Gauri Gill James Nelson Daniel Silver Rajesh Vangad in Contemporary Excavations Image courtesy Frith Street Gallery

30 great places for art addicts to explore this winter

Explore art galleries open throughout tier 3

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Don’t miss these exhibitions from London’s leading commercial art galleries open in tier 3 for the ultimate cultural experience in London’s West End.

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Contemporary art, oil paintings, sculpture, culture, art-inspired things to do in London this winter

Getting around

Close to Green Park, Piccadilly Circus, Bond Street, Oxford Street, St James's Park tube stations. Nearby bus routes include 6, 9, 14, 19, 22, 38, N9, N19, N22, N38, N94. Nearby Santander bicycles and bicycle parking available.

Commercial art galleries can remain open throughout tier 3.

Over the last year galleries have raised to the challenge of making their spaces safe for you to visit and experience art. Many galleries will continue to be open as usual (with continued safety measures in place), whilst others are by appointment only. If you are able to safely travel to Mayfair and St James's there is still plenty of art to enjoy - just remember "Hands. Face. Space."

For those who are lucky enough to be able to walk into the West End safely, why not explore the wealth of commercial art galleries that remain open?

Entry is free so you can pop in an check out exceptional works hanging out at the likes of Waddington Custot, Saatchi Yates, Nahmad Projects, Holtermann Fine Art, Messums London, Goodman Gallery, Lisson Gallery, The Mayor Gallery, Flowers Gallery, The Redfern Gallery, Browse & Darby and Stephen Friedman Gallery.

Here’s our quick guide of what’s on - sorted by ending soonest!

Image credit: © Michael Craig-Martin. Photo Mark Blower. Image courtesy Holtermann Fine Art.

Holtermann Fine Art
Ink & Steel

Running until 17th December 2020, Ink & Steel considers sculpture and drawing beyond the familiar categories of ‘sculptors’ drawings’ and ‘drawing in space’. Rather than attend to the gestural, the calligraphic and the performing body of the artist, it focuses on the materiality of drawing and sculpture, considering these in dialogue, through the two and three-dimensional possibilities of ink and steel.

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Image credit: Installation view, 'Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field'. Image courtesy Thaddaeus Ropac.

Thaddaeus Ropac
Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field

Running until 18th December 2020, this exhibition brings together pioneering female artists from Europe and the Americas who each contributed in her own original way to expanding the orthodox category of Minimal art. The artists on display expand on the traditional concept of minimalism to explore possibilities of the ‘minimal’ as a guiding force in their work – whether in their process, use of materials, or as forming the basis of their approach.

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Image credit: Paul Cocksedge, Slump Console Table with Three Legs. Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Paul Cocksedge: Slump

Running until 18th December 2020, there’s only a few days left to see this new body of work by acclaimed British Designer, Paul Cocksedge, entitled Slump. Cocksedge uses industrial sheets of glass to create a collection of limited edition and unique design pieces through complex processes, giving the rigid, flat material an unexpected softness and fluidity.

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Image credit: Alina Szapocznkiow, Sculpture Lamp (Double Mouth on Phallus) (1967-1969). Image courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery.

Richard Saltoun Gallery
OUR INHERITANCE WAS LEFT TO US BY NO TESTAMENT

Running until 18th December 2020, this group exhibition looks to the work of seven women artists from Eastern Europe whose personal histories or cultural backgrounds necessitated a reconceptualization of tradition and created fertile ground for innovation in contemporary art through the breaking of conceptual boundaries and experiments in materiality and form.

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Image credit: Genieve Figgis, 'Psychedelic Renaissance'. Image courtesy Almine Rech.

Almine Rech
Genieve Figgis: Imaginary Friends

Running until 19th December 2020, explore Genieve Figgis’ conjuring of “Imaginary Friends” which came forth to fill the social void, painted over the long months of COVID-19 confinement. Inspired by group pictures, found photographs, snippets of social media, and even the period costume drama “Catherine the Great,” Figgis immersed herself in lush scenes in the genre of social portraiture.

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Image credit: Installation View. Jenkin van Zyl. Image courtesy Amanda Wilkinson Gallery.

Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
Jenkin van Zyl: Cabin Pressure

Running until 19th December 2020, the Amanda Wilkinson Gallery has been reconfigured into a fortified crate that alludes to van Zyl's forthcoming film: In Vitro. Partially filmed on an abandoned film set on a frozen shore in Iceland, and reflecting the artist's interest in narratives that tap dance on the borderline between hellscape and paradise, In Vitro unfurls in a subterranean office constructed out of the husks of chartered aircrafts.

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Plus, there's plenty more to explore

Image credit: Pascal Sender. Image courtesy Saatchi Yates.

Image credit: Gauri Gill, James Nelson, Daniel Silver, Rajesh Vangad in 'Contemporary Excavations’. Image courtesy Frith Street Gallery.

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Saatchi Yates

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Saatchi Yates is a London based gallery representing and exhibiting breakthrough international artists.

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Sadie Coles HQ, Soho

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Sadie Coles HQ is a London-based contemporary art gallery representing established and emerging international artists. The gallery opened in London in 1997 with an exhibition of new works by American painter John Currin, alongside a seminal show by British artist Sarah Lucas, presented offsite. At present, Sadie Coles HQ represents an intergenerational roster of 52 artists from across the globe.

Read more about Sadie Coles HQ, Soho