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
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.
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 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
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
Breakfast and private tour with Simon Baker, curator of Photography and International Art at Tate.
An after-hours guided visit of the most talked-about exhibition in London now, with the leading curator Ann Dumas.
An informal morning at the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.
A private tour of the masterpieces of the 20th and 21st century fashion from the V&A Museum’s outstanding collection.
An exclusive spring soiree: Yves Saint Laurent: A Visionary of Fashion and Art.
With one of the most inspirational and respected fashion writers of our time - Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni.
A unique opportunity to visit studio of one of the most celebrated visual artists - Dame Paula Rego.
ArtSocial Club has the utmost pleasure to offer its members a special treat: a backstage tour of the Old Vic Theatre and a fun and relaxed breakfast at Penni, the OId Vic’s new artisanal café.
A breakfast tour of the newly refurbished Europe Galleries of the V&A Museum.