Fri 12 – Sun 14 Jan 2018
The Harpenden Gang Show, Harpenden Public Halls, Fri 12 – Sat 13 Jan
Harpenden is in the record books for having the longest running gang show in the country. Music, comedy and dance with the grand finale celebrating the traditional Gang Show anthem, On the Crest of a Wave. All of the performers are under 18, and include many grandchildren of former Harpenden Gang Show members. This tends to sell out so be quick!
Harpenden Gang Show Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road AL5 1PD
Ernest Herbert Whydale, Royston Museum, Fri 12 – Sat 13 Jan
Royston Museum has an impressive collection of works by local artist E.H. Whydale, who, during his career, exhibited in galleries all over the country, including the Royal Academy. This exhibition charts Whydale’s life and career, and his close connections with Royston and its surrounding district. Admission free.
Royston Museum 5 Lower King Street, SG8 5AL
Helen Lack, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans, opens Sat 13 Jan
Inspired by Jackson Pollock, Helen Lack is a local artist with a global reach. Some of the issues that Helen explores in her work include population, pollution, ocean bleaching and chaos in the universe. You can see her work in the Trestle gallery cafe from Saturday.
Helen Lack Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Parkrun, Panshanger, Sat 13 Jan
Well, it’s the time of year for having a go. I signed up for Parkrun years ago but have never made it to Panshanger Park. This is my year. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, my cousin goes to this, and loves it. If you’re looking for beautiful views to appreciate while you whizz around doing your 5k, this is the place. Even the very slowest are welcome (that’s what I’m telling myself). 9am.
Panshanger parkrun, Panshanger Park, Thieves Lane entrance, Hertford, SG14 2WN.
Illustrator Lucinda Rogers draws directly from life and is brilliant at capturing intimate details and broad views of cities around the world. In this exhibition, On Gentrification, she explores the relationship between old and new, focusing on East London’s 200-year-old Ridley Road Market and a new block of luxury flats soon to be unveiled.
Lucinda Rogers House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4BH
Gordon House, Curator’s Tour, Broadway Gallery, Sun 14 Jan
I loved the Gordon House exhibition and will definitely be going again before it finishes at the end of Jan. Gordon House was a fine artist and commercial designer who lived in Letchworth and studied at Luton and St Albans art schools. He was part of the London 60s art scene. It’s an uplifting exhibition and full of colour. House also designed album covers including the Beatles’ White Album. This is a tour with curator Laura Dennis who is brilliant. Recommended. 2pm.
Sculpture Trail, Uni of Herts, Mon 15 Jan and first Monday of the month until end Feb
The University of Hertfordshire has 500 artworks across its campuses. Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore’s assistant John Farnham and Andy Goldsworthy are just some of the artists whose work is displayed in Hatfield. Meet at reception at 1pm on the first Monday of every month until 28 Feb and enjoy a guided walk taking in the 12 outdoor sculptures on College Lane campus. There are two walks: 1k and 5k. Perfect if you work in the area and want to up your steps this month and next.
Guided sculpture walk University of Hertfordshire, College Lane campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Sadler’s Wells, London, now until Sat 27 Jan
Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.
Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Av, London EC1, sadlerswells.com