UNTIL DECEMBER 3: FUTURE MAP. The future direction that art, communications and design will take is indicated by this exhibition of works done by outstanding 1998 graduates from the London Institute's five colleges.

Venue: The London Institute Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London W1. For the first time, the display can be viewed in a "virtual space" via CD-Rom and the Internet. Free admission. Details: 0171 514 6127; e-mail: marcom@linst. UNTIL DECEMBER 20: ASIAN ART IN LONDON. Museum exhibitions, lectures, seminars and gallery shows are being held throughout London, and, until November 20, auctions of Asian Art are taking place at Christie's, Sotheby's, Phillip's and Bonham's. "Pi ce de resistance" of the festival is the exhibition, "100 masterpieces of Imperial Chinese ceramics from the Au Bak Ling Collection: 12th to 18th Centuries" at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1. Free exhibitions include: "From one island to another": four female Taiwanese artists in Britain" at the Proud Galleries, The Strand, London WC2, until November 30. Details: 0171 499 9190; Web site: NOVEMBER 14: MUSIC IN EARLY YEARS EDUCATION. Lecture to be given by Eileen Diamond, music consultant for primary education, at Room 728, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, 11am. Organised by the Child Development Society. Admission: Pounds 5, Pounds 1 students. Details: Annabel Lewis, 0181 850 3981.

NOVEMBER 15: WAYS WITH WORDS. Aspiring and seasoned writers are invited to join a "Discoveries" writing workshop with Carol Burnes, an internationally published poet and performer. Venue: The Drill Hall, 16 Chenies Street, London WC1, 11am-5.30pm. Fee: Pounds 30, Pounds 25 concessions. Details: 0171 637 8270.

NOVEMBER 16: LONDON INSTITUTE PLATFORM. Free public lecture to be given by costume historian Professor Colin McDowell, author of the fashion trade's Bible, "Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion". Venue: Cochrane Theatre, London Institute, Southampton Row, London WC1, 7pm. For tickets, telephone the box office on 0171 242 7040.

NOVEMBER 21: PRIVATISATION AND FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS. Public meeting organised jointly by the Socialist Teachers Alliance and the new journal, "Education and Social Justice". Venue: Great Northern Hotel, King's Cross, London WC1, 11am-1pm. Speakers include: Professor Alex Molnar, Wisconsin University and author of "Giving Kids the Business: the commercialisation of America's schools". Details: ESJ, 0121 331 6021.

NOVEMBER 24: "A SPACE": OUT-OF-SCHOOL CENTRE. Presentation of a pioneering out-of-school centre developed for eight to 14-year-olds by Institute of Education academics in collaboration with the London Borough of Hackney. Venue: 20 Bedford Way, London WC1, 10.30am-1pm. Key principles include: children's participation, multi-agency collaboration and crossing the primarysecondary divide. Free admission but booking advisable. Details: Jackie Lee, 0171 612 6397.

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