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Things To See & Do: September

London is buzzing with new and exciting things to do around the city. Here are some recommendations from our Design Studio of things to see and do this September…

Marina Abramović at Royal Academy of Arts 

When: 23 September 2023 – 1 January 2024
Where: Main Galleries, Burlington House

Marina Abramović has earned worldwide acclaim as a performance artist. She has consistently tested the limits of her own physical and mental endurance in her work, subjecting herself to exhaustion, pain and even the possibility of death.

This major exhibition presents key moments from Abramović’s career through sculpture, video, installation and performance. Works such as The Artist is Present will be strikingly re-staged through archive footage while others will be reperformed by the next generation of performance artists, trained in the Marina Abramović method.

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The House with the Ocean View, 2002

Conservation Open House at The British Library

When: Saturday 9 September 2023
Where: The British Library, London

A variety of events celebrating history and culture including a ‘behind the scenes’ view of The British Library’s main conservation studio which contains over 170 million items. You’ll also get a chance to speak with the conservators and find information about preventive conservation, conservation treatment and conservation science.

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The Fabric of Democracy: Propaganda Textiles from the French Revolution to Brexit

When: 29 September 2023 – 3 March 2024
Where: Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Exploring propaganda textiles, this exhibition will cover over more than two centuries of how fabric designers have responded to political disruption from the French Revolution to Brexit. The exhibition explores fabrics in detail, but also how furnishing and fashion have been used as a political medium.

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London Design Festival

When: 16th – 24th September 2023

The London Design Festival celebrates its 20th year and brings together designers from across the globe, demonstrating the capital’s position as a powerhouse for creative industries. This annual event promotes the city’s creativity, emphasising the thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators in design. There are a variety of different programmes, events and talks to discover. We’re excited to learn the basics of raffia embroidery at this dedicated workshop.

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Preview the New MindTheGap x Minnie Kemp Wallpaper Collection

When: 18th September 2023
Where: Focus 23 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

We’re excited to see Minnie Kemp and Stefan Ormenisan (founder and creative director of MindTheGap), as they preview the brand’s latest wallcovering collection. A dynamic and unique collaborative collection, MindTheGap x Minnie Kemp reimagines treasured MindTheGap wallcoverings alongside new designs inspired by Minnie’s recent visit to the brand’s native Transylvania.

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Credit: Sophie Green Photos

London Design Festival Art Walk

When: 23rd September 2023
Where: Charlotte Street Hotel, London

Join us for a special guided art walk to celebrate London Design Festival. Taking you on an adventure through Charlotte Street Hotel’s curated art collection is Firmdale Art Consultant, Olivia Paterson. Explore how the hotel pays homage to The Bloomsbury Set with work by the principal artists of the group, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, and Duncan Grant, found in the Drawing Room and Library. After getting up close and personal with unique works, you will head out to explore some of Fitzrovia’s most interesting galleries. We can’t wait!

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Open House Festival

When: 6th – 17th of September 2023

Open House Festival is a two-week celebration of London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods. You can get inside some of London’s best known buildings, as well as some of its best kept secrets. The festival celebrates our curiosity for what happens inside the buildings that we walk past every day!

To find out more information, click here.

We wish you a great September full of discovery. Share your favourite things to see and do with us on Instagram @KitKempDesignThread.

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