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Nearly all of London's major public galleries are completely free so you know you're not compromising on quality by choosing the cheaper option. Lots offer free talks and tours if you time your visit cleverly. Some special exhibitions do attract an admission fee but there's more than enough in each gallery to keep you well and truly absorbed without having to pay to visit these.

 
 

Saatchi Gallery

Charles Saatchi's relocated gallery champions younger artists and is still free to all

Saatchi Gallery Saatchi Gallery Where:
, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London London, SW3 4SQ
Category: Art Galleries

Duke of York's Square, King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

The Saatchi Gallery re-opened on 9th October 2008 in the former military barracks of the Duke of York's Headquarters. The 70,000 square feet represents a significantly larger space than its previous 40,000 occupancy at County Hall. Ousted from the Southbank site in 2005, the re-location of the gallery had long been speculated upon and hotly anticipated. The former ad man Charles Saatchi made the transition to the art world in the 1990s, championing young artists and buying in bulk the works of Young British Artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. In keeping with this trait, the gallery includes a dedicated space for emerging artists from the Saatchi Online website.

 
 

Events at Saatchi Gallery

Post Pop: East Meets West OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th November 2014 to 23rd February 2015 | Free

 
Richard Wilson: 20:50
OngoingFree Event

1st January 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Collect
Free Event

8th, 9th, 10th and 11th May 2015 - 12noon-4pm | Free

 

The Crafts Council presents an exhibition of museum-quality works from a variety of artists and craft-makers.

All events at Saatchi Gallery
 
 
 

National Gallery

This art collection belongs to the British public and is free to visit

National Gallery National Gallery Where:
, Trafalgar Square, London London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery dominates over London's Trafalgar Square as it dominates all other galleries in the city in terms of world renown. Some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, are included among the 2300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. This really is the place to come for top quality artwork spanning a wide spectrum of styles and periods. From the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists, every significant stage in the development of painting is represented in its collection, often by masterpieces. Originally established by Parliament in 1824, the collection belongs to the British public and every effort is made to encourage the public to visit, view and experience the art: free entry, free events, free talks and free tours support this ethos of encouragement and enthusiasm. Regular weekend activities include: guided tours at 11.30am, 2.30pm with extra tours at 12.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays, lunchtime talks on Saturdays at 1am, and Art Through Words sessions for visitors with a visual impairment at 11.30am on the last Saturday of the month.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

A Festive Tour Of The National Gallery
Now On

Sunday 28th December 2014 at 11am-12.15pm & Monday 29th December 2014 at 6pm-7.15pm | 15

 

Explore the Christmas story through sparkling altarpieces and paintings by Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance masters and celebrate the season with crisp winter scenes by Dutch, French and German artists, including Monet and Pissarro.

Maggi Hambling: Walls Of Water
OngoingFree Event

26th November 2014 to 15th February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Rembrandt: The Late Works Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th October 2014 to 18th January 2015 | Adult 18, student 9

 
Rembrandt: The Late Works:Talk
Ongoing

15th October 2014 to 18th January 2015 - Various Times | 18, NUS 9, OAP 16

 
Peder Balke
OngoingFree Event

13th November 2014 to 12th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Botticelli: The Adoration of the Kings: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Monday 29th December 2014 - 4pm-4.10pm | Free

 

An in-depth talk about a single painting.

Hammershøi: Interior: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 30th December 2014 - 4pm-4.10pm | Free

 

An in-depth talk about one painting.

All events at National Gallery
 
 
 

National Portrait Gallery

10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars

National Portrait Gallery National Portrait Gallery Where:
, St Martin's Place, London London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

This isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of the National Portrait Gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling all hanging out together? The appeal of this gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 15th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris And His Legacy, 1860-1960
OngoingFree Event

16th October 2014 to 11th January 2015 - Various Times | 12.70, OAP 11.80, concs 10.90, family 18.10-26.30, accompanied under 12s Free

 
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th November 2014 to 22nd February 2015 | 3

 
Snowdon: A Life in View OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th September 2014 to 21st January 2015 | Free

 
Portrait Of The Day: Talk
OngoingFree Event

27th to 31st Dec 2014 - 12noon | Free

 
Grayson Perry: Who Are You'
OngoingFree Event

25th October 2014 to 15th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th September 2014 to 1st March 2015 | Free

 
Keep The Home Fires Burning
OngoingFree Event

1st July 2014 to 1st February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Henry Tonks: Studies Of The Artist
OngoingFree Event

18th November 2014 to 1st July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Old Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British Aristocracy
OngoingFree Event

24th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And Donor
OngoingFree Event

18th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits By Matthew Smith And Frank Dobson
OngoingFree Event

5th August 2014 to 1st May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words
OngoingFree Event

1st July 2014 to 1st April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800
OngoingFree Event

9th August 2014 to 1st September 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Hidden: An Unseen Portrait Of Oliver Cromwell
OngoingFree Event

10th July 2014 to 19th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Pictured & Seen
OngoingFree Event

9th August 2014 to 30th November 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Drawing Room: Workshop
On SoonFree Event

Monday 29th December 2014 and Monday 26th January 2015 - 1pm-3pm | Free

 

Drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.

All events at National Portrait Gallery
 
 
 

Photographers' Gallery

Relocated, reopened and still committed to free admission

Photographers' Gallery Photographers' Gallery Where:
, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London London, W1F 7LW
Category: Art Galleries

16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

The Photographers' Gallery reopened in Spring 2012 as Britain's leading centre for contemporary photography continues to run various projects in the meantime, most notably the Deutsche Borse Prize, the photographer's equivalent of the Turner. Now in its new location on Ramillies Street, visiting the exhibition is free and, for those into photography, it's a must-see. A cultural oasis in the centre of the city, with a commitment to continued free admission.

 
 

Events at Photographers' Gallery

Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen
Now OnFree Event

4th December 2014 to 28th January 2015 - Various Times | Free

 

An exhibition that continues the artist's exploration of the ever-increasing production and consumption of photographic images online. Using an iPhone, she re-photographed a range of found images of the sun from her computer screen, resulting ...

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Conde Nast Years 1923 - 1937
OngoingFree Event

31st October 2014 to 18th January 2015 - Various Times | 4.50, concs 3.50, Mon-Fri 10am-12noon Free

 
Vivianne Sassen: Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 - 2012
OngoingFree Event

31st October 2014 to 18th January 2015 - Various Times | 4.50, concs 3.50, Mon-Fri 10am-12noon Free

 
Commercial / Personal Work: Discussion
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 8th January 2015 - 6.30pm | Free, adv booking essential

 

Olivia Gideon Thomson talks with specific reference to Viviane Sassen's career, an artist whom she has represented commercially through her agency, We Folk, since 2009.

Late Tour Of Edward Steichen
On Soon

Friday 9th January 2015 - 6.30pm | phone for prices

 

A tour of the Edward Steichen exhibition led by TPG curator, Eva Eicker.

All events at Photographers' Gallery
 
 
 

Serpentine Gallery

Home of the long-running Summer Pavilion, the Serpentine is free all year round

Serpentine Gallery Serpentine Gallery Where:
, Kensington Gardens, London London, W2 3XA
Category: Art Galleries

Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 
 

The Serpentine provides a platform for contemporary artists, both British and international, with changing exhibitions. There's a permanent work comprising eight benches, a tree-plaque, and a carved stone circle by artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay in the grounds of the gallery which is dedicated to the Serpentine's former Patron Diana, Princess of Wales. In July, the annual Summer Party is a highlight on the party circuit, attracting celebrities, fashionistas and models showing the latest designer dresses. Rather more artistically important is the Summer Pavilion; each year a distinguished architect is invited to build a temporary structure which sits alongside the gallery for the summer months. Often controversial and always a talking point, the Summer Pavilion is arguably one of the most interesting exhibitions that the Serpentine presents.

 
 

Events at Serpentine Gallery

Julio Le Parc
Now OnFree Event

27th December 2014 to 15th February 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 

Immersive light installations and signature interactive games from the Argentinian artist in his first major UK exhibition.

Reiner Ruthenbeck: Orchestrator Of Geometric Form
OngoingFree Event

25th November 2014 to 15th February 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Bertrand Lavier: Fountain
OngoingFree Event

25th December 2014 to 4th October 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Emma Enderby On Julio Le Parc: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 10th January 2015 - 3pm | Free

 

With Emma Enderby.

Saturdays Live: Beth Collar
Free Event

Saturday 31st January 2015 - 3pm-4.30pm | Free

 

Saturdays Live explore ideas and practices connected to Serpentine Galleries exhibitions and projects through performances, interventions and participatory actions. Free, no booking required.

All events at Serpentine Gallery
 
 
 

Tate Britain

One of four Tate galleries in the UK and home of the Turner Prize

Tate Britain Tate Britain Where:
, Millbank, London London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other galleries around the UK, including Tate Modern also in London. Dedicated to showcasing Britain's artistic talent, Tate Britain is home to the greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Since it opened in 1897, the collection has expanded to include works from Blake, Rossetti, Spencer and Stubbs. It also hosts the Turner Prize - the contemporary art world's premier award. Turner's Gallery (another tribute to the artist himself) is a virtual reconstruction of the room in which Turner showed his own paintings.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Phillip King
Now OnFree Event

8th December 2014 to 1st February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 

An abridged survey of the career of the Tunis-born, British artist, offering a display of early wood and plaster works from the early 1960s, shown alongside two works from his 'Cone' series; Rosebud and Sure ...

Olafur Eliasson: Turner Colour Experiments OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd October 2014 to 25th January 2015 | Free

 
The Turner Prize 2014 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th September 2014 to 4th January 2015 | 10, concs 8.60

 
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner: Painting Set Free Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th September 2014 to 25th January 2015 | 15 (Adults), 13.10 (Concessions)

 
BP Spotlight: Marlow Moss
OngoingFree Event

23rd October 2014 to 22nd March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Spaces Of Black Modernism: London 1919-39
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2014 to 29th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
David Hall: TV Interruptions
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2014 to 29th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Karen Knorr: BP Spotlight
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2014 to 29th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP Spotlights: 'Poor Man's Picture Gallery': Victorian Art And Stereoscopic Photography
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2014 to 12th April 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: William Hogarth
OngoingFree Event

27th October 2014 to 26th April 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
William Hazlitt: Through The Eyes Of A Critic
OngoingFree Event

30th September 2014 to 5th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Caroline Achaintre
OngoingFree Event

13th October 2014 to 3rd May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP Spotlight: New Brutalist Image 1949–55
OngoingFree Event

24th November 2014 to 4th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art
OngoingFree Event

14th May 2013 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
David Tremlett: Drawing For Free Thinking
OngoingFree Event

19th September 2012 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
All events at Tate Britain
 
 
 

Tate Modern

Europe's most popular art gallery is free to visit

Tate Modern Tate Modern Where:
, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 
 

Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern pays homage to art from 1900 to the present day. Located along the banks of the River Thames, the gallery opened to great acclaim in 2000 and has since welcomed millions of visitors through its imposing doors. If you are visiting for the first time, you should approach from Blackfriars station, crossing Norman Foster's 'Blade of Light' footbridge walking towards this spectacular modernist masterpiece with the dome of St Paul's Cathedral behind you. The awesome Turbine Hall creates a stunning entrance and a vast space, used to display temporary installations on a grand scale. There are three levels of galleries enclosed by a spectacular two-storey glass roof that provides fantastic views of London and a great cafe. Full of the jokey eccentricities of contemporary art, it's one of the few art galleries that children and teenagers will enjoy, but it also offers the full set of iconic twentieth century artists, from Matisse to Moore, Dali to Picasso. Justifiably the most popular art gallery in Europe.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Conflict, Time, Photography Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th November 2014 to 15th March 2015 | Adult 14.50, concession 12.50

 
Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
Ongoing

12th December 2014 to 3rd April 2015 - Various Times | phone for prices

 
Sigmar Polke: Alibis Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 | 14.50 (Adults), 13.10 (Adults without donation), 12.50 (Concessions), 11.30 (Concessions without donation)

 
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010
OngoingFree Event

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 - Various Times | 13.10, concs 11.30, under 12s Free

 
Richard Tuttle: Commission OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th October 2014 to 6th April 2015 | Free

 
Albert Renger-Patzsch
OngoingFree Event

27th to 31st Dec 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Louise Bourgeois: Works On Paper
OngoingFree Event

20th August 2014 to 12th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Lawrence Weiner
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 31st January 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Nam June Paik
OngoingFree Event

3rd November 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Vanessa Bell And Saluoa Raouda Choucair
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 23rd August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Sonia Delaunay Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th April 2014 to 9th August 2015

 
Abstraction And The Sublime
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Alexander Brodsky And Ilya Utkin
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Joseph Beuys: Artist Rooms
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Elegies
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Surrealism And Beyond
OngoingFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Around Abstract Art 1920-1935
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Arte Povera And Anti-Form
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Painting
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Surrealism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Bill Viola
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Charlotte Posenenske
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Chen Zhen And Leonilson: Objects For Mending
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Constructionism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cubism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cy Twombly
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Elements Of Chance
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Ellsworth Kelly
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Everyday Alchemy: Contemporary Sculpture
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Giorgio De Chirico And Jannis Kounellis
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Henry Wessel
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Homeworkers
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Leon Golub & Hrair Sarkissian: Facing History
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Minimalism
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
New Images Of Man
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Nicholas Hlobo
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Pino Pascali
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Realisms
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Russian Revolutionary Posters
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
The Reclining Nude
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Thomas Hirschhorn And Germaine Richier
OngoingFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Heather & Ivan Morison: Skirt Of The Black Mouth
OngoingFree Event

19th October 2012 to 30th September 2015 | Free

 
Art School: Summer 2014, Tate Modern
On SoonFree Event

6th October 2014 to 9th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
All events at Tate Modern
 
 
 

Wallace Collection

Art classes, workshops, talks and tours all on offer for free

Wallace Collection Wallace Collection Where:
, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London London, W1U 3BN
Category: Art Galleries

Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London, W1U 3BN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

Free art classes and workshops, talks and tours, bring alive to visitors the varied works of art on display in Hertford House - the original family home of The Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace. European paintings, miniatures and sculpture, French 18th-century furniture, Sevres and Meissen porcelain, goldsmiths' work and Oriental and European arms and armour combine to form one of the finest collections of art amassed by one family. Sir Richard Wallace - the illegitimate son of the 4th Marquess of Hertford - built up the original collection left to him by his father. Several Old Master paintings, notably 'The Laughing Cavalier', works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Reynolds, Rubens, Gainsborough, Titian and Romney make this gallery a worthy rival of others in the city. Renovations to the town house, which uniquely occupies the whole side of a garden square, include a glass-roofed courtyard - home to Oliver Peyton's brasserie - four new galleries and educational facilities. The acquisitions, bequeathed to the nation by Wallace's widow in 1897, are all free to view. There are regular tours during the week and weekend tours take place on Saturdays at 11.30am and Sundays at 3pm.

 
 

Events at Wallace Collection

First Friday Lates: Romance
Free Event

Friday 6th February 2015 - 6pm-9.30pm | Free

 

Meet friends and enjoy this unique gallery after dark during these specially curated evenings.

First Friday Lates: Mystery March
Free Event

Friday 6th March 2015 - 6pm-9.30pm | Free

 

Take a look around the galleries after dark.

Joshua Reynolds: Experiments In Paint Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th March to 7th June 2015 | Free

 
All events at Wallace Collection
 
 
 

The Wapping Project

Power station turned exhibition space is one of London's most unique art experiences

The Wapping Project The Wapping Project Where:
, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London London, E1W 3ST
Category: Art Galleries

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 3ST

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 
 

Built in 1890 and originally used to power machinery using steam and later electricity, this unique space is now a thriving centre for the arts. After its closure as a pumping station in 1977, it emerged as a multi-purpose exhibition and performance space. What makes this east London venue so interesting is that, as well as featuring newly commissioned, ever-changing works by visual artists, choreographers, composers, writers, poets, designers and film makers, it still boasts much of the original hydraulic equipment and machinery. The Wapping Project - unlike the Tate Modern which removed all of its turbines - has made a feature of its inheritance. Bathed in atmospheric pools of natural light, pressure pipes, rusty chains, huge hooks, valves and bare brick walls form the backdrop for changing exhibitions of paintings, photographs and performances. The original square boiler house, with its cracked, crumbling walls makes a refreshingly real gallery space. A restaurant and bar are also open in the Engine and Turbine Houses, while the historic pub The Prospect of Whitby can be found on the other side of the road.

 
 
 

White Cube Hoxton Square

Free-to-view, cutting edge art in hipster East London

White Cube Hoxton Square White Cube Hoxton Square Where:
, 48 Hoxton Square, London London, N1 6PB
Category: Art Galleries

48 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London, N1 6PB

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 

A leading part of the ferociously fashionable East London art scene, the first of White Cube's two galleries is invariably filled with some of the world's most cutting-edge art. Owner Jay Jopling is as A-list as the artists he collects. Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Gilbert & George and his former wife Sam Taylor-Wood are all represented and their works shown at the two galleries and beyond. Together with the second gallery (at Mason's Yard, Piccadilly), White Cube has over 1,000 square metres of exhibition space. Head down to either gallery for the opening nights of new shows to enjoy free beer with the cream of London's starving young artists.

 
 
 

Whitechapel Gallery

Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery

Whitechapel Gallery Whitechapel Gallery Where:
, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Whitechapel, Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned both for the beauty of its light, airy space and for embracing the local community in its work. Founded in 1901, extensive refurbishment saw the gallery double in size when it reopened in April 2009. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. The Pop Art 'This is Tomorrow' exhibition of 1956 is often hailed as the gallery's most iconic event, although there are a number of other exhibitions worthy of note. Picasso's 'Guernica' was displayed here in 1938, Jackson Pollock had work exhibited at the gallery in the 1950s, David Hockney's first show was held here in 1970 and Lucian Freud had a major exhibition in 1993. With its pillared supports and high ceilings, The Lower Gallery, in particular, is a fantastic exhibition space.

 
 

Events at Whitechapel Gallery

Bart Lodewijks
On SoonFree Event

16th December 2014 to 8th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Fiona Banner Selects From The V-A-C Collection: Stamp Out Photographie
On SoonFree Event

9th December 2014 to 8th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Sculptors Papers From The Henry Moore Institute Archive
On SoonFree Event

30th October 2014 to 22nd February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Sexuality: Talk
On Soon

Thursday 8th January 2015 - 7pm-9pm | 8.50, concs 6.50

 

Discussion about the relevance of sexuality in contemporary art.

Karen Mirza And Brad Butler: The Unreliable Narrator
On Soon

13th January to 26th April 2015 | phone for prices

 
All events at Whitechapel Gallery
 
 
 
 
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