Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re looking to find inspiration for friends and family, we’ve got it covered. With gift cards, subscriptions, books, film and fashion ideas from a range of galleries and independent businesses, our 10 suggestions are sure to spark the imagination and provide cultural opportunities all the way through into 2017.
1. Aesthetica Subscription
Covering the latest news in contemporary art and culture internationally, a subscription to the magazine keeps on giving all year round, providing social and political insight into upcoming shows and seven photography features per issue. Starting with the December / January edition, readers are provided with access to winning films from ASFF 2016. You can also save 30% on the cover price and receive free gift wrap and a personalised message, at £20.95 plus p&p. www.aestheticamagazine.com
2. Art Fund: Art Pass
This is the ideal present to those looking to sample the breadth of culture that the UK has to offer. From Cardiff Castle and Kensington Palace to the V&A and Tate Modern– the National Art Pass gives you free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions. Enjoy free express delivery (2 working days) on all online purchases until 11.59pm on 22 December to receive yours by Christmas. www.artfund.org
3. Dominika J. Rostocka Architectural and Interior Design
Hoping to update your interiors or inject some contemporary style into your home? Dominika J. Rostocka has made almost 650 interior designs, combining classic beauty with futuristic solutions. Specialising in luxury residential, yacht and hospitality projects, the company provides a flash works with multipple influences and styles whilst providing innovative configurations for modern life. www.rostocka.com
4. Picturehouse Gift Card
Starting from £15, the Picturehouse Cinemas Gift Card or E-Gift Voucher can be redeemed on cinema tickets, Membership or food and drink at any kiosk, café or restaurant. If you’ve got a film lover in the family, treat them to a screening at one of the unique venues nationwide. Locations include the National Media Museum, City Screen York, Hackney Picturehouse and many more. www.picturehouses.com
5. Saving Grace: My Fashion Archive 1968-2016
Former Creative Director at American Vogue, Grace Coddington became internationally acclaimed for composing arresting narratives with an impeccable attention to detail, creating some of the best-known photo spreads of the time. To celebrate Coddington’s work, Phaidon have published a two-book collection that spans her career, acting as both a retrospective and a luxury object to both inspire and be treasured.
6. Olafur Eliasson: Unspoken Spaces
Having employed light, water and air temperature as his materials, Olafur Eliasson’s installations manipulate the senses of the viewer, using shapes and textures to abstract experiences. Anyone interested in contemporary art, colour theory or architecture will love this unexpectedly compelling tome, providing a pathway down tunnels, towers, walkways and archways and into the vision of one of the most important practitioners of today.
7. Curzon Artificial Eye 40th Anniversary Collection Volume 1: Contemporary British Cinema
One of the leading British film distributors, Curzon Artificial Eye specialises in independent, foreign-language andart house features for cinema and home entertainment. This present is perfect for emerging filmmakers, or those passionate in the future of the exciting and ever-evolving medium. Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea, Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize winning Fish Tank and an adaptation of the Orange Prize winning thriller We Need to Talk about Kevin are included.
8. KAWS Clean Slate Tote Bag
To coincide with the showcase at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, this Summer, the American designer KAWS has created a stylish accessory for sculpture, classic toy and pop culture lovers alike which captures the dynamic emotion of the colossal structures, satirising globalised TV series and characters.
9. Antony Gormley Domain Field Produced to accompany the iconic 2003 installation Domain Field at BALTIC, Gateshead, in which 287 sculptures were made from measurements of volunteers living in Newcastle and Gateshead, the gallery provide a limited number of signed prints which capture the living body of work and collective identities depicted within the show. www.shop.balticmill.com
10. South London Gallery Fan Network
Offer someone the gift of staying up-to-date with exhibitions, live events, film screenings, education projects and outreach activities in the new year. By making a singular donation to the SLG charity you can provide someone with a year’s worth of involvement with the institution, 10% off SLG publications, invitations to exhibition previews and quarterly prize draw to win artworks or catalogues.