Lunch Tours, Workshops & Events

Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July
Lee Lozano, No title, ca. 1962. © The Estate of Lee Lozano. Courtesy the Estate and Hauser & Wirth

From Old Master paintings to cutting-edge contemporary art, Mayfair Art Weekend brings together a broad range of exhibitions and installations showcasing the virtuosity and expertise on offer in the neighbourhood. Join our experts in a rich array of tours, workshops and special events, providing an insight into the fabulous art world.

Guided tour: Mayfair Contemporary Design Galleries.

A tour exploring contemporary design galleries. Meeting point will be by the Joshua Reynolds statue in the RA courtyard. Booking is essential.

Galleries:
  • Galerie kreo: Hella Jongerius
  • Carpenters Workshop: Art Light Group Show
  • David Gill: Mattia Bonetti

Friday 30th June
2pm - 4pm
Royal Academy of Arts

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Free

Book signing of Oliver Beer's new catalogue.

To celebrate the launch of Oliver Beer’s new catalogue, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac are hosting a book signing and drinks reception with the artist. Taking place on the 30th June, from 6-8pm, the event will feature a performance by the artist. Performed live, visitors will be able to experience the culmination of Oliver Beer's site-specific experiments with his new Resonance Project performance, Composition for London. It creates a sublime encounter with space, an object without form, coming to life through sound, which seems to immerse every inch of the void in the gallery. In addition, Beer's new two-dimensional sculptures and the sound installation Devils, composed of 16 antique and modern vessels.

The accompanying catalogue includes a text by Ben Eastham and an interview by Martin Germann and features all the works included in the current exhibition New Performance and Sculpture.

Friday 30th June
6pm - 8pm
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

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Free

Eugenie Vronskaya in residence painting portraits.

To celebrate 25 years in Mayfair, the John Martin Gallery has embarked on ambitious portrait project with the painter Eugenie Vronskaya. Over the Mayfair Art Weekend, Eugenie Vronskaya will be working on the final series of portrait heads of fellow artists, collectors and collaborators, using the gallery space as her studio and some of the art weekend visitors as her models. The completed series will be unveiled at Mayfair Art Weekend in the form of an Ikonostas like those found in a Russian Orthodox Church - akin to a Rood screen in an English church.

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July
10am ~ 6pm / 11am ~ 5pm
John Martin Gallery

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Free

Creative workshops by the Bedroom Artist Collective.

The Bedroom Artist Collective was established in response to a need to help talented unknown artists exhibit - those who create but don’t have gallery representation or even a network to support them. Many work without a studio, or from their bedrooms.

A selection of their artists will host creative, drop-in workshops throughout the day, based around particular art techniques. Workshops include, stealth drawing with Nora Emilia, silkscreen printing with Charlotte Whiston and Nerikomi workshop by Corinne Scurr, an ancient eastern pottery technique.

Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd July
11am ~ 6pm / 12pm ~ 5pm
Royal Academy of Arts

HIX Mayfair lunch tour: 'Women in the Arts'.

A tour exploring four exhibitions by leading female artists with Maddox Gallery Director Maeve Doyle, followed by a three course set lunch at HIX Mayfair.

Galleries:
  • Sadie Coles: Nicola Tyson
  • Pace: Nathalie du Pasquier
  • Waterhouse & Dodd: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
  • David Zwirner, Lisa Yuskavage

Saturday 1st July
10am to 2pm
The English Tea Room, Brown’s Hotel

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or: 020 7518 4172 £65 per person

Beadle Tours of Burlington Arcade.

Burlington Arcade is England’s oldest and longest shopping arcade, open since 1819. The Burlington Arcade is a true luxury landmark in London. Housing over 40 specialist shops and designer brands ranging from collectors watch brands to vintage and contemporary jewellers.

The Burlington Beadle Guard are a liveried member of the smallest private police force in the world who guard the arcade and who also act as informative historical guides. Join us for these highly entertaining tours offering real insight into the history of the Burlington Arcade and Mayfair life.

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July
11am to 5pm - On the Hour
RA Courtyard

Harriet Braine performs a series of her ‘Art History Songs'.

A lively set of comedy songs about art and design and the people who make it from Matisse, Picasso, the Bauhaus, Banksy and Damien Hirst.    

Saturday 1st July
1pm ~ 1:30pm / 2:30pm ~ 3pm / 4pm ~ 4:30pm
Sunday 2nd July
1pm ~ 1:30pm / 2:30pm ~ 3pm / 4pm ~ 4:30pm
Royal Academy of Arts

HIX Mayfair lunch tour: The Art of Design.

A tour offering an opportunity to meet and hear from designer-makers whilst visiting crafted design exhibitions, followed by a three course set lunch at HIX Mayfair.

Galleries:
  • Hignell Gallery: Ben Russell
  • The New Craftsmen: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
  • Globe-Trotter: Mix & Match - John Booth

Saturday 1st July
11am to 2pm
The English Tea Room, Brown’s Hotel

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or: 020 7518 4172 £65 per person

Hignell Garden Party.

In celebration of this year's Mayfair Art Weekend and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Hignell Gallery will be hosting an immersive garden party to coincide with its current exhibition from award-winning sculptor Ben Russell - The Cactus House. The party will take place within the gallery, which has been transformed into a hothouse displaying over 40 of Russell's hand-carved marble, alabaster and onyx cacti sculpture set against a striking display of greenery from Conservatory Archives.

Saturday 1st July
2pm - 6pm
Hignell Gallery

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Free

Oliver Beer: Resonance Project.

Performed live, visitors will be able to experience the culmination of Oliver Beer’s site-specific experiments with his new Resonance Project performance, Composition for London, in which classically-trained singers are placed strategically around the grand staircase and instructed to sing specific notes at precise pitches. Working without the aid of speakers or electronic amplification the singers will stimulate the space’s natural frequencies and tease out its intrinsic notes, unchanged since the building’s construction in 1776.      

Saturday 1st July
1pm to 4pm
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Walk on the Wilde Side: a ramble through Mayfair's Victorian art world.

A guided tour with Bonhams Chairman Colin Sheaf, discovering the art trade during the industrialisation of Victorian London.

Saturday 1st July
3pm to 4:30pm
Curzon Cinema

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Free

Perhaps Contraption – progressive brass band.

Part, choir, part chamber orchestra, part avant rock troupe they create a unique musical experience; melding elements of jazz, punk, art pop and post-minimalism in lively brass band promenade performances.

Saturday 1st July
5pm to 5:45pm
Royal Academy of Arts

HIX Mayfair lunch tour: Dressed and Obsessed - The changing relationship between fashion & art.

A tour led by Maddox Gallery Director Maeve Doyle and Joanne Good, British broadcaster, journalist and actor followed by lunch at HIX Mayfair.

Galleries:
  • Paul Smith
  • 'OH Brother Where Art Thou 2: Expedition files’ - Adele Morse AND Artist In-residence: Murray O’Grady at the Burlington Arcade
  • Max Mara: Shapeshifters - Ludovica Gioscia
  • Dior

Sunday 2nd July
11am to 2pm
The English Tea Room, Brown’s Hotel

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or: 020 7518 4172 £65 per person

In conversation with Emily Young.

From 1 July 2017, the gardens of St James’s Church, Picadilly, will be transformed by eight large scale stone heads by Emily Young, Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor. Emily Young was born in London into a family of writers, artists, politicians and adventurers. Her grandmother was the sculptor Kathleen Scott, a colleague of Auguste Rodin and widow of the explorer Captain Scott of the Antarctic. As a young woman, Emily Young worked primarily as a painter, having studied briefly at Chelsea School of Art, Central Saint Martins London, and Stonybrook University, New York. She left London in the late 60s, and spent the next years living and /or travelling in the USA, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America and China.

Sunday 2nd July
3pm to 4pm
St. James's Church, Piccadilly

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Free