Mayfair Art Weekend takes place from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2019. The event sees art galleries and fashion houses across Mayfair and St James’s staging a rich array of exhibitions, tours, performances, talks and site-specific installations.
The weekend will kick off with the Gallery HOP! evening viewings from Friday 28th June, 6-8pm. Highlight events include a live jazz performance at Cynthia Corbett Gallery and an immersive soundscape created by DJ Cedric Bardawil of Fourth Sounds in response to the Waddington Custot exhibition, featuring paintings by Joan Miró and Cy Twombly.
Following will be a programme of exhibitions, events, live performance, workshops, talks and tours across Mayfair and St James’s, celebrating the diverse offering of this historic cultural district where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.
This year will see the participation of celebrated local and international galleries, including Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Hauser & Wirth , Gagosian and Victoria Miro, which will host exhibitions of internationally recognised artists, ranging from modern masters to contemporary art.
● From June 10th, Bond Street will host a fortnight of activity, entitled Art In The Heart of Mayfair with a series of fashion, art and cultural initiatives and artist-led collaborations.
● Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the Burlington Arcade, a lobster sculpture by British artist Phillip Colbert, presented by Unit London gallery, will be installed at the entrance of Mayfair’s iconic Edwardian luxury shopping arcade.
● This year sees several firsts for Mayfair Art Weekend, with new galleries for 2019 including Waddington Custot, Galerie Max Hetzler , Contini Contemporary , Unit London, D Contemporary , Lyndsey Ingram, Prahlad Bubbar and BASTIAN Gallery – who have recently unveiled their first international space on Davies Street. Another first included Cardi Gallery, who will be displaying works in the UK for the very first time in their exhibition TRIBUTE to MONO-HA, an anthology exhibition dedicated to the pioneering Japanese movement Mono-ha.
● Mayfair Art Weekend will host ‘ MAW Live’ at the Cork Street Galleries; an events programme that includes talks, creative workshops and panel discussions. Beyond the programmed events, the MAW LIVE space also provides a place for visitors to relax and a meeting point for artist-led tours of exhibition highlights.
● Artist designed flags throughout London’s West End: International renowned artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA, has been commissioned to design flags that will be on display throughout Bond Street. Craig-Martin is noted for fostering the talent of the YBAs (Young British Artists) in his role as Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths in London.
● A leading British architect will be invited to design a series of flags to adorn Piccadilly in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture.
● Art installations on Bond Street: World-leading fashion and fine jewellery brands will collaborate with artists of their choice to create exclusive and unique ‘one-off’ art inspired window installations throughout the fortnight. Last summer’s event saw brands such as Louis Vuitton , Fenwick of Bond Street , Hermès , Smythson and Jimmy Choo celebrate the rich heritage of Art in Mayfair, and this year is set to be an equally exciting and affluent line-up.
Mayfair Art Weekend programme themes for 2019 include Modern & Contemporary Masters including Georges Braque, Joan Mitchell and Raymond Hains in Abstract or Not at Olivier Malingue; Socially and Politically Engaged, Art including D Contemporary’s Approaches – an exhibition exploring the artist’s perspective on the major political and societal changes that Britain faces in 2019; Censorshhip, including The Mayor Gallery’s exhibition, The Pécs Workshop, presenting a group of five Hungarian artists; and Female Artists and Gallerists, including at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, an exhibition of exceptional women artists including Elizabeth Peyton, Mary T. Smith, Emma Amos, Elizabeth Murray , and Charline von Heyl, curated by Global Director Dame Julia Peyton Jones.
All events are free; more details from the website here.