June 20, 2024
Art Gallery

London Gallery Weekend 2024: what to see

Given the buzz around London Gallery Weekend 2024, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the event is only in its fourth year. This edition, opening this weekend (31 May – 2 June), promises a stellar line-up of exhibitions, performances, and live events across the city. London’s art world is showing us its best, including an installation on Cork Street by the UK’s representative at the Venice Biennale 2024, Sir John Akomfrah; another by legendary American artist Nan Goldin; and exhibitions from other art stars alongside some of the most exciting up-and-coming talents working today.

‘London Gallery Weekend (LGW) has changed significantly in reach and ambition,’ say co-directors Sarah Rustin and Jeremy Epstein. ‘It’s now firmly established in the London art world calendar, which has brought about a shift in the majority of participating galleries opening new exhibitions specially for the event, as well as a huge increase in the special events programmed for the weekend. Just a couple of our initiatives that reflect our aims to engage with both the public and institutional audiences in new ways are the addition of the public performance programme and the bursary scheme with Art Fund to enable curators from UK institutions to visit London for the weekend. Our partnerships very much reflect LGW’s development too.’

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Annette Kelm, I Love London, 2021, archival pigment print 140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in

(Image credit: © Annette Kelm. Courtesy the artist and Herald St, London)

A dizzying 130-plus participating galleries and 70 live events are taking place, but if that sounds overwhelming, a selection of cultural figures and art experts – including Wallpaper* contributing editor Ekow Eshun, curator and artist Lubaina Himid, and photographers Mary McCartney and Nick Knight – have curated routes of their personal highlights to follow, available on the LGW website. Some will take you across the city, and others focus on areas such as the East End, Fitzrovia and Mayfair. You can also sign up to join various live local tours.

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