March is here, spring has kind of sprung and we’re ready to regale you with our top finds for the month. Discover creative things to do in London, ways to spoil your mamma this Mother’s Day and workshops that will transform you into a seasoned professional in some trade or other. Oh, and there are plenty of other options too, all from our favourite venues, independent businesses and organistions hailing from our fair and mostly rainy city. Let’s do this.
COMIX CREATIX: 100 WOMEN MAKING COMICS at House of Illustration, Kings Cross
When? Until 15th May 2016
How much? £7
We love House of Illustration for their fantastic events and this is one to rival them all. A good look at the world of comics and all the exceptional contributions made to the art form and movement by women, this exhibition showcases original artwork by 100 comic creators working across genres and generations. Take a peek at early comics from the 1800s and explore themes of comedy, surrealism, subversive dissent and biography. Throughout the next two month’s there’ll be opportunities to hear the artists in conversation, attend talks and become immersed in the subject of women making comics. This is not one to miss so get your tickets here.
FULLER: GET LOST at Hoxtown Gallery, Holborn
When? Until 30th April 2016
How much? Free
Fuller’s hand-drawn maps of London, Bristol and more places he’s wandered and loved have to be seen to be appreciated, if only to spot a few funnies. Pop by to check out these monochrome masterpieces and see if you can spy your favourite haunts while you’re at it. We recommend a trip to this ultra-modern hotel-cum-gallery just for the sake of it too.
SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP at Boxpark, Shoreditch
When? Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at 6pm – 9pm
How much? £15
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of our favourite pop-up mall and learn a new skill whilst you’re at it. An informal workshop that will teach you how to pull a print, Private Press will school you on all you need to know about colours, layers and design. The first of a recurring set of sessions, this event is a lovely way to blow off a little steam. Get your tickets here.
PARLAMAMMA WORKSHOP at Boxpark, Shoreditch
When? Thursday 3rd March 2016 at 10am
How much? Free
You might think this is just a workshop but this is so much more than a workshop. Join modern, minimalist jewellery pop-up Parla for a ring making session with the talented ladies from The Workbench between 10am and 12 noon. Then it’s cake and drinks for the rest of the proceedings and 20% off in store just for singing up to the guest list. Don’t mind if we do, thanks. Celebrate the lead-up to Mother’s Day in style and enjoy yourself while you’re at it, why don’t you? Email ahead and find everything you need to know here.
BEGINNER’S CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross
When? Saturday 5th March 2016 at 10.30am – 1pm
How much? £55
If unlimited tea, a slab of one of Drink Shop Do’s exceptional cakes and a full-on foray into the world of calligraphy sounds like your idea of a perfect Saturday morning, you’re in luck. This two and a half hour creative session takes you right through from making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall. All materials included, just bring your best ideas and your A-game.
MAKING IT: CAREERS IN ART AND DESIGN (16 – 24 years) at the V&A, South Kensington
When? Saturday 5th March 2016 at 10am
How much? Free
Join the very talented team at the V&A’s young people’s collective CreateVoice for a free drop-in event to discover more about career opportunities in art and design. We in the creative industries often feel that our options are limited so these salons can really help to inspire new goals. If you’re between 16 and 24 years old, turn up to listen to world class designers talk about their work and how they got started, take part in taster workshops and watch demonstrations and displays by up-and-coming artists. Hey, you can even bring your portfolio and CV along for a bit of advice and feedback. Click attending here.
MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross
When? Sunday 6th March 2016 at
How much? £25 per person
How about treating your old dear to tea and cake in exceedingly jazzy surroundings? Think giant sweeties hanging from the ceiling, vintage furniture and crockery, bold screen prints lining the walls and of course, those all-important stacks of retro board games. Enter through an eclectic shop and sit yourselves down ready for prosecco and pudding. We love Drink Shop Do and know your mum will too. Book your tickets here.
HOW COOL BRANDS STAY HOT – BRANDING TO MILLENIALS AND BEYOND! at Central Working Whitechapel, Mile End Road
When? Monday 7th March 2016 at 6.45pm – 8.30pm
How much? £11 – £17
Do you dream of driving the millennial mindset into your budding brand? Marketing to specific age groups is a tricky one but what an exciting subject to be part of, right? This event is a one-off seminar with marketing wizard Joeri Van den Bergh, staged by General Assembly. Listen to the author of How Cool Brands Stay Hot share a few pearls of wisdom and face the rest of the week with a new set of insights under your belt. Earlybird tickets are selling fast so get your tickets here.
BADASS VEGAN WOMEN CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY at Ziferblat, Shoreditch
When? Tuesday 8th March 2016 at 8.30pm – 11pm
How much? £5 donation to Binti
BADASS Women is celebrating International Women’s Day by bringing together awesome vegan women, gender non-binary and non-conforming persons for an inspiring night filled with talks, music, food, spoken word and short films. We have it on good authority that this night will reflect fantastic prior projects by its organisers so what’s holding you up? If kindness, respect, equality and cute animals are your thing, join the gang for a proud night to remember. Every £5 ticket donation will go straight to Binti, a charity that focuses on giving women all over the world menstrual dignity. All are welcome so click attending here and get your tickets.
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR at Battersea Evolution, Battersea
When? Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th March 2016 at 11am – 6pm
How much? £12
Fill your home with art this March, as the Affordable Art Fair revisits Battersea. 110 local and international galleries will descend on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork, all available for between £100 and £5,000. Bring the family and make the most of the free education programme for kids and adults. Hone your skills in a workshop, create a unique print or drop into a talk or and refresh your art knowledge. Get your tickets here.
D.I.Y ART MARKET PECKHAM at Copeland Park, Peckham
When? Saturday 12th March 2016 at 11am – 6pm
How much? Free
Meet a few of our friends in a new surroundings at Hackney’s famed D.I.Y Art Market in the sunny climes of Peckham. A celebration of London’s independent publishers and creatives, browse work and products made by more than 50 independent makers and designers. The perfect way to spend a Saturday, this event comes highly recommended. Click attending here.
BUZZING WITH BOOZE: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE at The Proud Archivist, Haggerston
When? Monday 14th March 2016 at 7pm
How much? £12
Learn that basics of beekeeping at The Proud Archivist with the super-knowledgable Camilla Goddard. We just love bees and would never say no to a honey-infused cocktail whilst learning how to do out bit to help them thrive. This is a totally unique event for those who fancy discovering more about the life of bees and how to take care of them. Fascinating. Get your tickets here.
CSM ALUMNI EXHIBITION: WE ARE ALWAYS SEVERAL AT ONCE at Safehouse 1, Peckham
When? Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th March 2016
How much? Free
Drop into a bizarre and figurative world of shadows and gestures at Peckham’s Safehouse 1 and let Central Saint Martins’ grads rile your senses. Having worked together for two years, this collective is now showcasing an impressive array of work that speaks both to we visitors and to other works on display. Expect to see a range of mediums and disciplines and some raw, unadulterated talent.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX TECH, BABY! at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch
When? Monday 21st March 2016 at 6.30pm
How much? £11
Join the GeekGirl Meetup for a night of sex and tech with no judgement and questions encouraged. A session examining how technology affects and intertwines with our sexual and romantic lives, expect a panel of experts featuring the likes of he panel will include: Stephanie Alys, Chief Pleasure Officer at Mystery Vibe; Hermione Way, Head of European Comms at Tinder; and Robyn Exton, original GeekGirl and founder of Her. Get your tickets here.
THE WOOL SCHOOL WITH I MAKE KNOTS at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch
When? Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at 6.30pm – 10pm
How much? £34
I Make Knots have teamed up with the luxury New York knitting brand Manoush, for a clutch bag-making workshop at The Hoxton, Shoreditch. You’ll be burrowing your fingers into yarn so soft you want to sleep on it and knitting with Manoush’s massive needles, so that you’ll have it finished in no time and will have a clutch to take home by the end of the night. To top it all off, you can do this all over a lovely glass of vino. How else would you want to spend a Tuesday night? Book your tickets here.
EASTER THEMED CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP at Boxpark, Shoreditch
When? Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at 6.30pm – 9pm
How much? £25
Cocoa Den and Boxpark have teamed up to get you ready for Easter. By that we mean for chocolate eggs and overindulgence, not for any of the religious stuff. Learn about the origins of chocolate and the process that converts bean to bar while you taste a few samples and put your new knowledge to the test. Then xix, mould, dip and decorate your own mini egg truffles and mini Easter eggs. Just try to make the most of the fancy packaging by taking your creations off the premises without scoffing them. Get your tickets here.
IN BED WITH LONDON ON THE INSIDE at The Hoxton Hotel, Holborn
When? Tuesday 29th March 2016 at 7pm
How much? £11
A new event from The Hoxton, the In Bed With series is not one to be missed. The next installment features our pals at London on the Inside. Jules Pearson will be chatting with Time Out Blog Editor Sonya and Misson’s Digital Manager Orla to share a selection of informal and totally useful tops on how to blog yourself big, build up your social media following and even make some dollar. Get stuck into nibbles and cocktails and have your notebook at the ready. Get your tickets here.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth