Image courtesy of AWAN

We are now in the month of March! Spring is on its way and there is plenty to keep you occupied in the blossom-filled capital. Not only do we have International Women’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day to look forward to, but from exhibitions and talks to craft and beauty workshops these events will doubtless keep you busy in London during the new season.

The Four Ages of Woman
The Four Ages of Woman at the Museum of the Mind in Bethlem Royal Hospital explores both historical and contemporary perspectives on women and mental health from the 19th century to the present day. Featuring the work of Marion Patrick, Elise Warriner Pacquette, Charlotte Johnson and Cynthia Pell amongst others, it is an exhibition that allows women to narrate their own stories, from childhood through to old age.

Image from of Bethel Museum of the Mind

The Four Ages of Woman is running until 2nd May at Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, BR3 3BX.

Imagining Afrabia
Now in its sixth year, Arab Women Artists Now (AWAN) festival is starting off events with an exhibition of Rayan ElNayal’s work curated by Ghazaleh Zogheib. Inspired by the novel Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih, her work explores Sudanese and Afro-Arab design, history and architecture through the lens of magic realism and Afro-Futurism. As an Afro-Arab living in London she has “always been drawn to the complexities of ethnic hybridity and the ‘third space’ that we often occupy”. AWAN festival aims to increase understanding around Arab women’s varied realities as well as highlight their artwork.

Image courtesy of AWAN

Imagining Afrabia – AWAN Exhibition is running from 5th to 29th March at Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. It is free to attend, but you must register.

WOW at the Southbank Centre
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Women of the World (WOW) festival at the Southbank Centre is bigger and better than ever this year. WOW Foundation is presenting their biggest festival yet with a packed schedule of speakers, activists and performers (including Naomi Wold, Deborah Frances-White and Shazia Mirza amongst others) who will explore the state of gender equality across the globe. Wimmin unite.

Image from the Southbank Centre

WOW festival is running from 6-8th March at the Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX. Tickets and information can be found here.

EVOLVE: Blend Your Own Facial Oil
All Evolve Organic Beauty products are vegan, cruelty free, eco-friendly and made in small batches in their studio in Herefordshire. Their award-winning range of skincare, bodycare and haircare are a delight to use and really work. And this month they are coming to London to run a workshop where you will have the opportunity to create your own custom blended facial oil under their expert guidance.

Image from Evolve Organic Beauty

The workshop will take place from 11am–12.30pm on 15th March at Seekology Beauty + Wellbeing, 5 George Street, Richmond, TW9 1JY. Tickets can be bought here.

Aromatherapy Candle Making Workshop by YOUGI
Emily Lynam, the founder of Yougi, is running a workshop where you can learn about the benefits and healing properties of different essential oils. You will then be able to put your new knowledge into practice and make a personalised soy wax candle (all of the materials in the workshop are ethically sourced, cruelty free and entirely natural) with your own blend of essential oils.

Image from YOUGI Botanicals

The workshop will take place from 7-9.30 pm on 17th March 7 at The Sustainable Pop-Up, 336 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UR. Tickets can be bought here.

Couture Inside Out
The Fashion and Textile Museum is offering the chance to see behind the scenes and discover how a number of garments from the Museum Collection and the Zandra Rhodes archive have been constructed. This event offers a rare glimpse into the sewing techniques of couture houses such as Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga.

Image from The Fashion and Textile Museum

Couture Inside out is will take place from 11.30am- 1pm on 18th March at The Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsy St, London SE1 3XF. Tickets can be bought here.

Terrarium Workshop
The founders of the Borrowed Light Floral Studio, Sarah and Claudia, are running a workshop where you can cultivate your very own tiny indoor garden. These little terrariums are perfect for lovers of diminutive things (and anyone who lives in a London flat). In the workshop you will learn how to create and care for your very own micro ecoysystem to take away.

Image from the Borrowed Light Floral Studio

The workshop will take place 2-3.30pm on 22nd March at Borrowed Light, CRATE St James St, E17 7FY. Tickets can be bought here.

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