There is no shortage of art and culture in London, but sometimes there is just too much to do; let us help with the decision. While top of our list for current art exhibitions to see is unavoidably the ever-popular David Hockney at Tate Britain, it comes with a pretty hefty ticket price. But if its free, it’s hard to say no, right? Here is 5 of our best London exhibitions: free and current.
David Mach: Incoming, Griffin Gallery.
This new contemporary art space situated on the ground floor of the contemporary Studio Building will be hosting a two-week long installation – open to the public and streamed live! Until the 10th of May the artist David Mach will be building one of his gargantuan sculptures from 20 tonnes of newspaper. It has been 15 years since Mach last completed a work of this type. Cascading into the gallery space, pouring over walls and consuming cars and objects in its wake, this is one not to be missed.
Exhibition Dates: 11th May to the 7th of July 2017.
Prix Pictet, V&A Museum: The Porter Gallery
As the world’s leading photography prize – similar to World Press in its impactful content – this prize focuses on topics of sustainability. This year’s theme is Space and the exhibition will showcase the 12 of the photographers shortlisted for the grand prize. Read more here!
Exhibition Dates: 6th May to the 28th of July 2017.
Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery
Known for their millennial relevant exhibitions, this maybe Saatchi Gallery’s most explicit show to date. Not one to take too seriously, this exhibition bridges the gap between the old masters and the Instagram stars in a form known for its inanity. The exhibition also explores the growing role of mobile phones as an artistic form of self-expression.
Exhibition Dates: 31st of March to the 30th of May 2017.
Secundino Hernández: Paso, Victoria Miro Mayfair
Self-defined as “invented portraits”, the artist Secundino Hernández brings his collection of figurative paintings to the Mayfair gallery. Looking at how identity is formed over time, the portraits are based on analysis rather than the specific individuals. Using lines as metaphorical paths, the artist also creates narratives in texture with special works created for the gallery.
Exhibition Dates: 1st April to the 20th of May 2017.
The Cactus House, Hignell Gallery
For something a little bit different combined with a healthy dose of oxgen, check out the Cactus house. A dose of green is always welcome in city life, and this botanical installation will be dotted with the marble cacti works of Ben Russel.
Exhibtion Dates: 11th of May to the 3rd of July 2017.