Culture 21 January 2011 The Friday Arts Diary Our cultural picks for the week ahead. Print HTML Theatre Arcola Theatre: The Painter by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (until 12th February 2011) The Arcola may have moved to new, grander premises in Dalston now but its commitment to new writing remains strong. Rebecca Lenkiewicz's play, based upon the life of J W Turner, is served admirably by Mehmet Ergen's subtle production, which contains a reportedly riveting performance from Tony Jones as Turner. Film The Portuguese Nun (ICA) The American born, Paris based director Eugène Green's new film has garnered near universal five star reviews in the press. The complex drama, based upon the 17th century French novel The Letters of a Portuguese Nun, unfolds against the stunning backdrop of haute baroque Lisbon, with frequent diversions into superb musical set pieces of fado. In his review, the NS film critic Ryan Gilbey praised "the fairy-tale rhythm of the narrative" and judged the film to be "spellbinding." Design The Design Museum: John Pawson Plain Space (until 30th January 2011) Last chance to get to this beautifully put together retrospective on the magisterial Minimalist architect. From the Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr in the Czech Republic to the designs for the Calvin Klein store on Madison Avenue, most of the intruguing plans are here for your viewing pleasure. Art Royal Academy: Modern British Sculpture (22nd January until 7th April 2011) Excitement has grown around this major exhibition of British sculpture from the late 19th century up to the present day. Bringing together influential works from Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Caro and Richard Long, this is probably one to get to early on. Poetry Royal Festival Hall: 2011 T S Eliot Prize Readings (7 PM, 23rd January 2011) This is the Cannes of poetry, and whilst Southbank may not exactly be la Croisette, this year's line up is a deeply impressive one, with two Nobel laureates (Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney) amongst the nominees. This series of readings, which takes place a day before the award ceremony for the Prize, is not to be missed. › Media vultures are homing in on private lives – but at what cost? Subscribe More Related articles The New Statesman's Fundamenta-list: the zeitgeist, then and now How Jo Brand found comedy in the world's most thankless job: social work Why is Britain falling out of love with Valentine’s Day?