Friday 6 December
Pop into Top Marks Design 1996, an exhibition of work by students who gained a first-class honours degree or HND distinction at the London Institute this year. Displayed work ranges from multimedia to interior and product design. Until 20 December.
Venue: London Institute Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London W1.
Details: 0171- 514 6000.
Friday 6 December
Stuck for Christmas pressie ideas? How about the new book G1 by Lewis Blackwell and Neville Brody? G1 brings together a worldwide collection of striking designers such as Phil Bicker, Fuel and Graphic Thought Facility. Most of the graphics – from posters, typography and television – have been produced in the past two years. Published by Laurence King, priced 25.
Saturday 7 December
Alternatively, you could visit the latest Theatre Museum exhibition. Dressing the Part looks at costumes used by the Royal Opera House, Royal National Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse over the past 50 years. Until May 1997.
Venue: Theatre Museum, 1E
Tavistock Street, London WC2.
Details: 0171- 836 7891.
Sunday 8 December
Today is the last day of The
Studio Art Fair 96 where more than 70 designers, makers and artists are exhibiting their work, including textiles, sculpture, mixed media and watercolours. All works are for sale. Until 8 December.
Venue: Commonwealth Institute, Kensington High Street, London W8.
Details: 0181- 543 5075.
Monday 9 December
Interested in photography? Then why not go and see the daguerreotype portrait of Sir John Herschel, Victorian scientist and key figure of early photography at the National Portrait Gallery. Herschel coined the terms photography, negative, positive and snapshot. The portrait is unique in itself, being one of the earliest photographic processes.
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2.
Details: 0171- 306 0055.
Tuesday 10 December
In keeping with the photography theme, the Ninety-Six exhibition at the Association Gallery celebrates 1996 in photographs. Various art directors, picture editors and photographers selected their favourite or most memorable pics from the past year. Until 10 January.
Venue: The Association of Photographers, 9-10 Domingo Street, London EC1.
Details: 0171- 608 1445.
Wednesday 11 December
For those of you in Bath, there is still time to catch Hot metal: sculpture and jewellery and Living Silver at the Six Chapel Row Gallery. Hot Metal looks at how metal can be used in different ways and in a variety of scales. Val Hunt displays recycled tin jewellery and Lucy Casson presents tin sculptures. Living Silver is a touring Crafts Council exhibition which focuses on 21 silversmiths displaying functional tableware. Until 6 January.
Venue: 6 Chapel Row, Bath
Details: 01225 337900.
Thursday 12 December
Why not visit a retrospective of work by graphic designer Ken Garland? The work on display spans Garland’s career and includes designs for the BBC, Penguin books and Paramount Pictures. A book titled A Word In Your Eye coincides with the exhibition. Until 17 January.
Venue: Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, The University of Reading, 2
Earley Gate, Whiteknights,
Reading RG6 6AU.
Details: 0118-931 8005.