Summer may be over but Autumn has a lot in store for us.
These coming months see London brimming with art, from looking into the reflective void at the Hayward, fun and games at the V & A and glowing, psychedelic bronze pumpkins at Victoria Miro.
Here are my top 5 must see shows to go see and experience in the Capital this Autumn.
One of the best know prizes of the visual art world returns to Tate Britain. Controversially (or not), the four artists’ selected for this 34th edition of the prize all work in film. The selection is of no surprise, as this prestigious award often seeks the unfamiliar, works that challenge and divide audiences, but most importantly are selected for their relevance to societal issues today.
Plan this one carefully – it will take up to 4.5 hours to watch all the films from start to finish. This could be a full on, break-for-sarnies day out.
Open until 6 January 2019
Whilst your here: Edward Burne-Jones – opens from 24 October – 24 February
“an eye bending journey into the brightest recesses of minimalism” ★★★★ – TIME OUT
Absorb, reflect, and bend to the will of mirrors and the consciousness of space. Drawing upon minimalist influences, this exhibition forces us to gaze at ourselves, and how we perceive these reflections and optical illusions in our environment, in new and exciting ways.
The show brings together 20 artists’, spanning 50 years, that focus on the duality of materials in a very minimal way. How do we respond to seeing ourselves in these artworks, and how is our movement influenced by the works on display, and the environment of the Gallery itself.
The iconic artwork ’20:50′ by Richard Wilson is worth the queue wait to experience the serenity of the space. Just as long as you can stand the smell of oil!
Open until 6 January 2019
An unusual museum-style exhibit from the Royal Academy sees them embark on a voyage of discovery, marking 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail to the Pacific and a group of artists’ founded the Royal Academy. A good year!
Step back in time and marvel at 200 extraordinary works from public collections worldwide.
From shell, greenstone and ceramic ornaments, to huge canoes and stunning god images, we explore important themes of voyaging, place making and encounter. The exhibition draws from rich historic ethnographic collections dating from the 18th century to the present, and includes seminal works produced by contemporary artists exploring history, identity and climate change.
Oceania is a rarity and a celebration of past historical cultures, proving the resonating power of their art can still be felt for today’s audiences to appreciate.
Open until 10 December
You might be wondering by now, what is the deal with Yayoi Kusama’s obsession with pumpkins? This new body of work at Victoria Miro in no way explains this, but it’s full of her usual playful and striking sculptures and paintings, and a large scaled mirrored infinity room, that looks deliciously insane.
So insane that this exhibition is now fully booked for its entire run! Stay tuned to the Gallery’s social pages for updates, as they are releasing additional tickets to the lucky few that are quick enough to snap them up!
Open until 21 December
Power up and get yourself down to the V&A. This interactive and immersive video game exhibition also jumps into the design processes behind some of the most groundbreaking contemporary games, including Journey and No Man’s Sky.
Not much to say about this one – if you love video games and design, then this exhibition is waiting for you to join in.
Open until 24 February 2019
Whilst your here: ‘The Future Starts Here: 100 Projects Shaping the World of Tomorrow’ – open until 4 November
Bonus exhibition – closing soon
I’ve saved the best till last. Formerly known as the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize stays true to form by celebrating the depth and breadth of what contemporary drawing is today. It’s only on until the 17 October, and then it tours across the country until 2019. It will come to visit London in February at the Royal Drawing School.
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