London – Love – Art

Welcome the arrival of Spring and honour International Women’s’ Day with the latest exhibition at 508 Gallery which opens on 8 March, the day we celebrate economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

The exhibition, a collection of works by 15 artists from nine countries including Belgium, Italy, Morocco, Switzerland and France, celebrates women regardless of their race or nationality. Explore paintings, digital art and sculptures of unique styles, techniques and conceptual ideas which have merged together to create a collaborative exhibition full of colour and passion.

On display 8-20 March, 508 Gallery SW10 0LD.

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Bluebirds of War

On 6 July Dr Andrea McKenzie will discuss the experiences of the brave and dedicated Canadian nurses of the First World War.

In this complimentary talk, you will hear about the 3800+ nurses who tended to the wounded and ill soldiers of the First World War on all fronts, from Russia to Galliopoli, Salonika to France. Learn more about their role, particularly in 1918, the last year  of the war where they focused their efforts on the Western France on the front line and how through shot and shell, bombs and torpedoes, 3000 miles from their homes, these brave Canadian nurses cared for the casualties of war.

Although free, booking is recommended: click here.

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Ice Maidens

Ice Maidens

Hear the extraordinary story of the first all-female team to cross Antarctica on muscle-power alone.

On 20 November 2017, the Ice Maidens – a team of women serving in the British Army or Army Reserve, set out on a 1000 mile expedition across Antarctica. They completed the task 62 days later.

At this event, listen to members of the Ice Maidens as they discuss what it was like to ski across Antarctica in temperature of -40 degrees, how they prepared for the task and why it was so significant.

Admission is free but booking is recommended.

Book here.

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International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, the honouring of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, can be celebration at Kensington Palace.

Discover more about the women who lived at the Palace and how they helped to change society through pop-up tasks and even tea and cake in Queen Victoria’s bedroom.

Tickets included in Palace admission.

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Eve in Khaki: Women in the British Army 1917-1948

Join Professor Lucy Noakes on 2 March as she discusses the key role women played in Britain in both wars in the early 20th Century.

From the formation of the Women’s’ Army Auxiliary Corps in 1917 to the creation of the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1938, women worked alongside men in the British Army; freeing many men for the front line. Although there was wide recognition of necessity for women’s military employment, there also happened to be widespread resistance shaped by patriarchal concerns.

Lucy Noakes will trace women’s work alongside the British Army and highlight their constraints driven by the wider areas of gender roles in wartime in this fantastic free talk.

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The Fold has arrived

Luxury women’s brand, The Fold, is set to open very soon in Chelsea. Offering a clean and modern aesthetic, the designs come with an impeccable finish and durability and are set to embrace and inspire the professional woman. From luxury merino knits, solutions to the ‘smart-casual’ dilemma and the answer for desk-to-dinner, The Fold’s unique and indulgent designs are becoming every professional woman’s’ wardrobe essential.

Their doors open on 26 February where you will be able to shop the full selection and receive 1-to-1 styling sessions from their personal stylists. From the week of 5 March, they will be hosting a number of events to celebrate their  opening but also to inspire and advise women.

5 March: Join for a coffee with their founder between 10am and midday, Polly McMaster, at their store bar as she chats about running your own brand, dressing successful women and the opening of their new store.

7 March: From 12-4pm, enjoy an afternoon tea with the head designer and take a sneak peak at the new season.

8 March: Book your ticket for this exclusive launch event between 6-9pm to take part in an evening of networking, drinks, canapés and a discussion of careers, passions and progression. Gaby Roslin will present the evening in celebration of International Women’s Day. Tickets cost £15 and all proceeds go to Smart Works.

9 March: Between 2-6pm, personal stylists will be on hand to answer your style dilemmas and Steph Collins, make-up pro, will be there with all her tips. Take part in sessions helping you on various dilemmas, ‘desk to dinner’ and the art of power dressing.

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The Breakfast Network

For women looking to be inspired this January, leading health, wellbeing and lifestyle club for women, Grace Belgravia, is hosting a series of informative and enriching Breakfast Networks held every second Tuesday each month. While hosted by Grace founder and CEO, Kate Percival, an interesting speaker is invited to chat to guests informally over a deliciously healthy breakfast. The aim is to empower and support women and their goals.

The first informal breakfast will be led by Janet Tarasovsky, founder of Speaking Rights, on effective communication in the workplace and will particularly focus on difficult conversations. Janet herself is an award-winning speaker, determined to create more catalysts to courageous conversations. Through exploring diverse scenarios, she ‘dares’ the audience to have productive and courageous discussions that lead to results as opposed to arguments.

This Breakfast Network is not only empowering but also a deliciously healthy start to your morning.

Breakfast is from 8.15 – 9.30, tickets for members cost £25 and non-members, £35. Book your spot here.

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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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