JR: Chronicles

The Saatchi Gallery are delighted to host the largest solo museum exhibition to date of the internationally recognised French artist, JR.

This must-visit exhibition features some of his most iconic projects from the past 15 years; tracing his career from the early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris, to his large scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide, as well as recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse communities.

Pre-booking is strongly encouraged and tickets start from £6 (Saatchi Gallery Members go free). Find out more and book here.

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Antisocial Isolation

Antisocial Isolation is a group exhibition featuring the works by some of today’s up and coming artists which are an honest and transparent reflection of the way 2020 unfurled. Curated by the Delphian Gallery founders, Benjamin Murphy and Nick JS Thompson, the works deliberate the future and respond to the current Covid-19 pandemic. Each piece offers a unique perspective and fresh context to aid an understanding of our ‘new normal’.

Entry is free, however to ensure social distancing, pre-booking is required.

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Chelsea has gone alfresco

Chelsea is home to some of London’s finest restaurants, bars and cafes and, this summer, Chelsea has gone alfresco. Our door spaces across Chelsea have been transformed to ensure your favourite eating and drinking hot-spots were able to reopen safely post-lock-down. Here’s what you need to know:

Duke of York Square has taken on a continental al fresco atmosphere, inspired by the terraced squares of Paris and Italy with seating for 120 additional people. The running track in front of the Saatchi Gallery opens each Saturday for socially-distanced picnics. Marked picnic bubbles help visitors picnic safely whilst enjoying delights from the Duke of York Square Fine Food Market, nearby Pavilion Road artisan food quarter, or local restaurants – many of which introduced takeaway options. The Fine Food Market, curated by Partridges each week, now hosts over 20 stalls offering artisanal and locally produced meat, game, fish, bread, cakes, chocolates and more. Vardosituated at the heart of the Square, features the UK first fully retractable 360-degree wall to floor windows. Naturally conducive to social distancing, the lines are blurred between the outside and in, delivering visitors a unique dining experience with extended outdoor seating.

Throughout the summer months, Sloane Square has been transformed into an outside restaurant, bar and leisure area. Royal Court Theatre has created a “Court on the Square”, an outdoor pop-up bar and cafe. Colbert has partnered with Pernod Ricard to deliver a ‘Pastis and Petanque’ themed bar and cafe. Who can resist a spritzer and came of French boules?

Pavilion Road, the picturesque mews and recently completed artisan food quarter, is now car free and pedestrian friendly – lined with outdoor tables and chairs which can be enjoyed by diners of The Sea The Sea, Granger & Co and Hans’ Bar & Grill. For oyster lovers, visit The Sea, The Sea’s Oyster Terrace Bar which is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 1-9pm, offering champagne, wine, oysters, sashimi and other light bites. Pavilion Wine have also introduced tables and chairs for conoissuers to enjoy their favourite wines in the sunshine.

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Open Art Fair Duke of York Square

The Open Art Fair 2020

BADA returns this year at Duke of York Square as The Open Art Fair, from 18-24 March 2020.

Featuring thousands of objects from an eclectic inter-disciplinary mix of dealers, the fair offers a celebration of excellence in a surprising multiplicity of fields, with works on display stretching from ancient antiquity to the contemporary.

Amateurs and art collectors alike can not only enjoy the diversity of exhibits, but also delicious cocktails served at the Gimlet bar and delicious food from Vardo.

InChelsea readers can also receive complimentary tickets – simply us ‘CADOGAN2020′ when booking. 

For more information and to book, click here.

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Market

Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year with a fantastic Chinese edition of the Fine Food Market at Duke of York Square on Saturday 25 January 2020 from 10am-4pm.

Celebrate the year of the rat with spellbinding dance performances from both lions and dragons around the Square and the opportunity to taste traditional Chinese delicacies that include dumplings, noodles, bao buns, bahn mi, spring rolls, sushi and Chinese tea.

The lion dances will take place at 12.30, 13.30 and 14.30.

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Save the date: Christmas Lights Switch-On

Now the nights are longer and days a bit chillier, Christmas will very soon be at the forefront of our minds. Can you believe another year has flown by already?

With the speed in which winter plans are made and diaries are filled up in mind, make sure you save the date for the Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday, 23 November 2019.

Returning with magical displays across Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road – and for the first time, new lights on the King’s Road celebrating its regal heritage.

The new displays will see decorative lights inspired by the crown of King Charles II, who the Road was originally built for as a private route to travel between palaces. He famously restored Christmas to the nation following Oliver Cromwell’s ban on festivities for over a decade.

From 2pm on 23 November, enjoy an unmissable array of entertainment across the neighbourhood, including carol singers and performers – perfect for the entire family. At 5pm, Father Christmas and his ‘special helper’, will turn on the Christmas Lights from the stage on Sloane Square, lighting up Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road, Sloane Street and the King’s Road marking the start of the Christmas season.

For further information on the Christmas Shopping Event taking place on Saturday, 7 December, find out more here. In the meantime, expect activities and offers across the area, wreath-making classes, chestnut roasting and plenty of festive music!

 

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The Chelsea Awards – The Results!

The winners of the inaugural Chelsea Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Saatchi Gallery on 8 October. The judges; Susan Dolton, Mayor Will Pascall, Cllr Alison Jackson, Reverend Cannon David Reindorp, Jo Malone CBE, John Simpson and Hugh Seabon, whittled down hundreds of nomination to a shortlist showcasing the very best of the Chelsea community.

The winners, and shortlisted were:

Only in Chelsea – a business that brings something unique to the area.

Shortlist: Chelsea Physic Garden, Sloane Square News Vendor

Winner: John Sandoe Books. The judges said: “Home to more than 30,000 titles, Sandoe is much more than a bookshop but an event space for talks with authors and book launches – this row of 18th century shops is a real treasure.”

 

Community Hero – an organisation or person that has benefitted the community through their actions.

Shortlist: Anne Hopewell-Ash, Royal Hospital Chelsea

Winner: The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. The judges said: “This independent charity works to help disadvantaged local people across the borough, ensuring donations go to grassroots concerns where they are need most.”

 

Cultural Champion – an organisation or person that has enriched Chelsea’s culture.

Shortlist: Cadogan Hall, Saatchi Gallery

Winner: The Royal Court Theatre. The judges said: “A champion of emerging talent with a programme supporting aspiring writers, more than 120,000 visitors watch at the Royal Court every year.”

 

In Good Taste – someone who has made Chelsea delicious

Shortlist: The Chelsea Fishmonger, The Sea, The Sea

Winner: Partridges: The judges said “Since 1972, Royal Warrant Holder Partridges has been much more than the local grocer, innovating and supporting the wider area. They also created the ever popular food market at DOYS each Saturday, a hub for 70 small, high quality producers.”

 

Community Collaboration – businesses who have joined forces for the greater good.

Shortlist: K&C Art Weekend, Local Ambassadors

Winner: Glass Door. The judges said: “Offers shelters and support to those affected by homelessness across SW London. Its Sleep Out in Duke of York Square each year sees the community forces to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds which funds shelters throughout the winter.”

 

Masters of Craft– an Artisan who elevates the everyday to the extraordinary

Shortlist: The Deck, Manolo Blahnik

Winner: David Mellor. The judges said: “Currently celebrating his 50th anniversary on Sloane Square, Sir Terence Conran has called him ‘Britain’s greatest post-war product designer’.”

 

Future Forward – a company innovating to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Shortlist: Blanc, Daniele de Montby

Winner: The Fashion School. The judges said: “teaches sustainable fashion through workshops sharing their wisdom of sewing, inspiring the next generation how to design ethically with zero waste.

 

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START Art Fair 2019

In its sixth year, START Art Fair will return to Duke of York Square‘s Saatchi Gallery from 26-29 September, to showcase emerging artists and young galleries from across the globe.

The fair will present over 50 rising artists from more than 25 countries to collectors, investors and art lovers at the gallery, which is at the height of the contemporary art scene.

Receive an exclusive 20% discount on ticket prices when you enter “Cadogan” at the checkout. Purchase tickets here.

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Strawberries & Screen 2019

Strawberries & Screen returns for another year, from 12 to 14 July 2019. Make sure you’re sat in front of the giant screen on the running track so you don’t miss a single swing of this year’s Wimbledon’s men’s semi-finals (12th), women’s finals (13th) and men’s finals (14th).

Catch the nail-biting action of this year’s tournament, whilst enjoying traditional tennis treats and refreshments from pop-ups by Partridges and The Pretty Little Tea Company. For the little ones channelling some Murray magic, there will also be complimentary tennis coaching. So pack up your picnic blanket or book your VIP seat on the front row, before they all go, and we shall see you there!

Please note, Duke of York Square don’t allow umbrellas in the VIP area and dogs won’t be allowed on the running track for hygiene purposes.

Book your VIP seats here.

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