July diary

July is the month of midsummer madness so get out there and celebrate. From design, fashion and festivals to more sober walks and talks, our detailed diary has it all.
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Art in Action at Waterperry House
Art in Action at Waterperry House, 16-19 July

Art in Action

Meet hundreds of artists and craftspeople, see demos, buy a treasure for your home, or commission something special. From 16 to 19 July.
Waterperry House, Waterperry, near. Wheatley, Oxfordshire; 020 7381 3192; www.artinaction.org.uk.

Design High

So-called "design art", with expensive limited edition pieces that push furniture design to the limit, is still thriving despite the recession. Hence, Design High is on show from the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, with new work by Marc Quinn, Pablo Reinoso, Thierry Dreyfus, Vincent Dubourg and Sebastian Brajkovic. Open now until 30 August.
Louis Blouin Foundation, 3 Olaf Street, W11; www.ltbfoundation.org.

Jerwood Contemporary Makers

This show of seven talented designer-makers runs until 17 July. Check out the Jerwood's first "on-line visual art fair" on www.artfair.artreview.com.
Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN, www.jerwoodvisualarts.org.

Colombianamente: The Coin Street festival

Columbia is in London - for just one afternoon on Sunday 19 July, from 1pm to 7pm. Shimmy to a 12-piece Salsa band, and admire dancers and circus acts. Get stuck into family creative workshops and sample a little craft, with plenty of food and drink on the side. Admission is free.
Bernie Spain Gardens (adjacent to Oxo Tower Wharf), Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1; www.coinstreet.org.

'Spiral', ceramics, by Hazel Wiggan
New Designers: 'Spiral', by Hazel Wiggan (Ceramics)

New Designers

Spot the glittering design stars of the future at the ultimate degree show, when 3,500 graduate exhibitors from 200 courses come together jointly to show off their work. We can enjoy their newly-acquired artistry and expertise, whilst they wait for discovery by manufacturers, retailers and the press.

Part one, from 9 to 12 July, is for textiles, fashion and accessories, contemporary applied arts, ceramics and glass, jewellery and precious metal work.

Part two, from 16 to 19 July, is for product, furniture, graphic and spatial design, and illustration.

Day ticket: £14; in advance: £9.50; Unlimited ticket: £26; in advance: £22. Concessions on door only: £10. Children under five: free.
Ticket offer: H&P readers can claim a 25 per cent discount when they book online: quote code ND61. Discounted tickets cost £8.50 plus £1.50 booking fee.
Business Design Centre, Upper Street, N1; 08448 480138; www.newdesigners.com.

Missoni monumental vase
Missoni vase covered with glass mosaic

Workshop Missoni: Daring to be Different

Zig-stripes in brilliant colours on fine knitwear? It must be Missoni. And now a show celebrating the founders of this famous Italian fashion house has come to London at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art (1 July to 20 September).

Son Luca Missoni reveals the inspirations of his parents Rosita and Ottavio (which included painting art and sculpture), and shares the technical secrets which made these ambitious patterns possible.

His imaginative installation fills three galleries. In the garden, relax on Missoni outdoor furniture, and admire two huge urns covered in Missoni-style mosaic. Entry costs £5; concessions £3.50; children and students free. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
39a Canonbury Square, N1; 020 7704 9522; www.estorickcollection.com.


Don't chuck out your rubbish: come and see its creative potential and make a bench yourself from discarded supermarket cardboard. Away? is a travelling open air exhibition, which is part of the City of London Festival.
11am to 7pm; 14 & 15 July, New Street Square, EC4; 16 & 17 July, London Wall (corner of Moorgate), EC2; www.redesigndesign.org; or www.colf.org.

Summer Fair & Peruvian Fiesta

Live music and dance comes from the very heart of the Peruvian Andes, with exotic Afro-Peruvian dances. Your chance for a little summer salsa, plus stalls selling folk art and crafts, and delicious food. 26 July, from 12 noon to 6pm.
Swiss Cottage Market, Eton Avenue, NW3; 020 7916 1484; www.peruvianorphanchildrensfund.org.uk.

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