Paula Rego/Honoré Daumier: Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories

This is the first exhibition to present Rego and Daumier’s work in dialogue, and although more than a century separates these two artists, their works reveal a wide range of common concerns and approaches.

Fri 14 Nov - Sun 22 Mar

The House of Illustration

Books, Visual Arts


Julio Le Parc

For his first major solo exhibition in the UK, Le Parc will create a kaleidoscopic exhibition that will dramatically change the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, actively involving spectators in labyrinthine playful works and through immersive light-experiences.

Tue 25 Nov - Sun 15 Feb

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Visual Arts


Women Fashion Power

Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.

Sat 29 Nov - Sun 26 Apr

Design Museum

Visual Arts


Of Hearts and Minds: The Films of Eric Rohmer

The pursuit of happiness, according to a true original of the modern cinema. Don’t miss the BFI’s reassessment of one of film’s most consistently rewarding artists.

Fri 2 Jan - Tue 31 Mar




Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015

The exhibition will re-stage Daniel Buren and Fernand Léger’s work – examining geometric abstraction around the world since the early 20th century – to ask how the universal visual language of geometric abstraction has been inflected by different societies.

Thu 15 Jan - Mon 6 Apr

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Visual Arts


Tenderpixel – M/OTHER TONGUE

The French artist Olivier Castel has been commissioned to produce a new project drawing on his ongoing research on Bunraku theatre and ventriloquism. His work in the galleries of Tenderpixel will be activated through a live performance once a week.

Thu 22 Jan - Sat 28 Feb

Cecil Court, London

Visual Arts


Isabelle Cornaro

The South London Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, present a two-part solo exhibition by French artist Isabelle Cornaro. The SLG hosts an existing large-scale installation while the presentation at Spike Island focuses on new and recent work. Sat 24 Jan – 29 Mar (Spike Island) and 5 Apr (SLG).

Sat 24 Jan - Sun 5 Apr

Spike Island (Bristol) & South London Gallery (London)

Visual Arts


Six Characters in Search of an Author

Pirandello’s Nobel Prize-winning play, directed by French director Demarcy-Mota, is the story of a dysfunctional family who interrupts a theatre company’s rehearsals and makes the strangest of claims: they are unfinished characters in need of a new author.

Wed 4 - Sat 7 Feb

Barbican Centre, London

Performing Arts


Le Temps Scellé – Nacera Belaza (In Between Time Festival 2015)

The Belaza sisters weave a dance of weather. The breeze rises, small turbines turn and the wind whips. Together these acclaimed French Algerian dancers create a trancelike tale of light and shade, shaped by traditional and holy rituals.

Thu 12 Feb

Arnolfini Centre, Bristol

Performing Arts


Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present the fascinating personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. It provides insight into their inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions. Featuring Bresson, Arman, or Gautier d’Agoty.

Thu 12 Feb - Mon 25 May

Barbican Art Gallery, London

Visual Arts


(M)imosa / Twenty Looks or Paris is burning at the Judson Church (M)

Inspired by the 1960′s New York, this choreographic collaboration between Cecilia Bengolea, Francois Chaignaud, Marlene Freitas and Trajal Harrell oscillates between minimalism and flamboyance to challenge the divisions of race, class and wealth.

Fri 13 Feb

Arnolfini Centre, Bristol

Performing Arts


Gaia: Global Circus, presented by The UCL Department of Anthropology.

The French philosopher, anthropologist, and sociologist Bruno Latour presents Gaia Global Circus, an impossible scenario that takes place in the gap between the high stakes of global climate crisis and humanity’s lack of emotional engagement.

Sat 14 Feb

UCL Bloomsbury Theatre

Performing Arts

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Philippe Graffin performs Peter Fribbins’ Violin Concerto

World Premiere conducted by J.J Kantorow, with the English Chamber Orchestra. Fribbins’ Violin Concerto is the fruit of almost two years’ labour and sees a further maturation and consolidation of his unique style. Programme includes Mozart, Ravel, Saint Saens.

Tue 17 Feb

Cadogan Hall, London

Classical Music



Signed to XL Recordings, home of Adele, French-Cuban Ibeyi – twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz – are set to make a big mark on 2015 with an album of (in their own words) “contemporary negro spirituals”, released in February.

Thu 19 Feb

Bush Hall

Contemporary Music


Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Part of the “City of Light: Paris 1900-1950” series. Firebird, the ballet music Stravinsky composed for Diaghilev, inspired by an exotic Russian legend, is paired with Ravel’s lush song cycle and the dark colours of his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Thu 19 Feb

Southbank Centre – Royal Festival Hall

Classical Music


Pianist Louis Schwizgebel performs at Wigmore Hall

Louis Schwizgebel is a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme. His BBC Lunchtime programme spans the gamut from Classical Haydn and Chopin to the expressive extremes and technical challenges of Liszt’s virtuoso art.

Mon 23 Feb

Wigmore Hall

Classical Music


Howie B & Addictive TV ‘Orchestra of Samples’

A night of live innovation with trip-hop supremo Howie B performing a unique improvised set and audio/video remix pioneers Addictive TV presenting their acclaimed Orchestra of Samples project with live beatbox, fiddle and sitar accompaniment.

Thu 26 Feb

Rich Mix

Contemporary Music



Working with big-name US producers hasn’t diminished the effervescent charm of Yelle – aka Julie Budet and GrandMarnier – and their playful, fluorescent pop – if anything, the recent Complètement Fou album is their boldest, brightest statement to date.

Wed 4 Mar

Village Underground

Contemporary Music


Inventing Impressionism

This ground-breaking exhibition lifts the veil on art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel who discovered Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir in the early 1870s, immediately buying their works when they were still largely ignored or ridiculed.

Wed 4 Mar - Sun 31 May

The National Gallery

Visual Arts



Celebrated Stage and Screen actress Juliette Binoche takes the title role in Sophokles’ tragedy, adapted in a new version by Anne Carson, directed by Ivo van Hove.

Wed 4 - Sat 28 Mar


Performing Arts


“Slipping Control” at the Royal College of Art

The RCA is presenting a group show with 4 emerging artists that consider material interventions into language. French artist Jean-Pascal Flavien has been invited to design and conceptualise a new house, alongside Anna Barham, Michael Dean & Ben Vida.

Thu 5 - Sun 22 Mar

Royal College of Arts, London

Visual Arts


Lulu Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg’s son hasn’t tried to hide from his heritage – his first album consisted almost entirely of covers of his father’s songs. However, new album Lady Luck showcases Lulu’s own brand of sophisticated, funky pop, recorded with Jamiroquai.

Mon 16 Mar

Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall

Contemporary Music


The Dø

The French-Finnish duo of Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy are back in action in 2015 with the release of their sharply focused third album Shake Shook Shaken. It’s a concentrated burst of addictive pop hooks exemplified by lead track ‘Keep Your Lips Sealed’.

Thu 19 Mar


Contemporary Music


Total Immersion: Boulez at 90

Composer Pierre Boulez is one of the most influential voices in post-war European culture. In 2015 the Barbican celebrates his 90th year with a BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion day and concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra and the pioneering Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Sat 21 Mar


Classical Music


“TKTKTK” at the Cell Project Space

Conceived by Laura McLean Ferris, this group show will feature the work of Paris-based rising star Mélanie Matranga. TKTKTK takes bureaucratic labour as a starting point to address the physical and psychological impact of the office as a construct.

Fri 27 Mar - Sun 17 May

Cell Project Space

Visual Arts


Colloquium: Les Immatériaux: towards the virtual

The exhibition curated principally by Lyotard at the Centre Pompidou is a pioneering combination of technological experiment, involving the first ‘personal’ computers, art works, a pick-up literary sound-track following the installation and electronic music.

Fri 27 - Sat 28 Mar

Courtauld Research Forum

Talks, Visual Arts


Roland Barthes at 100

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Roland Barthes, this two day symposium offers to tackle the work and legacy of the French mythmaker. The conference will be hosted by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.

Mon 30 - Tue 31 Mar

School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University