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What's Going On, April

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FABRIANO Boutique Covent Garden will be exhibiting the uniquely personal typographic maps created by Swiss artist, designer and typographer Ursula Hitz. Ursula uses typography to reflect on the landscape of each place, creating a visually rich personal response rather than a geographically accurate picture. She explains ‘Unlike regular maps, mine don’t focus on streets or buildings. Instead, they build an organic texture of words that grow from the centre – in the way that most cities have grown.’

Ursula has designed a special edition map of Covent Garden celebrating Covent Garden landmarks: the Royal Opera House, the Piazza and evocative street names such as Floral Street, Neal Street and Seven Dials, to name just a few. If you would like to see the new Covent Garden map alongside her other maps you can join FABRIANO Boutique for a meet-the-artist event taking place on 7 April from 18.30-20.30. Ursula will be showing how her artworks develop and guests will have an opportunity to try their own hand at print making using fine Fabriano papers. If you would like to attend please rsvp to faboutique22@fabriano.com Framed and unframed limited edition prints of these striking city maps will be exhibited and are for sale at FABRIANO Boutique from 7-30 April. 

 

Set sail on the Good Ship Benefit this spring with Benefit Cosmetics for three decks of fun, glamour and pampering. It’s time to climb aboard and discover the different worlds of Benefit’s home town of San Francisco. Visit the Brow Lounge for wow brows and a luxurious afternoon tea with a glass of bubbles, or unlock the secrets of flawless skin in Spy Gal’s lair while enjoying a POREfect cocktail created by head barman, Matt Rescue.

Get together with friends for bigger and bolder lashes at Lashitude on the Upper Deck. With fantastic views of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament this is the perfect spot to settle down for a meal and a gossip. When the sun starts to shine it’s time to hit the Hawaii inspired Hoola Decks. Complete with tiki huts and cabanas girls and guys can sip cocktails at the beach bar, all served by Benefit’s Hoola Hunks, or if you are feeling energetic take part in the exclusive fitness class celebrating strong not skinny.

 

Your final destination to slow down over a coffee or cocktail and watch the world go by is the Pinkton Parlour. The Good Ship Benefit aboard the R.S. Hispaniola on Victoria Embankment is open for five months from 9 April. For more information and bookings visit www.goodshipbenefit.com

 

Will and Kate were looking forward to a small intimate wedding, but Kate’s mum, Lynne, has other plans, in a bid for peace a compromise was reached, so that Lynne’s lavish reception could go ahead without fuss… though ‘without fuss’ isn’t quite what happens on the night. Catch The Wedding Reception at Kingsway Hall throughout April, before it goes on tour, returning later in the year. It’s zany, it’s fun, it’s good all round entertainment. Who wouldn’t want to share their big day? Get together with your friends for fun and laughter. You get a two course dinner (plus cake) and a two hour interactive theatre show for £43. To book call 0845 1544145 or visit interactivetheatre.com.au/theweddingreception

 

As part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations The Royal Ballet are staging Chistopher Wheeldon’s three-act ballet The Winter’s Tale, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love, loss and reconciliation. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret, the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. Performances  are from 12 April – 10 June at the Royal Opera House. Tickets cost from £5 - £117.

 

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art is the first major presentation of Delacroix’s art in Britain for over 50 years. He was one of the first modern masters and this exhibition not only surveys his own dynamic career, but moves beyond it to assess the influence he exerted following his death over many of our most well-known artists. He was idolised as a pioneer by artists such as Manet, Cézanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and Matisse but unlike their names, his name is not a household one today.

He is credited with liberating colour and technique from traditional rules and practices, paving the way for a new style of painting. His use of vigorous and expressive brushstrokes, his study of the optical effect of colour, his daring compositions and exotic subjects inspired the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Symbolists and Fauves to push the boundaries of their own creativity. All these admirers saw in his trailblazing vibrancy of colour and vivid portrayal of human emotions the impetus to break the rules and to dare to innovate and experiment with their own work.

 More than a third of the exhibition comprises Delacroix’s work including masterpieces such as his Self Portrait, The Convulsionists of Tangiers and the ferocious Lion Hunt. Half the exhibition comprises work by artists of later generations who fell under the impact of his achievements and ends with Kandinsky’s Study for Improvisation V.

 The exhibition and programme of events  are showing at The National Gallery until 22 May. Adult tickets including a voluntary contribution are £16, concs available.

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