A Summer of Fun in London

There are so many amazing exhibitions and special events which are due to take place this summer in London that you truly have an array of exciting learning opportunities there for the taking.

Here are some examples but I’d recommend that you check out Time Out London http://www.timeout.com/london  to get a better idea of what you can do.

TATE BRITAIN – British Folk Art is on until 31st August 2014, costing £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for children. You will discover the extraordinary and surprising works of some of Britain’s unsung artists in the first major exhibition of British folk art.

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Steeped in tradition and often created by self-taught artists and artisans, the often humble but always remarkable objects in this exhibition include everything from ships’ figureheads to quirky shop signs, Toby jugs to elaborately crafted quilts. I went with my seven year old daughter and we both found it a real eye opener to often unmentioned British culture and history. Why don’t we learn about this in school?

TATE MODERN – Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is a hugely popular exhibition which is on until 7th September, costing £18 for adults and £16 for children. Henri Matisse is a giant of modern art. This landmark show explores the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born.

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The exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and discover Matisse’s final artistic triumph. Like all art exhibitions it isn’t just about the Art and you get an insight into Matisse’s life in the first half of the 20th century.

BRITISH MUSEUM – The Other Side of the Medal – how Germany saw the First World War is a free display which examines a selection of medals made by artists who lived and worked in Germany between 1914 and 1919. Challenging and at times deliberately provocative, many of the medals were intended to influence popular opinion against Germany’s enemies. Others provide a more universal criticism about the futility of war and waste of human life. You’ve got until 23rd November 2014 to catch this special display.

THE CARTOON MUSEUM (35 Little Russell Street, London) – 1914 Day by Day Cartoons will be until 19th October and will see twelve cartoonists and graphic artists respond to the events that happened across the world as the world was heading to war one hundred years ago.

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Artists include Steve Bell (Guardian), Peter Brookes (The Times), Steven Camley (Glasgow Herald), Kate Charlesworth (The Cartoon History of Time), Achim Greser & Heribert Lenz (Frankfurter Allegemeine), John McCrea & Ferg Handley (Marvel/Lucasfilm & Marvel/Commando), Jon McNaught (Dockwood), Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip), Zoom Rockman (The Zoom!), Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drew), Ralph Steadman (New Statesman), and Lalit Kumar Sharma & Alan Cowsill (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Marvel).

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