‘Cool’ Britannia has had somewhat of a resurgence this year with the Olympics having put London at the centre of the world again; along with all that running and jumping, a lot of time, money and effort was put into showcasing the UKs incredible cultural contribution to the world. The running and jumping might be long over, but the artistic Olympics is still going strong.
Here are a few of the best art exhibition taking place in London through the autumn and winter.
The Turner Prize is widely recognised as the most prestigious arts award in Europe, its perhaps even more widely recognised as the most decisive arts award in Europe. Love it or loathe it this exhibition is sure to thrill you. Until 6 Jan
It’s not something you think about all the time, but costume design is an integral part of movie magic. Think of Dorothy’s iconic red slippers in The Wizard of Oz. At this exhibition you can learn all about the creative process that stitches together the costumes of the silver screen. From the early days of silent cinema to the Imax CGI 3D world of modern aberrations like Avatar – we can’t like everything. Until 27 Jan
There is something compelling about images of the natural world, whether moving or static. I remember being fascinated by David Attenborough’s incredible visuals feasts of wildlife as I was growing up and the love of the natural world has never left me. This exhibition shows 100 images chosen by a jury of industry experts from over 48000 entries. This exhibition is essential. Until 3 Mar
I love art that is big and tactile, that fills the senses and interacts with me on many levels. The Rain Room created by experimental artists Random International have taken over the Barbican’s Curve Gallery to create one of their largest and most ambitious installations yet. Rain Room does exactly what you might expect; it rains. This 100 square meters of Rain Room responds to human sound and movement. I love this installation, but the cynical side of me wonders if London in 2012 is the best place for a Rain Room – Que Sera, Sera. Until 3 Mar
I started by mentioning that big festival of running and jumping that occurred in London this year, well for a bit of symmetry I shall end on that theme. Mark Humphrey is exhibiting work at Jumeirah Grosvenor House luxury apartments London, the works are inspired by this year’s Olympics. Even if one is not greatly inspired by the art, you will certainly be inspired to make these splendid apartments your base for your next trip to the capital – they are just exquisite.
Have a look at this map of Top Independent Art Galleries in London.