Leaving the warm blanket of an open fire or central-heated surroundings on a dreary autumn day is never easy. However, if you do manage to draw yourself away from the soporific comforts of home, there are some great exhibitions going on across the country to warm you up this autumn.
Topping our list, the Lapada Arts & Antiques Fair promises to be one of the most prestigious events in the London social calendar this year. Taking place in the heart of Mayfair, at the charming Berkeley Square, Lapada will showcase work from over 100 exhibitors from across the decorative arts spectrum. Going into its seventh year, this five day event it set to boast many a sought after piece with everything from jewellery to fine art. And whether you’re a first time buyer or an established collector, chances are you’ll find something you love. We should probably also mention that making it to the exhibition is no mean feat in itself – all exhibitors have passed an extensive pre-vetting process going through a 70-member strong specialist committee. Quality is assured at Lapada, and prices will range from £500 – £500,000 accordingly.
The exhibition runs from the 13th – 18th September. General Admission costs £20, book tickets here
For a dose of contemporary art head over to the Saatchi Gallery this October. The Champagne Life exhibition is set to return and promises work from the likes of Aleksandra Mir, Jeni Spota and Phoebe Unwin among others. Hidden messages will accompany these eye-catching installations, as the creators explore themes such as the role of the physical in an increasingly digital world, and convergence between the fantastical and the real in celebrity culture. A display of all female work, Champagne Life is a poignant exhibition not to be missed
The exhibition runs from 1st October 2016 – 29th October 2016. Admission to the gallery is free
Expect eccentricity and romanticism from the upcoming Paul Nash exhibition at the Tate Britain. Said to be the most significant showing of Nash’s work for a generation, each painting is inspired by a quasi-mythical interpretation of his surroundings. From better days spent exploring coastal areas in southern England, to his iconic Second World War paintings, the exhibition will feature a lifetime’s work. And though his work is always dreamlike, expect to get a feeling of tragedy whilst you glimpse into English days gone by with Nash’s work
The exhibition runs from 26th October 2016 – 5th March 2017. Admission costs £16.50, book tickets here
THE BOWES MUSEUM
“Confound the nose, there’s no end to it”, Gainsborough is reported to have remarked as he struggled to capture the features of famed actress, Sarah Siddons, in paint.
Celebrating 400 years of society beauties, be taken back in time by the English Rose exhibition currently being held in County Durham. Explore ideas of femininity as you venture from the 17th to the 20th century, and keep an eye out for special pieces including the recently acquired Olivia, Mrs Endymion Porter by court painter Van Dyck, as well as a double portrait of Elizabeth and Mary Linley from the esteemed musical family the ‘Nest of Nightingales’
The exhibition is currently open and will run to the 25th September. Admission costs £10.50
NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND
Take a look back at one of Scotland’s most notable 17th century families: the Tweedale’s. Renowned for their wealth, influence and political savviness, the Power, Politics, and Portraits exhibition shows the Tweedale family like you’ve never seen them before. Often, the Tweedale’s role as patrons of the arts and architecture is overlooked in favour of the political and military prowess. Enthusiastic art collectors, the family commissioned portraits and landscapes by little known artists – many of which can be enjoyed during the exhibition
The Exhibition is currently open and will run until the 28th May 2017. Admission to the exhibition is free.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
The Royal Academy of Arts will be taking on the world of Abstract Expressionism later this year. In the first major survey of this artistic movement since 1959, the Royal Academy is set to present the powerful works of Pollock, Rothko, Still and de Kooning among others. Heralded as an era of new confidence in painting, Abstract Expressionism marked a clear transition from the ‘age of anxiety’ surrounding the Second World War – intended to be a two-way encounter between artist and viewer, enjoy this watershed moment in 20th century art this autumn
The exhibition runs from the 24th September 2016 – 2nd January 2017. Admission costs £17, book tickets here
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