Ufuoma Essi: From Where We Land
The South London Gallery’s 10th postgraduate artist in residence, Ufuoma Essi, is a video artist and film-maker.
Her new experimental film, From Where We Land, examines second-generation black British women and their relationship with identity, feelings of cultural displacement, and their shared histories.
Informed by contributions of the 1980s black feminist movement in England and the legacies of first-generation children of African and Caribbean immigrants, the film incorporates archive, VHS and 16mm footage.
Until September 5
The South London Gallery
Sneakers Unboxed: From Studio to Street
Step up and discover the footwear phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired subcultures and shaken the world of fashion.
From trainers originally designed for specific athletic activities like the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, the Puma Disc, and Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next, discover how sneakers such as the Reebok InstaPump Fury, the Vans Half Cab and the Asics Gel Lyte III have become cultural symbols of our times.
Until October 24
The Design Museum
Pearl’s Goes West – A Ballroom Uprising
BLKOUT will be taking over Brixton Village’s iconic avenues in Market Row for a Queer Ball.
Bringing ballroom culture to the village, the event celebrates the joy, resilience, and cultural impact of black queer lives across the world.
Guests will see the market’s avenues turn into a catwalk runway for the night, with seating dotted throughout to watch the contestants’ walks and creative performances.
Expect dancing, vogueing, posing, and more. September 3 Market Row Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain After a hugely successful West End season, the show is touring the country.
This hilarious hit show is a gag-filled gallop through British history with two amazing actors playing multiple historical roles.
The show features stories about Boudicca, Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and more.
The Best of Barmy Britain is written by Terry Deary and Neal Foster from Deary’s bestselling Horrible Histories books.
September 3 – 4
Life begins at 60 in the new dramatic comedy Invisible Me by Bren Gosling, exploring senior singles tackling loneliness through sexual adventurism.
An HIV+ widower, a divorcee with an identity crisis, and a lonely singleton living in their dead mother’s house, all find common ground in their sexual awakening at sixty.
Invisible Me is a thought-provoking insight into the human condition and our need for connection, highlighting how we entwine with others on an emotional and physical level.
Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre
Mew: And the Glass Handed Kites
The Danish art-rock band mark the 15th anniversary of their towering, otherworldly fourth album, And the Glass Handed Kites.
With the anniversary approaching, the band are working on an expanded edition reissue of the album.
The show features music from the multi-award-winning And the Glass Handed Kites, a selection of rarely heard B-sides from the period, and fan favourites from across the band’s catalogue.
Royal Festival Hall
The Bell House Dyslexia Fair
After a year of Covid isolation, this year’s dyslexia fair is completely interactive with multiple workshops for children and adults.
Focusing on positive approaches to dyslexia, the fair brings together families, teachers and the wider dyslexia community to learn more about dyslexia, talk to experts, discover useful resources and share experiences and learnings.
The programme of talks features panel discussions from primary and secondary professionals and students discussing their experiences, Dr Susie Nyman on multi-sensory teaching strategies and Elizabeth Takyi, A2i on creating your dyslexic future.
Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich
Sally Rooney: Beautiful World Where are You?
The Normal People author joins Emma Dabiri to discuss her third novel in this exclusive presented by the Southbank Centre and the London Review Bookshop.
Beautiful World, Where Are You, published on the day of the event, centres on the friendship between two women – Alice, a successful novelist who has moved to a small town on the west coast of Ireland and Eileen, who has stayed in Dublin and works for a literary magazine.
Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian academic, activist and broadcaster.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
The photographer will exhibit images from his illustrious archive for the first time at Photo London in September.
Mr Bailey has selected some of his most recognisable portraits alongside beautiful work from his 1980s fashion archive.
Rarely seen images of Jean Shrimpton from 1963 and a playful portrait of Miles Davis from 1969, will be shown alongside incredible fashion images featuring Catherine Bailey, Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton.
Photo London, Somerset House
Main Pic: Mew: And The Glass Handed Kites