Art In London: August 2014

We look ahead at the best London art openings in August, organised by category and opening date. We hope you find it handy for planning ahead. Useful? Missing something? Please let us know and we’ll tweak the format in future instalments. 

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Fideli Sundqvist, Paper Cut, 2014. Exhibition on display at The Proud Archivist.

Must See

1 August - Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia at The Photographers’ Gallery — Explore the appearance and development of colour in Russian photography from the 1860s to the 1970s and look back at Russian history, in photographs. Free, until 19 October

1 AugustHackney WickED Festival at different venues —  This yearly arts festival has a strong aim of promoting local culture within communities and getting people involved in creating art. Expect art exhibition, performances, workshops and so on. Check website for full programme. Until 3 August 

2 August – The Cornershop at 19 Wellington Row — Set inside a disused commercial space in Bethnal Green, this installation features a fully-stocked newsagents made out of felt. Each item is meticulously sewn, stuffed and priced: you might well want to buy something. See Londonist video. Listen to Londonist podcast. Free, until 31 August

8 AugustStanley Kubrick: New Perspectives at Work Gallery — This exhibition explore the director’s obsession for details and visual elements in his films. In particular, the focus is on his filmic spaces, which were imaginative and often fantastic. Free, until 29 August

28 August – Paper Cut at The Proud Archivist — New works by 25 of the world’s most critically acclaimed paper craft illustrators are on display at the Haggerston arts hub. More than 50 works will be on display including paper sculptures and prints. Free, until 25 September

Architecture & Design

8 August – IJ Brown: Psycetecture at Foundation & Trust Gallery — This London-based artist creates paintings, sculptures and art installation drawing inspiration from brutalist architecture. Every one of his artworks is conceived as an architectural structure. Free, until 16 August

Drawing

1 August Movement Artjam at Muse Gallery — Everyone is welcome to turn up and paint on the wall at Muse Gallery in Portobello Road. Free, until 3 August

18 AugustFine Prints & Maps at Henry Sotheran Ltd — See highlights from the shop’s prints collection plus a wide variety of etchings and drawings by Henry Moore. Free, until 8 September

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Brick Lane, Whitechapel by Noel Gibson, on display at Bow Arts.

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1 August – Empty Streets: Noel Gibson’s East London at  Nunnery Gallery — One of East London’s most prolific artists, Noel Gibson was a post-war painter who focused on depicting everyday scenes in London’s East End. Free, until 21 September

7 August – The art and science of exploration at The Queen’s House in Greenwich — See paintings and artefacts from the voyages of 18th century English explorers such as Captain Cook. This is a good opportunity to do your own exploring, with a look around the 17th century Queen’s House.  Free, ongoing

28 August - Piers Ottey: We Love London at Zimmer Stewart Gallery — Wimbledon-born painter Piers Ottey displays his paintings that focus on London. See his structured and colourful paintings which aim to transmit his love for the capital. Free, until 9 September

Street Art

Salon de Street Art is on at Stories.

Painting

5 August – Still Alive: The Contemporary Still Life at Mall Galleries — See over 50 artworks by 20 members of the Federation of British Artists. These still lifes cover an eclectic range of subject matter. Free, until 23 August

5 AugustTheatreArt at Chelsea Library — Andrew Aué offers his artistic interpretation of theatre as a form of art. Expect colourful and fragmented paintings plus some pieces of sculpture. Free, until 18 August

7 AugustSalon de Street Art at Stories See some of the most active street artists on display both inside and outside the gallery. Names include Zabou, Alexandra Gallagher, Cize One, HPN, John Clair, Vanessa Longchamp and Otto Schade. Free, until 25 September

7 AugustSame But Different at The Graffiti Life Gallery — This two-man show displays artworks by Darren John and Vents137. The pair convert abandoned and derelict spaces into artistic environments. Free, until 31 August

7 August – Emerging Artists at Oil & Water Contemporary Art Gallery — A group exhibition of artists who studied at the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence. See stunning oil paintings including portraits, landscapes and still life. Free, until 30 August

8 AugustLouder Than Space By Luke Cornish at StolenSpace Gallery — Inspired by his travels to refugee camps in Lebanon, Cornish’s paintings express suffering, fear, violence and hope. This Australian artist creates powerful images from handmade stencils. Free, until 31 August

14 AugustEmblem at Gallery 223 — Explore an environment made of paint, sounds and machinery which explores themes of honour, industrialisation and consumerism. Free, until 30 August

16 AugustNatalia Fundowicz at POSK Gallery — This Cracow-born artist uses a variety of different techniques and means of expressions when painting. Her main sources of inspiration are people, psychology and philosophy. Free, until 30 August

25 AugustRoxana Halls: Appetite at Hay Hill Gallery — Expect noir paintings that depict grotesque sceneries, using vivid and atmospheric colours. Free, until 27 September

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Peter Cain photographs are on display at cueB Gallery.

Photography

4 AugustHanna Jedrosz: I feel Every Stone of the Road at POSK Gallery — To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, this exhibition features photographs taken in Oberlangen, Lambinowice, Mühlberg, Altenburg, Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, the Netherlands and Belgium. Free, until 15 August

7 AugustLandscapes. Body & Soul at 5th Base Gallery — See photographic works of two specialists in this field: Body Landscapes by Myra Boyle and Timeless Skye by Julia Rushton. Free, until 13 August

13 August – Dissolve: Reflections on Canary Wharf at Long White Cloud — This café and art gallery located in Hackney Road launches a new exhibition featuring photographs by Marsha Dunstan. See the tall and grey buildings of Canary Wharf dissolving into colourful water reflections. Free, until 31 August

15 August – Karl Ingar Røys: Burmese Days at The Project Space — Norwegian-born Karl Ingar Røys exhibition explores the theme of political systems, migration and local cultural production in Yangon – Burma’s former capital. Free, until 27 September

15 August – Beauté Sous le Pied (Beauty Underfoot): Photographs by Peter Cain at cueB Gallery — Admire the beauty of our planet through these alien-like landscapes. Free, until 14 September

27 AugustTwo Not Together at Hanmi Gallery — Pakistani artist Aisha Abid Hussain showcases her works,, through which she develops the themes of gender, class and status whilst also exploring a repertoire of cultural specific symbolisms. Free, until 25 September

Sculpture

4 AugustJames Ostrer at Gazelli Art House — Featuring both sculptures and photographs, the exhibition’s main focus is the contemporary ‘corrupted’ methods of food production. Oster’s work expresses through colourful food sculptures, made out of candies and sweets. Read Londonist review. Free, until 11 September

7 AugustThe Fi of the Underworld at Hoxton Gallery —  Street artist Christiaan Nagel presents his latest solo show about the Fi of the underworld. Fi is the plural for these metaphysical fish, which are made from his signature material,  Polyurethane. Free, until 12 August

8 August- Marlene Steyl: How Carnibals Cuddle at The Art Cabin — The South African artist solo show displays artworks that draw inspiration from both tribal art and Medieval world. Free, until 31 August

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Joshua Raffel’s work is on display at Studio 1.1 London.

Video, Performance & Mixed Media

1 August - Dalston Anatomy at The Photographers’ Gallery — Vitturi arranges found objects and photographs them against backdrops of discarded market materials, in dynamic compositions. These are combined with street scenes and portraits of local characters to create a unique portrait of a soon to be extinct way of life. Free, until 19 October

1 August – A-biotic at Kristin Hjellgjerde Gallery — Italian artist Andrea Francolino explores what it means to be a human within a consumeristic society. He uses mixed art media to communicate strong messages about our contemporary world. Free, until 7 September

1 AugustThank You at Jupiter Woods — Visit this new curator-run platform just opened in south London, which dedicates its first exhibition to all the artists who contributed to the formation of the space. Expect a mix of residencies on show, as well as live performances. Free, until 31 August

1 August – The Brink by Keira Rathbone at The Vaults — Keira Rathbone creates unusual artworks using a typewriter as a creative tool. The writing machine is used both for drawing and mark making. Free, until 23 August

6 AugustSteel Life at Timberyard Cafe in Covent Garden — Organised by Curious Duke Gallery, this exhibition displays works by abstract painter Sam Peacock and miniature artist Roy’s People. Free, until 14 September

7 AugustSyria’s Apex Generation at Ayyam Gallery — This exhibition features a new school of Syrian painting in the midst of expansion despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, its original centre. The paintings represent a response to the current conflict in Syria. Free, until 12 September

8 AugustJoshua Raffell: Craft & Controversy at Studio 1.1 — Expect to be amused, invited to participate in the making of the artwork and, eventually, disgusted. Raffell’s art is awkward, brash and explorative. Free, until 31 August

8 August – Ian Whittlesea: A Breathing Bulb at Marlborough Contemporary — This conceptual art exhibition features a bulb in the middle of the gallery’s space, exploring the relationship between bodies and light. Free, until 6 September

9 AugustFlock 2014 at GX Gallery — The gallery hosts an annual show of artworks by BA graduates from the leading London art schools. Free, until 28 August

29 August – William S Burroughs – Animals in the Walls at Londonewcastle Project Space — See a collective of works inspired and dedicated to William S Borough, American author who is considered the progenitor of the Beat Generation. Free, until 7 September

Find more about what’s on in London, visit Londonist’s Museum & Galleries & Art & Photography pages. 

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  • stour sounds

    Hackney WickED?? August 1 – 3rd

    • Silvia

      Thanks for flagging that, I’ll add the event to the listing.

  • http://www.HYHOI.com Nina at HaveYouHeardOfIt?

    Ahhh amazing, comprehensive list of culture fixes – and so many of them free! This is great – thanks!

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com