Life might occasionally imitate art, but in all honesty we all know it's almost always the other way round. So with that in mind, we've gathered up some inspiring bits and pieces happening out there in the 'real world' this month that we think might help get your creative juices flowing. Or they just looked fun. Both equally important in nurturing your inner artist in our opinion...
There's a giant Monopoly board in Trafalgar Square. Do we really need to say any more to sell the awesomeness of this ten-day celebration of the UK's thriving games industry. Dibs on the giant thimble! Visit the website here.
You may not have heard but the shy and retiring band known as The Rolling Stones are putting a few things on show at the Saatchi. OK, so in true rock and roll fashion they are actually taking over two whole floors of the Chelsea gallery for an entire five months. Showcasing everything from album and poster artwork to video footage, instruments and even personal diaries this immersive experience brings you firmly into the world of one of the most creative and influential bands in history. Get tickets here.
Covering one of the most socially and politically impactful periods in UK history it's not surprising that the peeps at Tate Britain didn't feel the need to jazz up the title for this exhibition. Showcasing some of the most radical and controversial work from the years spanning Harold Wilson’s first Labour government to the election of Margaret Thatcher which were packed with everything from feminism, the Space Race, the birth of Punk, The Troubles, and one of the most active periods in the Cold War, you can be sure of plenty to talk about once you return to the modern day. Check out the list of artists being showcased here.
The nations' (arguably) most prestigious photography award showcases its four shortlisted snappers at The Photographers' Gallery in Soho starting this month. Pop along and see what Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels, Trevor Paglen and Tobias Zielony have done to make the cut and be in with a one-in-four chance of walking away with the £30,000 prize. More info here.
If you have a £185 burning a hole in your skinny jeans pocket then there are few more inspiring ways you could spend it than by attending the three-day creative lollapalooza that is the D&AD Festival. This celebration of design and marketing hits 'agency central' on the 20th, and brings with it talks from the likes of Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman and fashion designer, icon and all round cool dude Sir Paul Smith. Grab your pass here.
Working in the creative industries can mean way too many hours sat at a desk or drafting table, so what about a fab event that also helps fight the flab? In a genius product placement collaboration, and as part of the Design Museum's celebration of all things bike, ditch the spinning class and get chased by zombies as you dodge puddles in a VR gaming experience sponsored by mudguard designers Plume. Find out how to escape the undead here.