London’s unmissable art for summer 2017

Photography credits clockwise from top left: Portfolio by Michael Craig-Martin at 199 Bishopsgate; Wheelbarrow (red) by Michael Craig-Martin (2013), New Art Centre / Gagosian Frieze Sculpture 2017 (photo by Stephen White. Courtesy of Stephen White/Frieze); Broadgate Rooftops by Julie Leonard and Water Feature (with Skidmore Owings and Merrill) by Stephen Cox in Exchange Square

From the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition to the Frieze Sculpture Park, London is buzzing with must-see art this summer. Broadgate’s Art Curator, Rosie Glenn, chooses her must-see pieces.  

1. The iconic summer exhibition
First stop every summer has to be the annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Running for almost 250 years it showcases contemporary works in every media, all for sale to raise funds for the Royal Academy Schools.

(Here at Broadgate we have sculptures by several renowned Royal Academicians and Honorary Royal Academicians. See Portfolio by Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA which is clearly visible from the pavement outside 199 Bishopsgate (shown above) and features the artist's trademark presentation of everyday objects in vibrant and contrasting hues.)

2. Unforgettable sculptures in the park
Craig-Martin also features in the newly extended Frieze Sculpture Park; open from 5th July, this free outdoor installation in Regent’s Park features 25 sculptures by international artists including not only Craig-Martin, but one of his famous students, Gary Hume.

3. A break from the urban pace
If you have some downtime at lunch, make your way to Exchange Square where you can hear the sound of ripples within Royal Academician Stephen Cox’s Water Feature. Designed in conjunction with Skidmore Owings and Merrill, this centrepiece provides an oasis and a relaxing pause from the city. You can also see Cox’s incredible Ganapathi and Devi sculptures just over the road in the Broadgate Plaza.

4. See art inspired by technology
Finally, of course, don’t forget to catch up with our special Life Meets Tech season exhibitions at Broadgate this summer. Featuring digital iPad drawings of Broadgate by Julie Leonard (who will also be taking a digital art masterclass on 8th August); detailed 3D printed sculptures by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and an interactive installation by Tine Bech, there is a wide variety of technology-related art to enjoy until late August.

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