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ArtSocial is committed to keeping you up-to-date with the most exciting exhibitions, theatre shows
and cultural events in London. Our carefully curated list for 2018 can be found here.



Charles I: King and Collector

ArtSocial Recommends the “Charles I: King and Collector” exhibition, at the Royal Academy. The exhibition reunites the greatest masterpieces of Charles I’s collection. On display are over 100 works of art, ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings to monumental tapestries. The exhibition opens 27th January, through to the 15th April 2018.

Location: Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1J 0BD




Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Drawn from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition features some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history. Influenced by historical painting and frequently associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the four artists formed a bridge between the art of the past and the art of the future, standing as true giants in Victorian photography. Opens on the 1st of March 2018.

Location: - National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE


The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture

There’s never been a single exhibition looking at Monet’s career through the buildings he painted: in Normandy, in Rouen, in Paris, London, and Venice. This is a new way of looking at Monet’s work. It shows how he used architecture to create his compositions, both in his most famous paintings and lesser-known works. 9 April – 29 July 2018


Location: - Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN


“Mark Dion Theatre of the Natural World”

Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories.

Location: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX


“Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy”

On the 8th March, Tate Modern opens its first ever solo exhibition dedicated to Picasso. “Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy” will display more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures, with a focus on one particularly tumultuous year in the artist’s life: 1932. ArtSocial is delighted to host an exclusive tour of the exhibition for its members. Keep an eye on our newsletter for further details.

Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG.


Fashioned from Nature

ArtSocial is looking forward to the V&A’s “Fashioned from Nature” exhibition, which opens on Saturday 21st April 2018. The exhibition will explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature, from 1600 to the present day. We will, of course, be hosting an event for our members in conjunction with the exhibition.

 Location: V&A Museum, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RL


The Summer ExhibitioN

Grayson Perry RA takes the helm to coordinate the world’s longest running and largest open-submission show: the Summer Exhibition. The Summer Exhibition provides emerging and established artists with a unique platform to showcase their work. As always, most of the artworks on display are for sale - giving you the opportunity to purchase original artworks by leading artists of both today and tomorrow. A portion of the sales proceeds goes towards providing free, world-class postgraduate tuition in the RA Schools.

Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD


Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

For June, ArtSocial recommends “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up”, at the V&A. The exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of the iconic Mexican artist’s personal artefacts and clothing. The exhibition opens on Saturday 26th June 2018. Make sure to book ahead!

Location: V&A Museum, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RL


Tacita Dean’s “Portrait”, “Still Life” and “Landscape”

One artist, three venues. May marks the month that Tacita Dean is the subject of a landmark collaboration of three London galleries. The National Portrait Gallery hosts an exhibition of her portraits from March 15th until May 28th. On the same dates, the National Gallery hosts an exhibition of her Still Lifes. Opening on May 19th, the Royal Academy follows suit with her landscape works.

Portrait - The National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
Still Life - The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Landscape - Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1J 0BD

Fashioned from Nature

The first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day starting from Saturday, 21 April 2018. This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Location: - V&A Museum, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RL


The Future Starts Here

Exploring the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow, Opening on Saturday, 12 May 2018. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.

Location: - V&A Museum, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RL



Elmgreen & Dragset 'How We Bite Our Tongue' - NEW SHOW CO-ARTists (and A18 CAS title)

Powerless Structures have, over the past few years, made Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset internationally acclaimed artists. Their works meet the categories of art, architecture and design. In installations and performances, this duo explores and redefines space and its numerous possibilities of definition and function. Opening on  the 25 September 2018.

Location: - Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St London E1 7QX




Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

On the 10th of May 2018 The Design Museum opens the first UK solo exhibition on Azzedine Alaia's work. Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body. 

Location: - The Design Museum , 224-238 Kensington High Street London W8 6AG

MASTERPIECE LONDON Art Fair: The Unmissable Art Fair

ArtSocial recommends to visit The "Masterpiece London Fair" starting from 28th of June 2018. Set within the grounds of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea, Masterpiece is more than just an opportunity to acquire expertly vetted works of art from world-class dealers.

Location: - South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4LW




Hyundai Commission Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera is a Cuban installation and performance artist, known for addressing political and social themes.

Location: - Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG




Christo & Jeanne-Claude Floating Structure in Serpentine

In June 2018, the Serpentine Galleries will present the first exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude in a London public institution since 1979.

Location: - Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA




Christian Marclay: The Clock

24-hours long, the installation is a montage of thousands of film and television images of clocks, edited together so they show the actual time. It is a thrilling journey through cinematic history as well as a functioning timepiece. Starting on 14 September 2018.

Location: - Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG




Van Gogh exhibition

Van Gogh and Britain will be the first exhibition to take a new look at the artist through his relationship with Britain, opening in March 2019. It will explore how Van Gogh was inspired by British art, literature and culture throughout his career and how he in turn inspired British artists, from Walter Sickert to Francis Bacon.

Location: - Millbank; London, SW1




Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Eugene O’Neill’s classic American masterpiece is certainly a long journey, but it’s one worth taking when the cast is as good as this. Jeremy Irons returns to the stage after ten years away as James Tyrone, starring alongside stage royalty Lesley Manville. The production, which had a sold out run at Bristol Old Vic earlier in the year, is directed by Richard Eyre. January 27 - April 7

Location: Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA


The Town Hall Affair

Iconic New York theatre group The Wooster Group are heading to the Barbican in June for a piece that isn’t going to get any less timely. It’s a multimedia show exploring a 1971 debate about women’s liberation, when Norman Mailer squared up against Germaine Greer and other feminist advocates. Text and video footage layer the performance, challenging audiences to rethink revolutionary conversations. June 21-24

Location: Barbican Theatre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS




Superstition, ambition and bloody violence come to the National Theatre as Rufus Norris directs Macbeth. Veteran actors Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play the power-hungry couple.

Location: National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX


Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high - will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? Don’t miss this landmark stage production on London’s Southbank.

Location: London County Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB




The Age of Anxiety, New works from Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon

The centenary of the birth of composer Leonard Bernstein will be marked in style by the Royal Ballet, with new works by Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon marking the occasion. Both will create new works to Bernstein scores, and will be performed alongside a revival of Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety. The performance opens on the 15th March, and concludes on the 9th April.

 Location: Royal Opera House, Bow St, London WC2E 9DD


Akram Khan Company: XENOS

A UK premiere of a new work by Akram Khan is an occasion in itself, but it will also see Khan make his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece. He will be joined on stage by five musicians as he resets the myth of Prometheus within the context of the First World War. The performance opens on the 29th May, and finishes on the 9th June.

Location: Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN


Musicals & Opera



Written by nascent superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’ is an exuberantly multiracial rap musical about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, the flamboyant first US Secretary of the Treasury.

Location: Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria St, Westminster, London, SW1E 5EA