London Art Overview

Queen's Gallery - Art Gallery in London

As one of the art capitals of the world, London has its share of great works in grand museums, but the contemporary scene is abuzz with art shows, walks, exhibits, and openings. London art events sometimes read like a who’s who, sometimes like a barometer on what’s new and edgy, but all these happenings leave you with something interesting to talk about.

Event spaces like the Notting Hill Arts Club put on regular happenings and are always a gathering space for cool art-school types. Here, guests descend into the deep shadows of the basement to find shape-shifting light illuminating the canvas-like walls, the exuberant art exhibits, and the creative crowd, who are as much a part of the display as the art itself.

Hundreds of art galleries, ranging from high-end to scrappy spaces put together by renegades, have opening receptions every week of the year. More established galleries like the Tate might host grand galas, and storefront spaces can highlight innovative experimental work for hip kids to mull over. Of course, art is also a large part of festival season, and enormous events like the London 2012 Festival will feature lucky artists working in all mediums, offering plenty for gallery-hoppers and wanderers to explore.

Have some more wine and cheese and enjoy art in London – you don’t have to spend a Sunday staring at ancient paintings to do so.

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