The London Open @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 6th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 11am-6pm
Thursday 11am-9pm

@ Galleries 1, 8 & 9,  Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Free entry

www.whitechapelgallery.org

Presenting the most innovative art made across the Capital. Discover the latest trends in contemporary art, and see paintings and sculptures, film and photography from 48 artists working in London today.

A panel of high profile art world figures selected the artists from a record number of 2,133 applicants!

Kitsuné Showcase: Summer Series @ Ace Hotel / Wednesday 5th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00 – 03:00

@ Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 6JQ

Tickets: £18 book online

www.kitsune.fr

After the resounding sunburnt success of the first Kitsuné summer series party over at Dalston Roof Park, the celebrated Parisian label return with the second and final instalment to take place at the famed Miranda bar located in the underbelly of Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.

DJs:
Fwdslxsh, Gravez, Sivey, Tek.lun, Oshi, Melo-Zed, PYRMDPLAZA and Bahwee.

Brixton Splash 10th anniversary @ Brixton / Sunday 2nd August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

From: noon-7pm

@ Brixton, London

Free family carnival

www.brixtonsplash.org

Founded in 2005, Brixton Splash is a not for profit community organisation providing a free one day community street festival in the heart of Brixton attracting over 20,000 people throughout the day.

During the rest of the year the organisation delivers an outreach programme for those disadvantaged or excluded within the local community.

STOREYS launch party @ White City / opening Friday 31st July 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 5-11pm
Saturday 11am–11pm
Sunday 11am-8pm

@ Television Centre, 56 Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ

www.storeys.london

London’s newest rooftop bar featuring high end street food on top of the former BBC Car Park at Television Centre in White City.

A summer terrace hotspot with striking artwork, UK’s best street food traders and fantastic cocktails in an urban setting.

Spread over two levels with amazing sweeping views of west London from Friday to Sunday.

Fighting History @ Tate Britain / until 13th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10.00–18.00 daily

Tickets: £12 book online

@ Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG

www.tate.org.uk

From Ancient Rome to recent political upheavals, Fighting History looks at how artists have transformed significant events into paintings and artworks that encourage us to reflect on our own place in history.

From the epic 18th century history paintings by John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West to 20th century and contemporary pieces by Richard Hamilton and Dexter Dalwood, the exhibition explores how artists have reacted to key historic events, and how they capture and interpret the past.

Often vast in scale, history paintings engage with important narratives from the past, from scripture and from current affairs. Some scenes protest against state oppression, while others move the viewer with heroic acts, tragic deaths and the plights of individuals swept up in events beyond their control. The Death of Amy Robsart by William Frederick Yeames, which has been newly conserved for this exhibition, casts a spotlight on a historical mystery while John Minton’s The Death of Nelson offers a tender perspective on the death of one of England’s greatest naval commanders.

The exhibition also shows how contemporary artists, such as Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, continue to engage with the traditions of history painting to confront modern-day tragedies and dilemmas.

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea @ Natural History Museum / until 13th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am–5.50pm

Tickets: £10 book online

@ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

www.nhm.ac.uk

Our oceans are changing and coral reefs tell us how. Coral reefs are home to almost a quarter of all marine species. In this new exhibition you will meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats, and find out why reefs are so important and how their future is being secured.

Encounter 250 strange and beautiful specimens from our collections including the gigantic Turbinaria coral, the venomous blue-ringed octopus and coral collected by Charles Darwin.

Take a virtual reef dive, see live sea coral and fish in our aquarium and enjoy spectacular underwater photography.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon @ National Portrait Gallery / until 18th October 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat–Wed 10am–6pm
Thu–Fri 10am–9pm

@ National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Tickets: £9 book online

www.npg.org.uk

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.

A selection of more than seventy images will define Hepburn’s iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story.

Marc Quinn: The Toxic Sublime @ White Cube Bermondsey / until 13th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue–Sat 10–6pm

@ White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

www.whitecube.com

An exhibition of new work by Marc Quinn. This exhibition, Quinn’s first at White Cube London since 2010, includes two new bodies of work and is the culmination of two years of investigation into natural phenomena and our distanced and complex relationship with the environment.

‘The Toxic Sublime’ series are distorted, three-dimensional seascapes that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. They begin with an inherently contradictory artistic gesture whereby Quinn submits a photograph on canvas of a sunrise to a process of aggressive alteration. The photograph is first sanded and taped, then spray-painted through various templates comprising flotsam and jetsam gathered from the beach. Once this process is complete, the artist takes the canvas out onto London streets and introduces the impressions of drain covers into the surface of the work. This intrusion is suggestive of how water, which is free and boundless in the ocean, is tamed, controlled and directed by the manmade network of conduits running beneath the surface of the city.

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Turner Contemporary @ Margate, Kent / all year

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

@ Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Return train ticket from St Pancras (King’s Cross) or Stratford for around £30

Free entry

www.turnercontemporary.org

One of the UK’s leading art galleries, situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art. The gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.

Katrín Sigurðardóttir: Supra Terram @ Parasol unit / until 8th August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12–5pm

@ Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

www.parasol-unit.org

Supra Terram is a large and ambitious cavernous structure that extends through the ceiling of the ground-floor gallery into the one above.

The ceiling/floor between the foundation’s lower and upper galleries seems to slice horizontally through the sculpture.

Although influenced by the artist’s fascination with folly architecture, the work itself is inspired by Sigurðardóttir’s interest in the dichotomies of perception present in nearly all matters of life. Such binaries have been at the core of most of her works, from Boiserie, 2010–2011, an installation she created for an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to Foundation, 2013, which she built for the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennale.