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The Switch House towers 10-stories over the Bankside, adding a unique twist - literally - to London's skyline. The brick and glass structure is shaped like a spiraling pyramid and houses some of the Tate Modern's massive collection. It is also heralded as one of the first spaces in the world dedicated to live art. Visitors to this section of the museum can wander through massive industrial spaces designed by Herzog & de Meuron in which live performances of modern art take place. Not to be missed is Level 10, the top floor of the structure that offers panoramic views of the London skyline, the Thames and the surrounding area. Visitors who are in the area at night should stop by to witness the illuminated lattice structure, which is sure to be a highlight of any trip to the Southwark area.
Purdy Hicks is an art gallery that displays mainly fine art and contemporary art exhibitions. The gallery has showcased the works of both local and foreign artists, such as Felim Egan, Eeva Karhu, Neeta Madahar, Tessa Traeger, Sally Smart and Leila Jeffreys to name a few. If you're an arts enthusiast, then do visit this place.
The Fashion and Textiles Museum by designer Zandra Rhodes, focuses on rotating exhibitions of work by British designers from the 1950s to the present day. A special Zandra Rhodes collection is on display at the museum. Fellowship are awarded to students of fashion, and samples of their work is showcased throughout the museum, which makes the collection a comprehensive (and eclectic) coverage of British fashion. Exhibition timings vary, kindly check website for further details.
Studio Leigh is an exhibiting and commissioning platform located in London that is a cross between an art gallery and a design studio. This project was developed byTayah Leigh Barrs, a former art director for fashion brands like Mario Testino. Studio Leigh was formed after she commissioned 28 emerging artists to come up with 2-D designs with the help of professional craft workers such as metalworkers, glass blowers and seamstresses. Studio Leigh promotes experimentation the use of unconventional materials to create unique aesthetic masterpieces.
Known for its annual Summer Exhibition, which showcases contemporary art, the Royal Academy is a popular destination for art enthusiasts. It was founded in 1768 by Sir Joshua Reynolds and has held the Summer Exhibition every year since 1769. In 1999, it held a Monet retrospective that got over 800,000 visitors, making it the biggest art event ever in Britain. The range of works on exhibits is wide, and you might find John Soane's architecture and the Russian Amazons of the avant-garde being shown.
Located in London's art hub, Rook & Raven is the main art gallery of London Art Consultancy 2R Art. It showcases alternative contemporary art created by international as well as UK-based artists. Taking the exhibition portfolio one step further, Rook & Raven has collaborated with several creative organizations and independent curators to evolve the conventional art arena into a path-breaking space that strives to augment the standard of artistic expressions.
A very popular contemporary art gallery, Kate MacGarry displays a large number of local and internationally renowned artists like Goshka Macuga, Francis Upritchard, Dr Lakra, Marcus Coates, Ben Rivers etc. Established by Kate McGarry in 2002, the gallery organizes various solo exhibitions as well as art fairs. It puts up brilliant collections by some of the greatest contemporary artists today and you are sure to impressed whether or not you are an art lover.
Established in 1988, an art dealer Rebecca Hossack exhibits and promotes contemporary art through her gallery named Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. Of its two locations, one is situated on Charlotte Street and an other one in Conway Street. Offering a variety of artists and genres, one of the gallery's prime attractions is its display of aboriginal artworks. You can also purchase her artwork online; visit website for details and schedule of the exhibitions.