12 ART EXHIBITIONS NOT TO MISS THIS AUTUMN
Art and design are at the forefront of London’s event scene throughout Autumn, from London Design Week to London Fashion Week. Here we round-up 12 local art exhibitions and events that you shouldn’t miss
1 Juliette Losq, Nemora, at The Fine Art Society
The Fine Art Society will be showcasing Juliette Losq’s work entitled Nemora from 12th September to 2nd October. This is the first solo show for Losq, who was winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2005 and was subsequently shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize in 2011. Losq creates haunting, unkempt landscapes that allude to the English ‘Gothic’ of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her work places the notion of ‘The Clearing’ central to her practice and imagery – a place where wilderness and chaos oppose civilisation and order. Losq works on both paper and canvas, creating multiple painted layers which simultaneously hide and reveal those beneath. She also incorporates found objects to create large scale installation pieces. In Nemora, Losq will exhibit three object-based pieces including a work on paper that will infuse itself with the existing ornate fire place on the ground floor of the gallery, while another work will see a wave of paper tumble from an antique grandfather clock across the floor.
The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT; faslondon.com
2 A Victorian Obsession, Leighton House Museum
From 14th November, Holland Park’s Leighton House Museum will be home to a collection of rarely seen Victorian art belonging to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, who has the largest private collection of Victorian art outside Great Britain. Among the 50 paintings will be five works by Frederic, Lord Leighton, four of which were actually painted at Leighton House. A Victorian Obsession will also be showcasing Alma-Tadema’s magnificent The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888), an iconic image of Roman decadence, which has not been exhibited in London since 1913. The exhibition was previously so well received in Paris that it is now going to Madrid, before coming to London in the autumn.
12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ; leightonhouse.co.uk
3 Community: The People of Bayswater, The Gallery at the Tabernacle
David Bruce’s photography exhibition at The Tabernacle; ‘Community: The People of Bayswater’ features a series of 16 portraits of local characters who live and work in Bayswater, depicting the real-life spirit of the area. In an age where digital production is continually developing, the 1972 film camera that Bruce uses creates a surreal quality to the images, showcasing skilled lighting and spontaneous compositions. He captures decisive moments in the subjects’ lives giving the images a casual intensity reminiscent of the old masters of portraiture. The exhibition is sponsored by Bective Leslie Marsh estate agents.
The Gallery at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, Notting Hill, London W11 2AY; tabernaclew11.com
4 Breaking Through: New Projects from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, RCA Battersea
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art works towards design research and projects that will contribute to improving the quality of people’s lives with lasting effects. This particular exhibition, from 15th to 25th September, will showcase the latest in the centre’s developments, from designs for a new London taxi, to innovations in healthcare.
Dyson Gallery, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AN; www.hhc.rca.ac.uk
5 Looking Forwards: Sustain RCA Show & Awards 2014, RCA Kensington
Established in 2011, Sustain RCA aims to inspire, encourage and support students to embrace sustainability in their work helping the next generation of designers to produce innovative solutions to some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. The annual exhibition and awards reflect the diversity of projects selected from the 2014 graduate – from new materials, production processes to environmental solutions and blueprints for a fairer economy. Among the 35 shortlisted projects that will be shown from 18th September to 3rd October, are a computer interface that works on vibration rather than an electrical circuit board; man-made leaves that could improve space travel; an emergency programme that tackles the loss of coral reef from ocean acidification; a camping equipment rental system to reduce waste at music festivals; and a pot that cooks without gas or electricity.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU, free admission; sustain.rca.ac.uk
6 Art for Youth, Royal College of Art
SW resident and artist Lucy Ash will be exhibiting five of her paintings at a group exhibition for Art for Youth at the Royal College of Art from 15th-16th October. Using the theme of ‘welcome’, Lucy has taken inspiration from five jazz tracks to create paintings entitled ‘Welcome to the Party’, ‘Welcome to my World’ and ‘Welcome Stranger’, among others, all of which intend to convey the spontaneity and vitality of music. The Art for Youth exhibition is an annual event that raises money for the charity UK Youth, art work exhibited there will be available to buy and is usually priced between £200 and £5,000 giving you a chance to purchase a piece of affordable art. There will also be a silent auction, raffle and postcards from mystery artists.
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU; artforyouth.com
7 Chelsea Antiques Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall
After two successful spring Chelsea Antiques Fairs, the event returns to its familiar September date this autumn with a bigger offering and a new look. The four-day fair will be running from 18th to 21st September at Chelsea Old Town Hall where 40 antiques dealers will be selling items from as little as £50. There will be paintings, jewellery, furniture and silver, as well as glass and ceramics to buy. For those who find the idea of antiques intimidating or are interested in the history, there will be guided tours and the chance to speak to the dealers to learn more about collecting arts and antiques.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE; admission: £6; penman-fairs.co.uk
8 Four Decades of Elegance, Gallery 8, Mayfair
To coincide with London Fashion Week, GRAY M.C.A leading specialists in fashion illustration is holding an exhibition of original fashion illustrations from post war 1940s through to the 1970s, from 11th-16th September. Among more than 40 original works for sale, will be drawings by the leading illustrators of their time from the UK, Europe and America, including René Bouché, René Gruau & Carl ‘Eric’ Erickson who’ve worked for British & American Vogue, Harpers & Queen, The Sunday Times, as well as advertising work for L’Oreal and famous names in haute couture, such as Nina Ricci. There will also be a selection of original designs by Dior, Barbara Hulanicki of BIBA and Zandra Rhodes. Prices will range from £300 – £10,000.
Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6BN; graymca.co.uk
9 Transport for London at London Design Festival 2014, Oxford Circus
Transport for London has proclaimed 2014 the ‘Year of the Bus’, the time to recognise the role that London buses, bus drivers and operators play in keeping the city moving (and standing still at times too!). Memorabilia Osyter Card holders and enamel bus stops have been created and will be on sale at TFL’s pop-up at London Design Festival’s (13th-21st September) designjunction. The General is a pop-up restaurant and bar made in association with the East India Liquor Company and designed by designjunction’s creative director Michael Sodeau. A huge version of the vintage General Map of Outer London will hang above seats made out of original bus moquette upholstery, while archive photography will decorate the walls. And everything in the pop-up will be for sale. An ‘urban international’ menu will see the likes of smoked bacon sarnies and scotch eggs sit alongside croissants, pastel natals and hearty seasonal dishes, plus there will be gin and vodka cocktails courtesy of The East India Liquor Company, along with locally-brewed beer.
Designjunction, The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BA; londondesignfestival.com
10 LAPADA Art and Antique fair, Berkeley Square
The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns Berkeley Square, Mayfair, from 24th to 28th September, where over 100 dealers and experts will be selling furniture, jewellery, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th September. This is the sixth annual event, with 19,000 visitors from around the world attending last year, all hoping to pick up carefully curated items costing between £500 and £500,000. This year there will be added attractions coming from a Mr Fogg’s pop-up venue within the LAPADA Fair. The bar’s Victorian interiors, modelled on the drawing room of Phileas Fogg, will be recreated using stuffed tigers, vintage globes and trinkets collected from Fogg’s journey, make an eclectic bar area for visitors to have drinks. Meanwhile, at The Brasserie, Event Oracle will be catering to a mix of fine-diners and those after a quicker bite, there will be a seafood bar and à la carte, as well as sandwiches and salads at The Café.
Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6EB; lapadalondon.com
11 Sam Deards Photographic Exhibition,Gallery 83
Since buying his first Nikon SLR when he was 11, Sam Deards has been taking pictures all over the world. His photographs capture the way light and weather are an integral part of how we see every landscape, and will be on show at Gallery 83 on Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge from 18th-20th September.
Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8ED; samdeardsphotography.com
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12 Art History courses in Richmond
Join Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff for an art history course in RichmondOldTown Hall and DukeStreetChurch. Run in an informal setting by specialist speakers in small groups, the courses do not require you to have any prior knowledge and prove just as popular with novices as experts. Courses cost £10 per person and throughout September will cover 20th century German art. Mariska will also be taking tours around London’s lesser-known museums, throughout September in aid of The St Nicolas Fund, which helps sick children and their family at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.