Mother's Day Events in London


Orchids Festival


What better way to give your mum a treat this Mother's Day than spending quality time with her, taking in the latest London show or going to an art gallery? From floral displays to high fashion, the choice is hers.

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Women of the World Festival

This celebration of women is perfect for an empowering Mother's Day trip.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March 2019


The Women of the World Festival (WOW) is back for its eighth year in 2018, returning to the Southbank Centre for five empowering days. Now the largest women's festival in the world, the festival sees meetings happen across five continents with one million people involved, giving women the chance to talk about their heroines and how their achievements have inspired them. Originally launched by Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, following the criticisms she received as a woman new to the role, it tackles difficult topics such as honour-based violence, alcoholism, rape, trans activism and criminal justice. Following a year when the 'Me Too' movement shook the world, from Hollywood to the House of Parliament, and marking 100 years since some of the first British women could vote, this will be a timely festival. Join in with a series of talks and debates, concerts, performances, art installations, workshops and more.


Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2018

More than 100 British and international galleries showcase under one roof.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Mar 2019


Whether you're looking for a picture to match your new curtains or to discover the works of a creative genius on the way up, then this is the place for you. Taking place in Battersea in spring and autumn and on Hampstead Heath in May, the Affordable Art Fair offers original art from just over 100 to 6,000. Attended by around 22,000 people each time, the shows include photography, original prints and sculptures from over 100 British and international galleries. The four-day Battersea spring fair gathers together more than 100 British and international galleries under one roof.


Orchids Festival

This year's display takes inspiration from the vibrant colours, culture and plant life of Thailand.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 10th February - 11th March 2018


A stunning visual treat, this year's Orchids Festival at Kew is inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and plant life of Thailand. Thousands of orchids and tropical flowers are used to create beautiful floral displays in and around a bright Vanda tunnel and arches, Thai umbrellas, an exquisite Bang Pa-In inspired orchid palace and a special Thai cart on loan from Thailand's embassy in London. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings you can visit the display for a series of special after dark events with music and workshops.


The Female Gaze

A celebration of female self-representation through a display of 70 photographs.

Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 05th February - 17th March 2018


A new exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery, The Female Gaze celebrates female self-representation through a display of 70 photographs shot by women at the cutting edge of creative photography. The male gaze - the act of depicting the world and women in the visual arts and in literature from a masculine and heterosexual point of view - has dominated arts, media and culture for a long time. This exhibition, however, flips it with an attempt to communicate an honest visual truth about the nature of modern femininity. The striking exhibition features works by Amanda de Cadenet, Ashley Armitage, Lula Hyers, Mimi Haddon, Nina Leen and Rockie Nolan.


Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

This landmark exhibition takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through Picasso's year of wonders.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 08th March - 09th September 2018


Described by the gallery as one of the most significant shows it has ever staged, Tate Modern hosts Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy in 2017. The landmark exhibition takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932 - known as Picasso's 'year of wonders' - through a display if 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including the famous Le Reve (The Dream), which has never before been shown in the UK. From confident colour-saturated portraits to surrealist drawings, visitors will be able to see the works that cemented Picasso as the most influential artist of the early 20th century.


Votes for Women

A new exhibition to mark the centenary of the 1918 Act.

Museum of London, 150 Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station , St. Paul's Station


Dates: 2nd February 2018 to 6th January 2019


The Museum of London marks the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave some women the right to vote for the first time with its new exhibition, Votes for Women. Dedicated to those who campaigned tirelessly for these rights for over 50 years, the exhibition will feature iconic objects from the Museum's Suffragette collection. Items on display include medals awarded to former prisoners and hunger strikers from the movement, including the three won by Kitty Marshall, who was sentenced to Holloway prison for throwing a potato at a window of Winston Churchill's home. There will also be a newly commissioned film that reflects on the contemporary relevance of the militant campaign that continues to inspire, shock and divide opinion. The event kicks off with a weekend of interactive theatre, workshops and crafts, as well as the chance to join a suffragette rally.


David Milne: Modern Painting

The first major UK exhibition of work by the Canadian painter.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 14th February - 07th May 2018


The first major UK exhibition of work by the Canadian painter, bringing together more than 90 works in oil and watercolour and never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings. Arranged chronologically, the exhibition follows David Milne's artistic development as he moves from the sidewalks of New York to the war-torn landscapes of northern France and Belgium and back to the woods, fields and skies of the northeastern US and Canada. Highlights include Fifth Avenue, Easter Sunday which was included in the landmark Armory show of 1913.


Andreas Gursky

The first major retrospective in the UK of the work of the German artist.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 25th January - 22nd April 2018


Monumental pictures of solar panels, the stock exchange and a US store by Andreas Gursky signal the reopening of the Hayward Gallery, rejuvenated after a two-year refurbishment. Kicking off the gallery's 50th anniversary year, January 2018 sees the Southbank Centre's contemporary art gallery host the first major retrospective in the UK of the work of the German artist, considered one of the most significant photographers of our time. Known for pushing the boundaries with his large-scale pictures that portray scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, Gursky presents some of best-known works including Paris, Montparnasse, an iconic photo of a seemingly endless block of flats; Rhine II, a digitally tweaked vision of the river; and May Day IV, which depicts hundreds of revellers at Germany's Mayday techno music festival. Eight new works show North Korea's Mass Games, smaller snapshots of Ibiza as well as large scale images which experiment with blurring, as if taken from a moving train.





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