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Japanese crafts, ‘Pop Art’ and gardening all feature in London’s cultural events calendar this summer and beyond.

Japanese crafts, ‘Pop Art’ and gardening all feature in London’s  cultural events calendar this summer and beyond.

‘Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan’ (July 19-Oct. 21) is a new exhibition at the British Museum featuring some of the most beautiful Japanese art-crafts produced during the last fifty years. It features ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, metal, bamboo work and dolls. The exhibition presents works by members of the   Japan Art Crafts Association and demonstrates how the beauty and skill of the contemporary pieces draws on traditional skills. Open daily, adults £5, tel: 020 7323 8181. Website:

The National Portrait Gallery is to examine Pop Art portraiture in a new exhibition this autumn. Pop Art Portraits (Oct. 11 - Jan. 20) explores this phenomenon of the 1960s when images from advertising, magazines, pop music, cinema and comics were used in a fine art context. The exhibition is divided into four sections: Precursors of Pop (1946-59), Classic Pop (1959-1968), Marilyn (1962-1969) - a selection of work by British and American artists who focussed on images of Marilyn Monroe - and Late Pop (1965-69). Open daily, adults £9, tel: 020 7306 0055,

One of the features at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show – one of the world’s biggest — (July 3-8) will be a garden for children designed by Chris Beardshaw. ‘The Growing Schools Garden- learning outside the classroom’ will include artworks and features from local schools and sit alongside other highlights of the show including the Festival of Roses, Water Gardens and Conceptual Gardens. The showground is situated next to the River Thames in the grounds behind Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, south-west of London. Adults £25, for tickets tel: 0870 842 2234,

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