THINGS TO DO | May 2016

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It’s May and I’m sure you’ll agree we’re all pretty shocked by that revelation. At least we have a bank holiday or two to temper the rapid passing of 2016. We hope you’re spending it wisely, which of course means creatively, fearlessly and happily. Speaking of which, without further ado, here are our event picks for the month. There are some delectable gems included here that we know you’ll go crazy for.


When? Until Sunday 19th June 2016

How much? £11

Curated by the one and only Martin Parr, this show features striking images from the 1930s to the current day. Presenting a view of the UK through the eyes of inquisitive visitors and creative settlers, the exhibition covers anything and everything from portraiture to architectural images and wry social commentary. Peppered with shots from the greats, this event is a great way to kick off the grey British summer. Find tickets here.

CRAFTY FOX TALKS: MEET THE BUYERS at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch

When? Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at 6.30pm

How much? £12

Our pals at The Crafty Fox have been staging exceptional makers markets for years so if you’re interested in selling your work at one of their events, or just gaining an insight into what makes a stockist or buyer look twice, this is the night for you. Meet the awesome We Built This City and big dogs from Turpentine and the Royal Academy and learn how to promote yourself. Find tickets here and if you missed it, listen to the podcast here.


When? Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at 6.30pm

How much? Free

Illustrator and creative director Timba Smits takes to the 71a gallery stage next for episode 2 of The Hypercycle Sessions. Remembering Your Creative Voice is a unique talk that will explore valuing your own ideas and personal style without being distracted by the internet and social media. Timba will be sharing his personal insights on avoiding the hypercycle and creative disorientation, it’s danger to the creative process and the importance of putting less out, but making more. Find tickets here.

LONDON CRAFT WEEK at various locations

When? Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th May 2016 at

How much? £50 – free

The illustrious week of talks, workshops and events is back; London Craft Week returns. We couldn’t possibly list every event taking place so take it from us that if you’re into making, design and all things artisanal and beautiful, this is the week to discover, grow or rekindle your passion. This is a week-long inspiration fest and we love it. Find the full programme and tickets here.


When? Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 6.30pm

How much? Free

PEAKS is a night of talks, art and DJs hosted by Milk and Honey zine and Not So Popular. Hang with the likes of our favourite mags, bloggers, creatives and influencers, such as Hotdog Magazine and Swanzy Dot Biz and chat all things do-it-yourself, lady-led, digital and literary. We can’t wait for this one. Click attending here.

DAN RAWLINGS: UNTRANSLATED at Curious Duke Gallery, Shoreditch

When? Thursday 5th – Saturday 28th May 2016

How much? Free

The pride of east London, this tiny gallery is one of our favourites; not least because it hosts the freshest and most unusual shows. This month the delights of Dan Rawling’s first solo show are on offer. Step into a world of everyday metal objects, hand-cut to resemble fantastical natural worlds. Remind yourself of why dreaming is important at this brilliant little show. Find more here.

SO IT GOES x LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR at The Royal Academy, Piccadilly

When? Friday 6th May 2016 at 6pm

How much? Free

Exceptional independent photography journal So It Goes is launching its latest issue at The Royal Academy.  The magazine’s seventh issue launch is part of the LOPF’s Young Collectors’ Evening and is followed by an exclusive after-party at the RA’s Keeper’s House. This one’s filling up fast so email to RSVP and click attending here.

LONDON RADICAL BOOKFAIR at Goldsmiths University, New Cross

When? Saturday 7th May 2016 at 10am

How much? Free

Radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes are setting up in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths University to host the 4th London Radical Bookfair. With over 130 exhibitors and 20 guest speakers, this is set to be a unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics. Expect free-spirited chat, literary prize announcements and more. Click attending here.

THE LONDON ARTISAN at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

When? Sunday 8th May 2016 and every following Sunday

How much? Free

A free makers market taking place once a week, this event is one of our favourite London hangouts. Staged at theOld Truman brewery, a Shoreditch institution surrounded by the likes of Rough Trade East, DF Mexico and a host of pop-ups and vintage stores, TLA showcases creative talent from London and beyond. Whether you’re after a screenprint, handmade card or potted plant, you’ll find it here. Oh, and did we mention The Artisan Talks is this month too? Find out more here.

THE HOLBORN MAGAZINE presents THE ARTISANS OF PRINT at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

When? Sunday 8th May 2016 at 1pm

How much? Free

The Holborn magazine is teaming up with our friends at The London Artisan to celebrate their fifth issue with an afternoon of talks. The first instalment explores the heart of contemporary publishing and the print revolution, with talks from Steve Watson of Stack Magazine and Caroline Rowland, the editor and founder of 91 Magazine. Aimed at makers, creatives and those interested in the challenges faced by independent publishers in the digital world, this event promises to be a good one. Click attending here.

THE HOLBORN MAGAZINE presents SO YOU WANT TO START A SHOP? at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

When? Sunday 8th May 2016 at 3pm

How much? Free

The second instalment of The Holborn and The London Artisan’s weekend talks, So You Want To Start A Shop? is led by the likes of  Lizzy Chambers, a designer/maker and Helen Osgerby, the Owner of homewares store Simple Shape. Learn about product choice, social media engagement and financing from the experts and take some valuable advice home with you. Click attending here.

71a presents LIFE DRAWING #2 BY CERI ANN LITTLECHILD at 71a, Shoreditch

When? Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 6.30pm

How much? £10

Do something worthwhile with your Tuesday evening and indulge in a little sketching practice. Cert is a self-taught artist and experienced teacher, who’ll be on hand to help you out whatever your skill level. The perfect starter session if you’ve never tried life drawing or a nice chilled option to hone your skills. Charcoal and paper will be provided for 50p but feel free to bring your preferred drawing materials. Find tickets here.

ETSY’S CROUCH END SPRING MARKET at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre 

When? Saturday 14th May 2016 at 11am – 4pm

How much? Free

Join the fantastic makers of London for a spring celebration. Browse the stalls of more than 50 of Etsy’s local creatives and a pick up a few treats while you’re at it. Join in with crafty artisan workshops, make new friends and fill your boots. What better way to spend a Saturday? Click attending here.

MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES at Genesis Cinema, Whitechapel

When? Thursday 19th May 2016 at 7pm

How much? £8

Genesis proudly present a one-off screening of the acclaimed documentary on the life and work of the legendary Robert Mapplethorpe. Featuring interviews with Debbie Harry, Fran Leibowitz, Brooke Shields along with archival footage of Mapplethorpe himself. This one speaks for itself. Find tickets here.

PHOTO LONDON at The National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross

When? Thursday 19th – Friday 20th May 2016 at 4pm

How much? £8

International photographers and curators gather to discuss their work and trending themes in photography over two nights of talks, tours and screenings at the famed central London gallery. Kicking off with Three Voices, Three Collections at 4pm and followed by the Black Chronicles – Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948, an awesome tour with Renée Mussai, this promises to be a very special and illuminating two-day event. Find the full programme and tickets here and click attending here.

ROOFTOP YOGA PICNIC at Dalston Roof Park, Dalston

When? Sunday 22nd May 2016 at 10am

How much? £25

Get your butts down to Dalston Roof Park from May until September for the Rooftop Yoga Picnic. Taking place on Sunday mornings, this event will be hosted by a different Secret Yoga Club teacher for an hour every week. After class you’re invited to sit down to enjoy a delicious breakfast picnic cooked by the ever popular 26 Grains. Sounds like a perfect morning to us. Find tickets here and click attending here.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK at various locations

When? Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th May 2016

How much? Free with registration.

Clerkenwell Design Week’s series of talks, discussions and debates have become a world-class arena in which to introduce and discuss new products, raise industry issues and network. The programme also presents a chance for London’s design fanatics to enjoy the good stuff in their element. Taking place all over London with a vast array of subjects and themes on offer, browse the full programme of exhibitions and talks and find tickets here.

ARTISTS’ FILM BIENNIAL 2016 at ICA, Charing Cross

When? Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th May 2016 at 2pm

How much? Between £40 and £3

The ICA Artists’ Film Biennial 2016 is a five-day celebration of artists’ film and moving image taking place at the institute – one of our favourite places in London. The Biennial, now in its second edition, will offer audiences the opportunity to see some of the best new film and rarely seen works in one place and engage directly with artists, curators and industry practitioners from all over the world. Not one to be missed so browse the programme and find tickets here. Click attending here.

GEO FLEUR’S TERRARIUM WORKSHOP at West Elm, Tottenham Court Road

When? Thursday 26th May 2016 at 7pm

How much? £25

Get your hands dirty at another terrarium making workshop by our favourite geo-fleur. Hosted by the lovely lifestyle emporium West Elm, either bring your own terrarium from home or purchase one on the night. Everything from the grit, soil to the succulents will be provided and geo-fleur will guide you step-by-step and give useful advice on how to maintain your succulents.  The perfect way to #keepyoururbanhousegreen. We recommend this one highly. Find tickets here.

DIY CULTURES 2016 at Rich Mix, Shoreditch

When? Sunday 29th May 2016 at

How much? Free

It’s back and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. DIY Cultures is a day festival of zines & activism, talks, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, contemporary craft, comics, archives, alternatives and underground subcultures. Themes this year include Radical Mental Health, Decolonialising Libraries, DIY Sci-Fi and DIY Remembrance and Shy Radicals, the history of Black Arts Magazines. We’re looking forward to seeing our friends from OOMK zine and Parallel mag there. Join us for a day of rad self-publishing. #DIY2016. Click attending here.




Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth