City of Art – Brown’s London Art Weekend, July 1st-3rd 2016

For the third year running, Brown’s Hotel has organised yet another truly exceptional weekend of art events in Mayfair and St. James’s’.

BLAW Launch_Dan Weill Photography-1

With just days to go until Brown’s London Art Weekend (BLAW) commences, curators are sprucing up their gallery spaces, and, in the case of those leading guided art tours, brushing up on their facts and digging out their finest walking shoes.

Over 60 galleries and auction houses, including Bonhams, Messum’s and the John Martin Gallery are taking part in the 2016 edition of BLAW, which offers free talks, walks, and exhibitions for all to enjoy. Aimed not just at collectors, but also at anybody with an interest in art, the event encourages visitors to explore the area and meet the specialists who work here. For 150 years Mayfair’s galleries and auction houses have welcomed the world’s greatest art collectors to this area steeped in art history. And thanks to BLAW, this tradition continues to flourish.

The weekend’s art programme begins on Friday 1st July with an after hours ‘Gallery Hop’, where visitors are invited to a number of exclusive Mayfair gallery previews. If that sounds like it might be thirsty work, La Perla’s stylish soiree in Burlington Arcade will be serving cocktails from 8-10pm.

Throughout the weekend there will be a number of the already established and respected Brown’s Art Tours taking place. Once again, former fashion designer turned sculptress Nicole Farhi will be setting-off from Brown’s Hotel to lead a themed walk around her favourite Mayfair galleries. Designer Sir Paul Smith, portrait photographer Gemma Levine and curator Kate Goodwin will also be doubling as local art guides.

There are over 100 independent art galleries in the area immediately surrounding Brown’s Hotel. As well as being frequented by artists, dealers, gallery owners, collectors and enthusiasts, the luxury hotel is also home to a huge array of artworks including photographs by Terence Donovan in the Donovan Bar, Bridget Riley’s in the suites, Tracey Emin’s in the dining room at HIX, and many more desirable pieces dotted across the walls.

A VIP programme is also running during BLAW, though be sure to RSVP. For example, Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s will be served in the Collector’s Lounge, located in the Niagara Room at Brown’s between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 2 July. Art law specialists from Boodle Hatfield will also be on hand to answer any investment-related questions.

Of the numerous talks, of which there are too many to mention here, ‘Shakespeare Revisited’ by contemporary portrait painter Ralph Heimans (the only artist chosen to paint HM The Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year) will no doubt delight the discerning BLAW crowd. Running on July 1st at maze in Grosvenor Square, the 3pm discussion will focus on Heiman’s latest portrait exhibition of contemporary authors for the Random House Shakespeare 400 book series.

Further information on ticket bookings and a full programme of VIP events can be found here: www.brownslondonartweekend.com

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