Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events.
Makiko: Paradise Revisited
For her first solo exhibition, Japanese photographer Makiko looks to the former mining colony of Hashima, known as ‘Gunkanjima’ (‘Battleship Island’). Deserted since 1974, the island off the coast near Nagasaki is a post-industrial ghost town, and the results are some hauntingly beautiful monochrome images. Atrium Gallery, London School of Economics. Temple. Tue May 3-Jun 10.
Jen Goss and Anja Dunk are celebrating the launch of their latest book, ‘Do Preserve’, with a free jam-, chutney- and cordial-making class. Get in a pickle crafting strawberry gin fizz, kimchi and other yummy things in jars. Counter Albion. Shoreditch High St Overground. Thu May 5.
Head outdoors to this urban-wilderness- cum-psychic-garden- cum-cultural-institute that opens for 2016 with ‘Voiced’, a sound installation embedded within the ruins of the reserve, its trees and undergrowth. Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Bethnal Green. Sat May 7.
Christie’s is looking even further east than Leyton. Guests will explore the art of tea-making, and Chinese language, art and music. Artist He Weimin leads a printmaking workshop, and there’s a crash course in Mandarin. Christie's South Kensington. South Kensington. Tue May 3.
Roll up for an evening of fashion and free stuff. There’ll be fashion and lifestyle talks from industry bigwigs, drinks, and live music from Sinead Harnett (of Disclosure and Rudimental fame) and Croox. Various venues. Oxford Circus. Thu May 5. Register for tickets at here.
Films by Georges Franju
Anachron Film Evening presents a brilliant double bill from the surreal French director. The superbly elegant ‘Judex’ follows the memorably troubling ‘Eyes Without a Face’ – bring your own snacks and nerves of steel. The Muse Gallery. Ladbroke Grove. Tue May 3.