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The Summer Circus | © Justine Trickett/Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts
The Summer Circus | © Justine Trickett/Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts
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Discover London's Oldest Art District With Mayfair Art Weekend

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 3 July 2017
Now in its fourth year, Mayfair Art Weekend (MAW) the free annual arts weekend turns Mayfair into a hive of artistic festivities from gallery tours, exhibition talks and special previews to installations in unexpected places and family-friendly workshops, making it the ideal cultural destination for Londoners and visitors alike this weekend.

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.

The Summer Circus
The Summer Circus | Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts, Photo © Justine Trickett

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

The Summer Circus
The Summer Circus | Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts, Photo © Carolina Faruolo

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

Auguste Rodin, Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction
Auguste Rodin, Le Baiser (The Kiss), 2nd Reduction | Courtesy of Bowman Sculpture

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

Oliver Beer, Resonance Project, 2017
Oliver Beer, Resonance Project, 2017 | Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac,Photo Steve White

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.

51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ

Adele Morse, OH Brother Where Art thou 2 – The Expedition files, Burlington Arcade
Adele Morse, OH Brother Where Art thou 2 – The Expedition files, Burlington Arcade | © David Parry

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 hchinn@davidzwirner.com

Lisa Yuskavage, Déjà Vu, 2017
Lisa Yuskavage, Déjà Vu, 2017 | Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

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.

19–21 Old Bon Street, London, W1S 4PU

Ludovica Gioscia, Future Infinite Present, 2017
Ludovica Gioscia, Future Infinite Present, 2017 | Courtesy Max Mara

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

Courtesy of The Fine Art Society
Courtesy of The Fine Art Society

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

Brown’s ‘Less is Maw’ cocktail
Brown’s ‘Less is Maw’ cocktail | Courtesy of Brown's Hotel

Mayfair Art Weekend takes place from Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2 in various locations across Mayfair and St James’.