Top 7 springtime arts events
With spring in the air we’re looking to a new season of art exhibitions to discover in south west London and Surrey
Affordable Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea Park on 7 March with thousands of original works of art from over 110 galleries, ranging from £100 to £6,000. Programme highlights include colour workshops, a Thursday late night with live art demos and DJ, and two panel discussions by Mothers Who Make, the national initiative supporting mothers who are artists.
7-10 March; £8 – £25
Contemporary Textiles Fair
The annual Contemporary Textiles Fair is a must-visit event in the textile lovers’ calendar, offering the opportunity to see a diverse range of designer makers showing an array of unique textiles. Visitors will be able to see a selection of pieces, from embellished embroidery to dyed quilts and artworks to knitted homeware.
22 – 24 March
Landmarks Art Centre
Christina Rossetti: Vision and Verse
An exploration of the celebrated Victorian poet’s relatively unknown connection with visual art, this exhibition will focus on a plethora of artistic media, from paintings to drawings, literary scribblings to photography. Curated by former curator at the V&A, Dr Susan Owens, the show will highlight Rossetti and her highly artistic family, who all had some connection with the creative world, her Pre-Raphaelite artist brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the most notable.
Until 17 March
Van Gogh at The Tate Britain
Van Gogh’s relationship with Britain is put under the microscope in this carefully curated exhibition which hosts 45 of the Dutch artist’s pieces. Van Gogh’s time in the UK is not as well-known as his stint in the south of France, but this period in Britain inspired a young Van Gogh in myriad ways. The artist’s time in the UK also included a period in south west London when he lived near Richmond. Follow in his footsteps using the Van Gogh Route. [http://www.vangoghroute.com/] The exhibition also brings into focus the artist’s monumental legacy on a world of art to this day.
24 March – 11 August; £18
Wimbledon Art Fair
A four-day event in any art lover’s calendar, the Wimbledon Art Fair offers access to working studios plus the fantastic opportunity to meet artists and makers responsible for some brilliant pieces of arts and crafts. The Art Fair opens up 150 studios to explore where you can buy art for your own home, and in doing so, help the local creative community.
9 – 12 May
Wimbledon Art Studios
The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair
An annual celebration of elaborate antiques and mid-century design that unites vintage pieces with interior design trades and inspires all with a vast wealth of beautiful objects on display. Visitors can expect a range of antiques from collectors’ items, to art and accessories from the 20th century.
9 – 4 April
Slightly further out of the way, but for an important cause, the Migrate Arts initiative helps raise funds for the migrant crisis. A collaboration of the most significant names in contemporary art, artists create works using pencils and crayons salvaged from the Calais Jungle refugee camp, formally home to a community of approximately 10,000 refugees. The works include some top artists confirmed and 90% of the profits from the sale will be donated to Migrate’s key charity partners.
20 March – 31 March
Cork Street, W1S