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A surprise around each corner; cultural happenings from the West End this October

Discover uplifting public artwork and one-of-a-kind experiences in central London

This autumn, your Central London neighbourhood will be raising spirits with a cultural programme designed to inspire and uplift. From the 300 Objects Exhibition as part of London Craft Week, in Regent Street’s Quadrant Arcade (available to visit in-person, or online); to a series of experiences exploring craft in neighbouring St James’s and finally Silver Lining, a poetic and mesmerising outdoor art installation across St James’s, bringing us each a little hope. These unique celebrations of art, culture, craft and design all aim to provide added enjoyment to your Central London visit.

Key dates for your diary are 1st – 4th October, when these three experiences will overlap. Curious to learn more? Keep reading for further details on each of the experiences on offer.

London Craft Week’s 300 Objects Exhibition

30th September – 10th October

Regent Street & St James’s will be supporting London Craft Week, with Regent Street playing host to the festival’s largest showcase of craft to date, the 300 Objects Exhibition. You will have the chance to see work from a wide range of artist-makers and uncover a celebration of 300 objects from master craftspeople. The exhibition has been curated by leading figures from the world of craft, including Alice Fisher, Russell Tovey, Bianca Saunders, Martin Brudnizki, Kristen de le Vaillière, Kristen Joy Watts, Yinka Ilori, Holly Wood and Charlotte Taylor.

For those wishing to visit in person, the exhibition is in Quadrant Arcade, just a few steps away from Piccadilly Circus. Or you can also view virtually here. As part of your trip, make sure to visit neighbouring St James’s to experience a series of workshops and talks from brands such as Lock & Co, Floris London, Budd Shirts and many more. Part of the London Craft Week Series, the programme of events aims to lift the lid on the craftmanship secrets just under the surface in this most loved area of London.

Silver Lining Art Installation

28th September – 19th October

Bring a little brightness to your day and explore an extra-special new piece of public artwork, entitled Silver Lining and commissioned by Sofitel. Start at Piccadilly Circus and meander through neighbouring St James’s and discover shimmering silver ribbons interwoven with a powerful poem from one of the UK’s most exciting young creatives Greta Bellamacina.

The first collaboration between critically acclaimed MTArt Agency represented artists Ania Catherine, Dejha Ti and poet Greta, the impressive Silver Lining installation is designed to inspire passers-by to look for the silver linings in life as you navigate the ‘new normal’. Discover more, and plan your route, here.

Art Vinyls on Regent Street

From 3rd October

At 5 Vigo Street you can see Outside Dolly. A striking piece by UK-based Nigerian conceptual artist Àsìkò (famed for his recent subversion of Black Panther film posters), it offers an exploration of colour, womanhood, African culture and way of life. This symbolic representation questions culture, beauty, identity and power in a moving way.

Towards the Piccadilly Circus end of the street, at 5 Conduit Street you can also see renowned photographer Leo Callaird’s Renaissance Women series. Trading painting for photography, Caillard presents a historical aesthetic beauty with an underlying sense of discomfort, arising from the formally constructed portrait, captured by film.

St James’s Market Cabinet of Curiosity

5th October onwards 

Created by the team at MTArt Agency, the Cabinet of Curiosity will offer you a multi-sensory experience, with each piece of art and object carefully curated to provide a moment of reflection and contemplation. The artwork by David Aiu Servan Schreiber invites you to think about the planet – visually reflecting its beauty and the impact we have had on it, ending with a note of hope for the future too. 


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