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Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers

Event 12 September 2018 - 3 March 2019
The first issue Time Out front cover, featuring an unusual graphic design

Time Out London: Time Out, issue 1 (1968).

© Time Out London: Time Out, issue 1 (1968). Courtesy Time Out.

    • The exhibition presents fifty original magazine covers from Time Out’s archive and the stories behind them. It is a journey through the changing face of London and fifty years of everything new, cool, weird, wonderful and unique in culture and entertainment. Curated by Time Out editors, the stunning, arresting, beautiful and bizarre covers reflect key moments of city life from 1968 up until today, and give a unique insight into the evolution of magazine design over the last half-century. The exhibition includes the first Time Out London issue from 12th August 1968, a cover featuring an Andy Warhol soup can design to celebrate an exclusive interview with the artist, the 1974 cover marking Winston Churchill’s 100th anniversary with a subversive take on his trademark V-sign, the first free Time Out London magazine from 2012 and cover stars including David Bowie, Elton John and Joanna Lumley. As well as in-house design, the exhibition will showcase designs by artists including Banksy, Jamie Hewlett and Ralph Steadman, and photographers such as Perou and David LaChapelle. Time Out was born in London in 1968 when Tony Elliott, at the age of 21, created a kitchen-table magazine – partially funded by a £70 birthday gift from his aunt – to help Londoners explore the exciting new urban cultures that started up all over the capital. Fifty years on, Time Out is still writing about the best things to do and places to go in 108 cities and 39 countries, inspiring people to make the most of the city with its websites, mobile apps, social channels, live events, magazines, offers and Time Out Market which brings the best of the city together under one roof. As Time Out has evolved as a global digital brand, magazines continue to play a key role to reach an experience-hungry, engaged audience and a strong focus has always been to create unique and often award-winning cover designs.
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