With so much going on over the summer months, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! Here’s our guide to the best arty activities around London this August.
MATISSE SUNDAY LATES AT THE TATE MODERN
Catch the hugely popular ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ before it travels to MoMA in New York this September, and benefit from the Tate Modern’s new later opening hours. Described as a ‘feast of dazzling dreams’ and a ‘joyous celebration’, this exhibition looks at the paper collages that Matisse created in his final years. Crowds during the late sessions are smaller, so spend a leisurely Sunday evening basking in Matisse’s amazing array of colours.
Tickets £30, free for members, booking essential
Sunday 24th August, 8pm – 10.30pm
MARINA ABRAMOVIC: 512 HOURS
The Serpentine Gallery, London
You have until the end of August to see this amazing one woman performance piece. Abramovic performs from 10am until 6pm, 6 days a week, using only a few props and unsuspecting visitors. Bags, jackets, watches, phones and cameras are all left at the door, you are quite literally leaving your baggage behind and entering the new artistic space to…well we don’t want to ruin the surprise, so you’ll just have to go and see for yourself!
THE CORNER SHOP BY LUCY SPARROW
Bethnal Green, London
Here at the Affordable Art Fair we love a trip to the corner shop to stock up on afternoon snacks, so when we heard that Lucy Sparrow had created her very own corner shop made entirely of felt, we were understandably excited! Sparrow launched a kick-starter fund earlier this year to make her felt dreams come true, and the result is an amazing emporium of hand sewn treats – from tomato ketchup and cans of beer to The Times and tubes of fruit pastilles.
Running until the 31st August, 10am until 7pm
PRIMROSE: EARLY COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IN RUSSIA
The Photographer’s Gallery, Oxford Circus
If the crowds at the Malevich exhibition at the Tate don’t appeal, visit the brilliant Photographer’s Gallery just off Oxford Street for a fix of Russian art. The exhibition documents the rise of colour photography from the 1860s until the 1970s in Russia and the Soviet Union. Spanning from very early delicate black and white photographs to bright revolutionary red posters, the exhibition acts as a mini history lesson as it weaves its way through Russian photography.
Until 17 October
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
Notting Hill, London
A guide to the capital in August wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the biggest party of the year! Taking place in one of London’s prettiest locations, Notting Hill Carnival is a riot of colour, music, costumes and dancing. If you’re lucky enough to know a local, take a pew on their balcony and watch the world go by in a blur of feather headdresses, carnival floats and scantily clad dancers; or follow the fleet of floats winding through the West London streets, get stuck in to one of the many famous food stands, and enjoy soaking up the lively atmosphere.
24 - 25 August