Remember that day last summer when everyone got up early to ring bells in what was one of the most heart-warming, unifying events of the last decade? Did you travel across the country just to get a bounce on Jeremy Deller’s Stone Henge? Well, involved with the cultural Olympiad or not, one thing is true, and that is it was bloody hard to miss.
Ruth Mackenzie joined the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in January 2010, and went on to curate the London 2012 Festival, which saw thousands of artists from across the country put on shows and events to highlight the strength and diversity of the art scene in Great Britain. At In Progress this December, Ruth will be our keynote speaker, celebrating an amazing period of creativity and filling us in on the preparation and planning involved in curating such a mammoth event.
Ruth’s career has been nothing short of legendary, with a culture-rammed CV including working for the Barbican, BBC, Tate, The Young Vic and even the London Symphony Orchestra. Thought you were a culture-vulture? Think again. Hear how the Cultural Olympiad may influence and shape our cultural landscape in 2013 and beyond this December at In Progress, there’s only a small number of tickets left!
- Wrap up warm with this week's Best of the Web
- This is Jane: a charming photo series that displays the empowerment of women
- Brooklyn-based illustrator Aaron Fernandez’s fluorescent editorial commissions
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Join Jonathan Barnbrook, Maisie Willoughby, Wallace Henning, Anna Lomax and Jess Bonham at Nicer Tuesdays December
- Legs 11: artist Alfie Kungu’s comically long-trousered figures
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich