Saturday, 19 June 2010

Around London & UK - June to July 2010

Here are some upcoming local events that are recommended to our local lads/ladies this Summer in UK.

Sotheby London - Victorian & Edwardian auction lot | Jul 13th 2pm

The Victorian and Edwardian era was one of the most fascinating periods in art history and one of the most diverse. This sale in particular presents the best of the varying styles and schools of artists, from PreRaphaelitism in the mid nineteenth century to the work of the Newlyn artists and their followers in the early twentieth century. Many of the pictures have not been seen in public for many decades, including an exquisite charcoal drawing by John William Waterhouse entitled Flora made in preparation for his large painting Flora and the Zephyrs.

Unknown to modern biographers having been in a private collection for almost half a century, this drawing is one of a strong group of Pre-Raphaelite works by Rossetti, Millais, Stillman and Watts, which also includes a dramatic coloured chalk drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti of his model Alexa Wilding and a delicate portrait by George Frederick Watts of his adopted daughter Blanche

Update: 7th July 2010

A Turner masterpiece has sold for almost £30m - a new auction record for the British master. Joseph Mallord William Turner's Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino, fetched £29,721,150 at Sotheby's in London.

The painting was sold by a descendant of the fifth Earl of Rosebery, who bought it in 1878 while on honeymoon with his wife Hannah Rothschild.

The previous record for a Turner was £20.5m for a view of Venice, which went under the hammer in April 2006.

Credits: BBC News

Develop Brighton | 13-15 July
UK's top game conference is back this year with the main keynote opening from Bioware founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk , featuring a whole host of game related developments for production, art, audio, design, and bizdev. Included are 9 free 30 minute sessions open to all participants and expo pass holders. Guaranteed a good social atmosphere by the beach, we look forward to seem familiar ole friends and new faces

London Festival of Architecture 2010 | 19th June - 4th july
The London Festival of Architecture will be a city-wide celebration of architecture in the capital. As London gears up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games we look at ways that planners, architects and local communities play their part in the development of 'The Welcoming City'. Includes:

Central Weekend: NASH RAMBLAS: 19-20 June
East Weekend: HIGH STREET 2012: 26-27 June
South Weekend: BANKSIDE URBAN FOREST: 3-4 July

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening | 27th Jul - 1st Oct 2010.
This summer, see lavishly furnished rooms with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Highlights include:

•paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude
•sculpture by Canova and Chantrey
•exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain
•some of the finest English and French furniture in the world
The Queen's Year Exhibition at Buckingham Palace
The special Queen's Year exhibition at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms in 2010 presents the spectacle of the principal national and ceremonial events in the royal calendar.

The Queen’s Year will include displays of ceremonial robes, gifts, uniforms and dresses, as well as archive photography and film to evoke the many and varied aspects of the sovereign’s work.

The exhibition will illustrate the pageantry, tradition and ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament, the historic Garter Day ceremony at Windsor Castle and Trooping the Colour, as well as investitures, garden parties and State Visits.

Other sights to See

So there you have it folks, I highly recommend visiting these areas this summer, and take in some of the sights for free or relatively low cost - and overall inject a bit of culture, atmosphere and most importantly all for the love of improving art, architecture and design.

We would also highly recommend enjoying a picnic at one of the open cinema screenings at Somerset house near embankement.

If there are some cultural art events you think we should include, please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions. See you around the London Thames sketching!


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