It’s August and we’re at the height of (a very hot) summer. Long days, balmy evenings and a whole roster of exciting cultural events are on the calendar this month. We’ve rounded up some of the best and brightest happening across the country. Get your diaries ready, your late summer plans start here…  



Edinburgh International Festival

3rd August – 27th August 2018, venues across Edinburgh

It would be remiss of us to write about what’s on in August and not mention Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival… it’s fair to say it’s a busy city come August. This year, we’ve got our eye on the Edinburgh International Festival.

Featuring a programme that boasts some of the world’s finest creators and performers, this celebration of dance, opera, music and theatre never fails to impress. This year we’ve got our eye on Dvořak’s Requiem at Usher Hall, conducted by emerging young Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša and Samuel Beckett’s iconic Waiting for Godot at The Lyceum Theatre – praised as one of the greatest productions of the absurdist masterpiece in the last 25 years. Don’t miss out.

 

Image Credit: Craig Fordham

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up   

Until Sunday 4th November 2018, at The V&A, London

Locked away for 50 years following her death, this collection of artist Frida Kahlo’s intimate possessions has never before been exhibited outside Mexico. Get up-close-and-personal with a huge selection of her personal effects, including her now iconic traditional wardrobe right down to half-used cosmetics. A unique look at an enduring icon.

 

Image Credit: Frida in a magenta rebozo, by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Hokusai and Hiroshige: Masters of Japanese Landscape Prints  

22nd September – 6th January 2019, at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the iconic and ubiquitous woodblock print by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai, is just one stunning pieces explored in this showcase of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s Japanese print collection.

The exhibition explores how artists Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige developed an entirely new genre of landscape prints in the mid-19th Century that now appear on everything from tote bags to emojis (yes, you read that right, The Great Wave is an official Apple iOS emoji.)

 

Image Credit: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Fashioned from Nature

Until Sunday 27th January, at The V&A, London

Tracing the relationship between fashion and the natural world as far back as the 17th Century, Fashioned from Nature at the V&A showcases everything from sustainably made fashion from contemporary designers, through to fantastical creations using genetically engineered silks. A must-see for any fashion lover.

 

Image Credit: Plato’s Atlantis, dress, Alexander McQueen. © Victoria and Albert Museum

The Frua-Valsecchi Collection

Until Sunday 30th December 2018, at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

On long-term loan to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge’s museum of art and antiquities, The Frua-Valsecchi Collection features a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. It’s a real treasure trove of over 130 eclectic pieces, lovingly collected by husband and wife Massimo and Francesca Valsecchi in their private collection.

 

Image Credit: Favrile glass vase, c.1900, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany Glass & Decorating Co. From the Frua-Valsecchi Collection at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman

Until 23rd September 2018, at Tate Liverpool   

Putting movement and energy under the microscope, this is a fascinating glimpse inside of the mind and technique of famed artist Egon Schiele, along with a rare insight into the long exposure technique of photographer Francesca Woodman. This thrilling exhibition runs right through August and to the end of September at Liverpool’s Tate, set within the spectacular Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey.

 

Image Credit: Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront via Art Fund.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Until 7th October 2018, at the Design Museum, London

Conceived and co-curated by Alaïa himself, before his unexpected death in November 2017, this exhibition charts the remarkable career of the man who started his career as a sculptor before becoming one of the most widely acclaimed couturiers.

Known for personally constructing garments by hand, as well as eschewing fashion week deadlines for his own design schedule, he left behind one of fashion’s most beloved legacies and a legion of celebrity devotees. A fitting tribute to one of fashion’s most enduring figures.

 

Image Credit: Andrea & Valentina – Alaia Galleria Borghese