Science Museum, London February 8-September 3
The Science Museum's latest exhibition offers both visual inspiration from 500 years of robots – and a chance to see how modern synthetic humanoids are impacting our world.
The exhibition begins by exploring the history of robots whose purpose was to exist within artforms – from early religious automata and a beautiful clockwork swan to a life-sized Maria from
Metropolis' (shown) and even a Terminator. From here, it explores how real robots can see, move and even track you around the room.
It finishes with a hall of modern robots, some of which you can interact with – including the utterly charming 'child robot' Pepper, Honda's Asimo, and Zeno R25 (which mimics your expressions). What stays in your mind the most after you leave is the robot baby that's stuck to a wall at the exhibition's entrance – which is incredibly lifelike and a study in creepiness.
London February 16
The second President’s Lecture of the year is this week – this time it’s founder of Berlin-based studio
Hort; Eike König.
Hort has worked with Adobe and Microsoft, Universal Music and Bauhaus Dessau.
Tickets for this will prove popular, so make sure you get in quick.
D&AD will also be hosting a talk from photographer and
Colors magazine co-founder Oliviero Toscani on February 2. Known for his controversial imagery, he’ll be telling stories behind his three decades of experience. This talk will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Dreamland, Margate February 17-19
Get yourself to the seaside this weekend for a celebration of games, sci-fi and all things geeky.
They had us at the chance to play
Mario Kart in traditional bumper cars – which is a perfect melding of the festival with the location. Dreamland is a delightfully eccentric retro theme park that emerged from disrepair and reopened in 2015 under the creative direction of Wayne Hemingway – and has the lusciously coloured vintage visual stylings that you'd expect that story to create.
There's also an exhibition of
2000AD comic art to coincide with its 40th anniversary, the chance to try out the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR rigs, a Mario Kart tournament spanning 25 years of Nintendo consoles, more games than you can waggle a joystick at, cosplay and more.
Geek / Dreamland
London Until February 19, 2017
The Design Museum’s annual exhibition and awards celebrate the world’s best designs – this year will be the ninth time.
Nominees include David Bowie’s album cover for
Blackstar, a drinkable and Norwegian passports. Check out our list of the most clever and interesting nominees for this year.
House of Illustration, London Until May 14
Jo Brocklehurst’s punk portraits, figurative paintings from the 1980s and live drawings - capturing subcultures in London, Berlin and New York in the late 20
th century - will be displayed in her Nobodies & Sombodies exhibition.
Jo Brocklehurst documented performers, artists and designers in theatres, jazz clubs and opera houses of the 1980s and 1990s who sought freedom of expression.
Although some of Jo’s iconic portraits are part of the permanent collection in the V&A Museum, this exhibition at the House of Illustration will show works that have never been exhibited before.
The exhibition will feature her best known portraits from the 1980s that offer a female perspective on punk, as well as her live drawings which she worked up overnight for publication in the next day’s
Berliner Zeitung newspaper.
It will also feature paintings from Brocklehurst’s final installation – a Victorian tearoom in her studio covered in interpretations of
Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Buy tickets to the exhibition
Image: Drawing for the
Offset is a vocational conference inviting practitioners from creative industry’s of graphic design, fashion, film, illustration, animation, photography, industrial design and art.
The conference attracts creative icons including Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher and David Carson.
Next year’s line-up includes Alan Aboud, Nils Leonard, Shane Griffin, Nhu Xuan Hua, Gavin Little from Echolab and The Project Twins to name a few.
Tickets are on sale
now. Early Bird tickets expire November 30.
London March 6 – April 30
Luxembourg & Dayan will present The Ends of Collage, which unfolds in two parts across the gallery’s London and New York spaces.
The exhibition will showcase early experiments of collage making from the first decades of the 20
Following a launch in New York, the exhibition in London will follow the medium’s pursuit of fantastic worlds, its relationship with the domestic sphere, its insistence on disfiguring and dismembering the human body and its violent relationship with its own sources of materials and inspirations.
The Museum of Brands, London March 8 – June 25
Showcasing 10 well-known television ads from the last 50 years, this exhibition at The Museum of Brands focuses on how gender stereotypes in advertising have changed.
The run of events will begin on International Women’s Day, followed by talks on gender in advertising and a special Mother’s Day event.
There will also be a commissioned short film launched called
10 from 50: Changing Trends of Female Representation in TV Commercials. Advertising campaigns featured in the film include the Fairy Liquid advertisement from the 60s showing a mother and daughter doing dishes, the P&G's Always Like a Girl (2004) and Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign showing a diverse range of women playing sport.
Find out more at the
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.
London March 21-25
Convergence 2017 is a giant fusion of both music and art, it’s still worth noting in the diary for creatives as a conference that encourages discussion on the industry, new discoveries with art and technology and visual experts such as Immersive experience studio Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF).
As well as getting to see some epic live music and performances from Punchdrunk, head along to sessions with onedotzero to learn about the future of immersive experiences and artificial intelligence, and insight from contemporary art house Carroll/Fletcher.
Tickets are available now for the five nights of live music and two days of sessions.
MLF VR project that lets you experience a forest through animal senses.
The Old Truman Brewery, London April 25-27
D&AD Festival brings leading creatives from across the industry, in a three-day conference of talks, fringe events, workshops and parties.
Headline speakers this year include Stefan Sagmeister from design agency Sagmeister&Walsh, Yancey Strickler from Kickstarter, Anna Higgs from NOWNESS, Radio DJ Zane Lowe from Beats 1, and Erik Kessels from communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam.
For the first time this year the D&AD Awards Ceremony will be held as the final event on Thursday evening.
Each day of the conference will be split into individual topics, with the first day responding to social issues, such as creating a sustainable future.
Wednesday will cover shifts in technology in the sector, and what leading creatives are doing to adapt to transformation. The final day covers how designers and creators craft big ideas.
Learn from some of the best advertising and design gurus, such as Sir Martin Sorrell and Sir Paul Smith, and meet fresh talent from D&AD New Blood, and network with design agencies.
Get tickets and find out more
Berlin May 10-14
Pictoplasma Conference takes over the German city to bring together international artists, illustrators, designers and filmmakers to exchange strategy and aesthetics.
International creators and producers meet for a central conference to exchange strategies, while the wider festival showcases latest trends in character design and art, offering exhibitions throughout the city to experience original works and character craftsmanship.
Confirmed conference speakers include Hornet animator Eran Hilleli, Irish illustrator Chris Haughton and Sean Charmatz. See their work in
our feature of 2017's best character artists.
You can register for Pictoplasma Conference in Berlin
London May 24-26
Describing itself as “three days of inspiration for UX designers”, UX London brings together an international group of industry leaders to lead workshops and talks.
Each day of the conference focuses on a different area of UX, allowing you either attend the entire conference or jump in and out as you please.
The first day will focus on digital product design, the second on the field of service design, and the last day investigates new platforms and modes of interaction.
Las Vegas, California October 16-20
MAX calls itself the "world's premier creativity conference". We'll happily join it in blowing its trumpet: designers, photographers, coders, illustrators, videomakers and developers converge to listen to inspiring speakers (this year's are yet to be announced, but last year included
Quentin Taratino and The Simpson's David Silverman), as well as sharpen their skills in sessions, labs and workshops.
You also might be among some of the first in the world to hear Adobe's big news. Read our feature on
Adobe's Project Felix app & Adobe XD for Windows, which was announced at Adobe Max 2017.
You can preregister for Adobe Max 2017
Dulwich Picture Gallery From October 25, 2017
Dulwich Picture Gallery has already announced an exhibition scheduled for Octobercelebrating the works of Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin characters and books.
The exhibition will showcase 150 works from Jansson’s life (1914-2001), including graphic illustration and paintings relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.
Although Jasson received unprecedented success of the Moomin characters, as an artist and writer she didn’t want them to limit her freedom. The exhibition will showcase a large collection of self-portraits and paintings never seen before in the UK.
Tickets go on sale from February 6. The exhibition begins on October 25 and runs until January.
Image credits: (Top) Tove Jansson, Lynx Boa (Self-Portrait), 1974, Oil, 73 x 60.5 cm, Private Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Yehia Eweis.
(Bottom) Tove Jansson, Illustration for the book Moominland Midwinter, c. 1956, scrape drawing on cardboard, 13 x 18,5 cm, Private Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.
Tate Modern March – September 2018
A display of Picasso’s work from 1932 will be held in London and Paris – a “once in a lifetime” exhibition showcasing the pivotal year in Picasso’s life.
More than 100 works will be exhibited, including the famous Le Rêve (The Dream) as seen here – a desire-filled painting of Picasso’s young lover Marie- Thérèse Walter – and Juene Fille Devant un Miroir (Girl Before a Mirror), loaned from the Moma in New York.
It will be the first solo exhibition of Picasso’s work to be held in the Tate Modern in London. It will also be held at the Musee National-Picasso in Paris.
In 1932 Picasso cemented his famed status as the world’s most influential artist – a year where some of his best work was produced and where he staged his first retrospective. It was also a year where his love for Walter flourished and paintings reflecting this followed.
The show will also feature realist portraits Picasso made of his first wife and their son.
It’s expected to a rare chance to see the famous Picasso paintings together in on exhibition, which has been supported by the Picasso family, and with “stellar loans” from public and private collections.