What Is London Art Week?

By Olivia Emily

1 year ago

A summer of art in London

The UK’s leading fine arts selling event, London Art Week, is returning for summer 2023. Here’s everything you need to know.

London Art Week 2023: Everything You Need To Know

What Is London Art Week?

London Art Week is a week of broad-ranging art events and gallery exhibitions staged across central London, predominantly  St. James’s, Mayfair, Pimlico, Kensington and Chelsea. Held in both galleries and online, the event incorporates the Classic and Old Master live viewings and auctions at Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and over 50 expert dealers will sell fine art, from museum quality decorative arts to contemporary paintings to antiquitous works on paper. For the first time this year, books, maps and manuscripts will also be up for grabs.

With a hub opposite the V&A, Cromwell Place will also participate, with several major exhibitions staged here, alongside a LAW Showcase in the Lavery Studio.

The event attracts museum curators, private collectors and scholars from across the globe, but anyone interested in art is welcome to attend. The LAW exhibitors collaborate to share their knowledge, reveal research into revered and rediscovered artists and works, and present preeminent exhibitions in their field of expertise, some many years in the making.

When Is It?

London Art Week 2023 opens on Friday 30 June and runs until Friday 7 July.

What’s On In 2023?

The full programme with talks and tours is to be announced, as well as a map illustrated by Adam Dant. Here is a taste of what to expect:

  • From Ancient to Contemporary Art by Rupert Wace & Rupert Bathurst at Shapero Rare Books
  • Italian Old Master Paintings by Moretti Fine Art at The Weiss Gallery
  • ‘Travel’ themed works on paper from the 16th to 19th century, and works relating to the Grand
  • Tour at Nonesuch Gallery
  • Carpets and 20th century design at the Afridi Gallery
  • Old Master paintings, with a leaning towards the 18th century and Venetian views at Charles Beddington
  • Old Master sculpture at Daniel Katz Gallery
  • Paintings and artists from the late 18th to the mid-20th century by Paolo Antonacci, Rome (online)
  • Old Masters, ancient works of art, and drawings at Colnaghi

Plus, plenty of exhibitions are taking place throughout the city, whether a London Art Week exhibitor or a museum partner. This includes:

  • Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality at the Ashmolean, Oxford 
  • Treasures From Faraway: Medieval And Renaissance Objects From The Schroder Collection at Strawberry Hill House
  • After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art at the National Gallery
  • Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney at The Wallace Collection
  • Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Discover more at londonartweek.co.uk