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Chew the Art: Have Rankin for Mains and Emin for Dessert

Rankin’s Glenarm Estate rib-eye steak with garlic scapes, Mat Collishaw’s flame-d duck with New Forest cherries, and Tracey Emin’s birthday cake are just some of the items on a sumptuous Hix and the Artists all day dining menu, created by chef patron Mark Hix in collaboration with the young British Artists whose works hang in his eponymous restaurant HIX Mayfair. This is just some of the goodies that awaits all art aficionados and newbies at the second Brown’s London Art Weekend taking place in Mayfair and St. James’s from 3rd – 5th July 2015. The event has been devised by Brown’s Hotel, situated on Albemarle Street to boost the fortunes of the many galleries that surrounds it. The area has always been a popular choice for art collectors, gallery owners and artists but now seeks to attract new clients who might otherwise not visit. The event also kickstarts London Art Week with free gallery tours, walks, talks, and exhibitions. Each participating gallery will be open from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015, each hosting talks. Guests …

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Home is Where the Art is

The formula is straightforward and simple. Assemble an assorted mix of talented and hospitable artists in different media willing to throw their doors open to complete strangers and you have the Artists at Home show now in its 40th year. This year 52 pop-up exhibitions await you across Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush comprising 68 artists delighted to welcome you to their houses, studios and flats, to view paintings, glass-making, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photographs, textiles, and jewellery. This year for the first time every studio will be open on the Friday evening’s first show date. There is a Map to help you plan your visits to the artists that appeal to you. A tip from the organisers: “Don’t forget the houses that seem a bit isolated – they are always worth the extra travel!” What is AAH? Artists at Home is an annual open studios scheme held over 3 days in mid-June. AAH is run on a voluntary basis by the artists themselves. It began with just a few artists over 40 years ago, making …

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Submerged in Art at Olympia

The culture vultures of west London have never had it so good as Art15 London, returns to Olympia’s grand exhibition halls for a third year running. It is already looking like a crowded calendar with punters spoilt for choice in terms of visual arts. There is also the inaugural Photo London and Chelsea Flower Show vying for supremacy. Read more: Photo London – A City Finally in the Frame But the opening night preview is when organisers try to woo a discerning audience of collectors and visitors. The inaugural edition of the fair, Art13 London, attracted galleries and artists from across the globe and welcomed 25,000 visitors over three days, including a host of celebrities, from fashion photographer Mario Testino to One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles. It was widely acclaimed as the most vibrant fair to debut in the capital in a decade with a varied programme for visitors and serious art connoisseurs. What started as a toe-in-the-water event now seems well-established on the crowded London arts calendar attracting celebrities, art dealers, green-horn collectors, families …

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Photo London: A City Finally in the Frame

Urban landscape: Sohei Nishino’s diorama map shows a stunning view of London © Michael Hoppen Gallery How could London ever aspire to be ranked alongside the world’s culture capitals without a world-class photography showcase? Paris has had Paris Photo for an eternity and New York earns its kudos with the respected annual AIPAD show. Despite its rich cultural mix of all-year long arts and culture, world-renowned galleries and influential patrons, London has never been regarded in the same light as its rival cities when it came to its photographic offerings. That is, until the birth of Photo London. It seems 2015 is when it all finally clicked into place. The inaugural photo festival takes place at the Somerset House where Sir John Herschel was said to have first coined the word photography in 1839. So a fitting venue to host the comprehensive schedule of exhibitions, talks, screenings and interviews over five days. Photo London features over 50 leading photographers and curators at 40 events over five days. On show will also be the work of …

Kate Effect: Royal Baby Boost for UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have continued to receive messages of congratulations and close family visitors to their Kensington Palace home in west London after the birth of their second child at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital. Read more: Royal Baby: It’s a Princess Royal Baby: Will it be Alice, Diana or Elizabeth The Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were early visitors to Kensington Palace to see his second grandchild. The duchess’ parents, Michael and Carole and her sister Pippa Middleton have also been to see the new baby. Kensington Palace said the Cambridges were “hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people from all over the world”. A spokesperson announced on Twitter: “It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.” Prince Harry who is on military duties in Australia said he couldn’t wait to meet his beautiful niece. Prince Harry has said about his new niece: "She is absolutely beautiful. I …

Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox, Margaret Thatcher, Pigment Print, 2015. Copyright Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Photography, London

General Elections 2015: Spitting Image to the Rescue

Just when you thought the general election campaign needed a spark, an unseen hand to shake the main players out of their lethargy, up comes some very entertaining ghosts from the past. Those latex puppets that got 15m viewers glued to the television sets in the 80s and 90s are back again for a cameo role in a lacklustre election campaign devoid of characters, candour and colour.