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Designs of the Year

New ideas for tomorrow's world

  1. Design Museum 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Mon Aug 25
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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

  • Rated as: 5/5

Tate Modern's spellbinding new show

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Sep 7
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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

A major exhibition that takes a detailed look at the history of Italian fashion. The collection begins with ensembles from the end of World War II and ends at present-day trends. The display features contributions from Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace, as well as forgotten designers, the Fontana Sisters and Simonetta. There will also be film clips and fashion photography.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jul 27
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Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson

  • Free

Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain's best-loved children's authors. More importantly, her nearly 100 books have sold 35m copies, so such characters as Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid and Hetty Feather - all featured in this exhibition - are probably familiar. But interestingly, the exhibition also focuses the author's life and inspiration.

  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Nov 2
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United Visual Artists: Momentum

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

The Barbican’s slinky Curve gallery demands a special kind of art but, as we find out, United Visual Artists are up to the challenge. The latest, ‘Momentum’ by United Visual Artists, looks set to join the ranks of blockbusting extravaganzas that have put this unlikely venue on the art map. 

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jun 1
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Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America

  • Free

Charles Saatchi - early patron of Damien Hirst and the YBA's - is at it again nurturing fresh talent. This time he's turned his sights towards Africa and Latin America, to find stunning colourful paintings by Boris Nzebo and creepy-crawly sculptures by Rafael Gómezbarros. SEE OUR PREVIEW OF THE SHOW HERE

  1. Saatchi Gallery Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, SW3 4SQ
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Aug 31
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The Sixties

Tower Bridge's West Walkway, situated 42 meters above the Thames, will host this new photographic exhibition. Focusing on the people, places, events and designs that epitomised the 1960s the 26 large scale panels will be accompanied by an extended caption explaining the history of each image. Subjects include Twiggy, Michael Caine, Elizabeth Taylor, The Aldermaston marches, Harold Wilson and Jackie Stewart.

  1. Tower Bridge
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Wed Dec 31
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Bond In Motion at the London Film Museum

Petrol heads start your engines. An exhibition of swanky vehicles from James Bond Films arrives at the London Film Museum. On display will be cars, boats, motorbikes, sleds and jets including the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, 1964, the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye, 1995 and 'Wet Nellie' the underwater Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.

  1. London Film Museum Exhibition Space 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Wed Dec 31
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Hockney: Printmaker

As an artist who consistently looks to the new, his iPad drawings are no exception; Hockney started as a printmaker and has continued to champion the medium throughout his career. From his earliest lithograph's made whilst at the Royal College of Art through to his recent digital experiments, this exhibition charts the prolific diversity and technical abilities of one the UK's greatest artistic exports.

  1. Dulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Rd, SE21 7AD
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun May 11
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Vikings: Life and Legend

The British Museum's new Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery opens this March, and along with it, so does the museum's first collection on Vikings in more than 30 years. Artefacts dating between the late eighth century and the early eleventh century will be on display, including a life-size replica of the Roskilde 6 war ship made using a stainless steel frame and 20 per cent of the original timbers, which have been conserved and reassembled. Plus, recently excavated skeletons from a mass Viking grave in Dorset, all of the treasures from The Vale of York Hoard, ostentatious jewellery and more.

  1. British Museum 44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jun 22
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Bailey's Stardust

The man responsible for capturing the swinging 60s and creating some of the most iconic fashion images of the past fifty years selects over 250 portraits from famous sitters to unknowns. Organised thematically, the show will take you on a journey through rock and roll London all the way to Papua New Guinea showing the variety of Bailey’s lens.

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jun 1
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Secret 7"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Anyone who's familiar with the RCA's Secret Postcard exhibition and sale will be familiar with this concept, but this time round it's record sleeves. Seven tracks from seven well-known bands and artists are pressed into 700 7" singles, then creatives from around the world illustrate the cover artwork for one of the seven tracks, resulting in a very limited-edition piece of art that you can own, for the reasonable sum of £45. All the artworks will be on show for the weekend before being sold, fittingly, on Record Store Day (April 19), with sleeve and song both being kept secret until the purchase, and with all profits going to charity War Child. Tempted? You should be – artists this year include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Antony Gormley, Jeremy Deller and Paul Smith, so get down to Shoreditch to see them all. For full details see

  1. Downstairs at Mother Biscuit Building, 10 Redchurch St, E2 7DD
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more!

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