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May diary: this month’s must-see events and exhibitions

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Diary_april_724x474 Regulars / Diary April diary: this month’s must-see events and exhibitions

Spring is here and with it comes a fresh crop of events, shows and exhibitions to inspire and fascinate. From immersive Abba to computer-generated Ian Cheng simulations and classic Yokoyama Taikan paintings, there’s something for all tastes. The It’s Nice That team has hand-picked five in the UK and five elsewhere around the world, to help you plan your cultural month ahead.h3. Glasgow International
20 April – 7 May 2018
Various venues, Glasgow

Diary_jan_724x474 Work / Diary March diary: this month's must-see events and exhibitions

This month there are shows for every taste, from classic paintings to innovative digital works, spanning disciplines, styles and eras and including solo shows on Picasso, Keith Haring, Sondra Perry and Ryan Schneider. To help curate your diary, the It’s Nice That team has selected five in the UK and five elsewhere around the world, for you to explore and enjoy.h3. Somewhere in Between
8 March – 27 August 2018
Wellcome Collection, London 

Itsnicethat_diary_february_2018 Regulars / Diary February diary: where to go and what to see

There’s a huge variety of exciting exhibitions opening this month, from surrealist paintings by Jonathan Gardner and rarely seen graphic design from North Korea in the UK, to must-see photography in Berlin, Paris and Marrakech. The It’s Nice That team has selected its top ten as a handy guide.h3. Jonathan Gardner: The Spot of the Eye
10 February – 24 March 2018
Mary Mary, Glasgow

Diary_jan2018 Regulars / Diary January diary: this month’s must-see events and exhibitions

Aaaaand we’re back! It’s a new year, a fresh start, and time for a manifesto of ambitions and ideas for the months ahead. Luckily there are tons of new exhibitions and events open in January to feed those creative braincells, and better still, to help bring some enjoyment to the five long weeks of what can be a lacklustre month. Here, the editorial team at It’s Nice That has picked its 11 top creative events to visit in Jan – six in the UK and five elsewhere in the world.h3. Jon Snow: Colour is my Brand
Until 25 February 2018
Design Museum, London

Diary_dec_724x474 Regulars / Diary December diary: this month’s must-see events and exhibitions

And suddenly, it’s December! The holidays are within reach, and if – like us – you’re hoping to find some time amid merry lunches to sneak away for some culture, there are plenty of events to take in. We’ve rounded up ten of our must-see exhibitions and shows, five in the UK and five around the world, that are sure to provide some creative inspiration.h3. Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
25 October — 28 January 2018 
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

November-diary-events-exhibitions-itsnicethat Regulars / Diary November diary: this month’s must-see events and exhibitions

As the winter sets in and outside seems increasingly unappealing, it’s prime time to take in one of the plethora of great exhibitions opening in November. From Russian protest art to Africa’s rising stars, our hand-picked selection features five UK-based shows and five international.h3. Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures and their Fuckosophy
22 November 2017 – 28 January 2018
White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK

Diary_may_724x474 Regulars / Diary May diary: this month’s must-see events and exhibitions

This month there are a flurry of great new art and design shows opening in London, New York and beyond, and the It’s Nice That team has selected their must-sees. Don’t miss the new Rose Wylie exhibition in Mayfair, nor Nataal’s all-female survey of new African photography in Brooklyn. Elsewhere, there’s two new retrospectives opening at the brilliant Louisiana Museum, and a major Alexander Calder show at Hauser & Wirth in (hopefully) sunny Somerset. h3. Documenting Youth Culture
10 May 2018, 19:00
Barbican, London

Amelie-kahn-ackermann-sijiagou-remembering-home-photography-its-nice-that-11list Work / Photography Amelie Kahn-Ackermann's latest series is an ode to one of China’s most remote regions

“I always carried a little snapshot camera with me as a child, but I started taking photography more seriously when I was a teenager living in Beijing. After graduating from high school, I started studying photography at Berlin’s Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie,” Amelie Kahn-Ackermann tells It’s Nice That. Amelie has spent her entire life in metropolises; born in Beijing and studying in Berlin, the cosmopolitan photographer is accustomed to the fast-paced intensity of urban life. Her latest series Sijiagou – Remembering Home, however, is a celebration of one of China’s most remote regions, the home of her grandfather’s village, Sijiagou. Populated by far-reaching hills and magnificent mountain ranges, Sijiagou is made up of a small community of people whose days are determined by seasonal changes and manual labour.

List Work / Illustration A chat with the Wellcome Collection staffer behind its weekly science comic

Swing by the Wellcome Collection, London’s museum dedicated to all things scientific and weird, and you’re likely to spot Robert Bidder in his uniform, a ‘stylish’ fleece and lanyard. A visitor experience assistant, Robert’s job is to look after the galleries, hold fort on reception, write and deliver talks and, in his words, “tell people where the toilets are”. But what you won’t realise from his cheery customer-focused exterior, is that Robert is also the genius behind the Wellcome Collection’s weekly comic, Body Squabbles. An exploration of scientific discovery ranging from topics like the senses, death and crisps, Robert’s work spans the awe-inspiring, bemusing and downright emosh.

Veroniqueleroy-vlfstudio-graphicdesign-itsnicethat-list Work / Graphic Design VLF studio's characteristic bold, clean and imaginative designs

VLF graphic design and art direction studio was founded ten years ago by Thomas Cristiani and Antoine Roux. Distinguished by its bold, clean and contextually sensitive designs, VLF has firmly cemented its name in the fashion industry. Thomas and Antoine first met during their university years in 2005 and started working soon after as a Paris-based art and design duo. Antoine moved to London four years ago, however, transforming VLF into a company with bases on either side of the channel.

Collins-graphic-design-itsnicethat-9 Work / Graphic Design What do you call a typeface inspired by Jim Henson? Kernit!

There’s not much we love more than a good pun here at It’s Nice That, so when we stumbled across Collins’ latest typeface, we had to find out more. Developed by the agency’s design director, Jules Tardy and its creative director Thomas Wilder, the typeface is inspired by the renowned puppeteer, cartoonist and filmmaker and mastermind behind The Muppets: Jim Henson. Its name? Kernit.

Yasseen-faik-graphic-design-itsnicethat-alt-list Work / Graphic Design "People, places and feelings”: Yasseen Faik's design practice is inspired by the real world

“Art is somewhere I take a lot of inspiration from. My grandmother was a painter,” explains London-based designer Yasseen Faik. “Before I went to university, I was reading books about various periods of contemporary art, from which I found a lot of inspiration visually and in the way of creative thinking.” With movements such as modernism, post-modernism, abstract expressionism, surrealism, minimalism, pop art and hyperrealism emerging as firm interests from his childhood of painting, it was upon starting his foundation course at Camberwell College of Arts that Yasseen began to focus on graphic design.

Jillsenft-treemendous-art-itsnicethat-list Work / Art Jill Senft pairs her fascination with trees and puns in new book Treemendous

Alongside her practice of painting wobbling characters into the funniest and most absurd scenarios, Berlin-based artist Jill Senft has developed a fascination with trees. In particular, it’s when a cluster of trees are horticultured together in an arboretum that caught the painter’s eye, thinking she would collect the different trees together in some sort of book or zine, “which I quickly found boring as it already exists,” she says.

List2 Work / Animation Paul Cabon confronts the inevitability of going bald via a surreal animated short

“Being a bald man sucks,” says French animator Paul Cabon in the intro to his animated film The Bald Future. “Knowing you’ll become one is worse.” A surreal and charming exploration of the inescapable combination of genes and time, the film takes you from Paul’s initial realisation of his eggheaded fate during a family meal consisting of entirely bald relatives, to outlandish fantasies of his thick-maned alter ego – a life that Paul will never lead. “I knew going bald was not such a serious problem,” Paul tells It’s Nice That, “yet it was really hard to get some distance and feel ok about it. I realised it could be interesting comedy material because of that – there was some tension behind it.”

Davidshrigley-art-itsnicethat-list Work / Art David Shrigley: "Question Time is like watching people having an argument in a pub"

David Shrigley is venting. I’ve asked him about the inspiration behind his new book, Fully Coherent Plan for a New and Better Society, and in typically humble fashion his first answer is, “I dunno, the usual stuff.” But then, he admits there’s more to it. “It’s kind of a political book, but a sociological take on it. More of an explanation of society. It purports to make sense, but it doesn’t. Someone told me the other day it was profound… and I said, oh, ok good.” Obviously, the title is ironic, he clarifies, just one of the book’s many jabs at the state of the world’s current affairs. “If we had a fully coherent plan for a new and better society we would’ve put it into action long before now.”

Folder-studio-film-itsnicethat-alt-list Work / Film Folder Studio's interactive documentary K-Town '92 highlights our "desensitisation to societal trauma"

The 1992 Los Angeles riots were a series of riots, lootings and arsons that occurred from 29 April – 4 May. The unrest began after the acquittal of four officers from the Los Angeles Police Department who were involved in the brutal beating and arrest of African American taxi driver, Rodney King. The riots began after footage of the incident was broadcast and widely viewed on television resulting in the most destructive civil disturbance in America’s history, totalling in over a billion dollars of damage.

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