With 2017 just around the corner, here are four events to keep an eye out for in 2017 if you are studying contemporary art or fashion. They might also be of interest to our arts and foundation course students. 

London International Mime Festival – 9 Jan – 4 Feb

As the longest running festival of its kind, the London International Mime Festival has been running for 40 years. The festival goes far beyond your stereotypical man in a striped top and painted, white face; with taxidermy animal puppets, manga-inspired dance and circus acts, the weird and the wonderful come together to show you all that mime encompasses.

Taking place in various locations across the city – from the Peacock Theatre in Holborn to the Barbican – it’s essential to purchase tickets to each individual event you with to attend. You can find the full calendar of performances on the festival’s official website.

David Hockney at the Tate Britain – 9 Feb – 29 May

As well-loved artist and photographer David Hockney prepares to celebrate his 80th birthday, the Tate Britain is set to mark the occasion by hosting an exhibition dedicated to his greatest works. Featuring his poolside portraits, Yorkshire landscapes and even some previously unrevealed pieces that he’s completed most recently, this exhibition really offers a glimpse into Hockney at his finest.

This unique opportunity to view so many memorable works of art by such a celebrated artist is not to be missed by those studying art, photography and similar subjects. With a career spanning six decades, this exhibition shows how Hockney’s train of thought influenced his progression from piece to piece. Student tickets cost £15.90, and can be booked in advance via the Tate Britain’s website.

Grand Designs Live – 29 Apr – 7 May

The fantastic Grand Designs Live is returning to ExCeL London, bringing with it the latest products and home-based technologies, insightful talks from industry experts and the opportunity to explore what modern day architecture and interior design has to offer.

Based on the popular Channel 4 show and presented by design guru, Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs Live provides anyone studying design the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the industry and educate themselves on matters such as current trends, price points and possible competitors. There are over 500 exhibitors at the event, with ticket prices to be confirmed.

London Fashion Week(s) – 17 – 21 Feb and 15 – 19 Sept

It may be an obvious choice, but that doesn’t make London Fashion Week any less relevant to those studying contemporary arts, particularly any form of fashion. The experience you gain from attending either of the London Fashion Weeks is unbeatable; you can watch the live catwalks, meet up-and-coming designers and immerse yourself in the industry as a whole.

Of course, some parts of London Fashion Week are invite only, but studying or working in fashion could be your key to getting your foot in the door. It’s the perfect opportunity to grow professionally, make useful contacts and enjoy what the world of fashion has to offer. Don’t forget the London Fashion Week Men’s, too, which are taking place from 6 to 9 January and 9 to 12 June.