February diary

London in February may still be grey, but this month still has a lot to offer. There's colourful Chinese New Year celebrations early on, and then mid-month the romance of Valentine's Day*. And three major art fairs should keep collectors happy.
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The celebrated glassblowing work of Peter Layton and  Friends
The celebrated glassblowing work of Peter Layton and Friends
* Book a personal shopper to source a uniquely romantic gift at the antiques markets of Grays (W1) or Alfies (NW8), available from Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, by appointment only.
Call 020 7725 9601; or visit www.graysantiques.com or www.alfiesantiques.com.

Open now until 29 February: Peter Layton and Friends is an exhibition to celebrate 30 years of the London Glassblowing Workshop. On show is the celebrated work of Peter Layton (founder of the workshop) as well as that of his current co-workers, with ongoing glassblowing demos.
7 The Leather Market, SE1 (020 7403 2800; www.londonglassblowing.co.uk).

From now until 7 February: Student Work in Progress Shows (including architecture and design products) are at the Royal College of Art. Some work is for sale or to commission.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 (www.rca.ac.uk).

Open now until 9 February: Reflect Forward is an exhibition of one-off and limited-edition wall sculptures in stained glass and Perspex by artist Kate Maestri, who was inspired by the original architects' drawings for the Barbican Centre.
Craft Central, 33-35 St John's Square, EC1 (020 7251 0276; www.craftcentral.org.uk/reflectforward).

9 February: Celebrate Chinese New Year (of the Rat) at the British Museum with a free programme of drop-in events from 2pm until midnight. Follow a trail of Chinese zodiac animals, enjoy dance and music, see shadow puppets, and listen to gallery talks in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Or make your very own terracotta warrior. Great Russell Street, WC1 (020 7323 8000; www.britishmuseum.org).

Minimods wallpaper by Absolute Zero Degrees at Kids Modern
Minimods wallpaper by Absolute Zero Degrees at Kids Modern
9-10 February: The V&A Museum also has free events for Chinese New Year from 11am to 5pm, including folk art, performances, workshops, puppets and storytelling. Or cook up some tasty Chinese dumplings (Saturday, noon-2.30pm). Cromwell Road, SW7 (020 7942 2211; www.vam.ac.uk).

10 February: Celebrate Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square from 11am to 6.30pm, with fireworks and firecrackers, and dazzling displays of dance, acrobatics and martial arts. Browse stalls selling food and crafts. New this year will be special activities for children and families in St Anne's Gardens, off Wardour Street, W1.

14 February: Around the Corner opens at Established & Sons' new gallery, with four limited-edition pieces of furniture-cum-sculpture by architect Amanda Levete of Future Systems. Fluid undulating forms are cut/carved using digital technology, and then finished by hand.
Established & Sons, 2-3 Duke Street, SW1 (020 7968 2040; www.establishedandsons.com).

16-17 February: Emma Biggs, a mosaic artist, is holding a two-day introductory course on mosaic colour and design. The cost is £120 for both days, plus some materials.
Mosaic Workshop, Unit B, 443-449 Holloway Road, N9 (020 7272 2446; www.mosaicworkshop.com).

17 February: The Vintage Fashion Textiles Fair (c1800-1980) is at Hammersmith Town Hall, featuring more than 100 dealers from all over the world. Tickets cost £10 (8am-10am); or £5 (10am-5pm). King Street, W6 (020 8543 5075; www.pa-antiques.co.uk).

21 February-9 March: Britain on View presents stunning photographs of the British Isles. Open every day (11am-6pm); admission is free.
the.gallery@oxo, Bargehoue Street, SE1 (020 7021 1600; www.coinstreet.org).

24 February: Kids Modern is a show of cool new design, including furniture and furnishings, fashion and toys. Outdoor child-friendly BBQ, T-shirt printing, free puppet show. From 10am to 4pm; entrance £5, children free. Christison Hall, Dulwich College, SE21 (020 8761 3405; www.ourshowhome.com).

Ceramic teapot at the Ceramic Art Fair
More than 80 of the world's finest makers of ceramics at The Ceramic Art Fair
21-24 February: The International Art Fair offers work by 20th century artists from more than 50 galleries. Find many favourites, from Matisse and Chagall to David Hockney and Damien Hirst. Tickets cost £5. Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 (020 8742 1611; www.20-21intartfair.com).

28 February-2 March: Form, now in its second year, is an avant-garde show of design/art. A special feature is the DNA display of new talent. Tickets cost £10 in advance; £12 on the door; concessions £8; or £25 for the preview night (28 February, from 6pm).
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 (0871 231 0820; www.form-london.com).

29 February-2 March: The Ceramic Art Fair features more than 80 of the world's finest makers of ceramics. All work is for sale, at prices from £15 to £10,000: your chance to start, or add to, a collection. Tickets cost £10, concessions £8. A three-day pass costs £20.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 (020 7439 3377; www.ceramics.org.uk).

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