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12 NEW COLLECTION OF OIL PAINTINGS FROM PATRICK GIBBS Patrick Gibbs is a London-based artist who has made a living from exhibiting his paintings for the past 30 years. Having visited over 80 countries, he draws his inspiration from the daily lives of people in other cultures. Patrick has lived in London all his life, and was brought up in Wimbledon. He then spent almost 30 years living in the Clapham area, and now lives between Wimbledon and Kingston. Although Patrick studied Art at school and University, he thinks of himself as mostly self-taught. Among the artists whose work he admires most are Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Turner, Degas and Sargent. Gibbs loves painting scenes of people living their lives, doing the things they do pretty much every day. His paintings combine strong abstract qualities with areas of sharp detail and intense highlights. He says that most of his inspiration comes from observing life in countries which are less modernised than the UK. He finds himself being drawn to places where little has changed for a long time. The fruits of his recent travels to such destinations can be seen in his forthcoming exhibition at Mall Galleries from 22 - 27 May. The show also includes works from many new destinations including Cuba, Brazil, India, Mozambique, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Zanzibar. The exhibition is open daily 10.00 - 17.00, and on Saturday from 10.00 - 13.00. Admission to the Gallery is free. THE PINK FLOYD EXHIBITION: THEIR MORTAL REMAINS AT THE V&A London’s Victoria and Albert Museum this week open the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and over 200 million record sales later, The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains is an immersive, multi-sensory and theatrical journey through Pink Floyd’s extraordinary world. A story of sound, design and performance, the exhibition chronicles the music, iconic visuals and staging of the band, from the underground psychedelic scene in 1960s London to the present day, illustrating their groundbreaking use of special effects, sonic experimentation, powerful imagery and social commentary. The exhibition marks the first collaboration in decades of Pink Floyd’s remaining members and celebrates Pink Floyd’s place in history as the cultural landscape changed throughout the 1960s and beyond. Opens on 13 May for 20 weeks. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

BRITAIN’S FIRST GARDENING MUSEUM OPENS ITS DOORS The Garden Museum is opening its doors at the end of May, after the completion of an 18 month, £7.5million re-development project. It is Britain’s only museum dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens, a celebration of gardens and gardening, and a quiet place for reflection in the hustle and bustle of London. The award winning design includes the new courtyard extension, built without foundations due to the 20,000 bodies buried on the site, some dating back to before the Norman Conquest. Visitors can explore the 14th Century tower which is opening to the public for the first time, as well as The Ark Gallery, a recreation of the Tradescants’ 17th century cabinet of curiosities. The building within a building design preserves the ancient body of the building while creating a new gallery for the permanent collection. The innovative design means that visitors can take in the spectacle of the building whilst viewing the collections. These collections reflect all aspects of gardening, from 1600 to the modern day, from Britain’s oldest watering can to Harold Gilman’s iconic ‘Portrait of a Black Gardener’. The museum building itself is housed in the deconsecrated church of St Mary’s-at-Lambeth, which was the resting place for the famous 17th Century Plant Hunters, John Tradescant (and his son of the same name). These famous gardeners scoured the world for plants and other curiosities, bringing them back to their home in Lambeth. They became famous for gardening for Charles I. The collection of curiosities, bequeathed to Tradescant’s neighbour Elias Ashmole at his death, became the core of the Ashmolean Museum. Now, after 350 years, some of these objects are returning to London for the first time as a loan from the Ashmolean Museum. The museum building itself was saved from demolition in 1977 by Rosemary Nicholson, who was interested in the lives of the Tradescants. She discovered their grave at St Mary’sat-Lambeth, itself due to be demolished as it had stood empty for many years, but Rosemary raised funds to instead turn the building into the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of gardening. Since then, the Garden Museum has become a hub of learning for gardeners, amateur and professional alike. With the new project completed, the ancient church is now home to a modern museum which can finally display the collection assembled over 40 years. Britain’s oldest watering can. View from the Mediaeval Tower. ART NOW: LUCY BEECH AND EDWARD THOMASSON Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson’s new performance project is part of Art Now, Tate Britain’s ongoing series of free contemporary exhibitions. Made in two parts, Beech and Thomasson’s exhibition explores ideas of cooperation and independence through a new live work, Together, and its video companion, Together (Forever). The video, which was filmed on-site, will loop in the gallery during the week. The space is then temporarily transformed on Saturday afternoons for the staging of the live performance at 14:00, 14:45 and 15:15. Working in couples, a group of eight performers construct a safe space where they can reject social standards and express unspoken feelings. Both the video and the performance are conceived as a fictional game that incorporates live sound effects and stage combat movements. As their actions play out, the gradual build-up of theatrical illusions seems to operate as a therapeutic exercise. Art Now is a series of exhibitions at Tate Britain focusing on new and recent work by emerging artists. Since the 1990s, Art Now has recognised talent at its outset and provided a launching platform for artists who have gone on to become established figures on the international art scene. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e 13

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