This June, the creative community of London’s Mayfair is coming together for a weekend of public events to celebrate its rich associations with the arts.
Mayfair Art Weekend, which runs from the 30 June until 2 July 2017, has partnered with the Royal Academy and announced a series of exhibitions, events, talks and tours that explore the cultural landscape of W1, its creative history and vibrant arts scene.
Over sixty galleries, auction houses, shops and restaurants will be open to the public, offering exclusive out of hours entrance and behind closed doors access, allowing the public to see some what are normally private and hidden collections of art. Whether you want to hunt down mysterious old master paintings or be wowed by the latest contemporary installations, there will be something for everyone.
In the courtyard of the Royal Academy (an ideal place to begin your trail) there will be a series of site specific works by emerging artists that are surrounded by creative workshops hosted by the Bedroom Artists’ Collective and the RA’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow, and a performance of ‘Art History Songs’ by the comedian Harriet Braine. You can also pay a visit the RA’s Summer Exhibition, where a panel of judges have selected the finest works submitted by the British public for the show. There is also a chance to see the famous RA School and its graduation show.
From there you can explore the likes of Pace Gallery who are showing a special exhibition of works by Nathalie du Pasquier, or see Per Kirkeby’s latest show at Michael Werner Gallery. If you’re after something a little more twentieth century, Robilant + Voena will be showcasing paintings by the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi while Gagosian have promised a stand out exhibition of works by the great Pablo Picasso and Mazzoleni have a exhibition of works by the blue-master Yves Klein. For sculpture fans there will be a Rodin show at Bowman Sculpture.
On the Friday evening of the weekend, twenty-one galleries are participating in Gallery HOP!, a curated tour of the area’s thriving gallery scene. Further in to the weekend, Hignell Gallery are hosting a garden party to celebrate their exhibition of works by Ben Russell, which include cactus-inspired sculptures. A “Walk on the Wild Side’ history ramble will explore Mayfair’s Victorian art history, hosted by Colin Sheaf, the chairman of the local auction house Bonhams.
The Burlington Arcade is also offering tours with one of their Burlington Beadles, while the space will be filled with hundreds of paper birds in a site-specific work by the artist Mathilde Nivet. The ultra-cool restaurant cum art space Sketch is hosting a group exhibition in collaboration with Kinetica Musuem that will no doubt be a marvel, if their previous installations are anything to go by. The restaurant HIX is also offering a special menu for the weekend of dishes inspired by the works of Brit-art bad boy Damien Hirst.Mazzoleni Gallery London – Installation View. Courtesy of Mazzoleni Gallery.
Kate Goodwin, the Royal Academy’s Programme Director for Mayfair Art Weekend, said: “The intention of the weekend is to bring as many people to the centre of London to enjoy a vast range of exhibitions, talk to artists and partake in art practice themselves. Additionally the Royal Academy’s programming aims to provide an opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their talent in Mayfair. We want to try to break down the perceived barriers of this prestigious area and open the doors to art for all.” We couldn’t agree more.
Mayfair Art Weekend, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, will take place from 30 June – 2 July 2017. For more information, please visit www.mayfairartweekend.com
Mayfair Art Weekend, 30 June – 2 July 2017