With its plethora of art galleries and auction houses, London’s oldest art district can still hold surprises for art lovers. So Mayfair Art Weekend is the perfect time to visit as it brings an art community of old master specialists and contemporary art enthusiasts together, for three days of sheer artistic indulgence.
From the youngest gallery Nahmad Projects presenting three icons of post-war America in Rothko Cage Turrell, to the normally closed alleyway West Yard by Burlington Arcade hosting a site-specific installation by sculptors Frank Kent and Jonathan Kipps, let Culture Trip guide you through what-not-to-miss during the jam-packed art weekend.
Explore creativity at the Royal Academy of Arts
As new MAW partners, the Royal Academy will be the hub of the weekend’s programmed free events as the courtyard is turned into an arts festival with performances, street-food, music and workshops. One to watch out for is the Bedroom Artist Collective who are organising drop-in workshops (Saturday July 1, 11am–6pm and Sunday July 2, 12pm–5pm) with a selection of their artists – from stealth drawing with Nora Emilia, to silkscreen printing with Charlotte Whiston.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD, +44 (0) 207 300 8090
Rodin Talk at Bowman Sculpture
As the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death, the gallery are hosting a talk about their current exhibition Rodin: The Birth of Modern Sculpture on Sunday July 2 at 1pm. Not only is it an opportunity to see a range of works for sale by the exceptional French sculptor, but also a chance to learn more about the trajectory of Rodin’s career, form early works through to his dancing figures.
6 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN, +44 (0) 207 930 0277
Operatic art performance at Ely House
It’s your last chance to catch British artist Oliver Beer’s performative work Resonance Project at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac’s new gallery on Dover Street. Beer has strategically positioned classically-trained singers around the gallery for a truly stunning cadenced experience of the gallery’s architecture. Performances will be held daily with extended periods during Mayfair Art Weekend: Friday June 30, 1–8pm; Saturday July 1, 10–6pm and Sunday July, 1–4pm.
Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NJ, +44 (0)20 3813 8400
Art Interventions at the Burlington Arcade
Royal Academy Schools alumnus, Adele Morse is both artist and taxidermist. She’s been working on an intriguing project for the past five years about a currently unknown specifies, the Orange-Pendek. In a currently unoccupied unit in Burlington Arcade she’s created a tropical immersive haven for casts and models.
ArtReview Gallery Tour & Drinks at David Zwirner
If you’ve ever wanted more insight on contemporary artistic practices, then join James Green, Associate Director at David Zwirner, and J.J. Charlesworth, Director of Digital at ArtReview as they give a guided exhibition tour of their current show of American painter Lisa Yuskavage and discuss the realm of contemporary figurative painting.
Saturday July 1, 4–6pm at David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ. Free but booking required via Hannah Chinn: +44 (0)20 3538 3165 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MaxMara x Ludovica Gioscia
Considering the number of fashion houses in Mayfair, it makes sense that MAW would collaborate with designers to showcase art. This year MaxMara, a longtime supporter of the arts, will host their first ever exhibition in their flagship store. Ludovica Gioscia will transform the retail space with her colourful Shapeshifters installation.
The oldest kid on the block
As the oldest commercial gallery in London, The Fine Art Society is a must-visit art venue. Still situated in its original five-storey townhouse location, it was founded by a group of collectors and established its name by producing engravings of popular paintings. Still very much focused on the founders’ intention, during MAW (Saturday July 1, at 11am), print specialist, Laetitia Guillotin, will give a brief history of British prints from a selection of works currently on display at the gallery.
148 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 2JT, +44 (0) 207 629 5116
Artsy feasting at Brown’s Hotel
As Mayfair Art Weekend was formerly known as Brown’s London Art Weekend the Mayfair hotel is still very supportive of the initiative. Hix Mayfair have devised an all day dinning experience that mixes the pleasure of food with the appreciation of art, while the Donovan Bar team will unveil an arty cocktail, Less is MAW – a fusion of gin, tea and champagne.
Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP, +44 (0) 207 518 4004
Mayfair Art Weekend takes place from Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2 in various locations across Mayfair and St James’.