International Arts and Crafts exhibition
Victoria & Albert Museum, London until 24 July
Go to www.vam.ac.uk
The Arts and Crafts movement of the 1860s and 1870s was a response to the soulless nature of capitalist development. Architects, designers and artists pioneered new apporaches which drew on less industrial techniques, instead venerating individuality and the dignity of labour.
Its most influential figure was the socialist William Morris. The movement spread from Britain to the US and much of Europe. The example here is Janos Vaszary’s Little Girl with Kitten tapestry. It was woven in Hungary in 1901 by Sarotta Koalszky.
Victory 1945: From Leningrad to Berlin
Manchester Central Library, 7 April to 11 May
This exhibition collects together over 50 photographs chronicling the Second World War from the Russian perspective.
Many of them focus on the epic 900 day siege of Leningrad which was successfully broken in early 1944. Images depict the daily struggle of Leningraders to survive and show how the cityscape was transformed by gun emplacements and defensive structures.
Waiting for the Sirens’ Call
New Order have inspired many of the new wave of indie bands in Britain today. Waiting for the Sirens’ Call, their best album since 1989’s Technique, will help you understand why.
It’s full of the band’s trademark catchy pop tunes, including the title track and “Jetstream” featuring the Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic. For a group that’s been going for 28 years, they still have a lot going for them.
This collection brings together the very best of the Jaxx, from “Where’s Your Head At” to the new single “Oh My Gosh”.
Basement Jaxx are on tour from 17 June and will visit Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Portsmouth , Birmingham, London, Dublin, Cornwall, Liverpool and Edinburgh. Phone 08701 663 663 for details and tickets.