London gallery shows to see in spring 2017


London is a great place to visit at any time of the year: Halloween offers lots of spooky tours and fireworks, Christmas showcases excellent markets and winter wonderlands and summer is when there are great festivals and events outdoors, where you can enjoy the sunshine.

However, we can’t forget about spring, which is arguably the most beautiful of all the seasons and there is plenty for you to do during this time of year in the city.

As London is in the south of England, you’ll notice that there are a lot more warm days in the city when spring comes around, which makes it really enjoyable to walk around. Spring is also when the Big Smoke’s event calendar pounces into action, particularly in the art community. 

This year, there are lots of different gallery shows opening in London in the spring, which is great if you’re a fan of painting, sculpture and more. 

Of course, you don’t need an excuse to travel your way around the different galleries the city has to offer, but this year in particular is going to showcase big names in the art world and the different events promise to be exciting and diverse.

If you’re planning on spending time in the city over a couple of months, any one of these gallery shows is perfect for your London weekend break. 

Marc Quinn – Drawn from Life

From March 28th, you’ll be able to see the latest sculpture from Marc Quinn thanks to his Drawn from Life exhibition at the Sir John Soane Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. 

Marc and his partner collaborated to make the collection, which reflects their respective backgrounds of art and dance and adds a new dimension to the antique sculptures and casts already on display in the museum. 

You’ll see for yourself that dance has influenced these pieces, making them appear less still sculptures and more like forms of movement themselves. 

The Sir John Soane Museum has just completed a seven-year restoration project, so it’s a great time to visit to appreciate the architecture of the building too.

David Hockney

Tate Britain is up next with a new exhibition from David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists to ever be part of the art world. 

Hockney has consistently been a feature on Tate Britain’s calendar of events and it’s easy to see why as he is widely respected for his interpretations and representations. However, this latest exhibition – which is running from now until the end of May this year – is something different. 


The collection is a retrospective that includes pencil sketches, videos, photos and even some of his famous acrylic pieces.

Put together, everything tells a story of his progress from where he began up to what he is producing now. For those of you who are avid fans of his work, you’ll be excited to hear that you’ll be able to see pieces of his work that have only ever been in private collections until now. 

We recommend that you book ahead for this exhibition, as it’s sure to be very popular with the added allure of the previously unseen pieces.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

We’re focussing on photography now, with The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, which you’ll find at the Tate Modern from now up to May 7th this year.

If the title of this exhibition confuses you, let us clear things up by saying that Sir Elton John is a huge fan and collector of modern art.

In particular, he has more than 150 pieces of photography that range from the 1920s to the 1950s, which give a fascinating look into the early years of photography practice. 

Whether you’re a photographer yourself or just curious about Sir Elton’s artistic eye, we’re sure that you’ll learn something interesting from this photo collection.

Legacy: Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith

Legendary singer Patti Smith is by no means a one-trick pony, as is evidenced by her photography exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Entitled Legacy: Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith, the collection shows Smith reminiscing about the time she spent at Bloomsbury Set Thinker Vanessa Bell’s House in 2003 and it includes pieces of Bell’s work from that time too. 

The exhibition is moving and something entirely different for fans of Smith to enjoy. We highly recommend you make visiting it a priority, as the showing will close on June 4th.