday in the decadent Cafe De Paris, the show tells the story behind each of the Seven Sins, vividly brought to life by the wicked cabaret sensation Reuben Kaye-lead performers. Cafe De Paris’ darkest and most gripping performance up-to-date leaves the audience on the edge of their seats through this titillating thrill ride. The show can be enjoyed while savouring two courses from a set menu of modern European cuisine and sipping on a cocktail of the day. After the show, guests may hit the dancefloor at the Café de Paris nightclub.
Cream of broccoli soup with stilton crouton | salmon tartare with blini, pickled cucumber, crème fraiche and caviar | goats’ cheese tart with cherry tomato and pesto | pork rillettes with cornichon, capers with toasted ciabatta
Moroccan spiced rump of lamb with chermoulah mash, dried apricot compote and rosemary jus | pan-fried sea bass fillet with french beans, black olives, cherry tomatoes, sautéed new potatoes and basil pesto | sirloin steak with triple-cooked cooked chips and green peppercorn sauce| roast chicken breast with potato fondant, tender stem broccoli, porcini cream sauce | tian of butternut squash with Mediterranean vegetables, new potatoes and curry sauce
Warm chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce | White chocolate cup with lime cream, mixed berries and mandarin puree | Strawberry and vanilla cheesecake with caramelised apple tart, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at 5* Galvin at The Athenaeum, Mayfair (Up to 46% Off)

5* Afternoon Tea, Mayfair

About 5* Galvin at The Athenaeum

Established back in 1850, The Athenaeum has a tradition of entertaining the elite of society. This award-winning hotel is situated in the heart of Mayfair, opposite the tranquil Green Park. It features a sizeable garden, starting with a living wall at the ground floor, and reaching all the way up to the 10th-floor penthouse. Galvin is the latest restaurant from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin, who decided to put together a menu combining traditional British cuisine with their signature dishes. The kitchen takes pride in using homegrown British ingredients provided by independent farmers from all over the UK. An array of afternoon teas is also available, as well as a range of private dining options

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Ultimate VIP Brunch In The Sky with Drinks and Panoramic Views of London for One or Two at Altitude 360 (37% Off)

About Altitude 360

Altitude London Sky Bar Restaurant in the Millbank Tower looks out over the city from its vantage points on both the 28th and 29th floor. Designed by a chef who trained at the Fat Duck, the menu is creative and contemporary while embracing traditional principles of British cuisine. The interior is minimal with clean lines and low lighting to emphasise the view, while the casual Skyloft lounge features cosy sofas and exposed brickwork, like a Brooklyn loft with a London view.

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Deluxe 3-Course Dining for 2 - Choice of 5 Top London Restaurants! £49

£49 for a deluxe three-course dining experience and drink each at Shaka Zulu, Latium, Gilgamesh or one of two Marco Pierre White locations
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Set of 8 Craft Beers & Engraved Crystal Beer Glass! £9.99

£9.99 instead of £22.29 for a set of eight beers and a crystal engraved beer glass from Brewhive - save 55%
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Unearth hidden worlds at Science Uncovered | Natural History Museum

We're unearthing the secrets of hidden worlds at Science Uncovered this year. Discover rare items from the Museum's collections, meet hundreds of experts and take part in interactive science stations, debates and behind-the-scenes tours. Join us from 16.00 until 22.00 on Friday 30 September during this year's European Researchers' Night.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

London Zoo - ZSL - Boo at the Zoo

22 Oct - 30 Oct 2016
Boo at the Zoo returns for 2016!
Get set for a host of spooky goings on at ZSL London Zoo this Halloween half term.
From 22 to 30 October, enjoy a spook-tacular range of Halloween -themed activities, animal demonstrations and hands-on crafts. Visitors can also enjoy special Halloween versions of the zoo's popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations.
Boo at the Zoo - ZSL London Zoo
SPECIAL OFFER: Free pumpkin carving with every child ticket bought online*.
Simply add the free pumpkin offer to your basket before check out – maximum one per child ticket.
All other Boo at the Zoo activities are included in your ZSL London Zoo ticket.
Drop in throughout the day and meet some of the animals famous for haunting Halloween. There's enough to make everyone scream with delight!

*Price on the day £3, or £5 for two pumpkins. Offer only valid in conjunction with a paid for child ticket booked at or with ZSL by phone. One pumpkin per paid-for child ticket. Not available with free Under 3s tickets. See full T&Cs here.

Exclusive BIOTEC Facial plus Glass of Champagne Spa InterContinental at InterContinental London Park Lane - part of Elemis Spas £59

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Relax in the lap of luxury at Spa Intercontinental. Experience an indulgent BIOTECby Elemis, treatment and pamper yourself with a cold glass of champagne. For an amazing introductory price of only £59pp. Book today!
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Depot Discoveries - Piccadilly Circus model - London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum You might also like this video we made, which shows the complex 'stomach' model of Piccadilly Circus.
This complex model of the station at Piccadilly Circus was made in the 1920s by Harold Harding and Sophie Blair Leighton. It shows the station’s layout following its reconstruction. The two designers got engaged while constructing the model, and Rachael Minott, from the team of curators at London 

Wellcome Collection - What's On in October

Wellcome Collection, A Free Destination for the incurably curious. What's On
Booking for events opens at 11.00 on Friday 30 September.
You can book online with our ticketing system by following the links below, or you can call us on 020 7611 2222.
UNTIL 15 JAN 2017
'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond' traces the rise and fall of the mental asylum by following the story of one such institution, Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, known in popular slang as Bedlam.
The exhibition focuses on the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of individuals who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it – their voices have shaped the meaning of mental illness and the current landscape of mental healthcare.
Pick up an audio companion, which brings together interviews, spoken word and other audio pieces developed by creative practitioners with lived experience of mental health issues.

All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.

RRP £24.95
 Mike Jay explores the evolution of the asylum and attitudes to mental distress and its treatment. From the madhouse to the lunatic asylum, from the mental hospital to the world at large, it features illustrations from Wellcome's exceptional holdings and the Bethlem Royal Hospital’s archive.

Published by Thames & Hudson and Wellcome Collection.
THURSDAY 20 OCT, 15.00-16.15 & 19.00-20.15FRIDAY 21 OCT, 15.00-16.15
Playing ON theatre company present a moving and provocative drama that opens a window to the closed world of psychiatry. ‘Hearing Things’, by Philip Osment, explores the blurred lines between perceptions of mental illness in society and the many different realities.

For the past three years, Playing ON have been collaborating with psychiatrists, other staff and patients, drawing together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care. ‘Hearing Things’ is the result of that process.

SATURDAY 5 NOV, 11.00-13.00
Head to Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind in Beckenham to explore the site of this world-famous hospital through historical and contemporary artistic perspectives.
This is a paid event, with tea and cake included.
Please note that this event takes place off-site at Bethlem Gallery.
Set against the historic backdrop of Bedlam and nearly 800 years of changing approaches to mental health care, this exhibition explores the notion of asylum and asks: what might constitute refuge, sanctuary and protection today?

'Reclaiming Asylum' presents artworks by an invited selection of artists who have a connection to the gallery, including current and former patients, artists who have used the services of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and long-term artistic collaborators.

THURSDAY 13 OCT, 18.00-19.00
Join an audio-described tour of 'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond'.
THURSDAY 27 OCT, 18.00-18.45
Join a British Sign Language interpreted tour of 'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond'.

› British Sign Language tour – find out more
SATURDAY 29 OCT, 14.30-15.30
Join an audio-described discussion on 'John Dee's magical writings'.

Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, this exhibition examines ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.
'States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness' features a series of changing installations. The final one is 'Time Present' by Shona Illingsworth. Find out more about this installation.
The exhibition also features work by artists Carla MacKinnon, Louise K Wilson, A R Hopwood, Mary Kelly and Aya Ben Ron.
'States of Mind: the book' is available now. This collection of literature, science and art delves into the mysteries of consciousness and features an introduction by Mark Haddon. Published by Wellcome Collection.
All our exhibitions are free. Find out about entry at busy times.

Meander your way around 'Wanderland', responding to creative cues to explore how our minds wander. Where might your mind end up?

The installation has been created and curated by RawMinds, our creative programme for 14- to 19-year-olds, working with artist Joceline Howe.

SATURDAY 29 OCT, 14.00-17.00
Try your hand at a range of simple surgical procedures led by clinicians from Imperial College London, inspired by the medical content in the permanent collections at Wellcome Collection.

Rest & its discontents is a major new exhibition exploring the dynamics of rest, unrest and restlessness in an evolving immersive laboratory of artists’ moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound, music and discussion.

THURSDAY 13 OCT, 19.00-20.30 

More people than ever are using counters, Fitbits or apps to monitor their own activity and rest. Join broadcaster and writer Claudia Hammond for a panel discussion on the impact of both the Quantified Self movement and the more mainstream trend to measure our movements.


FRIDAY 7 OCT, 20.00-21.30
Explore rest, noise, activity and stillness through contemporary music, performance and film by some of today's most exciting composers and poets. This evening features new works for string quartet, voice and electronics, vocal improvisation and performance art.

SATURDAY 22 OCT, 11.00-17.00
SUNDAY 23 OCT, 12.00-17.00
Creative activities and conversation for all ages. Part of Bloomsbury Festival.

SATURDAY 22 OCT, 11.00-17.00
Experience a fantastic day of free activities, all exploring the possibilities of language.
From the languages of the brain and bacteria to those of coding and artificial intelligence, take part in cutting edge research, join activities and conversations or simply sit back and enjoy a feast of fabulous live music, dance and performances.

Please note this event takes place off-site.

FRIDAY 7 OCT, 18.00-22.00
Join us on the first Friday of the month for extended gallery opening hours, music, cocktails and tours of the exhibitions. This is a great chance to relax and see the exhibitions outside of our usual opening hours.

› First Friday – find out more
WEDNESDAY 12 OCT, 13.00-14.00

Microplastics - tiny pieces of thrown-away plastic - have been found throughout the natural environment, and even in the guts of shellfish on the shop floor. Hear from environmental scientist Stephanie Wright about the under-researched area of what microplastics mean for human health.


THURSDAY 27 OCT, 18.00-19.00
Dutch and Flemish paintings of the 17th century were avidly collected in their own time, and by later connoisseurs. So what could Henry Wellcome bring to the party when he started his iconographic collection?

› Dutch and Flemish paintings – find out more

SATURDAY 29 OCT, 14.00-15.30
Get as near to the consulting room as you can in this performance of the intimate exchange in psychotherapy. In front of a live audience, Susie Orbach leads a therapy session with an actor briefed on a character to improvise, and shares insights into the therapy process.

RRP £8.99
An insightful, honest account of the process of therapy from bestselling author Susie Orbach.
Drawing on 40 years of experience, she reveals what she thinks and feels about the people who seek her help, through five dramatised case studies. An essential read for anyone curious about therapy. Published by Wellcome Collection.

THURSDAY 6 OCT, 15.00-16.30 & 19.00-20.30
Choreographer Charlie Morrissey and cognitive neuroscientist Anil Seth thinking as movement and movement as thought in this lecture and demonstration. In a playful performance, Morrissey proposes a taxonomy of actions that explore different aspects of mind-body relationships.

› The Experience – find out more
FRIDAY 7 OCT, 18.00-21.00

How do our brains create the feeling of having a body, and how malleable is this feeling? Join researchers working with virtual reality as they share their insights and experiments into the sense of where we are in space.


SATURDAY 8 OCT, 13.00-14.30 & 16.30-18.00
Choreographer Matthias Sperling and cognitive neuroscientist Guido Orgs discuss Sperling's choreographic work, exploring how culture might shift in response to developments in brain sciences and what will change if scientists discover how our bodies produce our minds.

› Now That We Know – find out more
RRP £8.99
How do you feel? Is your heart fluttering in anticipation? Feeling a bit miffed? Are you antsy with Iktsuarpok? Or giddy with dépaysement?

The Book of Human Emotions is a gleeful, thoughtful collection of 156 feelings, both rare and familiar, by Tiffany Watt Smith. Published by Wellcome Collection.

As part of ‘ Bedlam: the asylum and beyond', our new blog series will showcase different voices and perspectives from people with lived experience of mental ill-health and explore their ideas of personal asylum. Read the first post from 'A drop in the ocean'.

In The art of medicine we explore the connections between medicine and art, discussing how their relationship can lead to a richer understanding of both.

How does a pop icon like Britney Spears relate to a medical, art and science museum like Wellcome Collection? We've trawled the collections looking for any connections we could find (no matter how questionable!) in
UNTIL 8 JAN 2017
'Skeletons: Our Buried Bones' is on tour across the country, with a first stop in Glasgow. Based on a show originally at Wellcome Collection in 2008, the exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum of London, touring to the Hunterian Art Gallery, M Shed in Bristol and Leeds City Museum over 2016-18.

FRIDAY 4 NOV, 19:00-23.00
If your body could speak, what would it say? From unconscious signalling to performance art, from social etiquette to political posturing: what do languages of the body reveal or conceal about the experience of inhabiting one? Join us for an evening of embodied exploration and discover how your body talks.