London and the art scene go hand in hand, the city having been the centre of European arts culture ever since the middle-ages. Perhaps it’s something to do with the river bringing trade and ideas right into the heart of the city, but with a wealth of diverse people and a bustling vibrancy to life here, you can’t help but feel inspired. Many artists have been attracted to areas of the city due to low rent and big ideas and perhaps this has been the reason for the formulation of many art schools and communities all around the city. If you’re staying at the M Hotel Shoreditch then you’ll be surprised ot know that there is a lot of art just round the corner, and within a short tube journey away.
If you’re looking for London Gallery Memberships, the Barbican is a great centre to look into. Not just an art gallery, but a cinema, and performance venue as well, the Barbican is one of the cultural hubs of the city and just a short tube journey away from Shoreditch. Here you can installations, performance art and exhibits in this iconic brutalist arts hub.
Not far from Shoreditch, the Whitechapel Gallery was one of the first publicly funded art galleries in London and was opened in 1901. The gallery takes a special focus on art for the surrounding community as well as hosting workshops and outreach projects for people from the area as well as exhibiting works by international contemporary artists. Artists whose work has been displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery include Bridget Riley and David Hockney.
The Tate Modern is located on Bank Side, London in what used to be the Bankside Power Station. Within this iconic building, visitors can find many exhibitions which date back to the early 20th century, making it one of the most expansive collections of modern and art on display in the world. What’s more, like all the Tate Galleries, the Tate Modern’s main exhibits are completely free, the temporary exhibitions being ticketed.
Based in the Pimlico area of West London, the Tate Britain is another member of the Tate Gallery family and focuses more specifically on British Modern Art. The gallery holds many different types of artist, including a current David Hockney exhibit which explores his artistic progression through the decades.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square and has been holding art works since 1824. With over 2300 paintings, the gallery takes a focus on older art than the ones previously discussed; more specifically the year’s 1300 to 1900. Some of the notable artists in the gallery include Hans Holbein, J.M.W Turner and Leonardo Davinci.
Newport Street Gallery
The Newport Strete Gallery is located near Elephant and Castle and Oval Stations and is owned by modern artist Damien Hirst, also doubling up as his business office space above the gallery. Here you can see exhibits of various modern conceptual artists, many of whom are affiliated with Damien Hirst’s Young British Artists, a loose group of artists who trained in the 1980’s and 90’s.