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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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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The Future Starts Here

From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition brings together more than 100 objects as a landscape of new possibilities for the near future.

The display showcases emerging technologies and highlights the way in which they will affect our lives and what choices we have, as citizens, to influence their development. Whilst guided by ethical and speculative questions, you will be invited to step into four scenarios – self, public, planet and afterlife. How might these objects affect the way you live, learn and even love?

For information and to book tickets, click here.

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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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Operation Husky: 1943

In this complimentary talk, Will Fowler will discuss the amphibious and airborne assault in Italy in 1943. Operation Husky was one of the Second World War’s major campaigns in which the Allies captured the island of Sicily from the Axis powers. Learn more about the details of the initiative and its wider implications.

Booking is recommended – here.

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