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Top London art exhibitions post-lockdown 2020

Amalia Navarro
September 4, 2020
September 4, 2020

A guide to the London art scene post-lockdown: our top exhibitions around the city, from installation, to photography, film, design, fashion, and sound.

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It's been an odd past few months for just about everyone, but as we're adapting our daily lives to the new norms, life is slowly starting to pick up again - and so is the London art scene. As a creative, I know I've been finding myself quite uninspired lately, and I definitely feel the lack of external, social and creative stimulation throughout my work. So naturally, I was really excited to see our favourite creative spaces opening to the public again. So what does the art scene look like now? Timed entrances, face coverings and social distancing. But nonetheless, galleries, museums and creative organisations across London have outdone themselves to help you get your creative juices flowing again.


So here are our top exhibitions, installations and performances in London right now! Most of the exhibitions are free, except for a select few that looked too interesting not to include. If you find them as interesting as I do, but don't have the budget to see them all, check out the Museums Association's Essential Membership. It's £49 for the year, but gets you into 900+ museums and galleries (including special exhibitions) around the UK, for free.


Make sure to familiarise yourself with each museum or gallery's COVID-19 regulations and plan ahead to avoid disappointment. But go have fun, get inspired and reacquainted with the London art scene!

London Grads Now.

Installation | Design | Mixed media

Saatchi Gallery

Until 25 Sep 2020

Tickets: £3

Poster for an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London, for students of UCL, UAL and Goldsmiths that missed out on a degree show because of COVID-19

Following the unprecedented cancellation of graduation shows across London due to COVID-19 restrictions, Saatchi Gallery invited students and lecturers to organise an exhibition that would enable graduating students to showcase their works safely within international-quality gallery spaces. This thought-provoking exhibition showcases works by graduating students from London's leading fine art schools including; Royal College of Art, UCL: Slade School of Art, Goldsmiths: University of London, UAL: Chelsea College of Arts, UAL: Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL: Camberwell College of Arts and UAL: Central Saint Martins.


Slices of Time: Emmanuelle Moureaux

Installation | Design

NOW Gallery

Until 27 Sep

Tickets: Free

Installation of numbers hanging from the ceiling, going from white to yellow, orange, pink, red, to green shades

Inspired by the gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula, near to the Meridian, marking time and composed of layers of numbers in 100 shades of colours and white, the installation expresses the flow of time. Each layer of numbers reflects the now, the past and the future.


Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Fashion

Victoria and Albert Museum

Until 25 Oct 2020

Tickets: £16

An exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, of a kimono display, in a room filled with mirrors

This exhibition presents the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.


Among the Trees

Installation | Photography | Sculpture | Painting

Hayward Gallery

Until 31 Oct 2020

Tickets: £12

Two benches in front of an exhibition display at the Hayward Gallery, London, showing a giant projection of a tree, observed horizontally

In meditative works across different media, they explore how trees – with lifespans much longer than our own – challenge how we think about time, and consider how intimately entangled they are with human affairs. At a time when the destruction of the world’s forests is accelerating at a record pace, see the natural world through new eyes, on a walk through the woods, real and imagined.


Danh Vo: Chicxulub

Installation

White Cube Bermondsey

Until 02 November 2020

Tickets: Free

Installation of circular bins filled with plants and greenery

Vo developed the exhibition at Güldenhof, his farm in east Germany where he has brought together many themes that he has been exploring over the last decade: the seduction and violence of Catholicism; the parallels between the export of Christianity and the contemporary travel of multinational brands; and the interconnected nature of life on this globe where each thing is shaped by the reflection of its inside to an outside.


Andy Warhol

Design | Mixed media

Tate Modern

Until 15 Nov 2020

Tickets: £22

The interior of a gallery, with a selection of works by Andy Warhol, from portraits of Marilyn Monroe, to packaging for Brillo

This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years.

Ann Veronica Janssens: Hot Pink Turquoise

Installation

South London Gallery

Until 29 Nov 2020

Tickets: Free

Large empty room, with white walls and concrete floors, featuring a large blue puddle in one corner of the room

Janssens’ Untitled (Blue Glitter), an expanse of reflective, blue glitter scattered across the floor of the gallery, will occupy the Main Space for the first half of the show, after which it will be replaced by Janssens’ reflective wheeled Bikes, 2001. Visitors are invited to cycle round the Main Gallery on one of five custom-made bicycles with mirrored wheels, which will reflect light on the surrounding gallery walls and floor as the wheels turn.

Accelerate your escape: Gary Hume explores the Hiscox Collection

Painting | Sculpture | Photography

Whitechapel Gallery

Until 03 Jan 2021

Tickets: Free

A non-distinct painting of a, orange palm tree on a green background

Important works by renowned artists including Etel Adnan, Nan Goldin, David Hockney, Noemie Goudal, Prem Sahib, Joan Miró, Eduardo Paolozzi and Pablo Picasso, are on public view for the first time in two consecutive, artist-curated exhibitions drawn from the Hiscox Collection. Hume invites us to escape the everyday and to find new joys and sorrows in the myriad worlds imagined for us by the artists he has selected.


Driverless: Who is in Control?

Installation

Science Museum

Until 05 Jan 2021

Tickets: Free

A futuristic machine seen from below, with abstract lines forming a circle around the vehicle, changing from blue to yellow at the centre

Artificial intelligence is gaining an ever-increasing presence in our lives. Everything from deep-sea exploration to getting a cheeky take-away is being reimagined with some form of automation. Discover more in this cutting-edge exhibition through interactive exhibits, thought-provoking objects and even a retro robot car. Driverless will give you a unique glimpse into the AI-driven tech that could shape the habits, behaviour and society of tomorrow.


Dóra Maurer

Photography | Film | Painting | Design

Tate Modern

Until 24 Jan 2021

Tickets: Free

A gallery at the Tate Modern, London, displaying various artworks by Dora Maurer, including abstract paintings and a hanging sculpture

Maurer was at the centre of an independent community of artists, poets and musicians that championed their own culture outside of the official Hungarian system during the socialist period. They organised exhibitions in apartments and published underground journals. Movement, displacement, perception and transformation have remained consistent threads in her work. Never tied down to one medium, Maurer remains a unique voice, constantly in motion.



Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers

Design | Installation | Music | Multimedia

Design Museum

Until 14 Feb 2021

Tickets: £16 (weekdays) | £18 (weekends)

A man standing beside and looking up to an installation displaying vertical strobe lights in mid air, coming down from the ceiling

Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.

Out of the blue: Fifty years of designer's guild

Design | Textile

Fashion and Textile Museum

Until 21 Feb 2020

Tickets: £9.90

A gallery at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, displaying an interior design exhibit, featuring blue floral wallpaper and drapes

Out of the Blue celebrates the work of influential design company Designers Guild, founded by Tricia Guild. Out of the Blue unravels Tricia Guild’s unique and creative approach, focussing in on her inspiration, her intuitive design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials used. Frustrated with the lack of truly contemporary fabrics and wallpapers for interiors, Tricia’s vision was to create a lifestyle. Tricia showed people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space.

Coming soon


Refugees: Forced to flee

Photography

Imperial War Museum

24 Sep 2020 - 24 May 2021

Tickets: Free


Thao Nguyen Phan

Installation | Painting | Film

Chisenhale Gallery

26 Sep 2020 - 06 Dec 2020

Tickets: Free


Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer

Photography | Film

Barbican Centre

07 Oct 2020 - 03 Jan 2021

Tickets: £15 (weekdays) | £17 (weekends)


Bruce Nauman

Film | Sound | Mixed media

Tate Modern

07 Oct 2020 – 21 Feb 2021

Tickets: £13


Trulee Hall

Installation | Film | Sculpture | Painting

Zabludowicz Collection

08 Oct 2020 –13 Dec 2020

Tickets: Free


Evgenia Arbugaeva: Hyperborea - Stories from the Russian Arctic

Photography

The Photographer’s Gallery

09 Oct 2020 - 24 Jan 2021

Tickets: £5


Beazley Designs of the Year

Design

Design Museum

21 Oct 2020 - 28 Mar 2021

Tickets: Prices to be announced


Zanele Muholi

Photography

Tate Modern

05 Nov 2020 – 07 Mar 2021

Tickets: £13


Past exhibitions

Dancing City (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival)

Performance | Dance

Canary Wharf

On 05 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


A man and a woman performing and dancing with white chairs

Dancing City, an annual outdoor dance programme at Canary Wharf, returns this year, reinvented with safe-distancing integrated into the performances and audience experience.

Steve McQueen

Film | Photography | Sculpture

Tate Modern

Until 06 Sep 2020

Tickets: £13

A projected film by Steve McQueen in a dark lit and blue room

Spanning two decades of his career, the exhibition will reveal how McQueen’s pioneering approaches to filmmaking have expanded the ways in which artists work with the medium, creating poignant portraits of time and place. It features 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, including his first film shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus 1992/97.

Carlos Bunga: Something Necessary and Useful

Installation | Sculpture

Whitechapel Gallery

Until 06 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

An installation by Carlos Bunga of walls and features made of cardboard at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.

"When we walk in that space we are walking between the past and the future and we are the present". Carlos Bunga creates monumental structures out of everyday materials to propose architecture as transitory and corporeal in his first major commission in London. He makes cardboard constructions and repurposes domestic furnishings to create an evolving installation in dialogue with the historic interiors of the gallery and its public.


Games We Play

Photography | Installation

King’s Cross

Until 07 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

An installation in King’s Cross, London, UK., of specially-made benches with canvas overhead, displaying images from The Photographer’s Gallery

King’s Cross launches what will be one of the largest free and permanent outdoor exhibition spaces for photography and 2d works in London. The Outside Art Project will feature 15 2-meter wide concrete benches, each holding a double-sided frame for two artworks, installed all across the iconic King’s Cross estate. The project kicks off with The Photographers’ Gallery: ‘Games We Play’. Showing typical scenes of family outings, holidays, playtime and scenic views, it explores how embedded these representations have become in our national consciousness despite not reflecting the lived experience of so many of us.

Fire Garden (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival)

Installation | Music

Thames Barrier Park

11 Sep 2020-12 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


A group of people from behind, standing in front of a installation utilising fire

In this atmospheric and enchanting experience there are echoes of local stories, whilst trees glow with fire and flowers blossom into life with flames. This immersive experience provides the perfect antidote to a summer of isolation, evoking the warmth and generosity of togetherness and renewal.

Ray Lee: Ring Out (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival)

Installation | Performance

Silverton Square

11 Sep 2020-12 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

Seven silver bell-like structures dangling and moving back and forth

This installation from Ray Lee takes the form of a series of giant towers which hold suspended bell-like speaker cones. A team of volunteer bell-ringers start to operate the industrial machinery and make the pendulum arms swing higher and higher until each arm soars up over the heads of the audience ringing forth with a peel of electronic tones.


Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019

Photography

National Maritime Museum

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

A boat in the middle of an arctic ocean, surrounded by a star-filled blue and purple sky

The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition includes over 100 awe-inspiring images, including the winners and runners-up from the eight different categories in the competition. From spellbinding skyscapes and galaxies to extraordinary photographs of aurorae, each category explores a different wonder of the night sky.



Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

Design

Somerset House

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

A collage of a face on a yellow mushroom

Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy, as well as the promise it offers to reimagine our relationship with the planet. Plus, explore ground-breaking experiments in design, textiles and architecture that utilise mushrooms in exciting new ways – from upcycled agro-waste to sustainable shoes made with mycelium.



Cao Fei: Blueprints

Installation | Film

Serpentine Gallery

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


An installation of a huge orange blow-up octopus in a factory, by Cao Fei

Cao Fei‘s work is underpinned by an ongoing exploration of virtuality, how it has radically altered our perception of self and changed the way we understand reality. This exhibition brings together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology that Cao Fei continuously draws upon.

Working Progress

Installation | Design | Mixed media

South London Gallery

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


The interior of one of the galleries at South London Gallery, displaying various artworks: a medicine cabinet, a standing rose, and posters

26 members of the SLG’s Front of House team re-imagine and transform their usual space of work with an exhibition showcasing their varied practices. The show celebrates the creative talents of young and emerging artists working in south London today.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020

Photography

The Photographer’s Gallery

Until 20 Sep 2020

Tickets: £5

A man standing on top of a car in the middle of a field, holding a horse by its rein, in black and white

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual award, originated by The Photographers’ Gallery, to recognise and support the most innovative, original and relevant photography-based practice within a given year.

Update 22/09/2020

It's been an odd past few months for just about everyone, but as we're adapting our daily lives to the new norms, life is slowly starting to pick up again - and so is the London art scene. As a creative, I know I've been finding myself quite uninspired lately, and I definitely feel the lack of external, social and creative stimulation throughout my work. So naturally, I was really excited to see our favourite creative spaces opening to the public again. So what does the art scene look like now? Timed entrances, face coverings and social distancing. But nonetheless, galleries, museums and creative organisations across London have outdone themselves to help you get your creative juices flowing again.


So here are our top exhibitions, installations and performances in London right now! Most of the exhibitions are free, except for a select few that looked too interesting not to include. If you find them as interesting as I do, but don't have the budget to see them all, check out the Museums Association's Essential Membership. It's £49 for the year, but gets you into 900+ museums and galleries (including special exhibitions) around the UK, for free.


Make sure to familiarise yourself with each museum or gallery's COVID-19 regulations and plan ahead to avoid disappointment. But go have fun, get inspired and reacquainted with the London art scene!

London Grads Now.

Installation | Design | Mixed media

Saatchi Gallery

Until 25 Sep 2020

Tickets: £3

Poster for an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London, for students of UCL, UAL and Goldsmiths that missed out on a degree show because of COVID-19

Following the unprecedented cancellation of graduation shows across London due to COVID-19 restrictions, Saatchi Gallery invited students and lecturers to organise an exhibition that would enable graduating students to showcase their works safely within international-quality gallery spaces. This thought-provoking exhibition showcases works by graduating students from London's leading fine art schools including; Royal College of Art, UCL: Slade School of Art, Goldsmiths: University of London, UAL: Chelsea College of Arts, UAL: Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL: Camberwell College of Arts and UAL: Central Saint Martins.


Slices of Time: Emmanuelle Moureaux

Installation | Design

NOW Gallery

Until 27 Sep

Tickets: Free

Installation of numbers hanging from the ceiling, going from white to yellow, orange, pink, red, to green shades

Inspired by the gallery’s location on the Greenwich Peninsula, near to the Meridian, marking time and composed of layers of numbers in 100 shades of colours and white, the installation expresses the flow of time. Each layer of numbers reflects the now, the past and the future.


Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Fashion

Victoria and Albert Museum

Until 25 Oct 2020

Tickets: £16

An exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, of a kimono display, in a room filled with mirrors

This exhibition presents the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.


Among the Trees

Installation | Photography | Sculpture | Painting

Hayward Gallery

Until 31 Oct 2020

Tickets: £12

Two benches in front of an exhibition display at the Hayward Gallery, London, showing a giant projection of a tree, observed horizontally

In meditative works across different media, they explore how trees – with lifespans much longer than our own – challenge how we think about time, and consider how intimately entangled they are with human affairs. At a time when the destruction of the world’s forests is accelerating at a record pace, see the natural world through new eyes, on a walk through the woods, real and imagined.


Danh Vo: Chicxulub

Installation

White Cube Bermondsey

Until 02 November 2020

Tickets: Free

Installation of circular bins filled with plants and greenery

Vo developed the exhibition at Güldenhof, his farm in east Germany where he has brought together many themes that he has been exploring over the last decade: the seduction and violence of Catholicism; the parallels between the export of Christianity and the contemporary travel of multinational brands; and the interconnected nature of life on this globe where each thing is shaped by the reflection of its inside to an outside.


Andy Warhol

Design | Mixed media

Tate Modern

Until 15 Nov 2020

Tickets: £22

The interior of a gallery, with a selection of works by Andy Warhol, from portraits of Marilyn Monroe, to packaging for Brillo

This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years.

Ann Veronica Janssens: Hot Pink Turquoise

Installation

South London Gallery

Until 29 Nov 2020

Tickets: Free

Large empty room, with white walls and concrete floors, featuring a large blue puddle in one corner of the room

Janssens’ Untitled (Blue Glitter), an expanse of reflective, blue glitter scattered across the floor of the gallery, will occupy the Main Space for the first half of the show, after which it will be replaced by Janssens’ reflective wheeled Bikes, 2001. Visitors are invited to cycle round the Main Gallery on one of five custom-made bicycles with mirrored wheels, which will reflect light on the surrounding gallery walls and floor as the wheels turn.

Accelerate your escape: Gary Hume explores the Hiscox Collection

Painting | Sculpture | Photography

Whitechapel Gallery

Until 03 Jan 2021

Tickets: Free

A non-distinct painting of a, orange palm tree on a green background

Important works by renowned artists including Etel Adnan, Nan Goldin, David Hockney, Noemie Goudal, Prem Sahib, Joan Miró, Eduardo Paolozzi and Pablo Picasso, are on public view for the first time in two consecutive, artist-curated exhibitions drawn from the Hiscox Collection. Hume invites us to escape the everyday and to find new joys and sorrows in the myriad worlds imagined for us by the artists he has selected.


Driverless: Who is in Control?

Installation

Science Museum

Until 05 Jan 2021

Tickets: Free

A futuristic machine seen from below, with abstract lines forming a circle around the vehicle, changing from blue to yellow at the centre

Artificial intelligence is gaining an ever-increasing presence in our lives. Everything from deep-sea exploration to getting a cheeky take-away is being reimagined with some form of automation. Discover more in this cutting-edge exhibition through interactive exhibits, thought-provoking objects and even a retro robot car. Driverless will give you a unique glimpse into the AI-driven tech that could shape the habits, behaviour and society of tomorrow.


Dóra Maurer

Photography | Film | Painting | Design

Tate Modern

Until 24 Jan 2021

Tickets: Free

A gallery at the Tate Modern, London, displaying various artworks by Dora Maurer, including abstract paintings and a hanging sculpture

Maurer was at the centre of an independent community of artists, poets and musicians that championed their own culture outside of the official Hungarian system during the socialist period. They organised exhibitions in apartments and published underground journals. Movement, displacement, perception and transformation have remained consistent threads in her work. Never tied down to one medium, Maurer remains a unique voice, constantly in motion.



Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers

Design | Installation | Music | Multimedia

Design Museum

Until 14 Feb 2021

Tickets: £16 (weekdays) | £18 (weekends)

A man standing beside and looking up to an installation displaying vertical strobe lights in mid air, coming down from the ceiling

Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition will transport you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.

Out of the blue: Fifty years of designer's guild

Design | Textile

Fashion and Textile Museum

Until 21 Feb 2020

Tickets: £9.90

A gallery at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, displaying an interior design exhibit, featuring blue floral wallpaper and drapes

Out of the Blue celebrates the work of influential design company Designers Guild, founded by Tricia Guild. Out of the Blue unravels Tricia Guild’s unique and creative approach, focussing in on her inspiration, her intuitive design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials used. Frustrated with the lack of truly contemporary fabrics and wallpapers for interiors, Tricia’s vision was to create a lifestyle. Tricia showed people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space.

Coming soon


Refugees: Forced to flee

Photography

Imperial War Museum

24 Sep 2020 - 24 May 2021

Tickets: Free


Thao Nguyen Phan

Installation | Painting | Film

Chisenhale Gallery

26 Sep 2020 - 06 Dec 2020

Tickets: Free


Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer

Photography | Film

Barbican Centre

07 Oct 2020 - 03 Jan 2021

Tickets: £15 (weekdays) | £17 (weekends)


Bruce Nauman

Film | Sound | Mixed media

Tate Modern

07 Oct 2020 – 21 Feb 2021

Tickets: £13


Trulee Hall

Installation | Film | Sculpture | Painting

Zabludowicz Collection

08 Oct 2020 –13 Dec 2020

Tickets: Free


Evgenia Arbugaeva: Hyperborea - Stories from the Russian Arctic

Photography

The Photographer’s Gallery

09 Oct 2020 - 24 Jan 2021

Tickets: £5


Beazley Designs of the Year

Design

Design Museum

21 Oct 2020 - 28 Mar 2021

Tickets: Prices to be announced


Zanele Muholi

Photography

Tate Modern

05 Nov 2020 – 07 Mar 2021

Tickets: £13


Past exhibitions

Dancing City (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival)

Performance | Dance

Canary Wharf

On 05 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


A man and a woman performing and dancing with white chairs

Dancing City, an annual outdoor dance programme at Canary Wharf, returns this year, reinvented with safe-distancing integrated into the performances and audience experience.

Steve McQueen

Film | Photography | Sculpture

Tate Modern

Until 06 Sep 2020

Tickets: £13

A projected film by Steve McQueen in a dark lit and blue room

Spanning two decades of his career, the exhibition will reveal how McQueen’s pioneering approaches to filmmaking have expanded the ways in which artists work with the medium, creating poignant portraits of time and place. It features 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, including his first film shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus 1992/97.

Carlos Bunga: Something Necessary and Useful

Installation | Sculpture

Whitechapel Gallery

Until 06 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

An installation by Carlos Bunga of walls and features made of cardboard at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK.

"When we walk in that space we are walking between the past and the future and we are the present". Carlos Bunga creates monumental structures out of everyday materials to propose architecture as transitory and corporeal in his first major commission in London. He makes cardboard constructions and repurposes domestic furnishings to create an evolving installation in dialogue with the historic interiors of the gallery and its public.


Games We Play

Photography | Installation

King’s Cross

Until 07 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

An installation in King’s Cross, London, UK., of specially-made benches with canvas overhead, displaying images from The Photographer’s Gallery

King’s Cross launches what will be one of the largest free and permanent outdoor exhibition spaces for photography and 2d works in London. The Outside Art Project will feature 15 2-meter wide concrete benches, each holding a double-sided frame for two artworks, installed all across the iconic King’s Cross estate. The project kicks off with The Photographers’ Gallery: ‘Games We Play’. Showing typical scenes of family outings, holidays, playtime and scenic views, it explores how embedded these representations have become in our national consciousness despite not reflecting the lived experience of so many of us.

Fire Garden (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival)

Installation | Music

Thames Barrier Park

11 Sep 2020-12 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


A group of people from behind, standing in front of a installation utilising fire

In this atmospheric and enchanting experience there are echoes of local stories, whilst trees glow with fire and flowers blossom into life with flames. This immersive experience provides the perfect antidote to a summer of isolation, evoking the warmth and generosity of togetherness and renewal.

Ray Lee: Ring Out (Greenwich + Docklands International Festival)

Installation | Performance

Silverton Square

11 Sep 2020-12 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

Seven silver bell-like structures dangling and moving back and forth

This installation from Ray Lee takes the form of a series of giant towers which hold suspended bell-like speaker cones. A team of volunteer bell-ringers start to operate the industrial machinery and make the pendulum arms swing higher and higher until each arm soars up over the heads of the audience ringing forth with a peel of electronic tones.


Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019

Photography

National Maritime Museum

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

A boat in the middle of an arctic ocean, surrounded by a star-filled blue and purple sky

The Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition includes over 100 awe-inspiring images, including the winners and runners-up from the eight different categories in the competition. From spellbinding skyscapes and galaxies to extraordinary photographs of aurorae, each category explores a different wonder of the night sky.



Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

Design

Somerset House

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free

A collage of a face on a yellow mushroom

Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy, as well as the promise it offers to reimagine our relationship with the planet. Plus, explore ground-breaking experiments in design, textiles and architecture that utilise mushrooms in exciting new ways – from upcycled agro-waste to sustainable shoes made with mycelium.



Cao Fei: Blueprints

Installation | Film

Serpentine Gallery

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


An installation of a huge orange blow-up octopus in a factory, by Cao Fei

Cao Fei‘s work is underpinned by an ongoing exploration of virtuality, how it has radically altered our perception of self and changed the way we understand reality. This exhibition brings together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology that Cao Fei continuously draws upon.

Working Progress

Installation | Design | Mixed media

South London Gallery

Until 13 Sep 2020

Tickets: Free


The interior of one of the galleries at South London Gallery, displaying various artworks: a medicine cabinet, a standing rose, and posters

26 members of the SLG’s Front of House team re-imagine and transform their usual space of work with an exhibition showcasing their varied practices. The show celebrates the creative talents of young and emerging artists working in south London today.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020

Photography

The Photographer’s Gallery

Until 20 Sep 2020

Tickets: £5

A man standing on top of a car in the middle of a field, holding a horse by its rein, in black and white

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual award, originated by The Photographers’ Gallery, to recognise and support the most innovative, original and relevant photography-based practice within a given year.

Update 22/09/2020

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A mother calling her child from outside their home in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
A pack of cigarettes and a lighted by the edge of a pool in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
Hands holding a cup of coffee and a cigarette, with the body of a policeman in the background and a child sitting with an umbrella covering his face
A light brown dog on a black seat in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
Two people crossing a residential street in the Dominican Republic, with a mountain at the end of the road
A man crossing a main road overlooking the ocean, lined with tall palm trees in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
A man wearing red in the middle of a vast blue ocean in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
A man on a parked motorcycle, looking straight into the camera, waving, in front of a truck in the Dominican Republic.
A person on their terrace behind a metal gate with a flock of pigeons in front of their house in the Dominican Republic
An abstract view of a yellow building and blue satellite dishes in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
The entrance to an emergency room with two men around motorcycles in front of the building and a man sat on a bench waiting during COVID-19
A member from a private police force in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, from the back, dressed in military style clothing during COVID-19
A deformed shadow of a person smoking a cigarette and taking a selfie in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
A yellow corridor with a staircase barred off by emergency tape and a printed sign reading “Atencion" about COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic
View from above of a yellow shopping basket filled with packaged food in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
View from the top of thirteen dominoes on a ledge, with leaves coming out from behind the railing in the Dominican Republic during COVID-19
Blue and white wall with window in the middle, and a red and yellow fire hydrant below the window in the Dominican Republic
An old tyre with an empty water bottle in the middle, in a green garden, with a sign reading “No tired basura”, translating to “Don't throw trash”
A street in the Dominican Republic showing a row of colourful shops and homes and telephone lines taking over the sky
A white house with a terracotta roof, with palm trees moving in the wind in the background in the Dominican Republic
A fire truck marked “Bomberos" parked on the side of the road with a guy on a motorcycle passing by on its right
The front of a yellow house in the Dominican Republic, with a white door and one white window
View from above of a hand wearing a black glove, smoking a cigarette in the Dominican Republic during the COVID-19 crisis
View of the sky from the window of a plane going to the Dominican Republic

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