As we adjust to crisp mornings and darker evenings, the temptation to hibernate takes hold. Consider swapping a season of duvet days for a roster of inspiring events. From culinary excursions to evocative art exhibits, we bring you five spirit-lifting outings to slot into your November diary.
Flood Barrier at the ICA
Turner Prize-nominated artist Catherine Yass examines the impact of rising sea levels, triggering an urgent call to action through captivating visuals. Her new film homes in on the Barking Creek Flood Barrier, a guillotine-like structure on the River Roding. With East London boroughs now prone to future flooding, as warned in an environmental study by Climate Central, the barrier has taken on vital new meaning. Local residents are given a voice in this screening, which blends disorientating imagery with timely questions about the future of our planet.
Flood Barrier will be screened at the ICA, London, on 14 November and at Turner Contemporary, Margate on 18 November
Artist, Gardener, Radical at the Garden Museum
From its horticultural hub on the banks of the Thames, the Garden Museum presents a major exhibition of over 100 paintings and sculptures by Antiguan artist Francis Archibald Wentworth Walter, better known as Frank Walter. The works, which have never been displayed before, explore the intricacies of nature and Antiguan landscapes, touching on themes of social justice and Black identity. Through an immersive set design and Frank’s warming fruit-bowl colour palette, visitors are transported to the artist’s coastal studio and the nurturing climate of his Caribbean home.
Artist, Gardener, Radical is at the Garden Museum until February 2024
The Winter Series at The Free Company
On a plot at the base of Edinburgh's Pentland Hills, The Free Company offers a peaceful space in which to enjoy seasonal spoils grown organically and regeneratively on the land. The farm-to-table eatery, comprised of 170 acres of pasture and five acres of market garden, promises a thoughtful dining experience with its Winter Series. Your six-course meal is served on a communal table, fostering a convivial atmosphere where questions about the produce and farming processes are encouraged. Most uniquely, the restaurant operates on a ‘pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth’ system.
Green in the Grooves at Camden Art Centre
Tamara Henderson’s current exhibition, Green in the Grooves, urges us to turn away from the digital world and pay attention to the earth beneath our feet. The Australian artist is concerned with humanity’s intervention in decomposition, regeneration, and metamorphosis, and how our interactions with these delicate processes can have a significant impact. Creative experiments from her studio and garden feature alongside a series of 12 paintings, a sound installation, commissioned film and ceramic, glass and bronze sculptures.
Green in the Grooves is on at the Camden Art Centre until 31 December
The Rice is on the Hob by Tami and Tony Aftab
English-Pakistani photographer Tami Afab’s latest project is a collaboration with her father, Tony. After an accident during a brain operation 30 years ago, Tony Afab lives with short-term memory loss which affects him daily, but he can still recall traditional dishes from his childhood. Recreating these for Tami was essential in connecting her to her heritage as she grew up in the UK. The Rice is on the Hob is part photobook, part cookbook, combining Tony’s recipes with Tami’s images, the latter shot during a father-daughter trip to Pakistan in February this year.
Pre-order The Rice is on the Hob now. £5 from each sale goes towards rebuilding homes destroyed by the 2022 Pakistan floods
Words by Bébhinn Campbell.
Image 1: Still from Flood Barrier, directed by Catherine Yass.
Image 2: Bowl of Fruit, Frank Walter.
Image 3: Sailboats Through Coconut Palms, Frank Walter
Image 4: Free Company, photography by Amelia Claudia.
Image 5: Installation views of Tamara Henderson, ‘Green in the Grooves’, at Camden Art Centre, 2023. Photography by Luke Walker
Image 6: The Rice is on the Hob, Tami Aftab.