Abraham Cruzvillegas to Undertake the First Hyundai Commission

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Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor today announced that Abraham Cruzvillegas will undertake the inaugural Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall. This will be the first in a new series of annual site-specific commissions by renowned international artists, and will open to the public on 13 October 2015.

Abraham Cruzvillegas is a Mexican artist best known for creating sculptural works from local found objects and materials. During the 1990s and 2000s, Cruzvillegas was among the key figures of a new wave of emerging conceptual artists in Mexico.

For the past few years, Cruzvillegas has created a body of work under the title autoconstrucción or ‘self-construction’, a term which usually refers to the way Mexicans of his parents’ generation arriving in the capital from rural areas in the 1960s, built their own houses in stages, improvising with whatever materials they could source. Cruzvillegas associates autoconstrucción with the strong community spirit and the optimism that emerged as these neighbourhoods were built. His approach to sculpture continues the principles of autoconstrucción, recycling locally found objects and improvising ways to build his works. Cruzvillegas is also concerned with how community spirit and hope can be maintained in precarious economic and political conditions. He draws from a history of radical art practices from Soviet avant-garde figures such as Rodchenko and Malevich, to more recent contemporary American artists Jimmie Durham and David Hammons.

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Johnny Depp is the latest movie star to film at Hedsor House

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Hedsor House — the award-winning corporate events, wedding and filming venue in Buckinghamshire – will be gracing the silver screen again as one of the UK locations chosen for Mortdecai, released on 23 January 2015.

The action comedy film directed by David Koepp and written by Eric Aronson features an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Munn with Jeff Goldblum, and Paul Bettany.

Taking a break from part of the movie’s schedule at Pinewood Studios, Johnny Depp, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany filmed scenes at the magnificent privately-owned Georgian country house in autumn 2013 where its Boudoir and Bridal Suite were transformed into key sets.

After filming the movie which is based on a novel by Kyril Bonfiglioli, Johnny Depp wrote in Hedsor House’s visitor’s book: “An absolutely amazing place! Many thanks for allowing us this visit. Much respect.”

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UK Pool & Spa Expo at the NEC

pool-spa-logo_Main Event ImageUK Pool & Spa Expo 2015 will bring the biggest national and international suppliers and distributors of pools and spas under one roof for a three day showcase of new products, exclusive offers and industry parties. It runs from Thursday 22 January 2015 – Saturday 24 January 2015 at the NEC.

This year we boast global exhibitors from Hungary, USA, Netherlands, China, Greece and Germany to the UK making UK Pool & Spa Expo officially an international event.

With over 100 companies exhibiting new product lines, best sellers and their most competitive pricing structures, this is an event you cannot afford to miss if you are in the market for a sauna, spa, pool, hot tub or any wet leisure equipment.

The Central Hub will house open seminars and a media hosted networking forum where you can meet buyers, speed network or just relax and enjoy refreshments!

This is a must-attend business event for designers, builders, architects, leisure operators, owners and directors and hoteliers.

UK Pool & Spa is also open for the savvy minded consumers wanting to see what is new to market and get a great onsite deal.

Tickets are free of charge, as is parking and wifi

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Musicians from the East at Eaton Square Concerts

ESC_logo_lowMusicians from the East is the main theme explored in the new Spring Season at Eaton Square Concerts. Alongside this there is also the exploration of the blurred boundaries between sacred and secular. At the heart of the season is the established tradition of presenting internationally renowned artists alongside emerging new talent.

The season opens with award winning students from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts offering music from both Western and Eastern traditions. Grammy nominated Early Music Vocal Ensemble Stile Antico present their latest enthralling programme ‘Sacred or Profane?’ and pianist Leslie Howard performs alongside the Wu Quartet in works by Beethoven and Franck. Beloved from East to West and for her “ravishingly poetic playing” pianist Noriko Ogawa launches her new role as Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society in a special concert; and after their superb concert in the previous season, the St Peter’s Prize Winners the Jubilee Quartet, make a much anticipated return.

  • Thursday 12th March 2015: Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
    Thursday 19th March 2015: Stile Antico
    Thursday 26th March 2015: Leslie Howard and Wu Quartet
    Thursday 9th April 2015: Noriko Ogawa
    Thursday 16th April 2015: Jubilee Quartet

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The Crick Crack Club Presents the Companion by Abbi Patrix

451249_num1040509_600x600French-Norwegian master storyteller Abbi Patrix brings to London his acclaimed show featuring Trolls, tricks and a young man’s quest for love, in the wild winter forests of mythical Scandinavia.

Using a unique blend of theatre, movement and traditional narrative, developed over decades, Patrix unveils snow-cloaked woods teeming with Trolls. Huge, powerful and too stupid to see reason, Trolls are feared by all, except one small boy with a fearless heart and a few powers of his own. Further into the woods, a young man’s quest for true love is aided by a mysterious mentor: a friend, a collector, or – possibly – a killer?

Based on a well-known Norwegian Wonder tale, The Companion is a story of love, peril, and an unexpected friendship. With no more than a drum, a bare stage, and his own famously magnetic theatrical presence, Patrix will weave intricate paths through the North of legend, turning a simple fairytale into an epic journey of mystery, illusion and adventure.

ABBI PATRIX has been exploring the art of storytelling for the past thirty years with his Compagnie du Cercle which he created in 1980.

Working both as a solo performer and as a collaborator with other artists, Patrix’s work starts at the cross-roads where theatre, music and movement meet, on a permanent quest for new ways to enrich the form of storytelling.

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London Art Fair 2015 at Business Design Centre

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London Art Fair is the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art Fair.

The 27th edition of the Fair features 128 galleries and takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, from 21-25 January 2015.

Annually launching the art world year, the Fair provides a supportive environment for collectors of all levels.

Museum quality Modern British art is presented alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists, covering the period from the early 20th century to the present day.

In addition to the main Fair you’ll also find two curated sections focusing on younger galleries, new work and contemporary photography; Art Projects and Photo50, as well as a unique exhibition from their 2015 museum partner Pallant House Gallery.

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Chris Bonington, Legendary Mountaineer, to talk at the Royal Geographical Society

heriLegendary mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, who only a few months ago repeated his climb of The Old Man of Hoy (a 449ft pillar of stone in the Orkneys) just after his 80th birthday, will be in conversation with his fellow climbing and exploring friends on Wednesday 11th February 7 – 9pm at the Royal Geographical Society, London, in association with the Mountain Heritage Trust.

Over six decades, Chris Bonington has been a trail blazer, climbing the most challenging peaks in the world. His achievements include his ground-breaking first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger (1962), leading the expeditions that made the first ascents of Annapurna South Face (1970) and Everest South West Face (1975) to the first ascent of the Ogre in Pakistan (1977) with Doug Scott. Since then, he has climbed all over the world. Not only has Chris been widely recognized as one of our greatest mountaineers, making an enormous contribution to British climbing and mountaineering, he is also a prolific photographer and author. He will be joined by climbing and exploring friends and family, including Robin Knox-Johnson, Doug Scott, Charles Clarke, Mike Thompson, Jim Fotheringham, Paul Ross, John Porter and Rupert Bonington who together span Chris’s 65 years on rock, snow and ice and have shared with him triumph and tragedy.

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London Boat Show

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Begin your own journey of discovery at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show. Europe’s first Boat Show, now in it’s 61st year will be taking place from 9 – 18 January 2015 at ExCeL London.

This world-renowned event is where adventure starts, pioneers meet and innovation shines. Immerse yourself in the elements and explore a world of boating, the very latest in technology and show-stopping experiences that will really capture your imagination.

With over 450 exhibitors showcasing hundreds of boats, products and brands at the Show it’s the perfect place to satisfy your intrigue, interest and passion in the depths of winter.

Control the weather as you enter the Show and use your body to control the rain.

Located at the very front of the Show, this is a scene setter for the other experiences you will encounter, and is your opportunity to interact with the weather. Super sensitive sensors will detect your body movement as you approach the entrance – the rain will cease – slowly back away and the rain will start to fall from the sky – inch forward again and make to run through the rain curtain. Will you be able to control the weather? The only way to find out is to come to the Show.

The 4D Experience will challenge your senses as you walk through a number of nautical locations. From the heat of the tropics to the cold icy blow of the Arctic, through the beauty of the Northern Lights, the 4D Experience will assail your senses with sampled sounds of the various scenarios, sea breezes brought to life with computer controlled fans targeting your torso and all brought together in a stunning HD experience.

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Merry Christmas from Event Hire

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There are only a couple of days until Christmas so hopefully you have managed to get all of your Christmas shopping done and can now find time to put your feet up with a mince pie and a cup of tea.

All of us at Event Hire join in wishing you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

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Age of Glamour Exhibition at Lotherton Hall Leeds‏

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Fashion from the Fifties: International Haute Couture to Extra-Ordinary Every Day

20 March to 31 December 2015 at Lotherton Hall, Leeds

Age of Glamour, a fabulous exhibition of women’s fashions from the fifties, will be the first exhibition to open following the extensive refurbishment of the Fashion Galleries at historic Lotherton Hall, situated between Leeds and York. This ground breaking exhibition will showcase a major loan from the V&A – a red Dior cocktail dress (the acclaimed ‘Ecarlate’, from Dior’s La Ligne Y collection of 1955) – plus pieces from renowned designers, Balenciaga (Ball Gown, by Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1951) and Norman Hartnell. The displays will also show luxury ready to wear dresses from British designer labels such as Frank Usher, Susan Small and Horrockses, and explore the post-war period when fashion delighted in a return to elegance. The exhibition celebrates the opening of one of the largest spaces in the north of England providing a regular programme of fashion and textile exhibitions.

 

Visitors will gain an understanding of the fashion system at the time and how the renowned names of French couture may have led the way in creating the fifties style, but that it was really an era which saw the coming of age of ‘off the peg’, as the glamour of Paris was copied and recreated at every level, from exclusive labels sold in department stores, to the home dressmaker. Some of the country’s earliest department stores recognised that the design achievements of these great couture houses could be represented within their own ranges and stores, such as Marks & Spencer, Marshall & Snelgrove, Schofields and Lewis’, and all helped to bring this exclusive style to the high street. With strong links to the north of England, their representation within the exhibition will allow this period of fashion history to be placed into context of Leeds and Yorkshire and provide a snapshot of the population’s desires and eventual achievement to have glamour hanging in their own wardrobes following the austerity of the war years.

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