Chelsea History Festival

For history-buffs and budding-historians, the Chelsea History Festival will launch this October to bring the past to life through a programme of world-class speakers, historians and performers. The inaugural festival will take place from 9-13 October 2019 along the Royal Hospital Road at founder venues, the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden. In it’s first year, the Festival will host a programme of more than 35 free and ticketed events which include talks, concerts and family activities making history more accessible.

Headline Events

Wednesday – the event launches on Wednesday 9 October, on the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, one of the most daring campaigns of WW2. Celebrated Arnhem veteran, Victor Gregg will be in conversation with bestselling historian Rick Stroud, followed by a lecture from Antony Beevor on the famous ‘battle for the bridges’.

Thursday – join an evening performance of The Lark Ascending, featuring one of the world’s leading lyric baritones, Roderick Williams, taking place in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Wren Chapel.

Friday – Max Hastings headlines with a talk on his new book Chastised: The Dambusters Story, 1943 which will be published in September.

Saturday – the principal day of the Festival with over 20 scheduled events including the formidable Sonia Purnell with her New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance, history walks around the neighbourhood and David Nott sharing his experiences as a surgeon in Aleppo.

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Moniker Art Fair, 2-6 October 2019

Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots embedded in urban culture.

This October, we are delighted to welcome Moniker to Chelsea to celebrate the fair’s 10th birthday. The International Art Fair, famed for attracting contemporary art collectors in their thousands to East London, will move from Shoreditch to Chelsea to spread the narrative of urban art and its role on the London art scene.

The five day arts festival, from 2-6 October at the Chelsea Sorting Office, will include an exciting programme hosted by The Art Conference, live DJs, art workshops, immersive experiences and a selection of food and beverages.

Opening times:

VIP & Collectors Opening: Wednesday 2 October, 3pm – 10pm

Public Preview: Thursday 3 October, 3pm – 10pm (hosted by Creative Debuts)

Public Fair Days: Friday 4 October 1pm-9pm, Saturday 5 October 11am-8pm, Sunday 6 October 11am-6pm

Book your tickets here and receive an extra 50% your ticket price by entering ‘CADOGAN50’ at the checkout.

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London Design Festival 2019

Chelsea has an extraordinary design heritage and renowned for its bohemian free thinkers and creative throughout the centuries and for the very first time, will be participating in this year’s London Design Festival 2019 with the creation of the Chelsea Design District. From 14-22 September, celebrate the neighbourhood which is rich in artistry and artisan making with a series of events, experiences and talks.

Highlights include:

  • Collaboration with Caroline Issa, Monica Vinader – a series of events across London Design Festival to celebrate the collaboration, colour and distinctive design.
  • Timothy Oulton Flagship store launch at Bluebird – the daring furniture and interiors brand is launching its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, featuring its most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs, including a custom-designed spaceship.
  • I-Made at Saatchi, 19-22 September – Saatchi hosts the inaugural I-Made, London’s first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture along with talks and workshops that capture the country’s passion, innovation and craftsmanship.
  • The Art of Persuasion, the National Army Museum – major exhibition exploring the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.
  • Peter Jones & Partners presents a story of their building – Chelsea stalwart Peter Jones presents the fascinating story of its Grade II listed building, with a pop-up exhibition exploring how the shop has changed from 1877 to today, as the store prepares to renovate its iconic façade.
  • ‘The World of Kaffe Fasset’, Anthropologie – an exhibition to include new and exclusive pieces as well as treasures from the past.
  • Collaboration with Winch Design, The Rug Company – a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between The Rug Company and Winch Design
  • Waste No More, Eileen Fisher – zero-waste initiative that brings together creativity and innovation. Learn about how Eileen Fisher is changing the way clothes are made from sustainable sourcing to her innovative take-back initiative. Thursday 14 September, 6-8pm
  • Hidden Reef collection launch, Annoushka – discover the new Hidden Reef collection, inspired by the abundant textures and colours of the organic life found below the sea, and learn more about the craftsmanship behind Annoushka’s designs.
  • Series of ‘how to’ masterclasses, Little Greene – To celebrate the introduction of three new finishes for September, they will be hosting a series of ‘how to’ masterclasses at their Chelsea Showroom.
  • Drawing attention: The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings, Roca London – an exhibition curated by the professors at Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities which reveals the promise and the speculative future of drawing: its capacity to structure, imagine, realise, speculate, transform, politicise and activate the design imagination.
  • ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES, London College of Fashion – Challenging the notion of how products change and influence the world we live in, ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES exhibits selected work from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear, Pattern and Garment Technology and Fashion Future’s graduates. Private views: Thursday 19th 6-8.30pm, Friday 20th 11am-6pm, Saturday 21st 11am-6pm
  • Exclusive new Barnaby Gates tile collection, Parkside – Parkside has announced its collaborated with Barnaby Gates. Drop by their Chelsea Design Studio to be one of the first to see the new collection. Open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Peloton – your chance to experience Peloton, book an appointment at the King’s Road showroom, to try the Bike, get a personalised tutorial and learn about their Digital offering.
  • Farrow & Ball, 19 September– hands-on creative demonstrations and imaginative installations, and get bespoke advice from colour experts.
  • Lema – Presenting the highly customisable LT40 modular storage system by David Lopez Quincoces, resulting from a long conceptual study and an attentive industrial development. Visit Lema’s King’s Road Flagship Store to discover this and other new, iconic designs. Lema X LDF Cocktail Reception: Thursday 19 September – 6.30-8.30pm
  • The Ilse Crawford’s pop-up, George Smith – a pop-up exhibition space showcasing new pieces from Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with George Smith and other brands.

Pick up a copy of the London Design Festival to enjoy the area even more, popping into restaurants and bars to receive exclusive discounts in celebration of the festival. Show your guide whilst dining and indulge even more with these offers:

  • Rabbit, SW3 4UP – Receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from their vineyard in West Sussex and famous collection of ‘mouthfuls’ on arrival.
  • Manicomio, SW3 4LY – Renowned Italian is offering 15% off a la carte during the festival. Quote ‘LDF’ when booking.
  • Gallery Mess, SW3 4LY – arty and historic Gallery Mess is offering a 20% discount on food and drinks when you present your guide.
  • Sticks N Sushi, SW3 4NY – Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling Sake whilst dining.
  • Hans’ Bar & Grill, SW1X 0AW – Receive 15% off the total bill when dining at Hans’ Bar & Grill. It’s popular, so we recommend booking. Use quote ‘LDF2019’.
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Masterpiece

The worlds leading cross-collecting fair, Masterpiece, returns to its iconic setting of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea this summer, 27 June – 5 July.

A highlight in the summer calendar for artists, art-lovers and art collectors, Masterpiece provides an unparalleled opportunity to discover exceptional works for sale from over 150 international artists. It is unquestionably a unique, international stage to enjoy an extraordinary breadth of cultural experiences.

Exhibitors span all eras and disciplines. Entry though scrupulous vetting, from 27 individual vetting committees, and thoughtful juxtaposition allow visitors to encounter beautiful works of art and be comforted in their decisions by the expert art dealers.

Enhancing the experience, guests can dine in pop-ups from London favourites, Le Caprice, Scott’s Seafood & Champagne Bar, The Ivy Chelsea Brasserie and The Sloane Street Deli. Toast with friends on the Perrier-Jouet Champagne Terrace, exquisite champagnes to be savoured alongside stunning views of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Reservations can be made here.

An exciting programme of talks will also run through the week; some drop in, others pre-booked. The full list can be found here, but here is a selection of highlights to whet your appetite.

  • Architectural Digest: The Omnivorous Eye (Pre-booked); Mitchell Owens, the Decorative Arts Editor of Architectural Digest (US), in conversation with interior designers Rita Konig and Ben Pentreath on collecting widely and decorating with depth – Friday 28th, Lecture Theatre
  • Carl Faberge: A Restless Imagination – Friday 28th, Wartski, stand C1
  • Alfred Munnings: 1919 A Fresh start – Friday 28th, Richard Green, stand D21
  • An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection (Pre-booked), Saturday 29th, 4pm, Lecture Theatre

Purchase your Masterpiece 2019 tickets here.

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DRAW Art Fair

The Saatchi Gallery welcomes DRAW, the UK’s first art fair dedicated to modern and contemporary from 17-19 May and is offering InChelsea readers 50% off tickets.

The Fair is designed to confirm drawing’s place at the core of the creative process and demonstrate the extraordinary range with works in every medium; from charcoal stick to video to live performance. All facets of drawing will be presented as a fundamental practice and create a platform where rare works by modern masters and recent works from the 20th Century can sit side by side.

Up to 60 galleries and exhibitors from around the world will fill three floors where they will curate individual exhibitions of artists’ drawings or groups of drawings in a museum-style context.

Purchase your ticket here and enter the code ‘CADES’ to receive your 50% discount (T&Cs apply).

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FLUX

FLUX is one of London’s leading exhibitions which showcases some of the most talented and dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists. FLUX is used as a platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and celebrates them on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.

From 14-17 March, visit the National Army Museum to see FLUX, curated by Lisa Gray, the founder, and a complimentary display from over 100 artists including Pedro Sousa Louro (mixed media), Helen Dyne (glass artist) and Teresa Wells (sculpture).

This year, guests can expect a selection of unique offers from ‘Mini Masterpieces’ where smaller artworks by FLUX artists can be purchased for £300 or less, a collectors gift with all purchases and exclusive display of 12 artworks by Charles Salvador.

More information and how to book can be found here.

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It’s the Surreal Thing

From 15 March – 14 April, visit Saatchi to see an exhibition of new works by the artist, Sr. X in the Prints & Originals Gallery.

These works are striking and unforgettable, created both in the streets and in the studio. He employs retro imagery, pop culture icons, surrealist twists and dada mischief to produce his works of satirical brilliance. Sr. X subverts the constant advertising that we are exposed to and the images of aspirational perfection that are directed at us all.

These works on display were created in the last six month and reveal Sr. X’s staggering imagination. He uses creativity as a weapon against conformism and the sugary sweet diet of contemporary consumerism. Familiar elements remain such as pulp magazine portraits, cartoon figures and advertising slogans.

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London – Love – Art

Welcome the arrival of Spring and honour International Women’s’ Day with the latest exhibition at 508 Gallery which opens on 8 March, the day we celebrate economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

The exhibition, a collection of works by 15 artists from nine countries including Belgium, Italy, Morocco, Switzerland and France, celebrates women regardless of their race or nationality. Explore paintings, digital art and sculptures of unique styles, techniques and conceptual ideas which have merged together to create a collaborative exhibition full of colour and passion.

On display 8-20 March, 508 Gallery SW10 0LD.

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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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Black Mirror

Saatchi’s latest major exhibition explores art’s role in social satire and how political uncertainty has influenced contemporary artists globally.

From 28 September to 13 January, 26 contemporary artists will display there range of media (collage, caricatures, photography and installation) to show how satire can provide both light relief as well as unsettling commentary on the political situation today.

Some of the most exciting artists will expose 21st century anxieties created by modern obsessions. These include the Turner prize nominee, Richard Billingham, whose photography series “Ray’s a laugh” confronts the reality of poverty and Aleksandra Mir who parodies newspapers by crudely drawing them with children’s tools which brings a new meaning to fake news.

This exhibition highlights the importance of art and satire in dissection power structures, questioning societal norms and visualising political unrest.

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