Design and architecture
For its third collaboration with La Biennale di Venezia, the V&A will present Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin In Reverse in the Pavilion of Applied Arts. The exhibit will be centred around fragments of Robin Hood Gardens that will be transported to Venice from Poplar, East London. These concrete fragments come from the internationally recognised housing estate by Alison and Peter Smithson, which is in the process of being demolished.
The Great Exhibition of the North, the biggest event in England in 2018, has revealed the core of its extensive 3-month programme with NewcastleGateshead coming alive with storytelling charting the arts and design, culture and innovation of the North of England on 22 June–9 September 2018.
The 18th architect commissioned to design the annual Serpentine Pavilion for Serpentine Galleries will be both the youngest architect yet and also the first solo woman since Zaha Hadid was commissioned in 2000.
Frida Escobedo's pavilion design will be open to the public from 15 June until 7 October 2018 and will host a programme of art, architecture, music, film and dance events.
The opening celebration of the Great Exhibition of the North on 22 June has been revealed ahead of the full programme in January 2018. Visitors will have the first chance to experience great northern art, design and innovation in the Great Exhibition Hubs and Trails. These venues and locations will remain open until dusk as audiences are drawn to the Quayside for a special evening event revealing major Great Exhibition of the North pieces.
A behind the scenes look at how over 100 students helped bring this year's light and sound show to life.
Waddesdon Imaginarium celebrates the art, objects, gardens and history of Waddesdon, with roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks and fluttering clouds of butterflies projected onto the House, accompanied by a series of original soundtracks.
A pioneering partnership between the UK and China, the new V&A Gallery in Shenzhen will be the cornerstone of the city's cultural hub dedicated to design.
Official statistics released on 30 November 2017 reveal that the UK Creative Industries added £91.8 billion to the country's economy in 2016, around £10.5m per hour. The contribution of the sector rose by 7.6 per cent, twice the average growth across the economy by Gross Added Value, and now make up 5.3% of the UK economy.
In six years, the Creative Industries subsectors have increased their economic contribution by 44.8 per cent. The highest growth areas included:
A partnership between sustainable luxury fashion accessory brand Bottletop and Krause Architects and AI Build has begun with the opening of Bottleshop's flagship store on Regent Street in London. Using a 'zero waste design', the store will include an entirely 3D-printed interior made entirely from plastic waste.