What Exhibitions & Public Art to See This Septmeber

Looking for a culture hit? With summer winding down, now’s the perfect time to cosy up in a gallery or museum and take in some world-class art, or go for a stroll with the kids and see some sculpture in the streets. Here’s our pick of exhibitions and arty things to do in London this September…

Photo: David Hockney

1 Right Here Right Now Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea

Partnering with Jealous Print Studio & Gallery in Shoreditch, this exhibition showcases new and recent works by a diverse lineup of emerging and established artists that have collaborated with Jealous on various projects. Established artists include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Charming Baker, David Shrigley and Chris Levine together with works by London based painter Matt Small and mural and installation artist Morag Myerscough. The show will also include previously unseen original work by Gary Stranger, Jessica Albarn, Eelus, Sara Pope and an exciting new collaboration between Andrew Millar and Word To Mother. An exclusive new David Shrigley edition will be launched to coincide with the exhibition. Works by Chris Levine will include a large scale unique never-before-seen ‘Lightness of Being’ alongside the recent Kate Moss portrait, Stillness Is A Portal To The Divine published by Jealous and Enitharmon.

On until September 9; Wednesday to Sunday 10am-6pm; tickets are free and booking isn’t required; Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com 

2 Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

This year the Summer Exhibition is coordinated by British artist Yinka Shonibare RA and will explore the theme of ‘Reclaiming Magic’, celebrating the joy of creating art. Take in prints, paintings, photography and works of film by the likes of Michael Armitage,  William Kentridge, Hade Montserrat, Njideka Akunyili, Rita Keegan and more. The Architecture Room is curated by David Adjaye and  don’t forget, most of the art is for sale. Also don’t forget that the bar is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

September 22 – January 2; Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm; tickets from £20, concessions available; Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD


4 Photo London Fair, Somerset House

More than 90 galleries from 17 countries come together for this fair. In addition to world class photography, it has an extensive programme of events, curated in partnership with the Met and Whitney Museum, Photographic Arts Council in LA, the Barbican Centre, V&A and the Tate, just to name a few. Within the fair, there’s a multitude of exhibitions, including a collection of portraitures by fashion photographer David Bailey, Iranian artist and winner of the Master of Photography Award, Shirin Neshat presents ‘Land of Dreams’ for the first time in full in the UK. The Emerging Photography Award continues too. There’s also free resources for photographers, and a digital fair will run alongside the event, until September 28.

September 9-12; times vary; tickets from £29/£19 adult/concession; Strand, WC2R 1LA; photolondon.org


6 London Design Festival, various locations

Now in its 19th year, the London Design Festival returns, showcasing the very best of world-class of design-led creativity. And there’s a lot to see. This year’s festival looks at the ‘power of creative and cultural activity to help reignite the capital and kickstart London’s economy’, which is a pretty meaty focus. With architecture, public art, sculpture, furniture, jewellery and fashion, highlights include an initiative by Yinka Ilori that will transform London into an outdoor art gallery and festival hub V&A will host a collection of specially-commissioned installations. There’s also a swathe of projects and events that look at a circular economy and climate justice ahead of November’s COP26.

September 18-26; the festival takes place across London, with hubs in Brompton, Mayfair, Clerkenwell, Park Royal, Greenwich Peninsula, Shoreditch, Islington, Southwark and Kings Cross; londondesignfestival.com


8 David Hockney The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 at Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

In lockdown in France, Hockney illustrated the blooming of spring on his iPad (so there really is no reason why your parents can’t work a WhatsApp video call), creating more than 100 new works celebrating nature’s beauty. One of the most important British artists, Hockney remains one of the most inventive artists too.

On until September 26; Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm; tickets from £19; The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

David Hockney “No. 118”, Royal Academy. Photo: David Hockney

9 Van Gogh: Alive & Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Kensington Gardens or Spitalfields, South Kensington and Shoreditch

Confusingly, there are two exhibitions on van Gogh at the moment, and confusingly, they similar but not the same. One is Van Gogh Alive, which finishes up this month and the other is Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. Both exhibitions have projections and installations of some of the troubled artist’s most famous works, and have whimsical soundtracks to go with them. Creative interpretations of said works tap into van Gogh’s psyche, and The Immersive Experience as an optional VR section that takes you into and through van Gogh’s world. Want more van Gogh? Head to the Hotel Cafe Royal for the Van Gogh Afternoon Tea. Taken in the exquisite Oscar Wilde Lounge which is still in its original 1800s glory (including wine stains on the ceiling’s paintings from raucous nights back in the day) the tea is appropriately indulgent and decadent, and hefty as well.

Van Gogh Alive; East Albert Lawn, Kensington Gardens, SW7 2AP; on now until September 26, tickets from £14; book them herevangoghaliveuk.com

Van Gogh The Immersive Experience; 106 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ (opposite Spitalfields); on now until February 2022 tickets from £22.90; book them herevangoghexpo.com

Iris ‘With this Ring’, watercolour on paper. Shown as part of RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea. Photo: Saatchi Gallery


11 Tusk Lion Trail, central London

In support of African conservation and highlighting the plight of the decreasing wild lion population, a pride of 47 life-sized lion sculptures are at large and prowling about in iconic locations across the globe – 27 of them in central London. Lions have been dolled up by the likes of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Donna Karan, Noel Fielding and John Cleese, and you can follow a trail by a digital or physical maps which allow you to record lions spotted.

On until September 24; tuskliontrail.com


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