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The exhibition demonstrates that slavery is not an episode comfortably confined to history but is still happening now and far closer to home than many would like to think.

Museum of London London Wall EC2 Daily 10am - 6pm Admission: FREE

Barbican Art Gallery OMA / Progress Opens 6th October

his exhibition looks at the inner workings of OMA, one of the most influential architectural practices working today and is timed to coincide with the opening of OMA’s first buildings in the UK - Rothschild Bank HQ here in the City of London and a Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow. Founded by Rem


Now in its ninth year The London Design Festival is the biggest yet with more than 250 events across the capital. Here is a selection of some of the Festival’s events happening around our area.


The Contemporary Craft Fair When: 22nd - 28th September Where: Old Spitalfields Marke, London E1


rigin is a brilliant opportunity to see and buy an incredible range of high quality original craft from over 200 makers in one location

for a week. There are ceramics, furniture, fashion accessories, metal work, glass, jewellery, hats, scarves, knitwear and homewares.

Lux Craft is a new platform and space specifically designed to showcase lighting installations by ten of the world’s finest craft makers and will appear as a mini show within the Origin pavilion in Old Spitalfields Market.

Open: 11am to 7pm Late Thursday until 8pm Closes at 5pm on 28th

Admission: Single Day Ticket £10 / concessions £8 Multi Day Ticket £15 / concessions £12

St Paul’s Cathedral

Perspectives When: 19th - 23rd September Where: St Paul’s Cathedral

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s part of the London Design Festival, leading architect John Pawson has designed an installation responding to Sir Christopher

Wren’s desire that each of his buildings should include a scientific element. Working with Swarovski, Pawson is creating a metal and crystal hemisphere at the base of the Geometric Staircase

Koolhaas in 1975, OMA operates out of offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong. The exhibition will feature projects currently in development including the Prada Foundation, Milan and those already under construction such as Cornell University’s Milstein Hall, New York and the CCTV headquarters in Beijing. Also featured are OMA projects that are on-hold indefinitely like the Dubai Renaissance Hotel and the White City masterplan in London. Inspired by OMA’s concern for architectural preservation, the west entrance of the Barbican Art Gallery will be opened up for the first time in the building’s history, making the exhibition space directly accessible from the highwalks. With the existing entrance also in use, visitors will be

The London Design Festival 2011

in the South West Tower of St Paul’s. With a reflective curved mirror at the top of the tower, visitors looking down into the crystal hemisphere will see a view as if from the top of the tower but greater than the unaided eye could see.

Open: 10am - 6pm Note: During the London Design Festival visitors will be able to access Perspectives through the Dean’s Door. This entrance is in the South Churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Ceramics in the City 2011 When: 23rd - 25th September Where: The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road E2


aking place in the Geffrye’s contemporary gallery, Ceramics in

the City brings together a selected group of impressive potters from around the country. An amazing array of

work will be on sale, from classic tableware and lamps to decorative one-off pieces in every style, texture and colour

imaginable. Prices start from £10.

Children’s Events Brilliant Bunting Create a hanging decoration inspired by the ceramics Saturday 24th 10.30am Noon and 2pm - 4pm

Magnetic Madness

Paint a ceramic mug with Geffrye inspired patterns Sunday 25th 12.30 - 1.30pm and 3- 4.30pm

Open: Friday and Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday Noon - 5pm Admission: Free

Tent London When: 22nd - 25th September Where: Old Truman Brewery, London E1

ow in its fifth year at the Old Truman Brewery, Tent London is the most cutting edge design exhibition in town. There are over 200 international exhibitors


presenting the very latest in contemporary interior products - lighting, furniture, textiles, wallpapers, materials and home accessories.

Open: Thursday 22nd 10am - 8pm Friday 23rd 10am - 7pm Saturday 24th 10am - 8pm Sunday 25th 11am - 6pm Admission: £10 / Children 5-16 years £5

able to walk through and use the space as originally intended by the Barbican architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

Installed on the Barbican Sculpture Court will be a 1:1 footprint of OMA’s design for the Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow, which will allow visitors the opportunity to walk around the plan and imagine the building for themselves.

Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre Daily 11am - 8pm Wednesday 11am to 6pm Thursdays until 10pm Admission: £8 online/ £10 on the door www.

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