The Fantastic Five: 4/5 February 2012

It’s Friday, Friday! Before you burst into a fit of Rebecca Black-inspired excitement, take a look at our pick of the creative events happening across the country this weekend.

Handwriting Analysis

The fantastic Words Words Words (read our review here) is still running at Selfridges, and this Saturday you can pop along for a free handwriting analysis.

Believe it or not, the way you dot your i’s or cross your t’s can speak volumes about your personality and, headed up by expert Julie Hinton, this event is the perfect opportunity to unearth some graphological truths about who you really are. Yes, really. What does your scrawl say about you?

12.30-4.30pm @ Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

British Animation Awards 2012: programme 2

Head off to Cornerhouse to cast your vote in the Animation Awards. Choose which animated commercials, music videos, short films and so on you think are worthy of being crowned winners. A huge selection have been nomiated this year, so sit back and cast your vote!

Sunday, 1.30pm @ Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester. Tickets cost Β£5; Β£4 for students.

Simon Fujiwara

Young British Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara is showcasing his works at St Ives’ Tate. Overlooking the beach, this seaside gallery is home to countless artistic gems, and Fujiwara’s exhibition is exciting news.

Much of the work in the display draws on events from Fujiwara’s own life and his experiences growing up in Cornwall. A must-see if you’re in the area – and if not, make do with reading the Financial Times’ great review here.

Until 7 May. Click here for more details.

New Eyes: Six Artists Explore the Collection and Reflect the Process

Six artists were given the chance to curate an exhibition at the award-winning Towner Contemporary Art Museum. New Eyes is the result of that opportunity: a truly unique exploration of the artistic process, as well as an eye-opening look at the treasures the museum holds.

Inspired by the wonderful Marcel Proust quote – ‘the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes’ – the display is artistic paradise. Featuring paintings by Picasso, film by Tacita Dean and works by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, it is an eclectic and utterly brilliant selection, and definitely worth a visit.

Until 22 April @ Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne.

The West End Show

This is the first solo show for graphic designer and illustrator Radim Malinic, and his subject is London’s hustling, bustling West End.

The show consists of a selection of posters, showing some of the West End’s best-loved areas – Covent Garden, Soho, Holborn, etc. – in all their glory. Each poster also features an eight-line poem written by Malinic, inspired by the area. Lovely.

Until 2 March @ the Nancy Victor Gallery, 6 Charlotte Place, London. More info here.

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