London is one of the most creative cities in the world, so it should come as no surprise that the art scene is booming. Contemporary art is big business in London, with a wide range of different places where you can discover new artists or simply get closer to some contemporary art legends. If you’re on the lookout for the best new artistic finds during your stay in England’s capital, then you’re in luck – here are a few of the best places to pick up contemporary art in London…
Art-loving Londoners flock to a good art fair, and the city offers plenty of them for visitors staying at The Montcalm London Marble Arch. The arts calendar of London is never ending, though there are a few key locations we recommend for those eager to grab something truly special. Frieze London curates artwork from more than 160 art galleries all over the world, and presents them for sale at this event in Regent’s Park.
With items from more than 1000 of the best artists working today, this is a fantastic way to discover the latest and greatest new artistic talent. The Masterpiece London Air Fair meanwhile combines both contemporary art with pieces from some of the Old Masters, in an eclectic and exciting mix of historic and modern art.
The thrill of a London art auction provides a great place to discover new art, with 21st century pieces by key contemporary art figures like Banksy never far from some of the biggest and best auction houses in the city. Bonham’s and Sotheby’s are particular favourites with anyone on the lookout for quality contemporary art, while Phillips also has a broad range of more unusual modern pieces which guests at The Montcalm at the Brewery City will be delighted to discover.
This influential art gallery represents some of the finest contemporary artists in the business, and is a great place to start your journey of discovery with everything from digital art to newer pieces by modern art pioneers like David Hockney. Situated in affluent Mayfair, it’s also a place which is particularly enthusiastic about London-based artists, and its great location provides the opportunity for lots of great shopping near the Montcalm at The Brewery.
Victoria Miro Gallery
With a flair for the unusual, this trendy art gallery in Hoxton has a real talent for spotting the next big thing, and supports the work of Turner-prize winners such as Grayson Perry. With an unusual layout which reflects the artwork championed at Victoria Miro, there are plenty of distinctive installations and paintings to discover. The gallery also has a unique location, housed within a building which was once a furniture factory. This setting provides the backdrop for a great deal of creativity and space to roam.