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Amazing April Events 2023

Having trouble deciding on the best spots for photography in London?

Then check out our amazing events to visit in the London and Watford area in April 2023. These events are more geared towards photography and art.

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Art Bus, Performing Arts Special  – 1st
Join the Galleries Association on April 1st when the Art Bus is on the road again—this time featuring a Performing Arts Special in collaboration with Portobello Radio. Starting from the Muse Gallery, experience performances by talented artists during the day.
Find out more here.

Welcome to Croydon, London Borough of Culture 2023 – 1st
A big, bold and cross-cultural celebration of the borough’s unique identity, heritage and character – taking place between April 2023 and March 2024. Featuring leading artists and emerging home-grown talent, expect events, artist commissions and lots of opportunities to take part!
Find out more here.

Pierre Garroudi Fashion flashmob (£3) – 1st (every other Saturday after that)
If you are a photographer or want to model for the flamboyant fashion designer Pierre Garroudi. The flash mob occurs every Saturday afternoon in central London. You can find out more on his YouTube link below in a different part each week.
Find out more here.

The Rossettis at Tate Britain – 6th till 1st May
This exhibition follows the romance and radicalism of the Rossetti generation, through and beyond the Pre-Raphaelite years: Dante Gabriel, Christina and Elizabeth (née Siddal). Visitors will get to experience world-renowned works from their boundary-pushing careers. The Rossettis’ approach to art, love and lifestyles are considered revolutionary, and this will be thoroughly explored in an immersive show, using spoken poetry, drawings, paintings, photography, design and more.
Find out more here.

Aladdin Sane: 50 Years at Southbank Centre – 6th till 28th May
Mark half a century of David Bowie’s iconic 1973 album with an exhibition exploring the creation of its unmistakable cover artwork and a series of live events. Aladdin Sane: 50 Years features an exhibition that centres on Bowie’s lightning portrait by photographer Brian Duffy – one of the past half-century’s most influential pop culture images.
Find out more here.

Horniman Spring Fair – 7th
Enjoy seasonal fun and games at the Spring Fair this April with live music, crafty workshops, and more. The Spring Fair will be compered by comedian Jasmin Gleeson, who will provide fun commentary throughout the Fair and host the Easter bonnet parade.
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Ai Weiwei: Making Sense at Design Museum – 8th
Ai Weiwei’s first exhibition focusing on design will mix recent works with commissioned pieces, inviting us into a meditation on value and humanity, art and activism.
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Cassiobury Farm Open Days with Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Watford  – 9th
Visit the farm, which has rare breeds farm, with Hungarian Steppe Cows, Soay Sheep, Gloucester Old Spot Pigs, Pygmy Goats, Trekking Llamas & Alpacas, Reindeer, Miniature Horses & Donkeys, Turkeys, Pheasants, and so much more… And take part in the Great Easter Egg Hunt.  Giant golden Easter Eggs and other favourite Easter characters will be hidden among our animal enclosures.
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Sony World Photography Awards – 14th till 1st May
Celebrating photography in all its varied brilliance, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards opens its 2023 exhibition at Somerset House this April. 
Find out more here.

Blooms with a view at St James Park – 14th
Love admiring the blooms in St James’s Park? Ever wondered what goes into creating such spectacular beds and shrubbery? Wonder no more and join Fiona Kirkwood, a Royal Parks apprentice and writer, on a walking tour that celebrates the horticulture of London’s oldest Royal Park.
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Citizen UK: Caribbean Influencers part of London Borough of Culture 2023 – 14th
Croydon’s Caribbean Influencers is a project within Citizen UK, part of the National Portrait Gallery’s transformational Inspiring People project that includes an extensive programme of nationwide activities, funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund. Through Croydon’s Caribbean Influencers, the Museum of Croydon is working in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, artist Kyam, and Croydon Poet Laureate Shaniqua Benjamin to explore stories of the Caribbean community and influencers who have made an impact on the borough.
Find out more here.

Colour Walk Meetup at Spitalfields Market – 20th
An informal gathering of colourful, creative souls who meet, dressed in their finest, to walk, talk and strut their stuff. Excellent for photography.
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Greenwich Cherry Tree Blossom Avenue – 20th (around)
The cherry tree blossom’s spectacular display is a highlight of any year in Greenwich. The date is approximate; if we have some warm weather at the beginning of April, it might come out sooner.
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Hilma Af Klint & Piet Mondrian Forms Of Life at Tate Modern – 20th
This is a unique chance to discover the visionary work of Swedish painter Hilma af Klint and experience Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s influential art in a new light. Although they never met, af Klint and Mondrian both invented their own languages of abstract art rooted in nature. At the heart of both of their artistic journeys was a shared desire to understand the forces behind life on earth.
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Fashion in Motion: Minju Kim – 21st
Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world. The next show will feature Minju Kim as she showcases her joyful yet bold style.
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Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians at Buckingham Palace – 21st to 8th October
This exhibition explores what the Georgians wore, from the practical dress of laundry maids to the glittering gowns worn at court. Discover what fashion can tell us about life in the 18th century, a revolutionary period of trade, travel and technology which fuelled fashion trends across all levels of society. Delve into the Georgians’ style story and get up close to magnificent paintings, prints and drawings by artists including Gainsborough, Zoffany and Hogarth, as well as luxurious textiles, sparkling jewellery, and a range of accessories from snuff boxes to swords.
Find out more here.

Light painting on the Thames, St Pauls – 22nd
These small, focused workshops aim to provide our community with specific skills, inspiration, techniques, ideas, tips, and tricks to help you grow as a photographer. They are real hands-on workshops, with practical exercises to do on the night. Groups will be kept small to ensure ample one-to-one time. Jose, aka Portugueezer and Andrew, lead this workshop. Half the time would be on the Thames beach and the other half near St Pauls.
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Vaisakhi 2023 at Trafalgar Square, London – 22nd
Come to Trafalgar Square to celebrate Vaisakhi with co-hosts Tommy Sandhu and Sukh Ojla will introduce a fantastic programme of entertainment, including performances from Amrit Kaur and Tablejdei. 
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London Studio Model Shoot (near St Pauls) – 23rd
Join us for a fantastic shoot in an apartment near St Pauls’s Cathedral. This will be an indoor shoot with a couple of models, including a ballerina. It is in a flat set up as a studio and has a Parisian-style balcony with St Pauls in the backdrop.
Find out more here.

London Marathon – 23rd
Join the crowds of spectators lining the 26.2 mile route of the world-famous London Marathon and cheer on your favourite runners as they break a sweat while wending their way through the capital. You’ll find the largest crowds at Tower Bridge and Embankment, and the emotional finish of the Marathon takes place on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Find out more here.

St George’s Day 2023 – 23rd
Over 20,000 people celebrated on Trafalgar Square last year, enjoying a flurry of everything brilliant about England and being English, all set in the iconic heart of the nation’s capital.
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Photographic Nature Walk in Cassiobury Park – 26th
Take a guided walk through the Cassiobury nature reserve, led by Andrew Lalchan (local photographer); we will explore early signs of spring in the park. 
Find out more here.

Isaac Julien at Tate Britain – 26th to 20th August
The first major UK exhibition by one of today’s most compelling artists and filmmakers. Celebrated for his compelling lyrical films and video art installations, Isaac Julien is one of the leading artists in film and video today. This ambitious solo exhibition reveals the scope of Julien’s pioneering work in film and installation from the early 1980s to the present day. The exhibition highlights Julien’s critical thinking and how his work breaks down barriers between different artistic disciplines, drawing from film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture by utilising the themes of desire, history and culture.
Find out more here.

Eid in the Square 2023 – 29th
Now in its 18th year, the Mayor of London’s free, annual festival once again welcomes Londoners and visitors to the capital’s iconic Trafalgar Square to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Find out more here.

IWA Canalway Cavalcade at Little Venice, London – 29th to 1st May
IWA Canalway Cavalcade returns to London’s Little Venice for a 40th-anniversary event. Celebrate the best of life on the waterways in London and its community at IWA Canalway Cavalcade. There’s something for everyone at IWA Canalway Cavalcade, a vibrant canal festival in the heart of London’s waterways. Whether visiting by boat or on foot, it’s a splendid day out for you and your family. Soak up the atmosphere surrounded by the colourful craft of all shapes and sizes, alongside many unique stalls, a real ale bar, and delicious foods for all appetites.
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Ballerina in the Bluebell Woods – TBA
Join us on a photo shoot with a ballerina through Whippendell Woods, using the backdrop of the bluebells to make some fantasy shots. The date will depend on when the bluebells are fully up. Follow the Meetup group for the date when the event is published.
Find out more here.

Last chance to see

Hayward Gallery: Mike Nelson: Extinction Beckons  – until 7th May
The first major survey of work by internationally acclaimed British artist Mike Nelson features his psychologically charged and atmospheric installations. Nelson’s installations enthralled the viewer into fictive worlds that eerily echo our own.
Find out more here.

Saatchi Gallery: BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON  – until 9th May
From defiant train writers to powerful large-scale muralists, over 100 international artists will be featured in BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON, opening this February. The exhibition, supported by Adidas Originals, will be the most comprehensive graffiti & street art exhibition to open in the UK and is set to take over all three floors of London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery.
Find out more here.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave at V&A – til 25th June 2023
Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.
Find out more here.

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur at Natural History Museum – 30th until 7th January 2024
Step into the world of the colossal titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum, one of the largest known creatures to have ever walked our planet. This gigantic creature is a truly spectacular sight at four times heavier than Dippy the Diplodocus and 12 metres longer than Hope the blue whale!
Find out more here.

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