The Diary: 2nd - 8th April 2012

Here’s your weekly rundown of things to do.

Monday 2nd AprilPicasso & Modern British Art, Tate Britain, until 15th July 2012. Tickets £14, £12.20 concessions. Kick the week off with some culture and a trip to Tate Britain for this excellent exhibition on all things Picasso. Over 60 pieces of Picasso artwork will be on display alongside work by British admirers such as Francis Bacon and David Hockney.

Tuesday 3rd AprilWhite Star of the North, Lyric Theatre, Belfast to 14th April. Tickets from £11. This anniversary year of the Titanic’s fateful voyage sees plenty in the way of arty-related retrospectives. But this play at the Lyric doesn’t just focus on the voyage but on the people of Belfast itself.

Wednesday 4th AprilA Warsaw Melody, Arcola Theatre, London until 28th April. Tickets £10. This much-performed Russian love story with social and political undertones gets its first airing on UK soil at the Arcola Theatre.

Thursday 5th AprilGillian Wearing at the Whitechapel Gallery, until 17th June. Tickets from £6.50. Everyone knows the images of people on the street holding up handwritten signs of their true feelings. But there’s more to this exhibition than just that – such as a film of Wearing dancing around a Peckham shopping centre. Something we’d all like to do, right?

Friday 6th AprilInternational Science Festival, Edinburgh, to 15th April. Science is enjoying a sexy moment. Whereas once it was the sole reserve of geeks and gizzoids it’s now cool to ‘fess up to being totally into neurons or whatever. The international science festival offers up plenty for kids, families and adults looking to swot up on their science.

Saturday 7th AprilRachel Ramchurn, Wood Sculpture, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester. Tickets £Free. Using reclaimed local wood, Rachel Ramchurn creates abstract, contemporary sculpture. Just goes to show, art doesn’t have to cost as much as a Damien Hirst.

Sunday 8th AprilEaster, events nationwide.  But how about an Easter Egg Hunt at Fenton House, London? It’s a 17th century merchant’s house close to Hampstead Heath with a walled garden, and is open from 11am – 4.30pm. Kids (and older kids) should enjoy the special garden trail with a chance to win a chocolate prize at the end of it.

Image courtesy of wwarby over on Flickr.