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Things to do: This weekend

FRI 27 - SUN 29 JULY

Florabundance: Contemporary Flower Art
■ Watts Gallery, Compton ■ Fri 13 July – Sun 7 Oct

The Watts Gallery will be presenting a bouquet of flower paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists. Celebrating the best of modern floral art, the exhibition recalls inspiration from the gallery founders, George Frederic Watts and his wife Mary Watts. wattsgallery.org.uk

Sidney Francis: Photographs of work in the 1920’s and 1930’s
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 14 July – Sun 7 October

Sidney Francis’ work gives us an insight into life in the 1920s and 1930s in Woking and nearby towns. Events such as Eid celebrations, visits of American war widows, wedding parties and sports teams are amongst the highlights of this wonderful photographic exhibition from The Surrey History collection. thelightbox.org.uk

Thumbelina
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Sat 28 July

Part of the Guilford Fringe Festival, this show sees award-winning storytellers Bard & Troubadour bring the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale to life. Thumbelina goes on a magical journey through the seasons, meeting beautiful butterflies, sinister moles and plucky sparrows along the way. Expect music, puppets – and plenty of audience participation! Suitable for all ages from 4-12 and their families. The show starts at 2.30pm. glive.co.uk

The Great Georgian Wedding Weekend
■ Kew Palace, Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond ■ Sat 28 – Sun 29 July

A family-friendly weekend of festivities outside Queen Charlotte’s Cottage complete with garden games and costumed characters.  It’s a drop in event from 11am-4pm each day. hrp.org.uk

 

Lazy jazz Sundays at Polesden Lacy
■ Polsedon Lacy, Dorking ■ Every Sunday

Drummer performing in an event, jazz

Sundays are meant for being lazy but lazy doesn’t have to mean a date with the sofa especially when there’s Lazy Jazz on the Surrey Hills. Grab a deckchair and chillax on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon with the best local jazz performers each Sunday from 2pm- 4pm.   nationaltrust.org

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

Mary Watts by Frederic Hollyer

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission. wattsgallery.org.uk

FURTHER AFIELD

The Shape of Light
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until Sun 14 Oct

Antony Cairns, LDN5_051 2017 © Courtesy of the artist Antony Cairns

This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock. tate.org.uk

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
■ The Design Museum, London ■ until Sun 7 Oct

Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines. designmuseum.org

Joan Jonas
■ Tate Modern, London ■ until 5 Aug

With all the talk of the pollution of our oceans , this timely four day programme sees the artist Joan Jonas preside over live drawing, readings and film projections exploring the poetic and ecological aspects of ocean life. If you don’t understand what the hell’s going, just walk purposefully around the Turbine Hall looking intelligent. It works for me every time. tate.org.uk

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up
■ Victoria & Albert Museum, London ■ Sat 16 June onwards

The iconic Mexican’s artist’s personal belongings were locked away by her husband when she died and are being exhibited outside Mexico for the first time. There are some beautifully embroidered clothes but more interesting are her cosmetics (no jokes about eyebrow tweezers please), swimsuit and brightly painted prosthetic leg (Kahlo suffered Polio as a child and had a deformed limb) in this intimate and fascinating exhibition. V&A Museum

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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