Art and culture

4 things you need to know about this month

The art, the travel and the events that tick our boxes this month

1. Animatorium, Hong Kong

The National Dance Company Wales comes to Hong Kong with the Asian premiere of two provocative, playful pieces – Folk and Animatorium. It’s part of ArtisTree’s eclectic lineup celebrating the reopening of its 7,000 square foot arts and performance space in Hong Kong’s Taikoo Place. Other events include ContempoLion, a modern update on traditional Chinese lion dance, and a reworking of Italian opera La Traviata.

Opens 9 June,


2. Grayson Perry, London

Hyperbole and flamboyance are the calling cards of provocative British artist Grayson Perry (who, when accepting the 2003 Turner Prize, described himself as a ‘transvestite potter from Essex’). His new show – The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! – lands at London’s Serpentine Galleries this month, full of bold statements in ceramics, like this vase, Puff Piece, as well as cast iron, bronze, prints and tapestry.

8 June-10 September,

Grayson Perry Puff Piece, 2017
Credit: Angus Mill / Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London

3. The Summer of Love, San Francisco

It’s 50 years since the Summer of Love, that watershed movement when love and peace, drugs and psychedelic bands coalesced around the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in one hallucinogenic season in 1967. Behind the Beyond: Psychedelic Posters and Fashion in San Francisco, 1966-71, at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University this month, shows the music, fashion and art of the period – including trippy gig posters of era-defining bands like The Grateful Dead, The Doors and Captain Beefheart.

3 June-27 August,

Psychedelic Posters and Fashion in San Francisco
Credit: Dale Peterson, © Stanley Mouse

4. Dream English Kid, Manchester

Manchester gets its biennial burst of art, music and performance with the Manchester International Festival this month. Not to be missed is Mark Leckey’s short film Dream English Kid, 1964-1999 AD, shown as part of the exhibition True Faith at the Manchester Art Gallery. It’s a surrealist autobiography told through fragments of film, adverts and music plucked from the internet. The silvery space orb below is a satellite launched in 1964, the year Leckey was born.

29 June-16 July,

Manchester International Festival
Credit: Courtesy the Artist and Cabinet, London.
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