October in London means art fair season. PAD opens in Berkeley Square on October 2nd, followed closely by Frieze and Frieze Masters on October 3rd in Regent's Park. We love the energy that these fairs bring to our city and the ripple effect that brings out all of the smaller satellite fairs. Get your comfy shoes ready and enjoy!
We urge you to look up Theo Jansen and his work. Since the 1990s he has been creating these amazing works of art which take on a life of their own. With the precision of a watchmaker, he creates these sculptures from yellow PVC tubes which are powered along beaches by the wind. Truly mesmerising to watch...
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.
I set my sights upon becoming the kind of artist who would make a contribution to art history.
Tim Walker, Wonderful Things at the V&A (opens 21st September)
This exhibition is definitely one set to brighten up any dull autumn day in London. Celebrated photographer Tim Walker uses the V&A collection to inspire ten new series of photographs. Described as a "love letter to the V&A" expect high fashion, celebrity models (Tilda Swinton and Grace Jones to name but a few) and inspiring messaging set amongst a beautiful backdrop of pictures, films, sets and installations.
Founded by two friends, Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt, in 2013, Unit London is an artist-led gallery space. With a mission to break down the perceived elitism which often goes hand in hand with the art world, it brings art to everyone who wants to see it. Since its inception, they have championed artists including Charming Baker, Helen Beard and Jake Wood-Evans. Follow their Instagram for fantastic content including studio visits with the artists they represent.
We always need something to look forward to once the summer is over and this autumn gives us two big reasons to be cheerful. Paul Gauguin gets his first ever exhibition dedicated purely to his portraits at the National Gallery, opening 7th October, and there is a Lucian Freud exhibition of his self-portraits opening at the Royal Academy on 27th October.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
We are huge fans of Cindy Sherman and were thrilled to hear that she has collaborated with LIZWORKS to produce the most beautiful jewellery. The Cameo collection sees Sherman work with head designer Liz Swig, to create a truly original selection of jewellery – from rings to necklaces, all handmade in Italy. Sherman has reimagined the cameo as ‘the original selfie’
This beautiful book gives younger readers a wonderful insight into some amazing women artists and their impact on the world. Artists featured include Yayoi Kusama, Rachel Whiteread and Barbara Hepworth - the book not only highlights their achievements but explains their struggles, in a bid to inspire the next generation of artists - a lovely book.