Here are the best things to do this month in London, from exhibitions and theatre to pop-ups and festivals
By Abbie Schofield
London is famous for its cultural offering – world-famous galleries, first-class theatre, exciting pop-ups and unique events are happening each month all over the city. Here are some of the very best cultural events happening in the city for the month of October 2020.
Things to do in London This Month
Evgenia Arbugaeva, The Photographers’ Gallery
Hyperborea – Stories from the Russian Arctic by award-winning Russian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva focuses on the people and landscape of this remote region. The project, which has taken over seven years to complete, combines a documentary style with magical realism to create a truly unique body of work which will be accompanied by a series of online talks with the artist.
From 9 October, thephotographersgallery.org.uk
Kensington & Chelsea Art Week
Kensington & Chelsea Art Week takes place at the beginning of this month with the theme of Transformation. Encompassing visual arts, poetry, theatre, film, food, music, dance and literature, the ten-day celebration showcases the best of arts and culture in west London.
1-11 October, kcaw.co.uk
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Tate Modern
One of the most influential abstract artists of the 1920s and 30s, Sophie Taeuber-Arp often combined craft with paint in her pioneering and challenging work. This exhibition at the Tate is the first retrospective of her art ever in the country, with many pieces never seen in the UK before.
Until 17 October, tate.org.uk
Leila Alaoui, Somerset House
Leila Alaoui was known for capturing the struggles of those displaced by conflict, providing insight into their rich cultures and individual worlds, from refugees to migrant workers. This is the first major retrospective exhibition of the French-Moroccan photographer’s work in the UK, in collaboration with 1-54 Contemporary African Art fair. Rite of Passage showcases three of Alaoui’s collections: No Pasara (Entry Denied), L’Île du Diable (Devil’s Island) and Natreen (We Wait).
From 11 October, somersethouse.org.uk
Sin, National Gallery
Sin is a subject that has enthralled humans for centuries. From Adam and Eve tasting the forbidden fruit to Tracey Emin’s 2010 neon light reading ‘It was just a kiss’, this exhibition at the National Gallery looks at the definition of what it means to be sinful, in the theological and the everyday.
From 7 October, nationalgallery.org.uk
Tête à Têtes, David Hill Gallery
Tête à Têtes: West African Portraiture from Independence into the 21st Century showcases the work of influential African photographers such as Rachidi Bissiriou and Malick Sidibé as they explore post-colonial west African identity through their subjects.
Until 27 November, davidhillgallery.net
Head image: From the series Dikson © Evgenia Arbugaeva, Courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery
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