Major event with up to 70 tables attracting dealers from mainland Europe and USA
Sundays 2014 · 18 May · 7 December
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1HT
All are welcome. Entry £3 11.00 - 16.00
Members from 10am with membership cards
Spreading the Word: A Selection of Missionary Posters, Games,
and Ephemera from the Day Missions Collection
Until May 2014
This new exhibit focuses on visual materials used by missionaries to convey the Gospel message, and materials used to encourage the home public to understand and support the missionary enterprise.
During the height of the missionary movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tens of thousands of missionaries went abroad, seeking to spread their Christian beliefs and bringing with them their devotion to Western civilisation. This exhibition focuses on two aspects of "Spreading the Word".
The Ephemera Society of America (ESA) will be holding its annual three-day conference and fair at Old Greenwich, CT. in mid-March 2014, devoted to sharing and exploring various aspects of ephemera, and to buying ephemera to add to or to start collections.
The first day, Friday, is devoted to presentations of papers with a specific theme and to exhibits and book signings by some of the society's published members and speakers. Saturday and Sunday feature a two-day ephemera fair with dealers from around the world and member forums on Sunday before the fair.
The theme for the conference is Field to Table: The Ephemera of Food and Drink. Our essential connection to what the earth produces, and how these sustain us is at the core of our lives. The ephemera of food and drink illustrates the different points of view of that story, reflecting how our society has evolved. This narrative includes survival, culinary achievement, hard work, the aesthetics of food and table presentation, balance, culture, health, satisfaction and commerce. What drives us? Our needs and initiatives, the creativity of our inventions and discoveries, our passions and resources are all involved in getting things from the field to the table. Ephemera helps us follow and understand the evolution of these comestibles and potables.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
1800 East Putnam Avenue
Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
Until 11 March 2014
Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasure-obsessed? Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives.
From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, Georgians Revealed explores the revolution in everyday life that took place between 1714 and 1830. Cities and towns were transformed. Taking tea, reading magazines, gardening and shopping for leisure were commonplace, and conspicuous consumption became the pastime of the emerging middle classes.
Detail from Tom, Jerry and Logic making the most of an Evening at Vauxhall,
drawn and engraved by I R & G Cruikshank
Popular culture as we know it began, and with it the unstoppable rise of fashion and celebrity. Art galleries, museums and charities were founded. In this time of incredible innovation, ideas were endlessly debated in the new coffee houses and spread via the information highway that was mass print.
Drawing on the British Library’s uniquely rich and rare collections of illustrated books, newspapers, maps and advertisements, as well as loaned artworks and artefacts, Georgians Revealed brings to life the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who transformed Britain forever.
To learn more about the exhibition visit Georgians Revealed page at the British Library website.
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen
Until 29 March 2014
This exciting exhibition examines the golden age of Soviet film posters.
The 1920s saw the advent of new and radical graphic design created to advertise silent films across the Soviet Union. Film posters of this era have become masterpieces in their own right, produced at a time when innovative on-screen techniques were being incorporated into the design of advertisements.
Some 30 works by the brothers Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg, Yakov Ruklevsky, Aleksandr Naumov, Mikhail Dlugach and Nikolai Prusakov, will be on display.
During the mid- to late-1920s cinema flourished in the Soviet Union. A relatively new art form, film matched the revolutionary ethos of an emerging generation of artists for whom fine art was deemed bourgeois. The advantages of using film as a propaganda tool for the largely illiterate masses were not lost on the government, who supported the burgeoning film industry. A state-controlled organisation, Sovkino, managed the distribution of foreign films, including those from the US which were very popular; profits were used to subsidise domestic film production. These Soviet films soon gained an international reputation through feature-length masterworks such as Battleship Potemkin.
GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design
3-4a Little Portland Street
‘This bewitching poison’: alcohol and the Royal College of Physicians
Until 27 June 2014
Detail from The Buff Club at the Pig and Whistle, Avon Street, Bath by Robert Cruikshank 1825
This exhibition explores 300 years of drinking history and debate through the work of artists, doctors, satirists and activists.
From the ‘Gin Craze’ in the 1700s to minimum unit pricing in 2013, the exhibition reveals stories of drinking: consumption and regulation, excess and temperance, celebration and destitution, disease and cure.
Artists’ responses to alcohol form a major theme of the exhibition and include works by 19th century illustrator Gustav Doré, satirists from George Cruikshank to MATT, contemporary painter and printmaker Paula Rego.
Volumes from the Royal College of Physicians rare book collections detail medical treatments throughout history that used alcohol as their main ingredient. A 1660s recipe book lists ‘An excellent drink against the plague’ of herbs, wine and distilled spirit.
This fascinating exhibition will feature objects and images from lenders including Museum of London, the Wellcome Library and the Cartoon Museum to chart trends in everyday drinking of wine, beer and spirits and the ways in which government and the medical profession have responded through the centuries - with implications for us all today.
For Londoners, frost fairs were a once in a lifetime occasion, when the frozen Thames became a carnival and street market all rolled into one.
Detail from Fair on the Thames 1814 engraving
This small display at the Museum of London Docklands includes a varied collection of original keepsakes from the 1814 frost fair, and important contemporary illustrations.
Museum of London Docklands
West India Quay
London E14 4AL
Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright
Until 28 September 2014
Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this display will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.
Stratford-Upon-Avon tercentenary celebration of the birth of Shakespeare One guinea ticket for performance of Hamlet, 27 April 1864
Drawing together objects from the V&A collection and interviews with key contemporary practitioners, Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright examines how Shakespeare’s plays have travelled across centuries and continents to be used as a springboard for theatrical re-imaginings and interpretation. Dealing in universal truths, but offering generations of practitioners the creative freedom to explore new ideas, his works remain contemporary and relevant today. He is our greatest living playwright.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Theatre & Performance Room 104
London SW7 2RL
Performing Arts Memorabilia Fair 2014
Saturdays · 12 April · 1 November · 10.30 - 16.00
Specialist dealers will display for sale books and ephemera
including playbills, posters, autographs, programmes, prints and
photographs, ballet, dance, circus, memorabilia, and much more at prices
ranging from a few to several hundred pounds.
Sadler's Wells Theatre
More information contact: 01424 722647 · 07775 704052
Sail Away: Liverpool Shipping Posters
From 16 May 2014
This new display will feature 14 posters dating from 1888 to 1980, advertising Liverpool shipping companies. Many of these posters have never been on display before.
They are a record of the style, glamour and excitement of a long-gone era when sailing by liner was the only way travel. Starting out as simple bills of sailing, over time shipping company advertisements developed into highly designed full colour posters that reflected the changing needs and aspirations of passengers.
One of the more colourful and exotic posters in the exhibition is from 1935.
Blue Star Line’s Arandora Star to South Africa, Java, Malaya, Ceylon and Egypt. The poster depicts the vessel berthed alongside palm trees swaying in a tropical paradise.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Liverpool L3 4AQ
Wha's like us?: A nation of dreams and ideas
Until 18 May 2014
Celebrate what Scotland has given the world. This exhibition presents an A-Z of achievements across the centuries by Scots and Scotland.
Some of them serious and others showing our nation's lighter side, but all are worth remembering and celebrating. And within the alphabetically arranged topics, visitors may find a few surprise exhibits.
George IV Bridge Building
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EW
ICA Off-Site: Dover Street Market
Until 6 April 2014
The Institute of Contemporary Arts takes over its former home with an exciting off-site exhibition of iconic imagery and installations spanning all six floors. Large scale representations from the ICA’s time at Dover Street Market between May 1950 to December 1967 will invade the existing spaces to create an entirely new experience.
Enjoy reimagined and large scale imagery from the ICA’s archives, such as ICA Greeting Cards from the 1950s and 1960s, Francis Bacon’s first ever show covers, ICA Bulletin covers, show invitations and much, much more…
Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover Street
London W1S 4LT
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists' Scrapbooks
1 April – 11 May 2014
The scrapbook has long been used as a storehouse for memories — to preserve a lock of hair, a sentimental piece of correspondence, a magazine clipping, or a beloved snapshot. Finding a historical precedent in the 17th-century commonplace book, in which bits of scripture might be jotted down alongside literary quotations and recipes, the scrapbook evolved into a highly crafted visual record, a diary not just of thoughts, but also of things.
William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Untitled (scrapbook 3)
Artists began to engage with the scrapbook in earnest in the postwar period, using the page as variously as the canvas, albeit on a smaller scale. As the title 'Paperwork' suggests, this display explores how contemporary artists have used the scrapbook to forge an intimate artistic identity, in opposition to the bureaucratic, administrative papers that provide official identification.