Alien Nation: the art of blending in

16 Mar 2011 – 15 Apr 2011

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Mon - Sat 6pm - 10pm

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Great Western Studios

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus 18: Cirencester Street
  • Tube: Hammersmith&City or Circle Line: Royal Oak or Westbourne Park
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An exhibition by and about all the aliens who call London home.


Alien Nation, a month-long exhibition including art, music and more, will take place this spring at Great Western Studios. Inspired by George Mikes's book How to be an Alien and curated by Soapbox Events, Alien Nation is a one-off group show by a collective of London-based artists, photographers, writers and musicians. Alien Nation celebrates the way George Mikes brilliantly captures the extraordinary transition that many people experience when first moving to London. From the weather to the incomprehensible social niceties, there's a lot to adjust to; in spite of these things, foreigners and other ‘aliens' continue to flock here. A number of high-profile artists have produced their take on George Mikes's influential book. Their inspiration has come from a chapter, scene, sentence or single phrase within it — and their pieces reflect the individual's take on the topic of being an ‘alien in London.' The collection includes: painting, photography, poetry, murals, furniture and a unique collection of illustrations from the Central Illustration Agency (CIA) who have been invited to visually recreate the book. Whether you're an alien or not, the capital's cultural diversity affects us all. This exhibition will be a celebration of that diversity — and the community of aliens who call London home.


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