Fri 17 – Sun 19 Aug
Women in Letchworth Garden City, Community Museum, until 22 Sept
Letchworth Garden City has a fascinating history and this exhibition has taken some of the brilliant photos and objects from the Garden City Collection to tell a story about women in Letchworth. It’s at the Community Museum in The Arcade, SG6 3ET. Open Thursdays, Frirdays and Saturdays. Free!
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, ends Sun 19 Aug
Hurry, hurry! Curated by Grayson Perry, it’s the best ever Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, and it ends this week. Paintings and sculptures by new artists sit cheek by jowl with work by Royal Academicians and Harry Hill. While stocks last!
Launch Pawty, Staffy B, Baldock, Sat 18 Aug
On Sat 18 August, Baldock’s brilliant Staffy B Homestore launches the Blacknose Foundation to raise money for dogs in need of a helping paw. The shop’s mascot and ambassador was Freddie the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, aka Blacknose, who sadly died last year. He is missed by everyone, most of all his owners, Toni and Hayley Moore, who are the talented duo behind this interiors and gift shop. Some people would visit the shop just to see Freddie. To keep Freddie’s memory alive, Toni and Hayley are doing something creative and positive. Blacknose is their own range of products and the first items to be launched include a range of candles and diffusers and ethically sourced Indian textiles. 10% of every purchase will go to the Blacknose Foundation to help support dog charities including Glendee and Senior Staffy Club Rescue. I absolutely love Staffy B and was lucky enough to meet Freddie, and I’m delighted to support the Blacknose Foundation. See you at the Launch Pawty, Sat 18 Aug, 9.30am-3pm.
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Aug
No, that’s not a Party Ring biscuit – it’s made of clay. It’s time for potters and ceramicists to come out of their studios and meet the public. This is a hugely popular show and there are loads of opportunities to have a go at throwing your own pot.
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, now – Nov 4
A collaboration between Harlow’s Gibberd Gallery and the Jerwood Collection. Show Women includes painting, sculpture, film and installation by contemporary women and non-binary artists. Victoria Sin, BP Portrait Award winner Aleah Chapin, and Rose Wylie will be on display alongside a special interpretation of the Sir Frederick Gibberd 20th Century Watercolour collection, reflecting upon the changing landscape for women’s work over the last 100 years. 7pm. Gibberd Gallery, Civic Centre, Harlow, CM20 1WG
Book for: Classic Ibiza, Hatfield House, Sat 1 Sept
Here we go! It’s the biggest dance party of the summer! In Hertfordshire, at least. The Urban Soul Orchestra conducted by Stephen Hussey return for another fantastic performance of classic Ibiza anthems under the stars, with live DJ and vocalists.
Hitchin Lavender, now with sunflowers! Cadwell Farm, Ickleford
They’ll be gone before you know it so make a trip before the middle of August – you’ll regret it if you don’t! The cakes in the cafe are delicious – I was there recently and scoffed a courgette and lime cake. The whole place is a riot of colour and fragrance. It’s amazing!
Great & Small, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth
Great + Small is the ultimate family-friendly exhibition because it’s designed for children. Kids love animals, so what better way to introduce them to the art of craft? This exhibition has been designed and curated by Broadway Gallery in Letchworth using objects on loan from the Crafts Council. When it leaves Letchworth, the exhibition will go on tour. But you don’t have to worry about that for now. It opens on Sat 28 July and runs until October. It’s a brilliant way to encourage children to be inspired by contemporary crafts and materials. On Weds 8 August there’s a Hands On event, when a Crafts Council educator will run workshops so that children can get their mitts on the exhibits: wooden snakes, enamel beetles, resin cats. And don’t panic, you won’t have to turn your kitchen into resin studio, there’s a Family Arts Studio workshop on Sunday. Can you believe that all of this is FREE.