Between 30th June and 7th July, over 40 galleries across London will throw open their doors to celebrate seven millennia of art. If that’s not cause for celebration…
The participating galleries and auction houses will brush the dust off Renaissance sculpture, Greek antiquities and British Impressionisst masterpieces – some of which have never been seen by the public eye.
I’m looking forward to seeking out a personal favourite of mine, Marcel Duchamp; as well as Delacroix, Rubens, Gaugin, Modigliani. Many of them will be auctioned with prices expected to reach £5 million. But if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, there’s a calendar of free events for both art amateurs and aficionados alike.
The busy events calendar kicked off at Colnaghi gallery on 22nd June and runs until the close of London Art Week on Friday 7th July. I’ve selected a few of them below. See you there!
Spend an evening exploring The Groucho Club’s unrivalled contemporary art collection with Nicky Carter, former Art Director and longtime member of the original arts & media private members’ club.
Found in the bohemian heart of London, The Groucho Club has been home to the creative elite since 1985.
The walls of the club are adorned with pieces of art from more than 140 acclaimed artists, including Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and David Shrigley.
From ‘The Backroom’ to the bedrooms and the beautifully-presented private rooms and bars in between, art from world-renowned artists can be found in every corner of The Groucho Club.
Guests will be taken on an intimate tour of the club by Nicky, for an exclusive and rare insight into this bespoke, unparalleled collection of art.
The tour will end with a limited edition cocktail in the Soho Bar, with serve having been created by The Groucho Club in celebration of London Art Week.
An evening with world-renowned mixologist Simone Caporale, exploring the ‘art’ of cocktail creation, in celebration of London Art Week.
A journey of the senses, Simone partners with luxury London perfumer Miller Harris and Tanqueray 10 to present a menu of delectable drinks that combine fragrance and flavour, creating a ‘work of art’ in a cocktail glass.
Guests will also be invited to sample the latest cicchetti menu from the ‘artist’ in the kitchen, Francesco Mazzei.
An evening with The Last Drop Distillers, the world’s most exclusive spirits company.
Hosted in one of the world’s leading Old Master’s galleries Robilant & Voena on 5th July, the evening will see the team from the exclusive spirits company sample their rare and exquisite 1971 Vintage Blended Scotch Whisky – of which only 1,352 bottles exist.
The Last Drop Distillers and London Art Week teams will talk through how the exceptional rarities found in the worlds of art and whisky can make certain pieces more coveted and how this has impacted the culture of the luxury goods market, whilst sipping a rare whisky serve.
In a world of sell-out and packed-out gallery shows, where people (apparently) spend an average of just 17 seconds looking at a piece of art, the London Art Week SAW sessions have been set up to give people of any age who are curious about art the opportunity of looking at it and, more importantly, handling it, within a small group led by a specialist dealer or curator.
The free workshops will be hosted at a number of galleries throughout London Art Week.
Delve into the world of perhaps one of the best-known Old Masters, the Italian painter, draftsman and architect of the High Renaissance.
The talk will be presented by The Ashmolean Museum, who from June 1st open the doors to a ‘once in a generation’ show, exhibiting 125 Raphael drawings.