Estorick Collection is offering an opportunity for Italy and the UK to connect and explore art during this challenging time. A great initiative to promote online art and culture to the public.

ItalyRestArt begins on 18 May with a talk on museums’ initiatives to continue to bring art to the public during times of crisis. The ambassador, Raffaele Trombetta, will speak to Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, Matteo Lafranconi, Director of Scuderie del Quirinale, Roberta Cremoncini, Director of the Estorick Collection, Xavier Bray Director the Wallace Collection and Katia Pizzi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. The webinar will be moderated by London-based journalist Nicol Degli Innocenti (Il Sole 24 Ore).

The Italian Embassy in London presents #ItalyRestArt, an initiative to promote culture and science entirely online. Talks, seminars and discussions on topics such as museums, scientific research, the movie industry and literature will be hosted online by the Embassy in partnership with British and Italian cultural, artistic and academic institutions.

#ICI #Estorick Collection #Wallace Collection #ItalyRestArt #Italian Embassy #EmbassyofItalyLondon `#IlSole24Ore

A special beer for the most special time of year. A celebration of design and taste


For the 16th time FORST Beer presents its Christmas Beer in the 2-litre limited edition glass bottle which, thanks to its unique decoration, represents an exclusive gift idea and a coveted collector’s item. The 2019 edition of the Christmas bottle depicts an image from the top of the FORST Beer factory and its innovative brewery, enriched by the presence of the Three Kings, that tell one of the many stories of the popular FORST Christmas Forest.

Birra FORST was the first company in Italy to introduce the tradition of Christmas Beer, producing specifically for the Christmas period the special Christmas Beer FORST, an ideal accompaniment to the tasty dishes typical of this time of year. The FORST Christmas Beer, also known as “Christmas Brew FORST” with various decoration changing from year to year, is the result of the creativity of a handmade work in the creative workshop within the company.

The 16th limited edition of the precious 2 litre glass bottle with a convenient mechanical cap will be available in a practical gift box. For Christmas 2019, a top-down image of the historic FORST Beer factory was chosen with its innovative brewing room in the centre, and, in the foreground, the Three Kings.


The FORST Christmas Beer, specially designed for the Christmas holidays, stands out for its markedly amber-coloured colour, its pleasantly hopped flavour and its inimitable malt aroma. Its harmonious body recalls pleasant sensations of sweetness that meet with delicate hops and its aftertaste is light and soft. For its tasting, Birra FORST offers a Christmas mug with warm festive colours such as red, green and gold.

The FORST Christmas Beer will be available from the beginning of November in all FORST Restaurant-Birrerias, online at, in the FORST Shop at the brewery, in the Spillers’ premises, at FORST wholesalers and in the various Christmas markets in South Tyrol. Finally, from November 20, you can also enjoy it in a special Christmas atmosphere, visiting the magical Christmas Forest of FORST Beer.

In addition to the renowned 2-litre glass bottle, the FORST Christmas Beer is also sold in 15 and 30-litre drums, in the practical 12.5-litre “Forsty” drum and in clusters of six 33-cl bottles in a Christmas design.

Since 1857, FORST Beer has been a company in which tradition and modernity are in perfect harmony. For five generations it has been managed by the same family that, over the years, has always defended the principles of quality in respect of nature, continuously investing in new technologies to ensure a high quality of its beer specialties.
Today Birra FORST is an Italian company with strong importance in the market, with an annual production of about 800,000 hl and is also the last major brand, family-run, remained independent in Italy, keeping high the principles of quality, regional traditions and environmental protection.


Lightboxes + Lettering

 Malvern Press 2A new exhibition explores and records the significant history of the printing industry in east London, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Lightboxes + Lettering, an exhibition by Rendezvous Projects, tells the story of the print industry across the 20th century, focussing on the east London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest. The show uncovers and presents a wealth of material: from historic examples of print to objects, photographs of iconic businesses and workers’ memories, told through a new collection of oral histories.

Using archive and newly found material from companies, co-ops and radical presses, the exhibition examines and documents changes in the print industry, exploring the role east London played and the influences of new and digital technologies. Forgotten and intricate techniques are celebrated, with beautiful examples of print on display. Rendezvous Press worked with a team of volunteers to collect the show’s material, producing responses to the project’s findings. Presented in the heart of the East End, the show will run at Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery, opposite Bow Church.

D. Smith and Sons 1

Lucy Harrison, Project Leader,“The print trade is such a rich part of east London’s industrial history. The technology of print,design aspects and the finished products all provide a fascinating insight into the evolution of the print industry in the area, from closed-shop union print-works to radical presses and commercial, artists’ or community print shops.”

D. Smith and Sons 2

Lightboxes + Lettering
Dates: 17 January – 29 March 2020 Venue: Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Arts, London E3 2SJ. Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 5pm, free entry

About Rendevous Projects Rendezvous Projects is a Community Interest Company based in Waltham Forest, developing creative ways of exploring social history and providing opportunities for communities to take part in the work. The organisation is run by Iain Aitch, Rosa Ainley, Katherine Green, Lucy Harrison and Michael Needham.