You’re never short of something to do in London. In fact, sometimes it’s difficult to decide which of the many events, exhibitions or places to visit you can squeeze into your schedule.

That’s why each month we’re asking our diverse community of staff to put forward their suggestions for some of the best exhibitions to visits, places to explore, and books to discover.

Check out our staff’s recommendations for December – including the Zabludowicz Collection, Gilbert & George at White Cube and more!

Exhibitions:

Haroon Mirza/ HRM199: FOR A PARTNERSHIP SOCIETY

Zabludowicz Collection

“A spellbinding exhibition in a former Methodist church/stage school. This free exhibition includes a purpose-built sensory deprivation chamber, glitch video works featuring Bjork and weekly performances by dancers and musicians in residence such as Studio Wayne McGregor and Okkyung Lee.” – Rosemary Cronin, Audience Engagement Coordinator

zabludowiczcollection.com/exhibitions/view/annual-commission-haroon-mirza

John Akmofrah’s Purple

Barbican

“A video installation about climate change and human communities. He came to LCC 3 or 4 years ago to give a talk and he was really interesting and very likeable.” – Simon Hinde, Programme Director Journalism and Publishing

barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2017/event/john-akomfrah-purple

40 Months / in Exile

Goldsmiths Tavern

 

“I’ll be going to this book launch / exhibition / discussion in December by 2 LCC BA (Hons) Photography graduates. It’s a collaborative exhibition by Yole Quintero and Timothy Percival whose practices explore domesticity, dislocation and upheaval. The exhibition consists of visual prints that lie within the ideas of belonging and nostalgia, of encapsulating the places which in memory and loss transcend time, along with music and discussion.” – Hilary Jiminez, LCC Information Centre Coordinator

eventbrite.co.uk/e/40-months-in-exile-tickets-39728659490

Gilbert & George

White Cube

“They’ve been making art longer than The Fall have been making music but Gilbert & George make curious bedfellows to The Fall; contentious, often imitated, reverted and misunderstood.”– Craig Burston, Course Leader BA (Hons) Graphic Media Design

whitecube.com/exhibitions/gilbert_and_george_bermondsey_2017

Kehinde Wiley: In Search Of The Miraculous

Stephen Friedman Gallery

“Internationally renowned artist Kehinde Wiley’s presentation of 9 new paintings and his first 3-channel film is beautiful and thought-provoking. The African-American artist, who is the Obamas’ top pick, has expertly intertwined the canon of art history using quotes from Michel Foucault and Frantz Fanon with our everyday politics to explore themes of madness, migration and loneliness.

“This new body of work is a slight departure from his signature portraiture by eerily using seascapes to capture dramatic scenes that resonate with global debates of fortifying land and sea borders.” – Zey Suka-Bill, Associate Dean: Progression Attainment and Support

stephenfriedman.com/exhibitions/current/kehinde-wiley-in-search-of-the-miraculous

Books:

Voices from the Jungle

Pluto Books

“I’ve just been at the Writeidea Festival in Whitechapel, listening to writing from the book Voices from the Jungle: Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp, and two Iranian refugee filmmakers’ responses.

“I was impressed and moved, and it connects with the brilliant work our Media School is doing on refugee journalism, led by Vivienne Francis, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Journalism.” – Pratap Rughani, Associate Dean of Research

plutobooks.com/9780745399683/voices-from-the-jungle

Places:

Winter Night Garden/The Snow Kingdom

Backyard Cinema

“There really isn’t any better way to get yourself into the festive spirit than an evening at the Winter Night Garden, an immersive cinema experience set in a magical winter wonderland. I lay on a beanbag drinking mulled wine and watching Home Alone with fake snow falling all around me!” – Miriam Brightbart, LCC Engagement Coordinator Arts SU

backyardcinema.co.uk/winter-night-garden

Silent Light

Sketch

“In celebration of the festive season, restaurant and gallery Sketch has partnered with artist Chris Levine to create Silent Light – a laser and sound installation in its gallery. If the thought of having afternoon tea or nice pricey chips whilst pinky lilac laser beams dance across the ceiling above you to a whirring chorus, then this is the Christmas treat for you.” – Rosemary Cronin, Audience Engagement Coordinator

sketch.london/christmas_new_year_2017.php

Moroccan Medina

Queen of Hoxton

“Inspired by the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, this lovely spot in Shoreditch has been transformed, with giant cacti, fairy lights, pretty lanterns and fire pits. The perfect evening out in December for Casablanca mint tea, espresso martinis, halloumi fries and other delicious treats!” – Miriam Brightbart, LCC Engagement Coordinator Arts SU

queenofhoxton.com

Got a suggestion for an event for next month? Comment below!

Article produced by Megan St Clair Morgan. Feature image © Sketch.