NFT.NYC at Queen Elizabeth II Centre
NFT.NYC is the world's leading annual NFT event and will be hosted over two days at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, including talks on death and NFTs, AI and NFTs, the law of the metaverse, art, fashion, opera, dance and more. This is the future, and we're all invited. (However, if you'd like to purchase a ticket be prepared to pay £1000+, and yes, cryptocurrency is accepted. The event also chimes with our much-talked-about November launch of ikon-1, our first-ever NFT collection featuring original Nick Knight artworks allowing access to the new virtual SHOWstudio. So don't just take our word for it; NFTs aren't just a trend; they're the future of art.
NFT.NYC 3 will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre on 3 and 4 November. See more details here.
RIBBONS at NOW Gallery
RIBBONS is a new fashion commission by award-winning fashion designer and artist Matty Bovan inviting guests to reexamine their 'thoughts on fashion and art', encouraging them to get up close and personal with what can only be described as one giant piece of knitwear. Inside the jumper, guests can relax on handmade tufted rugs while watching the experimental film RIBBONS made by the artist that follows the making of the jumper structure. The film will combine progress shots with a narrative of a story acted out by real people and actors.
RIBBONS is on show at the NOW Gallery between 30 November and 20 February 2023. See more details here.
Futures Past at arebyte gallery 27 October to 28 January
Futures Past features digital artist and Bodies of Knowledge contributor Kumbirai Makumbe and 'takes the viewer on an immersive journey through the excavated ruins of the future'. Filled with digital, sculptural and interactive works and AI-generated renderings, the group show is part of arebyte's 2022/23 programme Sci-Fi which looks at fictional and alternative futures through a series of exhibitions, live performances, online experiences and educational activities.
Futures Past is on at arebyte gallery between 27 October and 28 January. See more details here.
The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion at Saatchi Gallery
Featuring 15 international black photographers, this exhibition spotlights black creativity both in front and behind the camera. Contributing to a new vision, Saatchi's latest exhibit reframes black representation in art and fashion by focusing on stylists, models, make-up artists and creative directors who are bringing a radically new set of references and experiences to image-making. Featured artists include Campbell Addy, Tyler Mitchell and Daniel Obasi.
The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion is on at Saatchi Gallery between 28 October and 22 January. See more details here.
Frieze Sculpture Garden 2022
Curated by Yorkshire Sculpture Park director Clare Lilley, this year's Frieze sculpture garden marks the event's tenth consecutive year. Featuring a line-up of 19 international artists, the celebrated public art exhibition engages with works by Robert Indiana, John Giorno, John Wood, Paul Harrison, and Tim Etchells, the last of whom has created sculpture as structured texts, conveying messages that merge poetry and political messages.
Frieze Sculpture Garden is open to the public until 13 November. See more details here.
Chrysalis at Gagosian Gallery
Proposing a utopian vision of 'black beauty, desire, and belonging', Tyler Mitchell's first solo show in London Chrysalis sees his youthful subjects set against nature's many backdrops.
Chrysalis by Tyler Mitchell at the Gagosian will be open to the public until 12 November. See more details here.
The V&A's Computer Art Collections
Not just a home for costumes, South Kensington's V&A has been collecting computer-generated art and design since the 1960s. In addition, the museum has also acquired two significant collections: The Computer Arts Society Collection and The Patric Prince archive. Together these form the basis of the UK's emerging national collection of computer art which is over 60 years old. Thought computers were a 21st-century invention? The V&A is telling you to think again.
Chris Killip, retrospective at The Photographer's Gallery
Considered one of the UK's most important and influential post-War photographers, Chris Killip's retrospective at The Photographer's Gallery hones in on the artist's practice and life's work dedicated to the tumult in the north of England during the 1970s and 1980s. Providing a tenderness to the harsh reality faced by many during the Thatcher years, the exhibition pays tribute to Killip's subjects as much as it does to the late photographer himself.
Chris Killip, retrospective is on at The Photographer's Gallery until 19 February. See more details here.
Cinzia Says at Goldsmiths CCA
Cinzia Says marks the first major retrospective of Italian postmodernist artist and fashion designer Cinzia Ruggeri, offering a selection of her creations that range from clothing to sculpture to glassware. Ruggeri's imaginative works amused and bemused its spectators, never conforming yet continually evolving. If you ever feel at loggerhead with your inner creative, Ruggeri may just be the artist to unearth you out of the slump.
Cinzia Says will be open to the public at Goldsmiths CCA between 5 November and 12 February. See more details here.
National Poetry Library Open Day 2022 Southbank Centre
Poetry fans unite; Southbank Centre will open their poetry library to celebrate all things poetry in conjunction with this year's literature festival on 29 October. Lose yourself in London's largest public collection of modern poetry, and amongst the many hidden gems, discover a variety of eco-activist poetry with a focus on those who have responded to the pressing need to address the environment.
The National Poetry Library Open Day will happen for one day only on 29 October at Southbank Centre. See more details here.
Rebel Rebel at Barbican Curve
Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari was contacted by the Barbican gallery in 2019 to spotlight her paintings on Iranian rebel women in the gallery's Curve gallery. Little did she know that when the time came around, Iran would be caught amid a civil rights movement. As women in Iran unite in protest over the death of Zhina (Mahsa) Amini, Sokhanvari's Barbican exhibition has undoubtedly gained a new level of pertinence, reflecting on the 'rebels' of Iranian society that stood up in the face of fascism, all too often to an ill-received fate. Sokhanvari's Rebel Rebel not only offers incredible art but also relevant context to what's happening right now.
Rebel Rebel at Barbican Curve is open to the public until 26 February. See more details here.
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924-Today at the Design Museum
Another day, another exhibition on the surrealists. When you take in the last couple of months' events on British politics, time really couldn't get more surreal. Time to bow down to the greats, as work by Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington, and Lee Miller sit next to designs by modern-day Dior and Schiaparelli as well as Björk.
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924-Today at the Design Museum is open to the public until 19 February. See more details here.
AI Art, Co-Creation, and Authorship: The Botto at The Department Store in Brixton
Led by experts, this talk will look at the possibilities presented by technology in art and culture, using Botto's process as a guiding thread, reflecting on the role of artificial intelligence in art and creative processes, as well as authorship and co-creation work.
This talk is a one time only event and will happen on 27 October. See more details here.