April cool (stuff) - fun events and interesting exhibitions to mark in the calendar this month

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...


London Games Festival - April 1st - 10th (various London locations)

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.

monopoly board trafalgar square


Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones - April 5th - September 4th (Saatchi Gallery)

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.


Conceptual Art in Britain 1964 - 1979 - April 12th - August 29th (Tate Britain)

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.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 - April 16th - June 26th (The Photographers' Gallery, Soho)

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 KesselsTrevor 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.


D&AD Festival and Awards - April 20th - 22nd (various locations Shoreditch)

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.


Plume Presents Puddle Dash at the Design Museum - April 23rd

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.



09 Apr 2016 00:00
I love monopoly!
01 May 2016 13:29
gonna have to keep an eye out for the London games festival next year!

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