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Arts, Events, and Exhibitions – June 2017

Here is my pick of arts, events, and exhibitions happening this month. I would love to hear your own suggestions in the comments.


Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds

Until 1st October, House of Illustration, London

For so many British children the illustrations of Quentin Blake are synonymous with the anarchic and gleefully imaginative tales of Roald Dahl. This exhibition, curated by Blake himself, sees a collection of images of anthropomorphised birds. Explored in his 2005 book, The Life of Birds (Affiliate Link Learn more, here), Blake states that birds have always been a fascination and this is expressed within this body of images.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Until February 2018, V&A Musuem, London

Continuing in their tradition of featuring the pinnacle of fashion design, the V&A are opening a retrospective of the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga. I have never been disappointed by a fashion exhibition at the museum yet, so I am hoping to find time in my diary to make it to London for this one. If you have an interest in fashion, exquisite design, or the manipulation of cloth, this is a must see.

There is also a Lunchtime Lecture in conjunction with this exhibition, taking place on Wednesday 28th June, 1pm (details here).

The World of Anna Sui

Until October 1st 2017, Fashion and Textile Museum, London

I have always had a love of Anna Sui’s aesthetic, coming to it as a child it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland with a gothic-kitsch twist. I loved her fragrances and the black ornate packaging of her cosmetics. And, just between you and me, I still have a make-up chair from one of the brand’s old cosmetic counters hoarded away in my loft!

This is the first UK retrospective of the American designers work. So if you are an old fan, or simply intrigued by my explanation of her style, put this exhibition on your to-do list this summer.

Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival

8-10th June, Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-on-Trent

Hailed as the only ‘Festival in a Factory’, Stoke-on-Trent’s Literary Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates all aspects of books, reading, writing, and the spoken word. This year’s line-up includes famous faces such as Sue Perkins, Alexander Armstrong, and Ed Balls. In addition, there are numerous workshops and activities aimed at the younger readers in the family, so plenty for everyone.

Warwickshire Open Studios

17th June – 2nd July, various locations across Warwickshire and Coventry

Running since 2002, this event sees over 250 artists and makers open their studios to the public. This is a great opportunity not just to see how creative people work (and possibly get a little jealous about their beautiful studios!), but also to discover new artists. Perhaps you will stumble upon your new favourite piece of work!

Check out the Warwickshire Open Studios website or their Facebook page for more information about the schedule of events and who has opened their studio for you to go and explore.


Have any events you are looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

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