The weekend in London 19.07

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Renowned artist and eccentric (read: unabashed cross-dresser) Grayson Perry presents his fourth solo show at Victoria Miro, called ‘In The Vanity of Small Differences’. A beautiful collection of six tapestries woven with great attention to detail and featuring an abudance of colour, Perry’s work explores social class and its effects on aethetic taste (among other things), borne of the artist’s travels to several different UK cities. Already a hugely popular exhibition and one that’s totally worth a visit.

Until 11th August
Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road – London N1 7RW
www.victoria-miro.com

Jo Spence: Work (Part II)

Twenty years after her death, Studio Voltaire is getting around to presenting a collection of Jo Spence‘s raw, candid photographs – pictures which, at the time they were taken, were almost a protest against traditional photography and its sometimes stifling rules and regs. Challenging the ideals of traditional photography, Jo’s work often went against the grain; amateur in its composition, but utterly enthralling and honest.

Until 11th August 2012
Studio Voltaire, 1a Nelson’s Row – London SW4 7JR
www.studiovoltaire.org

Shoreditch Festival

Festival season is in full swing and it’s not just big events in muddy fields out in the countryside where you can get your rocks off to great line-ups. Slap, bang in the inner city, the Shoreditch Festival comes to a close this weekend, having entertained the city over the past week, and the finale features lots of music. Saturday’s Main Stage hosts the East London Creative Jazz Ochestra, The Fruitful Earth and Hallouminati, among many others.

From 21st to 22nd July
Dunston Road, Shoreditch London E8 4EB
www.shoreditchfestival.org.uk

Deep’art Presents MEXA Showcase

One of the fastest rising electronic music scenes in the world can be found in central and south America. Mexico, in particular, has spawned some super-talented house music producers over the last couple of years, with Mexa Records laying claim to some of these talents. This weekend you can catch the Climbers (Jay Blakk and Kiko Deal) in action, along with UK upstarts Lee M Kelsall and Matt Fear. This should be one to remember.

21st July
Basing House, 25 Kingsland Road – Shoreditch London E2 8AA
www.basinghouse.co.uk