Ben Henriques at Jonathan Cooper Gallery

In his first show since 2014, Ben Henriques displays over 30 works of still lifes where he highlights the beauty in everyday objects that populate and document our lives.

Under the painters eye, root vegetables freshly plucked from the ground with soil still clinging to their roots, become a painterly symphony of colour and form. Elsewhere, his gaze turns to his oil paints and brushes in a reflective manner, looking at the materials creating the very surface the image is constructed on.

Although his pieces are non narrative in tone they seek to express emotions; whether moments of stillness and calm or an awareness of the passage of time and fleeting nature of beauty.

Painted over three years, this must-see exhibition marks an important turning point in the artist’s development and style.

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Instructions for Great Assembly

Harry and Max were not satisfied with their first attempt at parenting so they’re giving it a second go. This time, they’ve got a 30 day money back guarantee and an easy to follow instruction manual. Surely this will result in parenting perfection?

“This might be a little more complicated than the bed but still, I’m sure it’s the kind of thing we can crack on our own.”

Follow the pair, in Thomas Eccleshare’s Royal Court debut, as they follow the manual step-by-step. Enjoy the hugely entertaining performance which explores the themes of power, control, gender and of course, 21st Century parenting.

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Special Forces in the Shadows

Extreme training. Secret Missions. Total Dedication.

This fantastic exhibition presents the idea of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Learn who they are, the skills they need and operations they’ve undertaken and understand the level of dedication needed from these incredible people.

Each of the five units play a unique role in British Security and this exhibition will open your eyes wider than ever before to this elite group and their military operations.

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Royal Court Chelsea

Grimly Handsome

Taking place inside The Site, a new performance space at Chelsea’s Royal Court, this is an adaptation of award-winning play Grimly Handsome. Exploring the boundaries of an unnamed American city, this is a thrilling piece of theatre that’s bound to inspire with its dense yet darkly comedic material.

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Holy Trinity Sloane Square

Children & The Arts Carol Concert

One of Chelsea’s best loved carol concerts, this is a hugely popular event which helps raise funds for disadvantaged children through Children and the Arts. Working with venues across the UK, the charity provides young people in disadvantaged communities with access to arts education programmes they wouldn’t otherwise experience. Now in its 101st year, Holy Trinity Church hosts a truly festive evening, with Brian Blessed, Aled Jones and plenty more getting into the Christmas spirit for a worthy cause.

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Chelsea Theatre

Once Upon a Snowflake

Theatre company Paper Balloon lights up the Chelsea Theatre with their contemporary Christmas show, the perfect alternative to the more traditional productions during the festive period. Follow the story of missing Liza and the tiny elf-like creatures with a fascination for snowflakes. Designed to entertain the whole family, Once Upon a Snowflake is now booking for the festive season.

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Bad Roads Royal Court

Bad Roads

Written by Natal’ya Vorozhbit, heralded as the leading Ukrainian playwright of her generation, Bad Roads tells the story of what it’s like to be a woman in wartime. Translated by Sasha Dugdale and directed by Vicky Featherstone, this production is set to be thought provoking and powerful.

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Foundry Gallery Chelsea

Laura Jane Scott

Inspired by Minimalist Architecture and Cubism, Laura Jane Scott’s work explores the relationship between positive and negative space through shapes. On this winter at Chelsea’s Foundry Gallery, she uses geometry, basic colours and repetition to create a sense of direction and order for the viewer.

‘Take One Shape’ is a colourful exploration of Conceptual art which will brighten up your dark winter’s day.

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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Haydn: Nelson Mass

The Royal Hospital Chapel Choir performs the annual November concert in sumptuous style. Taking place in the inspiring 1692 Christopher Wren Chapel, enjoy beautiful music from this renowned choir, including the complete Haydn’s Nelson Mass, interspersed with pieces composed by Brahms, Bruckner, and Mendelssohn.

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Quentin Blake charity auction Chelsea

Ken Howard & Friends – The Auction

Artist Ken Howard is raising funds for the charity Kids for Kids with the help of much loved artists Sir Quentin Blake, Bob Brown, Peter Kuhfeld and more, at an anticipated auction in the heart of Chelsea. Taking place at the John Bly Gallery, there will be a selection of works available to buy, with proceeds going towards supporting children in Darfur, Sudan.

For anyone unable to make this event, tune in for the online auction, with bids being accepted until 12 noon on 26 October.

For further information please visit the Kids for Kids website.

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