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The Best Virtual Experiences and Events for the London Lockdown

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Social distancing and isolation are rapidly becoming our new norm, and it’s looking like things are going to stay this way for a while. So many activities we would ordinarily partake in have been halted for the time being, which can feel understandably frustrating but is of course necessary.

Luckily for our fellow cultural sponges out there, curators have been hard at work creating virtual experiences that we can access online. You can now tour museums, galleries and parks from the comfort of your sofa, and even a few upcoming London events have been moved online too. We’ve put together our favourites for you to add to your lockdown to-do list and hopefully help you feel a little less bored.

So, pop the kettle on, grab a snack and settle on the sofa for an enlightened isolation exploring London from your home.

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Infinity Room installation in Singapore, by Yayoi Kusama

Three Reasons to Visit Tate in 2020

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Tate Modern, London’s museum of the present, has put together another great set of exhibitions this year. From discovering your inner intuition in Kusama’s infinity rooms to showing the purest, rawest form of human movement, Tate continues to keep us on our toes, encouraging us to stay curious beings and explore!

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The North London Way to Showcase Emerging Art

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Have you heard of YAP Young Artist Partnership? If you consider yourself a member of London’s fine art community, then getting better acquainted with them will definitely be worth your while!

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The Other Art Fair 2019: Our ‘ones to watch’

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So far, October has brought its rainy spells and “oh-so-sugary” autumnal lattes as we’d expect, but it has also brought along with it a generous helping of exciting art fairs. Only one of these fairs, however, lets its guests hang out with up and coming independent artists, giving them a rare chance to unearth the ‘next big thing’ in contemporary art!

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START Art Fair: An introduction to art collecting

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A Different Kind Of Fair

Those of you still reminiscing over summer probably haven’t even noticed that London’s exhibition season is ON! The Frieze, The Other Art Fair, LAPADA, PAD; the city is practically buzzing with art fairs, leaving Londoner’s spoilt for choice of things to do and more than satisfying the average art lover’s appetite.

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London Design Festival: Take the Plunge & The Void

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This month saw the ever popular London Design Festival return to the city with a jam-packed programme, offering plenty for design fanatics to visit.

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Our Thoughts: Tim Walker, Wonderful Things

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Fashion Week graced London with its presence last week, and its extravagant spirit lives on at one of Chelsea’s most prestigious cultural institutions.

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Art Review: Serpentine Pavilion by Junya Ishigami

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The ever-popular Serpentine Pavilion is back this summer, with Junya Ishigami bringing a ‘levitating cluster of scattered rocks’ to Hyde Park.

Established in 1970, Serpentine Gallery is a world-renowned art institution based in London’s beautiful Hyde Park. The gallery comprises the Serpentine and Sackler Galleries (the latter designed by Zaha Hadid in 2013), based on either side of their namesake the Serpentine Lake.

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Olafur Eliasson, Beauty

Our Thoughts: Olafur Eliasson’s In Real Life

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The renowned artist returns to Tate Modern this summer with another mesmerizing exhibition, prompting us to think about the world beyond those iconic brick walls.

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Street art at the Undercroft South Bank 2017

Bankside: The street artist’s playground

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Over the past decade, street art has taken the world by storm! It has certainly evolved beyond its urban predecessor graffiti, which was originally considered an act of vandalism mostly found on open-air railway tunnels and metal shutters of less privileged postcodes. Today, it has become a much more widely appreciated art form, encompassing everything from the picturesque to the witty, often while making bold and unfiltered statements about modern society. On top of being sought-after by some of the art world’s biggest establishments, it has captivated corporations looking to deploy a more creative marketing solution into the urban landscape.

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Chelsea’s Private View Culture

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The Tradition of Preview Culture

Mid-Summer has finally graced London! The endless spells of glorious sunshine bring with them the joys of longer days, and with longer days comes an absolutely unmissable opportunity to get acquainted with the capital’s renowned art scene. Small galleries in Chelsea are a fantastic place to start, especially for those of you in the early stages of your art appreciation journey.

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Ville Kumpulainen's presentation at Photo London 2019

Our Thoughts: Photo London 2019

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Over the past few years, Somerset House has established itself as a beacon for contemporary arts and culture aficionados in London’s Midtown and beyond – a fact that was plain to see last weekend, as crowds flocked to the neoclassical building for the eagerly anticipated return of Photo London.

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Map illustration for Mayor of London city development plan

London Illustrated

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Inspired by the Natural History Museum’s ‘Whales: Beneath the Surface’ exhibition, featuring incredible illustrations from Sarah Maycock, we want to put the spotlight on the artists depicting London scenes.

Illustrator agency Handsome Frank was set up in 2010 by cousins Jon Cockley and Tom Robinson. The agency has grown exponentially over the last eight years and the pair now represent 35 illustrators across the globe. Handsome Frank also produces its own publication, Frank, which we love! Their roster includes some of the finest contemporary artists on the planet, including Maycock, Thibaud Herem, Jan Kallwejt and Emma Kelly.

These four illustrators have represented London in their work in various ways, be that a map, drawings of famous landmarks, or commissions from London galleries and museums in Maycock’s case.

About the Illustrators

Jan Kallwejt

Map illustration for Mayor of London city development plan

Map illustration for Mayor of London city development plan

Jan Kallwejt is a Polish illustrator and designer. Before working as a freelance illustrator, Kallwejt studied advertising and worked as a graphic designer and art director for agencies in Warsaw and Hamburg. Following this, he was based in Barcelona for five years before settling in Warsaw once again. Here he runs a studio and takes commissions for illustrations from clients all over the world.

What makes Kallwejt’s works distinctive are his incredibly detailed graphics, completed in a vibrant juicy, palette. He says that his ‘meticulous finish and cheerful vibe’ makes his work universal.

“I’m inspired by naive art and pop culture. Over the years, magazines such as Newsweek, Forbes or Financial Times share place on my client list with brands like Honda, Sony or Nike.”

Take a look at more of Kallwejt’s work on Handsome Frank

Emma Kelly

Chelsea Hotel illustration by Emma Kelly

Chelsea Hotel illustration by Emma Kelly

Kelly says her artistic career started when she drew things onto a wall behind her parents’ sofa, aged two years old.  She is now one of the most popular illustrators on Handsome Frank’s books and was also one of the agency’s first signings.

Kelly uses watercolour-like brush strokes and palettes to create a nice balance of precision and softness. Her depictions of London architecture and landscapes are instantly recognisable.

Focusing greatly on the tiny details, Emma can capture the realism of whatever it is she turns her eye to, be it buildings, electronics or even characterful portraits. These qualities make her ideal for clients working with luxury brands and editorial commissions.

View Kelly’s portfolio here.

Thibaud Herem

Liberty illustration by Thibaud Herem

Liberty illustration by Thibaud Herem

Big Ben illustration by Thibaud Herem

Big Ben illustration by Thibaud Herem











With his distinctive monochrome line drawings of London landmarks in minutiae detail, French-born Thibaud Herem’s work is easy to lose yourself in. After working in graphic design in France for five years, he arrived in the UK in 2006 to learn English and work as a freelance artist, drawing insects, birds and buildings.

Herem is well-known for his work with Liberty, depicting its iconic façade, and for his work with NoBrow, which commissioned Herem for a book of London’s buildings. He claims that London’s architecture was one of the most appealing aspects of the city and the main reason he wanted to work here, rather than in France. Herem has never trained as an architect but loves studying and drawing buildings in great detail – each piece of his work is hand-drawn and can take weeks to complete.

“Everything about London was attractive to me before I moved here and its architecture was one of the most appealing aspects… after 10 years here, I still discover hidden gems every week. There is a very distinctive aspect to architecture in London; it is [messier] and less united than cities like Paris or Rome, but its heritage is cherished with pride.”

Sarah Maycock

Hastings-based illustrator Sarah Maycock has become one of the most popular illustrators on Handsome Frank’s roster. After studying Illustration Animation at Kingston University and having been an It’s Nice That Graduate in 2011, she has carved a career out of painting animals, landscapes and still life.

Maycock, like Herem, was also commissioned by Liberty London and was the creative mind behind their hugely popular advent calendar 2018.

Liberty London Advent Calendar illustrated by Sarah Maycock

Liberty London Advent Calendar illustrated by Sarah Maycock

Maycock has also worked intensely with animal, since being inspired by nature documentaries such as Frozen Planet by David Attenborough.

Her unique ability to capture a creature’s characteristics or the forces of nature in simple swoops of ink has made her work a sensation. So much so that her famous image of a sitting bear was the best-selling print at Somerset House’s Pick Me Up in 2012.

Blue Whale illustration by Sarah Maycock for Natural History Museum

Blue Whale illustration by Sarah Maycock for the Natural History Museum

In the winter of 2016, Sarah was commissioned by London’s Natural History Museum to illustrate a long list of whales, ranging from the Blue Whale to species that are now extinct. Each painting had to go through a complex sign-off process involving specialist scientists to make sure they were anatomically correct. Maycock’s artwork was approved and could be seen in adverts all over London for the exhibition.

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Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro

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We were lucky enough to bag tickets for Yayoi Kusama’s much-anticipated exhibition at the Victoria Miro Warf Road galleries and waterside garden, and it did not disappoint.

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East meets West at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

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Home to over 600 prestigious luxury brands, the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour is Europe’s largest interior design hub. This hotspot is not just a world leader for its showrooms, but also for its renowned events which attract creatives from far and wide.

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Our Thoughts – 1-54 London Contemporary African Art Fair

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More than 130 artists hand-picked from Africa’s vibrant arts scene, 43 of the world’s leading international galleries, and 18,000 wide-eyed visitors. Over five days, they were all brought together under one roof for 1-54 London’s Contemporary African Art Fair – a well-deserved homage to one of the world’s cultural capitals that marked the company’s sixth edition at Somerset House.

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