Creativity in May

Our curation of London's best creative events and exhibitions in May.

As ever, there’s an overwhelming amount of things you can do in London this month. We’ve made it slightly easier and have selected our favorite creative events. The events listed below are tried, tested, time-worthy and, quite frankly, we love them.

Starting with Hockney’s exhibition at Tate Britain which closes at the end of the month. If you haven’t already – book tickets! This is everything a great exhibition should be for one of the most important artists of our time. The exhibition takes you through Hockney’s extensive body of works from art school to his famous paintings in California and ending with his most recent iPad drawings. The exhibition has other surprises along the way that show Hockney embracing technology as an artistic medium.

Recently, a few of us at The One Off have been visiting the Royal Academy for their Demonstrate and Create workshop. The concept is simple; a resident artist demonstrates a technique inspired by a piece from the RA’s permanent collection and then you get to create your own masterpiece after. This is a really fun opportunity to play and experiment with a new medium – whether you’re creative or not. Best of all, the workshop and materials are all free. The next workshop is 13th May.

A fairly new art show, Photo London, takes place in Somerset House with a selection of the world’s leading galleries displaying and selling their photography collections. As well as a labyrinth of incredible photography, last year hosted a range of talks and installations from pioneering photographers Rankin and Martin Parr including a photobooth and a food truck. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store this year. Photo London is on from 18th May till 21st May.

May appears to be the month for markets. Starting with Crafty Fox that's on this weekend at Oval Space. We love Crafty Fox for its eclectic selection of makers and artists selling a range of jewellery, stationery, textiles, ceramics and you name it. If you’re looking for a gift for someone or yourself or just something beautiful to put in your home, then this is your offline Etsy store. It’s on this Saturday so don’t miss it.

The Affordable Art Fair located in the beautiful, green surroundings of Hampstead Heath sells a range of unique and one off art pieces starting from an “affordable” £100 - £6,000. Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, surrounding yourself with art and discovering new talent is always a great way to spend your weekend. The fair starts on 11th May  till 14th May.

The Hackney Flea Market brings us the DIY Art Market – probably my favorite out of their ceramics, flea and record markets that they have on regularly at various locations. This month the DIY Art Market is located in the Copeland Gallery (Bussy Building) in Peckham and sells anything from illustration pieces, zines, posters and “designer-y” things. And that's our round up of recommedations. 


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