Over 900 art galleries make London, along with New York and Paris, one of the best cultural cities in the world but most of us are guilty of counting the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House and the Tate Modern as the only ones we’ve actually been to on more than one occasion. If your summer calendar doesn’t revolve around the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition or the BP Portrait Award, and gallery owners at the Affordable Art Fair don’t know you by name then don’t fear – you can try to bluff your way through Mayfair’s latest arty event; Brown’s London Art Weekend.
Aiming to be an inclusive experience with a festival feel to it, the weekend is celebrating the historic private galleries and auction houses of Mayfair, which have contributed to London’s vibrant cultural scene for 150 years. Over 60 galleries and auction houses are participating in the weekend, with specially curated exhibitions, free talks and walks created by Paul Smith, Nicole Farhi and Kate Goodwin to be participated in. The Royal Academy is providing music, workshops, performances and street food, whilst the more discerning art lover (or anyone who’s thirsty) will want to head to The Donovan Bar in Brown’s Hotel for the highly creative Artini cocktail. Gin, peach, apple and citrus are blended and served in a paint pot glass complete with paintbrush for stirring, whilst HIX Mayfair Ruinart and Seafood Bar are offering Champagne and oysters, just to remind you you’re in Mayfair.
Brown’s London Art Weekend, 1st-3rd July
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