New perspectives from the Brunei Gallery and Jewish Museum

Exhibition

Motions of this Kind, Brunei Gallery, WC1H 0XG, Open until the 22nd June

Filipino art has traditionally had little coverage in mainstream culture. Yet this is something that the Brunei Gallery is looking to change, with the UK’s first institutional exhibition on contemporary art from the Philippines.

The exhibition is both a historical look back and a project for the modern world; taking the speechlessness of Sir Isaac Newton in the face of Luzon’s uncertain tides, the exhibition uses the shortcomings of science to inspire a range of contemporary commissions that explore not just ‘“the rise and fall of the tides”, but, as Filipino historian Ricardo Manapat suggested, the “historical ebb and flow of ideas.”’

Artists featured include Yason Banal, who’s work moves fluidly between installation, photography, video, performance, and curation. Eisa Jocson, a choreographer and dancer who explores issues of body image and movement in the entertainment industry. And painter Kat Medina, whose work has been exhibited across multiple venues in and outside of the Philippines since her first exhibition in 2013.

Set amongst the sprawling urban campus of University of London, you’ll find the Brunei Gallery on the corner of Russell Square.

Jews, Money, Myth, Jewish Museum, NW1 7NB, Open until 7th July

Featured recently on the Radio 4 Today programme, Jews, Money, Myth explores the role of money in Jewish life and where the long held antisemitic stereotypes stems from. Whilst not the exclusive starting point, such stereotypes extend far back to the early days of Christianity and the time of Jesus, where complexities around the actions of Judas and his 30 pieces of silver have become wrongfully mapped on to the Jewish faith.

The exhibition challenges such interpretations, highlighting such myths as these against the reality of medieval Jewish moneylenders and their broader involvement in commerce, capitalism and finance up to the present day.

The Jewish Museum and the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism came together to create this exhibition alongside advice from Professor of Medieval Studies, Anthony Bale; Professor of History and Director of the Pears Institute, David Feldman; and Pears Institute Early Career Fellow, Dr Marc Volovici.

Tucked away from the buzz on Albert Street, take a right hand turning off Parkway by the Earl of Camden and find the Jewish Museum on the right hand side.

Music

The Undertones, Electric Ballroom, NW1 8QP, 2nd May 19:00

A long and illustrious career comes to the Electric Ballroom in the form of The Undertones. Hailing from Derry their debut album Teenage Kicks released in 1978 and followed this with a further three albums. After major success in the industry including their second album ‘Hypnotised’ reach number 6 in the UK album chart, and a number 9 in the Singles Charts with ‘My Perfect Cousin’, the band folded in 1983 after Feargal Sharkey left to pursue a solo career.

The band returned in 1999 to critical success with ‘Get What You Need’ released in 2003. Selective tours and shows and a limited release of a double A-side vinyl in 2013 have seen the band grow a new younger audience as well as those who lived the 80s buzz. At the Electric Ballroom the band promise a memorable night of new and old tracks and a chance to experience their prowess as live performers.

Right in the heart of it. Find the Electric Ballroom above Camden Town station on Camden High Street.