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Lumiere across central London from 18 to 21 January 2018

Bigger, brighter and bolder, the Lumiere London light festival returns for a spectacular second edition. 🔻 🔹 🔻 🔹

More than 40 UK and international artists reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition.

Free to visit and taking place north and south of the river Thames, the UK’s largest light festival extends its reach across the capital. Everyone is invited!

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King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, West End, Mayfair, Westminster, Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo


Free for everyone!

Allen Jones: Maitresse @ Michael Werner / until 29th April 2016


Doors: 10am to 6pm

@ Michael Werner, 22 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7PZ

Free entry


The exhibition brings together for the first time the paintings that form Jones’ Maîtresse cycle. Begun as a commissioned movie poster in 1975, Maîtresse developed into a discrete group of several major works by 2015.

The movie Maîtresse, directed by Barbet Schroeder, depicts the unfolding of an obsessive romance between a small-time crook and a professional dominatrix. Starring Gérard Depardieu and Bulle Ogier, and featuring the costume designs of Karl Lagerfeld, this sexually explicit film was controversial for its time. In 1975 the film’s American distributor asked Jones to design a poster for Maîtresse and invited the artist to view the film privately in Paris. Unable to identify with its explicit sadomasochistic themes – Jones recalls feeling “scared to death” but equally enthralled – Jones was nonetheless taken with the film’s powerfully stylised heroine, and he accepted the poster commission.

The painting he created depicted a high-heeled, leather-clad brunette standing before a parted curtain with a bullwhip in her hand. Letters spelling the film’s title appear as scattered blocks of text below her. Jones developed the image on a canvas larger than the required size so as to maintain the utmost detail in the final reproduction of the poster. Concerned that Jones’ image would be inappropriate in newspaper advertisements, the distributor asked Jones to drop the whip and change the brunette to a blonde; Jones obliged, replacing the whip with a ring of keys, and then quickly changed the work back to its original state once he’d been paid.

Jones kept the original Maîtresse painting for himself, excluding it from exhibitions. In recent years Jones began to reconsider the work, developing an increasing fascination with its subject and its latent potential. Of particular excitement for Jones was the possibility of using his poster illustration as a motif: beginning in 2008 and continuing for seven years, Jones created seven canvases around the motif of the original Maîtresse, using the dominatrix figure as the means to explore space, form and color. The works share the same deep, fiery palette and overarching symmetrical structure, yet are markedly different in their depiction of light and shadow and the treatment of a figure as both a plane and a volume.

Shopping @ Dover Street Market / Sunday 11th March 2012


Open: 11:00 – 17:00

@ Dover Street Market, 17 – 18 Dover Street, London W1S 4LT

Free entry


DSM is a trendy fashion retail market created by Rei Kawakubo (founder of Comme des Garçons). The shop feels closer to an art installation than a traditional market. Featuring 6 floors of designer clothing and an interior that is regularly updated.

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Sunil Pawar – “A Show Of Force” @ Stern Pissarro Gallery / Until 2nd November 2011


Doors: 10am – 6pm (Mon-Sat0

Stern Pissarro Gallery
66 St. James’ St.
London, SW1A 1NE

Entry: £Free


London born and bred artist, Sunil Pawar, presents a selection of new work at Stern Pissarro Gallery, in London’s Mayfair. His signature clean and bold mix of spray paint and acrylic, ensures that he maintains a truly unique style.

An exciting contemporary show that sets Sunil apart from many of his peers with a fusion of technology, sound, sport and inspirational messages which run across many of the works. These messages not only empower the audience but also personify the strength and resilience of Sunil to overcome many of life’s difficulties as well as his own battle with epilepsy.

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The Pillow Books Revisited by John Speirs @ The Hay Hill Gallery / Until 30th September 2011


11:00 – 18:00

@ Hay Hill Gallery
5a Cork Street,

Entry: £FREE


John Speirs’ new exhibition is immersed in Japanese culture, The Pillow Book Revisited draws on the Japanese Pillow books which where erotic books that contained a collection of notebooks and poetry that have been collated to show a period of someone’s life documented on Japanese woodblock prints.

Here is a preview video
The Pillow Books Revisited Video

Step Into Spring @ Hyde Park / Wednesday 23rd March 2011


Open: 05:00 – late

@ Bayswater, Mayfair, High Street Kensington

Entry: Free


Hyde Park is one of London’s most popular parks covering 350 acres. The park provides something for everyone. Escape from the busy streets of London and enjoy the trees, green spaces, lake and even the meadow.

For help planning your picnic the Royal Parks have put together a helpful document click here to download.

Sunny, 16°C


Diana Memorial Fountain
The Serpentine
The Look Out

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