Cultural Diary: the UK’s best events and exhibitions in July

This month’s cultural diary is a jam-packed itinerary sure to pique the interest of the architecturally curious, artistically minded and design savvy in equal measure. From Liverpool’s ever-popular Biennial to an uncanny architectural show, here’s our rundown of the UK’s best events and exhibitions in July.

Royal Academy Architecture Prize Lecture: Itsuko Hasegawa, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Earlier this year, the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize was given to Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa. Relatively unknown compared to her headline-grabbing contemporaries such as Kenzo Tange, Hasegawa has nonetheless had a fruitful career (literally), designing the Yamanashi Museum of Fruit and being the first woman to contribute a public building in her home county. On Wednesday 4th July, Hasegawa will present her work and lecture on her influences at a celebratory talk at the newly-appointed Benjamin West Lecture Theatre (pictured) at the Royal Academy.

Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, various locations, Liverpool
The title of the 10th edition of Liverpool Biennial is ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’, a poignant line taken from a 1788 poem by German Friedrich Schiller. Over 40 artists from 22 countries have been tasked with producing work that responds to Schiller’s open-ended question, the results of which will be shown in public spaces, galleries, museums and civic buildings around the city.

The London Artisan, Old Truman Brewery, London
Taking place every quarter, The London Artisan sees 50 designers converge at the Old Truman Brewery for a two-day market. Fill up your shopping bags with glassware, textiles, homewares, ceramics and the like, all crafted by independent makers.

Emily Allchurch: Visions of Architectural Fancy, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Artist Emily Allchurch’s work draws inspiration from Old Master paintings to comprise somewhat eerie mash-ups of digital photographs taken of a city or place. From this weaving of images comes a fictional vista, with new narratives emerging around themes of memory, history and cultural heritage. The Sir John Soane’s Museum is hosting three new works by Allchurch, which are all inspired by works in the museum’s collection.

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