01/11/2010 10:45 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Culture Club: November's Must-Sees

The nights may be drawing in, but that's no excuse not to get out and sample our pick of the cultural delights on offer this month.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=949201&pid=949200&uts=1288359701

November's culture must-sees

Fashion illustration is having a moment - with two exhibitions on the subject opening in London this month. René Gruau's iconic illustrations for Dior will be on show at Somerset House, with vintage perfume bottles, sketches and poster adverts, alongside Dior Haute Couture dresses personally selected by John Galliano.

Across the river, the Design Museum is hosting a celebration of the best of 20th and 21st century fashion illustration, from rich art deco imagery and 50s couture sketches to graphic imagery from the 80s, all showing alongside film-clips, music and photography.

Dior Illustrated: René Gruau, November 10-January 9 2011, Somerset House

Drawing Fashion, November 03 – March 06 2011, Design Museum

November's culture must-sees

A must for lovers of groundbreaking art, The British Art Show is dedicated to the finest new British art displayed across three venues in Nottingham, and is set to travel around the UK over the next year. Taking place every five years, it offers a unique chance to see inventive pieces from YBAs and more, boasting a number of premieres, including Charles Avery's life-sized intertwined lovers encased in glass and Spartacus Chetwynd's pop-up folding house.

In Nottingham from October 23-January 09 2011, British Art Show

Pictured, Alasdair Gray - Andrew Gray Aged 7 and Inge's Patchwork Quilt (2009)

November's culture must-sees

Weston-super-Mare may not be renowned for its cultural prowess, but the seaside spot is set to be transformed by six artists making large-scale artworks for the town. Spend a day exploring the beach and the maze of streets to find a kaleidoscopic pavilion inspired by Monty Python or Tania Kovats' miniature nature reserve. It's worth staying after dark for Lara Favaretto's beautiful installation of phosphorescent material along a causeway dissecting the sea.

The Wonders of Weston will be unveiled 29th October 2010. For more information visit

November's culture must-sees

Transport yourself to the smooth and smoky world of candle-lit cabarets at the UK's biggest jazz event, with concerts taking place across the city – from the National Maritime Museum to Westminster Reference Library. There'll be a mix of premieres, one-off collaborations and workshops, with performances from jazz giants such as Herbie Hancock, alongside Big Band events, The Harlem Gospel Choir and gravelly vocals from Paolo Conte.

November 12-21, London Jazz Festival

November's culture must-sees

Film buffs should head north this month for the Leeds Film Festival, opening with Colin Firth's latest release The King's Speech, and showing international new releases, short films and animation - transforming Leeds Art Gallery and the Leeds Town Hall into cinemas especially for the occasion. Visitors should book in for The New Ellington hotel's Films on Friday package, where guests can indulge in cocktails, dinner and then retreat to their super-king bed for dessert, popcorn and their DVD of choice hand-delivered to their room.

November 4 – 21, Leeds Film Festival

November's culture must-sees

Channel Elizabeth Taylor and discover Egyptian fineries worthy of Cleopatra at Manchester's must-see autumn exhibition. Explore an intricate reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb and its 1000 precious burial artifacts, including piles of glittering golden beds, chariots and chests. Tickets are being snapped up in advance, so book ahead for this unprecedented exhibition in the UK.

October 22 – February 27 2011, Tutankhamun Manchester

November's culture must-sees

Indulge in a spot of poetry at this year's festival dedicated to all things Dylan, taking place in Swansea. There'll be a host of events devoted to the Welsh literary legend, including poetry and music recitals, talks, film and an exhibition showing drawings by Dylan for the first time.

October 27 –November 9, Dylan Thomas

November's culture must-sees