The Diary: Exhibitions, shows and events in September

Our pick of events happening this month or coming up

Words by Ellen Peirson

Open House (main image)
22 – 23 September

This event has opened the doors to countless buildings across London for 25 years, putting design and inspirational spaces into the public realm. It provides free public access to iconic structures including 10 Downing Street and the BT Tower, as well as lesserknown buildings such as Studio 304’s Sunken Bath Project and Peckham Rye Station’s Old Waiting Room.

London Design Festival
15 – 23 September

Celebrating 10 years at the V&A as its official festival hub, the London Design Festival returns to celebrate the city’s status as the design capital of the world. With an extensive programme of installations and events across the city, the festival will also support three landmark projects by Kellenberger-White, Waugh Thistleton Architects and Scholten & Baijings.

Istanbul Design Biennial
Until 4 November

Artistic director, Jan Boelen, curates this year’s biennial under the theme A School of Schools. The event aims to facilitate a constantly evolving dialogue around design, with contributions from both creative and academic fields. From this sprang this year’s curatorial theme that delves into the present and future state of design education, both in Istanbul and abroad.

Beazley Designs of the Year
12 September – 6 January
Design Museum

Image Credit: Luke Hayes

Since 2008 a panel of industry experts have nominated and the museum has exhibited more than 70 winning global projects across architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport. The show aims to recognise the best in contemporary design, with the panel in November selecting a category winners and an overall winner.

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One
Until 23 September
Tate Britain

Image Credit: Otto Dix - Prostitute and Disabled War Veteran. Two victims of capitalism 1923

After enduring the physical and psychological pain of the 1914-18 conflict Europe not only had to rebuild its cities but also its societies. Aftermath explores artists’ responses to the period and the new ways of making that came about as a product of such trauma, documenting the use of art as a memorial and the birth of dadaism and surrealism.

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