And finally summer is here; the time for Artists’ open studios, balmy summer opening nights and a chance to delve into London’s underground art scene in the sun! Here are some of the best exhibitions and fairs the mainstream will miss…..
Atomica Pop Up exhibition - 5th – 12th June
Atomica a gallery in Hackney supporting up and coming artists and illustrators will be holding a pop-up exhibition showing a collective of works in Camden, after winning a competition offering rent free use of a space on the High St. Launch party is Tuesday 4th, 6-9pm, everyone is welcome and there will be complimentary rum cocktails courtesy of Sailor Jerry.
Atomica Gallery Pop-Up @ Collective, 69 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JL
Wednesday 5th – Wednesday 12th June, 10am – 7pm daily
Opening Party: Tuesday 4th June 6 – 9pm
Open Studios at Make Space Studios - 6 – 9th of June
The coolest artists’ studios in London, converted from the temporary sheds used to house station staff within Waterloo Station railway tracks is having its annual open studio event. With live music, film screenings and a private auction as well as a chance to see and buy art in 70 studios, and meet the artists in their natural habitats.
Make Space Studios, Newnham Terrace, London, SE1 7DR
Oxford House BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event – 13th June
Oxford House are hosting a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event. Artists are invited to bring their own projector and beam their moving image work across the walls of their intimate 19th century chapel. The event aims to create a situation in which artists lose control over their work through the layering of numerous continuous feeds of visual information to create unexpected visual and conceptual results. Oxford House are really excited to provide an opportunity for students, graduates and established practitioners to share the same space.
If you are an artist, registration for the event is now open.
Open Studios at SE1 and Southwark Studios 24th – 26th June
To celebrate Bermondseys burgeoning creative scene, some of SE London’s leading arts organisations are joining forces to present an open weekend showcasing up and coming artists. SE1 Studios and Southwark Studios home to over 100 innovative young artists.
Exhibitions take place at Southwark Studios, 4th Floor Rich House, Crimscott Street, SE1 5TE
Friday 6pm to 10pm , Sat & Sun 1pm – 5pm
(Southwark Studios is also putting on an Open Arts Fair in July see website for more info)
‘Raw Talent@Neverland’ Exhibition and Fashion Show - 28th – 29th June
An exhibition brought to life by the students of University of the Arts London with 8 different creative University’s co-hosting and supporting the event and over 100 applicants so far…. It looks like a superb venue for such an exhibition….watch this space (excuse the pun).
9 Kingsland Road ,London E2 8AA
Gutter – Halfway between the Gallery and the Street – From 4th July
A week-long exhibition of graffiti, street art and fine art. Opening with a spectacular of graffiti, art and hip hop culture including beat boxers, break dancers, clown dancing, MC’s, DJ’s, LIVE screen printing and spray painting and FREE giveaways. During the course of the exhibition there will be professional workshops in graffiti, screen printing and break-dancing for kids and adults alike.
Somewhere in Hackney TBC..keep an eye on the facebook page
Hackney WickED Weekend - Usually August Bank Holiday Weekend
We salute Hackney WickED in the ever lasting fight for free artistic space, since Hackney has been redeveloped they relocated to the Red Gallery. No specific details yet of this event but we’ll leave this listing open in the hope some details will be released soon!
And into the Autumn….
FloatArt London - 13th – 15th September
An art exhibition on the Dixie Queen, a replica of a Mississippi paddle boat moored to Tower Bridge. This will showcase graduating art students as part of The Mayor’s Thames Festival.
Artists’ submissions still open…(at time of writing – 28th May)
Bad Behavior Presents: chArt - 13 – 30th of October
An Open Submission Exhibition for Artist’s living in South London, ‘chArt’ is an exhibition that aims to explore the relationship that music has with visual arts.
Artists are asked to submit work in response to a piece of music from any genre of popular music that inspires them to make work. The music should be the starting point for artists and be used as a platform to conceptualize images to help them to visualise and execute a piece of work in a style and medium of their choosing.
The selected pieces will be shown at Brixton East Gallery, 100 Barrington Road, London SW9 7JF on the 13-30th of October.
Still open for submissions (at time of writing – 28th May)