It might be dark and miserable outside, but we’ve got some seriously good events for you this week to cheer you up: from revolutionary art exhibitions to great new pop-ups with a purpose. Want this straight to your inbox every week? Just pop your email address in the form below and we’ll do the rest.
The revolutionary sustainable sculptor Oskar OK Krajewski is staging a unique exhibition at Oxo Tower Wharf to showcase the accumulation of 5 years worth of his groundbreaking work. His sculptures highlight the important message of sustainability, constructed from virtually anything not easily biodegradable that we casually throw away: obsolete computers, broken everyday objects, unwanted toys and all forms of plastic. Employing the latest technologies – sensors, light, sound and movement – all recycled items are brought to life, with new meaning and beauty. Recycled Future will also showcase OK’s private collection featuring 3 selected artists who complement the theme and style of the exhibition. It’s all taking place at Oxo Tower Wharf – owned by the social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders.
The life-changing purveryor of delectable baked goods, Luminary Bakery, is hosting a breadmaking class for the time-challenged next Tuesday. Here’s how they describe it: “This 2 hour class will teach you delicious breads that you can make in hardly any time at all. You’ll learn 3 different recipes all taught by one of our super skilled head bakers. You’ll get to take home the recipes, a few bits of new equipment, and of course all of your delicious treats. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided and there will be a chance to learn more about who we are as a bakery and a social enterprise, with the opportunity to purchase some of our merchandise or sponsor some of what we do for the women on our course.”
4. Check out Surgery Slave: an immersive exhibition on the impact of plastic surgery @ For Fuk Sake – Thursday 2nd
The Nave – a socially-conscious art collective – is hosting a unique creative event to explore the ever growing phenomenon that is Plastic Surgery in support of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. From insecurities judgement, media, corporations pushing products to negative thought patterns, addiction and dysmorphia, this event shall cover it all. Expect live installations, performance art, filming, photography and DJs until late. With is being Halloween week, they’re inviting everyone to come dressed to the theme ‘Surgery Slave’ (optional). Get creative on what this means to you.
5. Get fit in a week. Help ex-offenders turn their lives around @ Old Street Station – Monday 30th to Sunday 5th
Social enterprise fitness brand The Hard Yard is popping up at Old Street station all week… and offering an unlimited workout package. 30 workouts. 7 days. £35. The unique workouts are as inspirational as they are gruelling – taught by ex-offenders who designed the exercises based on their own methods of keeping fit in cramped prison cells. We were so excited we wrote a whole thing.
If you’re already sold, you can book here.
Morning Gloryville is the ultimate wake-up call – an inclusive, empowering, and exhilarating way to start your day. To commemorate Día de los Muertos, Morning Gloryville is teaming up with Wahaca in the underground labyrinth and immersive theatre venue, The Vaults for a Saturday Morning rave. 10% of your ticket price will be donated to charities supporting those affected by the recent earthquakes in Mexico.
Full details on their Facebook page. Tickets can be bought
Mental health social enterprise the 888 Collective is launching next week with a pop-up in Hackney. The Collective is run by people with lived experience of mental health issues and is dedicated to creating work opportunities for people who have faced similar challenges. You can read more about it here. For the pop-up, they’ve taken over 2 sheds in Fount London and would love you to check out the little venue they will be taking over until the end of December.
8. Belly laugh with some of the best emerging comedians @ Hackney Showroom – Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st
Social enterprise Hackney Showroom is hosting some of the best emerging young comedians in two nights of Comedy Trolls. Expect an evening of comedy sketches, stand-up, song and more.
Fat Gay Vegan is heading to not-for-profit co-operative vegan restaurant Black Cat Café in Hackney for a Mexican feast. Details released soon but so far, you can expect a party celebrating the most-adored cuisine and comfort food out of Mexico City. This multi-course seated eating experience is curated by superstar vegan chef Mariana Blanco of the legendary Los Loosers, Mexico City.
Join the conversation and find other people going to these events at our Facebook community group: London’s ethical city explorers.