RCA Christmas Fete
Today sees the opening of the RCA Christmas Fete at its Kensington campus in west London. For as little as £2 design-savvy shoppers can buy form a range of pieces created by RCA students and graduates, including tea-cup jewellery, a rather unusual nativity set or a flat-pack wooden birdbox. The Kath’s Cakes stand will be selling nibbles and ‘mulled soft drinks’, and visitors will also get access to the college’s 175th birthday exhibition, The Perfect Place to Grow.
The Fete runs until Sunday 9 December at Royal College of Art, Jay Mews, Kensington Gore, London SW7
Outline Editions at Christmas
Print emporium Outline Editions is running not one but two pop-up shops ths Christmas, selling hundreds of limited-edition prints and artworks from graphic artists, ranging in price form £15 for £600 for the more decadent. Among our favourites are the beautiful, vibrant bird prints from Kristjana S Williams and Anthony Burrill’s straight-talking poster works.
Outline Editions Christmas showcase, Deck the Walls, runs until 24 December at Lomography Gallery, 3 Newburgh Street, W1 (off Carnaby Street); while the N16 Pop-Up runs until 16 December at The Gallery, Edwards Lane, Stoke Newington Church Street, N1
Some gorgeous prints, books and diaries and ‘unexpected items’ will be on sale at the Redstone Press pop-up shop, which opens next week in London’s Portobello Road. It’s promised that all products will be sold at ‘very discounted prices’, which is handy – and highlights include some wonderful prints from 1930s Russian children’s books and the brilliant-sounding Psychogames.
The pop-up will be open form 10-24 December at 201 Portobello Road, London W11
Streetfeast Artisan Market
Those looking for some sustenance to fuel their shopping should head down to the Rotary Walk Artisan Market this weekend, which promises a ‘street feast’ alongside products on sale from a number of designer-makers. As well as the heady combination of eating and design, there will also be warm cocktails, an art exhibition and live-street art to keep you entertained as you browse.
The market runs from 7 – 9 December at Hackney Downs Studio, 1 Downs Road, London E5
Other and Navy
Fashion brand Other has teamed up with homeware store Nothing But Navy for a Christmas-time pop-up selling homewares and accessories all in shades of – you guessed it – Navy. Products on sale include dinosaur lace cushions, wooden bracelets and rings, ceramics, and hand-turned baseball bats and stationery by Suzanne Antonelli.
Nothing But Navy will be open until 24 December at 40 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1
The Black Xmas Bazaar
Last month we brought you news of Gaye Black’s Black Xmas exhibition, displaying a range of grotesquely anti-Christmas works. However, it seems the gallery is slowing getting into the spirit of things, and this weekend, will open its Black Xmas Bazaar. Bands including Jowe Head the Demi-Monde, The Lone Groover and Dic Yorke (Cryssis) will be sound-tracking the event, where ‘ugly xmas stuff’ will be on sale. The event, taking place on Saturday, will run from 2pm until ‘we run out of booze’, according to the gallery.
The Black Xmas Bazaar takes place on 8 December at Signal Gallery, 32 Paul Street, London EC2A