The Ephemera Society Fair · Sunday 3 December 2023
A window into the past for both the curious and the collector — find rare, unusual and historic paper items, priced from £2 to over £2000. A huge range of ephemera will be on display. The fairs will be on for one day only so make a note in your diary now, we look forward to seeing you there!
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1HT
Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm · All welcome
Members from 10am
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Until 7 January 2024
Tom, Jerry and Logic making the most of an evening at Vauxhall from Life in London by Pierce Egan, engraved by I R Cruikshank and George Cruikshank, Published by Sherwood, Neely & Jones. 1821.
This exhibition will concentrate on specific, well-publicised light shows of the period and the impressive and the elaborate temporary architectural structures created for them, often designed by leading architects and artists, including Sir John Soane.
Royal entertainments, pleasure gardens, national celebrations, and illuminations by Soane will all feature, demonstrating that these ephemeral cultural practices were drivers of architectural and technological innovation.
Newly discovered vast linen transparencies, which were back lit in Georgian windows as patriotic decoration during the Napoleonic Wars, will be placed on lightboxes and displayed for the first time in the Foyle Space.
Up in Arms: posters for protest, solidarity, engagement and action
Until 8 December 2023
This exhibition shows twentieth-century protest posters from diverse contexts and causes.
The phrase ‘up in arms’ is ambiguous. In one sense, it implies that a person is ready to fight actively. Used figuratively, however,
it suggests a state of commotion or turmoil. Someone who is ‘up in arms’ might be acting aggressively, or in defence.
Some posters in the exhibition show arms and hands raised, pleading for harmful actions to be stopped. Images of raised fists and strong arms,
sometimes holding guns, rally the viewer to take aggressive action in the name of freedom, civil rights, and equality.
Some posters show hands joined, promoting unity and solidarity; while others show triumphant hands held high.
The posters are from the Lettering, Printing and Graphic Design Collections in the Department of Typography & Graphic
Communication, University of Reading.
Victorian Virtual Reality: Photographs from the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy
Until 25 February 2024
Portrait of Charles Dickens. Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy.
This exhibition present highlights from the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy to explore the 19th-century photography craze that, for the first time, enabled pictures to appear in 3D.
Through viewers, stereoscopic photographs and interactive elements, explore topics such as celebrity portraits, snapshots of Victorian life, scenes of satire and devilry found in Sir Brian May’s collection. Stereoscopic photographs and other artwork from Watts Gallery Trust’s own collection will feature among the loaned works.
For centuries letters have been key vehicles of human communication. This exhibition explores correspondence from the medieval period to the present and celebrates the letter’s enduring importance.
It examines letters’ capacity to chronicle all stages and aspects of human life – from birth to death – and to capture both the personal and the professional.
It reveals how they are powerful in their abilities to connect with and impact on the lives of others. It illuminates how letters are also deeply vulnerable, fragile objects whose preservation is liable to the vicissitudes of time, fashion, and chance.
Alphabets Alive! brings the magic of books and alphabets to life, featuring more than 150 works inspired by the alphabet – manuscripts, prints, posters, sculptures, alphabet books and, especially, artists’ books in their many shapes, sizes, colours, materials and languages.
Trace how the centuries-old ABC book for teaching children to read has influenced modern alphabet books and artists' books, and discover how the simple structure of the alphabet inspires works that are playful, provocative and profound.