London Art Week

From 30 June to 7 July forty of the capital’s most prestigious galleries as well as known auction houses – Bonhams and Christies will be participating in this celebration of art across the centuries. Although the event has been designed to be accessible from everyone to the casual art lover to the dedicated art collector, this probably doesn’t apply to the prices for these historic works.

Even though there is a vintage emphasis to London Art Week, you’re also encouraged to check out public art, street art and art in unexpected spaces rather than conventional white-walled gallery venues. You might want to pop along to Tottenham Court Road tube station, which has been transformed into a mini-art gallery by Daniel Buren. His primary-coloured geometric shapes will have an estimated audience of 150,000 viewers a day at this popular West End Central/Northern Line interchange.

Have-a-go painters and sculptors will find no better opportunity to do just that than during London Art Week. You could try the Evening Standard Contemporary Art Prize, win £10,000 and perhaps spend it all on a painting! Unfortunately, it still wouldn’t buy the frame on an Old Master.

If you’re not so creative there are alternative workshops such as the Slow Art Workshop by writer Susan Miller where you are encouraged to really look at and appreciate art. The sit back and listen types will notice a considerable increase in art tours and talks around the capital.

 

 

 

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Eddie Saint-Jean

Eddie Saint-Jean is an arts reviewer with a background in art theory, film and theatre.

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