With summer exhibitions coming to a close and new ones popping up across the capital, it’s the perfect time to feed your cultural side and get yourself to a gallery. Whether it’s finally squeezing in a visit to an exhibition that’s been on your to-do list all summer, or wanting to find something new; our top exhibitions should set you off to a great start.
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BP Portrait Award 2015
National Portrait Gallery, WC2H 0HE
Until 20 September
One not to miss, the BP Portrait Award is displayed at the National Portrait Gallery every year and is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world. With a record amount of entries this year, the pieces on show are the very best of almost 3,000 entries from across the globe.
This exhibition is your chance to see the works of a multitude of up-and-coming artists, with a variety of portrait styles to see. From the expressive and traditional to the modern and photo-realistic, the yearly award collection is a highlight of the arts calendar. And, it’s totally free.
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East London Life
Unit G Gallery, E9 6SG
Until 14 September
If photography is more up your street, this exhibition of the works of Colin O’Brien is a beauty – especially if you’re an east London lover! Displaying photographs of street scenes in and around east London from past to present, Colin’s series of black and white photographs offer a gritty window into London life. On show at the newly-opened Unit G gallery space in Hackney, the venue itself is the ideal location to see Colin’s photographs. Hurry, you haven’t got long to catch a look!
The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop
Tate Modern, SE1 9TG
September 17 – January 24
Tate Modern will soon bring us Pop art from across the globe. Whilst you’ll be well aware of the classic Andy Warhols (that Campbell’s soup can, anyone?) plastered across office walls, magazines, furniture and everything else these days, this exhibition will open your eyes to a whole new world of Pop! Claiming to reveal ‘a different side to the artistic and cultural phenomenon’, we think this show will be just as informative and interesting as it will be incredibly bold and colourful.
Royal Academy of Arts, W1J 0BD
September 19 – December 15
This one’s a biggie for the international art world – one of China’s most influential artists and cultural figures is showcasing his breadth of work for the first time ever. And there will be loads of dramatic, contemporary installations for you to feast your eyes on.
It’s also been announced that Ai Weiwei will be making a personal appearance after four years of being restricted from travelling outside of China. For the politically-intrigued and the culturally curious, this is the exhibition for you.
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Emily Jacir: Europa
Whitechapel Gallery, E1 7QX
September 30 – January 3
The Whitechapel Gallery has always been recognised as a hotspot for contemporary art internationally, and this exhibition is no deviation from that. Work from Palestinian artist Emily Jacir will be showcased, and her multimedia art is something worth seeing while you can.
From video installations to sculpture, there’s an immersive feel to this exhibition and its exploration of Emily’s relationship with Europe. Combining political messages with the artist’s biography, it intertwines both to create truly interesting work. Definitely worth the visit if you’re already familiar with Emily’s work, or looking for a new artist to check out.
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