Tours & 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.

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

RA Schools Show 2017.

Alongside the Summer Exhibition, there will be the special chance to visit the often hidden RA Schools and see the final year show, where 17 artists present work developed over three intense years of dialogue and exploration. You can expect to see works spanning a broad range of media and representing the diverse perspective of the RA Schools graduates.

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July
10am ~ 6pm / 11am ~ 5pm
Royal Academy of Arts

Creative workshops by the Bedroom Artist Collective.

Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd July
10am ~ 6pm / 11am ~ 5pm
Royal Academy of Arts

Pop up book shop at David Zwirner.

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July
10am ~ 6pm / 11am ~ 5pm
David Zwirner

'Women in the Arts' with curator and art dealer Maeve Doyle, followed by lunch at HIX Mayfair.

A tour exploring four exhibitions by leading female artists with curator and art dealer 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 £60 per person

Join one of our experts on a discovery of some of the greatest art there is to see, followed by a tasting menu and wine pairing at Bonhams.

Appropriately for a chef running a restaurant in an auction house, Tom Kemble completed an art history degree before deciding where his destiny lay. Having worked in such eponymous restaurants as Hedone in West London and Faviken in northern Sweden, Tom takes a natural approach to dishes, cooking instinctively and sensitively with exceptional produce in peak condition.

Named a ‘hidden gem’ by Jay Rayner in The Observer, Bonhams presents Michelin-starred French cuisine in Mayfair. This bright, airy space is found within one of London’s oldest and most prestigious auction houses. Bonhams Restaurant provides the chance to drink some of the world’s great wines by the glass at affordable prices using the advanced Enomatic and Coravin systems, and is open for lunch Monday to Friday, and dinner Wednesday to Friday.

Galleries:
  • Victoria Miro: Milton Avery
  • Almine Rech: Ha Chong Hyun
  • Gagosian: Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors
  • Bonhams: Old Master Sale

Saturday 1st July
11am to 3pm
Victoria Miro

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or: 020 7468 5868 £££ per person

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 and Sunday 2nd July
10am ~ 6pm / 11am ~ 5pm
Royal Academy of Arts

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.      

Oliver Beer trained in musical composition in London before studying Fine Art at the Ruskin, Oxford University and Theory of Cinema at the Sorbonne, Paris. His musical background is reflected in a distinct sensitivity to sound and in an interest in the overlap between sound, space and architecture, which he expresses through performance, film and sculpture.

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

Join one of our experts for a tour on the art of Design, followed by lunch at HIX Mayfair.

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

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or: 020 7518 4172 £60 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 (11 May - 3 July). 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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Dressed and Obsessed: The changing relationship between fashion & art.

A tour led by curator and art dealer Maeve Doyle and Joanne Good, British broadcaster, journalist and actor followed by lunch at HIX Mayfair.

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

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or: 020 7518 4172 £60 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