There’s a lot going on this summer in King’s Cross. Click on the titles below to view details. You can also subscribe to the monthly email newsletter for more updates.
EARLY SUMMER ISSUE
It’s time for bbqs, flip-flops and eating ice cream in the sun! For some. Others of us celebrate a good summer evening by taking in some art. This week we’ll be investigating some recycled mechanical music machines on Thursday…spacing out at the British Library’s ‘Out of This World’ sci-fi themed late night on Friday… next week popping by exhibition openings next week at Domo Baal and Work Gallery … and then enjoying a good start to July with the long-awaited Cally Festival.
As well as enjoying the arts we try to find new opportunities and ways to connect people, so on Monday 20 June we will hold our first informal meetup for creative types and anyone working in the creative economy. All are welcome and we also hope to find some collaborators for upcoming projects, and get your views on how we can develop the KX. Details are below, but if you can’t make it and are interested in collaborations, just send a quick email to email@example.com with a statement about your interests and we’ll be in touch.
Hope to see you there!
Big Venture Challenge is a national programme to find 25 ambitious entrepreneurs in England who want investment to deliver social impact at scale. A £25K grant and loads of support are among the incentives. Deadline 30 June – find out more here.
CURATED PROJECTS OPEN CALL
Have a creative idea that needs space? New project space So Far, the Future in WC1 is considering project proposals for events taking place between July and November 2011. They’ll consider any interesting proposal but are especially keen to support independent curators and projects with design, technology, or sustainability aspects. Please email for a proposal form and details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kings Place Gallery is host to the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition and Exhibition, a national competition with a £10,000 cash prize. Deadline for Entries 1 September 2011. Apply here.
The 6th King’s Cross Award for New Writing was formally launched on 1st March 2011, and entries will be accepted between now and the closing date 1st September 2011. The Award, which is open to writers of all levels of experience resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland, seeks imaginative, original work which explores the unique possibilities of writing for the stage. Apply through The Courtyard.
Discover whether your creative idea could be turned into a profitable business. During this workshop, Bob Lindsey, business advisor and experienced product developer, will help you assess the market for and potential profitability of your product.
‘Creative Perseverance’ is an informal meetup for creatives of all types and anyone working in the creative economy, taking place on the last monday of the month at 6 St Chad’s Place. Email email@example.com, tweet #creativeperseverance to register interest or just turn up to our first meeting on 20 June from 6pm onwards.
‘The Cally Festival’ is the first community-boutique event taking place on the backbone of King’s Cross- the Caledonian Road. This pop-up festival will see a large section of Caledonian Road closed off and packed full of rare Sunday afternoon delights! There will be a live music stage with exciting well-known acts spanning across the genres of pop, hip hop, rock n’ roll, funk, and gospel.
For two days in July, Kings Place is the hub from where children and young people embark on an international cultural journey. Events include making a newspaper front page, sensory games, new media workshops and lots of international music, among other things. Full programme and tickets here.
This exhibition at the Sartorial Gallery (until July 28th) sets out to interrogate the boundaries of theatricality in modern life. Exhibited artists include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mikey Georgeson, Nicola Ruber Montini, Gretta Sarfaty and Wolfgang Tillmans.
The Gagosian Gallery presents an exhibition of new sculptures by John Chamberlain, (until June 18th). The artist is best known for his distinctive metal sculptures constructed from discarded automobile-body parts and other modern industrial detritus, which he began making in the late 1950s.
Rachel Adams makes sculpture that is concerned with the liberation of materials from the constraints of their conventional properties. Most of her work is made out of paper – photocopier paper, wall liner paper, paper plates. Until 23 July at Domo Baal.
Morosky is a point and shoot photographer working on 35-mm, in the realm of documentary and reportage. He has most recently been working with a range of artists, musicians and sculptors. At Orange Dot gallery until 30 June.
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Learn the magic of pinhole photography – capturing images without a camera – and join photographer Sarah Roesink for an analogue journey in the digital era. In Sarah’s one-day workshop on 2 July you will learn the process of making a pinhole camera, take to the streets around Kings Cross to capture your own images, learn how to expose them and leave with your own prints. Places are limited to just 8 people and it’s £85 including materials and sandwich lunch – book here.
The British Library’s new exhibition will invite visitors to enter the world of the future, alien worlds, parallel worlds and virtual worlds, and speculate on how our universe might change.
DIRT: THE FILTHY REALITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE
The Wellcome’s major new exhibition takes a closer look at something that surrounds us but that we are often reluctant to confront. ‘Dirt’ will reveal the fascinating world of filth that remains one of the very last taboos.
The museum’s stored collections include many fascinating specimens and images of extinct and endangered animals. This temporary exhibition will display the remains of prehistoric giants, such as the impressive woolly mammoth and the immense Megalodon shark, alongside creatures lost only a few decades ago, including the Tasmanian tiger and the majestic Quagga.
The Cartoon Museum in London is marking 30 years of Steve Bell’s witty and cutting political commentary for the Guardian with an exhibition of 200 of his drawings and strips.