Welcome to ArtSocial
United through the power of art
Together, our diverse but like-minded members explore the art scene in a fresh, intimate way. With private tours, curated events and tailored talks, our members get up close to a unique collection of artists, galleries and cultural institutions.
At least 70 % of membership contributions going to ArtSocial Foundation to directly support its mission of enriching and transforming lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people through the power of arts.
I passionately believe in the power of art to unite and transform.
During my childhood in an industrial city in the north-west of Russia, art unlocked a different world for me – a world in which I could dream and aspire to a full and diverse life.
I want young people to have the same opportunity. In particular, I’m committed to helping disadvantaged young people access art to overcome social, economic or health challenges. That’s why I set up ArtSocial Foundation in 2015: to put the power of art into action.
London has been an important influence on this mission. When I first moved here in 2009, I discovered an art scene of caring, dedicated people. They inspired me to found ArtSocial club as a way to explore art and culture together – and to help support the work of ArtSocial Foundation.
I’m immensely proud of the vibrant community we’ve built – and excited to help even more young people experience the power of art.
- Alina Uspenskaya, Founder and Director
We saw the wonderful work that the Otakar Kraus Music Trust school does for children with special needs, and met the founder, teachers and students. We had tea with the founder, a tour of the music studio - where some of the students performed a few pieces for us - and saw the difference our contribution makes to the lives of those we help.
Prior to our tour of ‘All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life’ at Tate Britain, we had an insightful introduction into the practices of the most beloved British figurative painters Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud by our guest lecturer Lizzie Perrotte.
Following the success of our lecture last autumn on Italian opera, we continued to explore the history of this art form with a lecture on French Opera - one of Europe’s most important operatic traditions. Our guest lecturer Patrick Bade took us on a journey through the centuries of French opera traditions, voices, opera houses and stories.
We had breakfast and a private tour, led by Lizzie Perrotte, of the fascinating show that celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. The exhibition includes works by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, alongside rarely seen works from their contemporaries Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego.
ArtSocial and 24 Sèvres prepared a very special evening in the form of an exclusive event at the National Portrait Gallery. Guests had the opportunity to view 'Cézanne Portraits' exhibition before it closed, followed by a hands-on tailor-made painting workshop with a professional artist and expert. The evening concluded with cocktails and a shopping experience at the top of the National Portrait Gallery.
We spent the afternoon at Tate Modern where, together with curator Nancy Ireson, we explored the comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work. During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.
On 9 December we had our second annual Christmas Gala at One Hyde Park. We gathered our friends to celebrate upcoming Christmas and raised funds for ArtSocial Foundation's charitable projects in the next year.
Following an evening lecture last week we spent a morning discovering the creative force and influence of Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Barbican Centre's first ever large-scale exhibition of his work.
Our members gathered in Maison Assouline for an evening in celebration of the outstanding talent and explosive creativity of art world prodigy Jean-Michel Basquiat. Our guest lecturer Lizzie Perrotte immersed us in the frenetic world of Basquiat and the vibe of the electric 80s New York art scene.
Our members were invited to an evening at the beautiful home of art collectors Freda and Izak Uziyel, who have turned their stunning Edwardian house in Hampstead into an artwork in itself, complete with a sculpture garden and basement gallery.
Following our visit to the V&A exhibition, we enjoyed an evening of Italian opera. Our guest speaker - art& music historian and author Patrick Bade, took us on a journey through the most beloved arias, voices, composers and stories of Italian opera.
Our members joined the V&A museum partons on a breakfast and private viewing of the autumn blockbuster exhibition "Opera: Passion, Power and Politics".
During London Frieze week our members were exploring Frieze Masters, long London's favourite art fair, with Simon Baker, Senior Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.
At the beginning of October we enjoyed a much-anticipated audience with one of the most influential women of the art world Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, in conversation with Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, art critic and UK Editor of ArtNet.
On 26 September we welcomed our members, friends and partners at The Ampersand Hotel to celebrate the start of the new ArtSocial Season.
On 10 June 2017 ArtSocial members and friends joined us at the House of Parliament for a champagne reception to celebrate the second anniversary of ArtSocial Foundation and the end of ArtSocial season.
House of Commons, London SW1A 9AA
In June, we got up close to the work of renowned British sculptor Henry Moore – with an intimate tour of his former residency, studio, outdoor sculptures and the ‘Behind Henry Moore’ exhibition.
On a sunny May day we were joined by an art-world insider Nathan Clements-Gillespie, who walked us around the most interesting gallery shows in Mayfair.
Our Photography in Focus series continued in May with a tour around Photo London – and expert collecting advice from photography specialist and Tate curator Simon Baker.
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
During London's Photo Week, as part of our Photography in Focus series, we popped into Phillips auction house for a private view of their photography sale - and a discussion of photography market with Phillips specialists.
Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6EX
Early May 2017 presented us with a unique opportunity to spend an evening with Sovremennik - one of Russia's most notable theatres, known for its staging of intense psychological dramas and classic plays. After the performance our members joined the cast for an after-party at Mayfair Hotel.
Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, London W1D 7DY
In March we held the second event in our Photography in Focus series - curator-led tour of the first ever exhibition of Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern.
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Our busy March continued with a very special backstage tour of the Royal Opera House. Our members were welcomed at the costume department and a pointe shoes room, had a sneak peak of the Royal Ballet rehearsal of Jewels and a finished the tour with a visit to orchestra pit.
Royal Opera House, Bow street, London WC2E 9DD
To celebrate International Women's Day, ArtSocial in collaboration with Kino Klassika Foundation hosted a gala screening of Beginning of an Unknown Century (1967) - a film by Larisa Shepitko, one of the most notable female film directors of Soviet times.
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent street, London W1B 2UW
Our friends at Dior invited ArtSocial Club members to an exclusive exhibition preview at Tate Britain.
The first event in the Photography in Focus series this year was the tour of the exhibition of Elton John's private collection with Tate senior curator Simon Baker. We had a chance to get the most comprehensive overview of photography of the 20th century including iconic works of over 70 modernist artists all in one space.
An after-hours guided visit of the most talked-about exhibition in London now, with the leading curator Ann Dumas. After the tour ArtSocial Club members enjoyed drinks at the Academicians' Room to celebrate the start of the cultural season.
Just before Christmas ArtSocial Foundation hosted its very first charity gala to raise funds for programmes of the Foundation in 2017. A festive dinner for 65 guests at One Hyde Park was followed by a live auction conducted by a Sotheby's auctioneer Lord Poltimore.
Following the buzz of Frieze we gathered for an informal morning at The Photographers Gallery - the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. We enjoyed a breakfast at the Gallery’s cafe hosted by the Director and the Chairman and enjoyed a curator-led tour of "Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s" exhibition.