Salon 009: We Live in an Ocean of Air

The latest immersive experience to arrive at Duke of York Square’s Saatchi Gallery is Salon 009: We Live in an Ocean of Air. This virtual reality exhibition uses cutting edge technology to illuminate the invisible but fundamental connections between the human and natural worlds.

Ticket holders will step through a canvas to explore a magical world where the invisible exchange of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide is beautifully brought to life; you will be transported to an ancient forest and witness the majestic power of nature. Breath and heart sensors will track your real time breathing and encourage you to reflect on dependence and responsibility to the organisms we share our planet with.

Tickets are £20 and can be purchased here.

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‘Compulsions in Colour’ – Robert Dixon Taylor

Robert Dixon Taylor showcases his first solo exhibition this winter at 508 Gallery from 22-30 November. A selection of artworks explores abstraction through the rise of colour and shape, taking viewers on a journey through the compulsiveness of his experiences. As an artist it is a compulsion to keep working, creating and producing. This is reflected in his vivid and brightly coloured abstract pieces and the organic process of cause and effect as well as highlighting the on-going process of experimentation in their practice.

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British Art Fair

For the first time, the British Art Fair will be coming to Saatchi Gallery. From 20 – 23 September, a new incarnation of the much loved 20/21 British Art Fair which will focus on Modern British Art will take over all three floors of the gallery. Some 50 galleries will present Modern and Post-War British Art to its large following of  collectors, rosters of dealers and loyal art fans this September.

You will be able to admire, and even acquire the works of David Bomberg, Lynn Chadwick, Alan Davie, Terry Frost, Henry Moore and many more in this fantastic curation of works from galleries which include Richard Green, Robin Katz, Offer Wateman and Jonathon Clark. From the most celebrated artists to the lesser known practicioners, you can also catch prints, drawings and sculptures as well as paintings with a variety of price points.

With the increasing serious interest in Modern British Art, the British Art Fair will mount focused special projects of single and dual artist presentation to complement the gallery stands. Ivon Hitchens and Antony Caro with the writer/critic John Golding will be on display in these exclusive presentations.

Tickets are £15 (£10 Concession) and available here.

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Micky Hoogendijk Exhibition

Visit the latest exhibition at Chelsea’s Little Black Gallery and explore a new series of photographic images by celebrated visual artist and Dutch photographer, Micky Hoogendijk.

Blending visual arts, technology and theatre through recurring themes of religion, androgyny and mythology, the view is invited to share the concealed vulnerability of each of her subject depicted. She hangs luminous, esoteric depictions of the  male and female naked form alongside classic female portraits that echo the Dutch masters, Vermeer and Rembrandt. It was in 2010, living and working in Los Angeles, that she discovered her talent for artistic portraits and having been nurtured by the life of the international art world and memories of the Old Dutch Masters, Micky Hoogendijk now takes the beholder on a journey into her universe.

 

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Fashioned from Nature: Paper Roses

In this afternoon workshop, learn how to make a beautiful crepe paper Wild Rose and foliage with A Petal Unfolds.

This beginner/intermediate level class will guide you on different techniques and working with different papers you will create your own realistic, ever-lasting rose with leaves. These techniques can also be used for the creation of other paper flowers.

You will leave the class, along with tips and tricks from Sue provided throughout the class, but also your own Rose, an instruction booklet and the  flower templates so that you can create your own flowers at home should you wish.

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Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend

Head to Kensington & Chelsea this weekend where over 50 participants, including museums, galleries, artists studios and iconic local venues across the borough, open their doors to celebrate its cultural legacy and extraordinary creative future at the  first ‘Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend’. From South Kensington’s museum quarter to the bustle of the King’s Road, from the urban bohemia of Notting Hill, to the modern elegance of the  design museum, this weekend will be  a journey through history. Enjoy a diverse programme of events which includes gallery and museum exhibitions and specifically curated events, public talks, blue plaque tours, public art, children’s workshops, installations and food and drink pop-ups.

Renowned photographer will transform the iconic Square with a dynamic photographic art installation. O’Neill will honour the residents of Kensington & Chelsea through a series of large scale photographic images ranging from band members of the Rolling Stones to 60s icon Twiggy and chef, Gordon Ramsay.

Pavilion Road will host the Love Kensington & Chelsea Street Art Project, a competition for artists who will create a piece of street artwork using typography, using the heritage of the  area as inspiration. You can then vote for three shortlisted artists and the winner will install their artwork on Pavilion Road. Voting closes 24 July.

The Saatchi Gallery will host ‘After Nyne’ talks; these will feature a number of influential speakers including Alison Jackson, Michael Wolfson and Debbie Carne.

Explore the area at leisure in an array of ways to see as much of the action as possible. You can enjoy a self-led tour using the map, which can be downloaded here or collected on the day, through guided walking tours or a complimentary Red Double Decker Hop-on/Hop-Off bus which will be operating on Saturday (1-4pm) and Sunday (1-5pm).

Further information can be found here.

 

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Pity

The latest play to land at the Royal Court in Sloane Square is Rory Mullarkey’s new play which asks whether things are really getting worse, and if we care.

 

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably).

Tickets are from £12, book yours here.

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Masterpiece Art Fair

The unmissable Masterpiece Art Fair returns this summer to Royal Hospital Chelsea from 24 June – 5 July.

The art fair, at the height of the Capital’s summer arts season, offers the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day.

It provides an unparalleled opportunity for new/established collectors to discover exceptional works of art from 160 international exhibitors.

This year, expect highlights from Picasso, Richter, Monet and Pissarro as well as 20 Chippendale pieces on display in Thomas Chippendale’s tercentenary year.

Book your tickets here.

 

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David Grossmann Exhibition: Haven

David Grossmann is an American artist. In his first UK solo show, he displays a selection of distinctly recognisable landscapes – a quiet world in which deer and woodland bids calmly across our field of vision, seemingly undisturbed by the artist or the viewer.

During his formative years, he developed a profound love of nature and an appreciation of the extreme beauty of his surroundings. This appreciation was amplified by his experience of growing up between two very diverse cultures; Chilean and American, and two languages which led him to seek solace in nature and expression through visual language of art.

The evocative landscapes on show depict forests and mountains, lakes and pastureland. His style leans towards abstraction but the meditative process in which these pieces are created, the scenes are transformed into an expression of emotion.

More information can be found here.

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Ron Kingswood: An Uncommon Road

Canadian painter, Ron Kingswood will be returning to the gallery in May for his third solo exhibition there. Kingswood has a pure love for nature and in his artwork he tries to convey they extraordinary power and beauty of colour that he sees. His approach is highly subjective and his compositions are  inventive making for an exciting and beautiful exhibition.

In this exhibition he blends abstraction and realism to illustrate his fruitful study of European and American art, from Impressionism to the present day, to challenge common conceptions of wildlife art. His illustrations include still snow-filled horizons, the migration of birds across a sunlit marsh and other beautiful scenes which perfectly capture the fragile beauty of nature.

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