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  • Must-See Exhibitions and Events This Summer

    Summer in London is an exciting time bursting with colour, music and - best of all - fantastic exhibitions and events. We’ve compiled a list of the absolute must-sees this season, so that you can be up-to-date on all things culture, colour and creation.


    1. Fashioned from Nature, V&A

    21st April 2018 – 27th January 2019


    Fashioned From Nature


    Our collections are often based on the world around us and in this exhibition, you can take a look at the marvellous creations that artists have forged from nature. Fashioned from Nature presents fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes.


    2. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A

    16th June 2018 – 4th November 2019


    Frida Kahlo


    One of our designs this summer draws inspiration from the vivacity of Latin-American life, and who better encompasses this than Frida Kahlo? This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside of Mexico.


    3. Monet & Architecture, National Gallery

    19th April 2018 – 29th July 2019




    The first of its kind, this exhibition allows you to see Monet's work in a new light. From buildings in villages and by the coast, to some of Europe’s most famous monuments, Monet painted the architecture of his time – modern, historic, simple and grand.


    4. Buckingham Palace Tour: Summer Opening

    21st July 2018 - 30th September 2018


    Buckingham Palace


    Buckingham Palace opens its doors for a temporary exhibition that can only be seen during this year's summer opening. 2018 celebrates the 70th birthday of Charles, Prince of Wales, and will showcase some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.


    5. Rebel Women, The National Portrait Gallery

    Throughout 2018


    National Portrait Gallery and Umbrellas


    As a company founded by three women, we find this anthology that celebrates the achievements of women particularly fascinating. Rebel Women is a year-long season of events at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to mark the centenary of women gaining the vote in Britain. The season will reflect on the suffrage movement but also focus on pioneering women throughout history and on the contemporary relevance of active citizenship and the ongoing battle for equality.


    6. Colour: The Rainbow Revealed, Horniman Museum and Gardens

    10th Febuary 2018 – 28th October 2018


    The rainbow revealed


    We are fascinated by the way that colour can transform a space. ‘Colour: The Rainbow Revealed’ is an award-winning exhibition exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world. The exhibition is also full of family-friendly displays and interactive games including an Art Machine for you to create your own vibrant masterpiece, a Mood Room with multi-coloured lights, and a Colour Cafe exhibit to learn why only certain colours tempt our taste buds.


    7. Sculpture in the City, open-air exhibition EC3

    27th April 2018 – 1st May 2018


    Sculpture in the City


    Keep an eye out around London for incredible sculptures built by world-renowned artists who use space and light to create sculptures that interact with their environments. This practice also feeds into the creative process at OKA, especially when it comes to designing mirrors, lighting and more sculptural pieces.


    8. Photo London, Somerset House

    17th May 2018 – 20th May 2018


    Somerset House


    OKA takes inspiration from cultures all over the world. Travel is an integral part of our design process and in this exhibition, you can experience the best contemporary photography from across the globe, as 107 galleries from 20 different countries come together for Photo London at Somerset House.


    9. Surface Work, Victoria Miro

    11th April 2018 - 16th June 2018


    Surface Work


    An international, cross-generational exhibition of female artists who have shaped and transformed, and continue to influence and expand, the language of abstract painting. An inspiring exhibition that is definitely worth a visit.


    10. The Art of British Natural History, Natural History Museum

    Present – 1st July 2018


    Natural History Museum


    Great British tradition and the natural world is at the heart of OKA’s designs and this fascinating exhibition celebrates the animals, flora and fauna native to our shores. With over 70,000 documented species, the British Isles have a diverse and distinctive natural history. This array of items from the Museum Library's collection explores the many different ways the wonderful variety of wildlife in Britain has been depicted over the past 300 years.