I’ve not written a post like this for a little while but after a bit of a heritage and culture fix this weekend at Tyntesfield I’m feeling that I need to create a new ‘must see’ list!
I’ve got a long list of days out and new exhibitions that will be opening later this month, some children friendly that would be great for half term. I’ll be publishing that post a bit later in the month but for now here are two exhibitions that are well worth a visit, but will be ending in the next few weeks. If you will be in the London / Liverpool areas they both have events and talks still going on alongside the exhibitions. I’m disappointed to be missing the Victoria Beckham in conversation with Claudia Winkleman tomorrow evening at the NPG; if you go along please let me know how it was!
Vogue 100: A Century of Style // National Portrait Gallery, London // Ending 22 May 2016
This exhibition has been organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with British Vogue as part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations. It showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012, one of the first patronages taken on after her marriage to Prince William, recognising her interest in photography and portraiture. The National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue have collaborated on a very special series of photographic portraits with the Duchess. Two of the images photographed by Josh Ollins are now displayed in the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition and the full portfolio of eight photographs including the cover will appear in the centenary June 2016 issue of Vogue. In June, the Gallery plans to show these images plus others from the shoot as part of a free display, advance booking is highly recommended and details can be found HERE.
Poppies: Women and War // Museum of Liverpool // Ending 5th June
Renowned photographer Lee Karen Stowes, has captured striking images of women whose lives have been torn apart by conflict. Her compelling images invite visitors to learn more and consider the impact of conflict on the women whose stories are lost behind the dramatic headlines of the battlefield.
There are four women who feature in the exhibition, whose experiences range from serving in World War Two, Afghanistan, a civilian in Sierra Leone and a mother who lost her son in Helmand Province in 2009.
“Poppies: Women and War is evolving. This is not an attempt to cover every conflict, or to dare to hope for peace. My research and my portraits grow organically as women and their stories enter into my own awakening.
I wasn’t aware of my own mother’s childhood during the Blitz in the Second World War. ‘You never told me’, I said. ‘You never asked’, she replied. I began to ask more. I hope others will do the same.”
Lee Karen Stow
Poppies: Women and War is a touring exhibition supported by Arts Council England. It will be in the Museum of Liverpool until 5 June 2016. The next venue it will be on display at is the University of Hull in summer, 2016.
As always, if you know of any must see exhibitions this month, please let me know!