As the festive season draws to a close your visit to London may be in need of a little brightening, luckily London boasts a host of brilliant winter art festivals, as well as its world-renowned galleries and museums, all showcasing some of the most famous contemporary art as well as exciting and innovative work by the best modern artists.
This January an exciting new festival comes to the city, Lumiere promises to illuminate streets across London with fantastic light displays from over 20 artists, presenting a mixture of new commissions and site – specific art unique to the city, for a short time only. This festival is one not to miss, created by Artichoke, a creative art trust that specialises in spectacular large scale events, it will transform the already beautiful streets of London into shining spectacles, its wide scale across the city making it the perfect way to enjoy the evening wherever your day time exploration of the city has taken you. Famous names in the art world like Janet Echelman and Julian Opie join the host of artists creating Neons, projections and performances across the capital, offering a new way to see the city and much needed relief from any winter blues. The most electrifying venues so far look to be the West End, Kings Cross, and Leicester Square, where the ‘Garden of Light’ by TILT will fill the square with illuminated plants for an otherworldly, futuristic nature experience. As the festival spans across the city see if you can spot some of its smaller attractions while out and about, a Mayfair phone box for example will be transformed into a living aquarium for the duration of the weekend, offering a chance to see goldfish majestically glide around in their own little oasis at the heart of the urban jungle.
If you’re planning to avoid the British weather this January but would still like to see innovative modern art, as well as a wide selection of contemporary offerings, a visit to the London Art Fair would be a perfect way to spend a day. The fair returns to London for its 28th year in 2016, and continuing with its tradition of museum partnerships, this year has to offer collaboration with the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, with a specially curated display of their collection entitled ‘Coast’. This remarkable show offers a chance to see some of Britain’s finest maritime and costal art, allowing your visit to the country to spread beyond the reaches of the city to its spectacular seaside without actually leaving the capital. For a more modern look at Britain’s emerging artists don’t miss ‘Dialogues’, a collection of art from galleries and artists across the country curated this year by Natasha Hoare. The fair also offers a wide selection of sculpture and photography, but if your craving for spectacular art is still not quenched why not try one of London’s famous galleries, most of which are free to the public and offer delightful cafes and restaurants to keep you going as you explore.
When and Where?
Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th January
Across London including King’s Cross, Mayfair, The West End and Leicester Square
Nearest Tube – Kings Cross / Leicester Square / Green Park / Oxford Circus
Website – www.artichoke.uk.com
Wednesday 20th – Sunday 25th January from 11am
Tickets start from £14 (advance purchase) available online
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Nearest Tube – Angel