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What’s on in London

Whatever the season, the London art scene is always bustling.

We’ve curated a selection of the best contemporary art exhibitions not to be missed in and around London. Each month we’ll update the list with the latest exhibitions, shows, and museums, paired with our fave spots to grab a coffee or drink. Read Art Fix’s guide to the places to know before you go.

Current

Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain 

Head to London gem Tate Britain to see Cornelia Parker’s mesmerising large-scale installations. A British national treasure, Parker creates exploded sheds and steamrolled trumpets, a true testament to making “something out of nothing”.

Yayoi Kusama’s The obliteration room at Tate Modern

The Obliteration Room is an interactive artwork for all ages. You’ll be given a sheet of colourful ‘dot’ stickers to help bring the space to life. A completely white domestic apartment transforms into a sea of colourful dots.

Summer exhibition at the RA

Each year, the Royal Academy puts on a joyous, summery display of 1000+ works for its Summer Exhibition. This year’s theme, chosen by Alsion Wilding, is Climate. Whether you view this as a crisis or as an opportunity for change lies in the hands of the viewer. 

Art Fix Tip:  Keep your eyes peeled for Mali Morris’ flag installation taking over London’s Bond Street and Cristina Iglesias’s ‘Wet Labyrinth’, a site-specific installation commission for the courtyard of the RA.

Larry Bell at Hauser & Wirth 

One of the most renowned and influential artists to emerge from the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, Larry Bell is in London to present brand-new works from his most recent Deconstructed Cube and Open Box series.

Rana Begum, Dappled Light at Pitzhanger Manor

Dappled Light, Rana Begum’s must-see solo exhibition, displays a striking set of works exploring light, colour and form in dynamic dialogue with the Manor’s architecture.

Art Fix Tip: Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

In the Black Fantastic at the Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre

Drawing on science fiction, “In the Black Fantastic” at the Hayward Gallery displays the work of eleven contemporary artists from the African diaspora. Keep an eye out for Lina Iris Viktor and Kara Walker, who you may recognize from our ninth episode on the greatest Black Female Artists.

Theaster Gates, Black Chapel at Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Outside the Serpentine Gallery you’ll find Black Chapel, this year’s edition of the Serpentine annual pavilion. Usually architects receive the honour of designing the pavilion. This year, however, the artist and potter Theaster Gates was given the opportunity. The black-cladded structure strives to be religious and spiritual at once, a must-see for anyone strolling through London’s Hyde Park.

Alienarium 5  by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at the Serpentine South Gallery 

Are you a Sci-Fi lover? Well, the aliens have landed at the Serpentine Gallery! This summer, you’ll find the central space of the Serpentine gallery covered in murals. Spot Alan Turing, David Bowie, Yayoi Kusama and Tilda Swindon in and among the spaceships and satellites. 

Bold tendencies in Peckham, London

  • Until 17 September
  • 7th – 10th Floors, Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane SE15 4TG
  • boldtendencies.com 

Something to celebrate? Now’s your chance to immerse yourself in one of Martin Creed’s most celebrated artworks, a room filled to the brim with colourful balloons.

Dreamachine at Woolwich Works in London

  • Until 24 July
  • The Fireworks Factory, 11 No. 1 Street SE18 6HD
  • woolwich.works 

In the mood for an immersive experience? Sit back, close your eyes and join a once-in-a-lifetime journey at Dreamachine.

Martha Jungwirth at Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery 

  • Until 30 July
  • 37 Dover Street W1S 4NJ
  • ropac.net

In this new series of paintings, Austrian artist Martha Jungwirth bridges abstraction and figuration. The show’s title, “All Will Fall” is borrowed from an etching made by Francisco Goya.

As If, Almost: Louise Giovanelli at White Cube Bermondsey

  • Until 11 September
  • 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ
  • whitecube.com

Nestled inside White Cube Bermondsey you’ll find three magical exhibitions by Louise Giovanelli, Llana Savdie and Danica Lundy. Giovanelli’s paintings are full of light and colour. With her pointillism techniques and soft focuses, these works need to be seen IRL!

Stop Bath: Danica Lundy

Featuring a group of monumental paintings made during the past year, this exhibition shows Lundy’s particular figuration, which the artist describes as a ‘hyper-reality that shows everything at once’.

In jest: Ilana Savdie 

Savdie‘s vibrant large-scale paintings explore themes of performance, identity and power. Drawing on the carnaval tradition of het native Colombia.

The Unseen Selected by Hurvin Anderson at the White Chapel 

The Unseen is an artist-curated selection of 25 works from the Norwegian Christen Sveaas Art Foundation. Head to works by Amoako Boafo, Tewodros Hagos,  Christopher Wool and many more.

Upcoming

LuYang: NetiNeti at Zabludowicz Collection

A major new solo exhibition by the highly acclaimed Chinese multi-media artist LuYang. Visitors will be invited to step into the worlds LuYang creates. and immerse themselves in the cultures of anime, video games and sci-fi.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night at Tate Britain

  • From 24 November 2022 to 26 February 2023
  • Millbank SW1P 4RG
  • tate.org.uk

In the autumn, Tate Britain celebrates the return of Yiadom-Boakye’s 2020 major survey, which was sadly cut short by lockdown.

Wave at Cob Gallery

Wave is a summer fundraising exhibition of women and non-binary artists in support of the Camden-based charity Women + Health. A work by Art Fix fave Anna Kenneally is part of this show. A collab with this rising artist is coming up, so stay tuned!

Amy Sherald : The World We Make at Hauser & Wirth

  • From 12 October 2022 to 23 December 2022
  • 23 Savile Row W1S 2ET
  • hauserwirth.com

The star of our episode 9: Black Female Artists will unveil new paintings in a major exhibition at Hauser & Wirth London this autumn, marking the artist’s first solo show in Europe.

Wine & Dine

Restaurants

  • If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern food, then head over to Honey & Co Bloomsbury, featuring a range of delicious and healthy dishes. 
  • Wild Tavern’s menu is inspired by Mediterranean flavours using the best locally sourced ingredients. Still not convinced? Its wine list includes 150+ bottles by the glass. 
  • Offering the best of both worlds, Greek restaurant Zephyr provides a casual dining experience and a late-night bar downstairs.
  • Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Café Cecilia has something to suit every palate at any time of the day.

Drinks

  • From upbeat live music to lazy Sunday movie nights, The Pelican always ensures a good time.
  • Fan of Negroni? Tucked away in the heart of Soho, Bar Termini is one of the best spots in town for aperitivo, featuring Italian cocktails and bites.

Coffee

  • If coffee is served in heaven, they probably get it at Cafe Leon Dore. This unique café is based on the same principles as Aimé Leon Dore, embodying community through authentic craft and taste. 
  • Coffee by day, wine by night. Watchouse Somerset serves fresh sandwiches, all-day brunch and artisan baked goods accompanied by exceptional coffee. By night you can enjoy a carefully curated wine list and small plates. Need we say more? 
  • Starting your art day in Notting Hill? Grab a coffee and tahini banana bread at Layla Bakery. If you’re craving a savoury treat, this cute little bakery offers the best sourdough in town! 
  • If you’re strolling through Covent Garden and in need of a quick pick-me-up, stop by Chestnut Bakery for heavenly bresaola & avocado sandwiches and mouth-watering twice baked almond croissants.