Feeling overwhelmed leading up to London Gallery Weekend? Here are 3 tips to help you navigate the Mammoth event

This weekend marks the second edition of London Gallery Weekend, a citywide series of openings at 150 galleries across the city. The largest of its kind, the decentralized event provides a snapshot of what’s happening in the art world, from blue chip big hitters to emerging talent in non-profit spaces. The catch: it’s huge! To help you out, we’ve laid out how to navigate the city this weekend and which highlights to look out for.

London’s galleries are in pockets in its many neighborhoods, so don’t wander. Map it out.

  • Follow one of the curated itineraries on the London Gallery Weekend website: movie star Naomi Harris, pop musician turned artist Robbie Williams, and designer Simone Rocha have shared their plans as guides. One of Rocha’s picks is Rhea Dillon’s series of sculptures at Soft Opening in Bethnal Green – we endorse this.
  • Start at your furthest destination and work your way back to where you are based. Are you staying in Mayfair? In that case, cross the river and head to Corvi-Mora to see new paintings by Ethiopian artist Jem Perucchini; work your way home through Fitzrovia for Nicola L. at Alison Jaques. Don’t miss Addis Fine Art, which features artist Nigatu Tsehay, and Arcadia Missa’s exhibition of Melike Kara. Take the time to see Hauser & Wirth’s two shows of legends Luchita Hurtado and Larry Bell.
  • Keep an eye on your watch! Events such as Mandy El-Sayegh’s performances take place at select times at 2pm at Peckham Library on Saturdays and at 2pm at Allen Gardens on Sunday there from work The minimum. El-Sayegh, who recently joined Thaddaeus Ropac, will make a total of three appearances.
  • Artlogic’s map tool, which lets you sort your route by filtering and pinning destinations and then downloading the plan to your phone, is a great way to make the weekend manageable.

your words will be used against you by Mandy El-Sayegh on Frieze Live 2020. Courtesy Frieze London.

Seek out discoveries and emerging artists in London’s dynamic landscape of smaller galleries.

  • The inaugural Artlogic Young & Emerging Gallery Initiative focuses on new, interesting spaces in the capital. For example, Gossamer Fog is a new space established in 2021 in Depford South East London. The gallery, which focuses on “creative technologies and new media methodologies”, including VR and gaming, will open a show by Rustan Söderling.
  • Sadie Coles HQ will host four galleries from India this year: Vadehra Art Gallery, Kolkata’s Experimenter, Jhaveri Contemporary and Chemould Prescott Road will take over the Mayfair space in a collaborative show called “Conversations on Tomorrow”. This is a great opportunity to see work by Mrinalini Mukherjee whose work gasped in “The Milk of Dreams” at the Venice Biennale.
  • Go to the far reaches of the city that are still emerging. Step on the ground to South East London to take a closer look at South Parade, a new project space featuring ‘Parties to Cover the Silence’ by Ukrainian artist Siggi Sekira. Afterwards, head to the edgy Harlesden High Street to the northwest for Wawazin Al-Otaibi’s ‘Soft Whispers’.

Plan your route to see some of Gallery Weekend’s screenings and performances.

  • Head to Piccadilly on Sunday at 2pm to see art films on the legendary big screen with Circa.art: enjoy works by the likes of Caroline Walker and Ghada Amer. Walker’s portraits of domesticity and motherhood are particularly poignant, and Amer’s erotic embroidery is both aesthetic and political.
  • Selfridges on Oxford Street also has a film screening and tickets are free (you need to book through their website). Participating performers include the duo of Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, as well as Prem Sahib and TJ Wilcox.
  • Multidisciplinary artist Lonnie Holley performs The edge of what at Stone Nest on Shaftesbury Avenue at 9pm on Saturday, May 14 in partnership with Artangel. For this experimental sound work, the artist from Alabama traveled to Orford Ness, an atmospheric peninsula on the North Sea in Suffolk.

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