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London Art You Can't Miss This Month

Learn why Rise Art has been in the press this month and get the lowdown on upcoming artist exhibitions and art fairs.

By Aimee Morris | 29 Sept 2017



Surely the biggest news this week. On Monday we hit the streets of London to launch our #GreatArtForEverybody campaign. We took with us five human canvases, body painted to represent some of the world’s most famous artworks – from Picasso to Lichtenstein and Van Gogh. The models were spotted at Charing Cross station, the National Gallery and Millennium Bridge, where we took some incredible images to wow the media.



So what was the point? We conducted a piece of research that discovered just how disconnected the nation is from art and the art world, with 1 in 6 people having never set foot in an art gallery, and 60% rating their understanding of art as ‘poor’ or worse. 



In a bid to mend that gap, we took to the streets to bring art directly to the people and highlight our mission to bring great art to everybody. And with over 56 pieces of coverage, from the Telegraph to the Guardian, and UniLad to the Daily Mail, it seems like everybody couldn’t help taking notice.  



Rise Art X National Youth Arts Trust Charity Auction

Who doesn't love an evening with Grayson Perry? Earlier in the month, Rise Art helped raise funds for the National Youth Arts Trust. Eighteen of our artists contributed artworks to support their charity auction - the legendary Grayson Perry was a host - and their works were sold alongside pieces by Perry himself, Salvador Dali, Rosie Emerson and Picasso. 


© Alexandra Tilling Grayson Perry in Action


Rise Art Curators Nat Rubenstein and Caitlin Worthington curated the exhibition. The event was a roaring success, with over £50,000 raised for NYAT. Want to know more? Read up on three headlining artists whose works were auctioned that evening.


© Alexandra Tilling Our CEO Scott Phillips (left) and Head of Operations Pedro Neto (right) alongside the talented Michelle Loa Kum Cheung


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Wildlife photographer Adriaan van Heerden has been shortlisted for ArtGemini for the third year in a row - a unique achievement in the history of the competition. Adriaan has already been Highly Commended for his entry.


Four Giraffes, Cape Town by Adriaan Van Heerden



Don't miss out on these stellar shows coming up in October.


1. Something’s happening here today…

Until 8th October @ RA Hair, Marylebone

Persian multimedia artist Persi Darukhanawala has a solo exhibition on the go in central London.


The Place I Love by Persi Darukhanawala


2. Conversations in Colour

Opens 28th September @ 10 Gresham Street, City of London

Corinne Natel and Gareth Griffiths collaborate to showcase their colour investigations.


Watermelon by Corinne Natel


Graciosa by Gareth Griffiths


3. If Nature Could Speak

Opens 4th October @ 67 York Street, Marylebone

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Victoria Horkan’s much anticipated solo show will feature her large scale expressive paintings. They’re inspired by elements of nature, big and small.


If I Could Hum by Victoria Horkan


4. Ellie Vandoorne at the Hepsibah Gallery

5-15 October @ Hepsibah Gallery, Hammersmith

For the second year running, Ellie Vandoorne is taking over the Hepsibah Gallery with a solo exhibition of her cracking figurative works.


Girl in Bloom by Ellie Vandoorne


5. Knit and Stitch Show

8-12 October 2017 @ Alexandra Palace London October 2014

Jo Beattie will showcase her dainty textile-style artworks at this year’s Knit and Stitch Show, a must-see for all those who love craft.


Flower Power by Jo Beattie


6. New Original Paintings

5-31 October 2017 @ Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans

Serbian artist Gugi Goo is showcasing her large abstract paintings alongside five other artists at Nude Tin Can’s October exhibition.


Darkess May Hide Trees and Flowers... by Gugi Goo


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Boom for Real @ the Barbican, London

"The explosive energy of the wild, gritty and downright dangerous world of New York in the 1980s comes to London this month in an all-encompassing exhibition of the work by urban pioneer, Jean-Michel Basquiat." Curator and resident Rise Art writer Lori Zimmer reviews the Barbican's star show of 2017. Read the feature here.


LIKE AN IGNORANT EASTER SUIT’, Jean-Michel Basquiat on the set of Downtown 81. © New York Beat Film LLC. By permission of The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Photo: Edo Bertoglio


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