The Diary: Exhibitions, shows and events in January


Our pick of events happening this month or coming up


Words by Ellen Peirson

Heimtextil (main image)
8 – 11 January
Messe Frankfurt

Attracting some 67,000 trade visitors, Heimtextil showcases contract and home textiles. The trade fair is accompanied by a series of presentations, lectures and industry events, most notably the annual trend presentation, in which a team of designers determine the season’s most influential trends

January Furniture Show
20 – 23 January
NEC

January Furniture Show

Bringing together some 450 UK exhibitors, from manufacturers to suppliers, the January Furniture Show presents designers at the forefront of lighting, flooring, fabrics, decorative accessories and furniture. The 2019 event sees the introduction of LIGHT, a decorative lighting show in collaboration with the Lighting Industry Association.

Surface Design Show
5 – 7 February
Business Design Centre, London

Surface Design Show

Showcasing the best in interior and exterior surfaces, the Surface Design Show returns in 2019 with a packed programme of events. Alongside this, it will conclude with the 7th Surface Design Awards, judged by industry experts to reward the use of innovative surfaces in international projects.

Katie Paterson and JMW Turner
26 January – 6 May
Turner Contemporary

Katie Paterson and JMW TurnerImage Credit: Katie Paterson / Courtesy of The Lowry

The work of two artists, centuries apart, are displayed showing their infatuation with the power of nature and captivation by its vastness and impossibility. Paterson’s work, exploring our relationship with the universe, is interspersed by Turner watercolours, selected by Paterson.

Bill Viola / Michelangelo
25 January – 31 March
Royal Academy

Bill Viola / Michelangelo

Video artist Bill Viola’s work asks us to consider the extremes of life. Working five centuries earlier than Viola, Michelangelo asked the viewer to consider those same physical and spiritual states, through grand frescoes and sculptures as well as delicate, meditative drawings. This exhibition explores their affinities.





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