The Lure Of the Limelight
Friday 1 December
Retrospective of work by James Abbe, a US photographer who specialised in portraits of cinema and stage stars, including Louise Brooks and Charlie Chaplin. Until 24 March.
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2.
Details: 0171-306 0055.
Saturday 2 December
A seminar focusing on how to operate as a freelance designer. Topics include setting up, how to get work, planning your future and organising yourself.
Venue: Chartered Society of Designers, 29 Bedford Square, London WC1.
Details: 0171-631 1510.
Hidden Art Of Hackney
Weekend: Saturday 2/3 and 9/10 December
Work ranging from interiors, furniture and decorative arts is on show in more than 50 studios and museums. Much of the work is for sale, with prices starting at 5.
Venue: Various in Hackney, East London.
Details: 0181-533 5432.
Omniumgatherum Monday 4 December
A mixed media exhibition including ceramics, precious metals, textiles and glass work by seven artists and designers who draw inspiration from architecture, historical details and the natural environment. All work is for sale. Until 22 December.
Venue: Marlin, The Lighting Gallery, 14 Warren Street, London W1.
Details: 01525 872308.