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20th September, 2018

Behind-the-Scenes with Sir Explore

Sir Hotels’ recently launched Sir Explore city guide rolls out experiences not-to-be-missed in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Ibiza, including insider tours and hands-on workshops. Offering an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the communities and culture of these cities, experiences are hosted by handpicked city residents and include an immersion in Amsterdam’s bike culture with bicycle frame builder Lester Janssen, a leather craft accessory workshop at luxury atelier Stiebich & Rieth in Hamburg, craft beer making and tasting at Berlin’s microbrewery Berliner Berg, and mystical nature hikes in Ibiza complete with sunset yoga and magnetic meditation with local archaeologist Rika.


Each of the experiences can be booked in person at Sir Hotels or online and start from as little as 15 euros per person.



20th September, 2018

Royal Academy of Arts Chica-goes to EXPO!

The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate and Field Editions are set to launch NFP Editions at EXPO CHICAGO (27 – 30 September 2018). This new collaboration acknowledges the key role that artist editions play in supporting non-profit institutions and will represent the best in accessibly-priced, contemporary, limited edition prints from leading UK public institutions, bringing them to an international audience.


All proceeds from works sold will go towards supporting the non-profit activities of the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate and the Field Editions partner organisations (Open Eye Gallery, Impressions Gallery and Redeye Photography Network), who all share the same ambition to nurture the next generation of talented artists worldwide. At EXPO CHICAGO, NFP Editions will showcase top names including Georg Baselitz, Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer, Joan Jonas and Grayson Perry.


NFP Editions will feature in the Editions + Books section of EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, 27–30 September 2018 in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.


Art work pictured:

Left – Christopher Le Brun, Strand, 2016

Right – Gary Hume, Keeping Mum, 2017



18th September, 2018

Tom Friedman Alters Reality at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Tongue-in-cheek, psychological and evocative are just some of the words used to describe the work of Tom Friedman. In conjunction with Frieze Week, the American conceptual artist will be unveiling extracts from his notebooks that document forty years of his artistic development in an exhibition opening at Stephen Friedman Gallery on 1 October.


Toilet paper, cups and straws; the ignored and forgotten objects cast aside from our main perceptual register are brought into focus in Friedman’s art, forcing these objects into obscurity. Friedman’s most notable works including ‘Untitled (Self-Portrait)’ (1999), a replica of the artist constructed with sugar cubes, will have its process revealed in ‘Self Portrait for Sugar Cubes’ (2018). Together, these notebook extracts will give insight to the artists mind and expose the labyrinth of detailed thought that props up his artwork. The exhibition seeks to highlight the nuances of these individual works.


Tom Friedman ‘Always the Beginning’, runs until 3 November and will be accompanied by a new publication that reproduces nearly a hundred pages from the sketchbooks that this new body of work draws upon.



13th September, 2018

Michael Landy’s ‘Scaled Down’ Sculpture Show

This Frieze week, renowned British artist Michael Landy will unveil an unusual new sculpture series in a solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery. Scaled Down will feature a range of sculptures composed from the crushed materials of his own past artworks. Using an industrial waste compactor, Landy has worked systematically series-by-series to compact previous sculptures, drawings and works on paper into abstract, densely layered cubes.


Throughout his practice, Landy has created epic installations and performances to explore political and social issues. His 2001 monumental commission for Artangel, Break Down, was a systematic destruction of his 7,227 possessions in a former department store in London. Earlier this year he created Open for Business (2018), a functioning, trading Brexit kiosk which was presented as a commission for the inaugural Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.


Michael Landy, ‘Scaled Down’ will be at Thomas Dane Gallery, 2 October – 17 November 2018
13th September, 2018

sketch reveals innovative and interactive online experience

sketch Mayfair, famed for its creative artist-conceived interiors and playful approach to dining, has launched a website commensurate to its imaginative spirit. The new digital work is the result of over a year of detailed design, development and filming in conjunction with design studio HATO. A departure from conventional website design, the new interactive site highlights the interiors of each of the five unique dining rooms without using photography of the venue.


Visitors are invited to play food Jenga with a perilous plate of pastries in the Gallery; design neon graphics to illuminate the Parlour; and even make a musical track in the sci-fi East Bar & Pods. A series of unique video pieces feature in every room, taking guests on an enchanting journey through the storied restaurant.


sketch owner, Mourad Mazouz, says: “We are celebrating 15 years of sketch this year and wanted a website that reflects everything sketch still represents – fun, playfulness, experimentation, forward-thinking.”


Enjoy the new sketch experience here – sketch.london
4th September, 2018

Ancient monastery and industrial brewery transformed into contemporary art museum

Swiss architects, Chasper Schmidlin and Lukas Voellmy, have restored and transformed the historic structures on the site of a former 12th century monastery and brewery in the Swiss Alps that will house Muzeum Susch, opening on 2nd January 2019. The museum campus will comprise of three buildings; the Bieraria (brewery) and Bieraria Veglia which, interconnected, will host the exhibition space, office headquarters, and a restaurant; and Chasa della Santa which will house the artists’ residence, Temporars Susch.


The whole project balances sympathy to the history of the building, establishing space for a contemporary art museum within this context while introducing minimal architectural interventions. Additional space has been created by excavating into the solid mountain rock below and beside the Bieraria. An underground passageway will lead visitors from the Bieraria Veglia, underneath the road, in to the Bieraria opposite. One of the first encounters inside the museum is with the natural mountain rock grotto, historically used for the cooling and storage of beer, interacting with the building’s history in a playful dynamic between old and new.

17th August, 2018

Sir Hotels Announces Sir Explore Autumn Programme

Boutique hotel brand Sir Hotels have added bespoke experiences to their Sir Explore Autumn programme, allowing out-of-town guests and local communities to deepen the connection between the cities the hotels call home and the locals that make them great. Ranging in price, style and duration – Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Ibiza offers experiences to Sir Hotel guests, visitors and locals alike – exposing the vibrant side of the city that they are most passionate about. Combining food, art, music, wellness and history, Sir Explore presents a fresh take on local culture, uncovering hidden gems within each city.


Experiences include unlocking the​ ​history​ ​and​ ​philosophy​ behind the ​art​ ​of​ ​cycling together with master​ ​bike​ ​builder Lester​ in Amsterdam; a fun immersion in Berlin’s ancient brewing tradition with an opportunity to taste some extraordinary beer; uncovering Hamburg’s urban art scene with an insider tour from one of the city’s leading curators; or for a mystical day of adventure — both real and imagined — through a hiking trip with Paolo for a dive into the legends of Ibiza’s Atlantis.


For more information please visit sirhotels.com/explore

Studio Frith collaborates with National Arts Trust for ‘Ahead of the Curve’

Frith Kerr has partnered with the National Trust to present Ahead of the Curve: an exhibition focused on the women artists represented in the 2 Willow Road collection. It is part of the National Trust’s nationwide programme celebrating Women and Power in the centenary anniversary year of women first achieving the vote in a British parliamentary election.


Frith Kerr, whose practice is known for its innovative discourse with architects, artists and designers, has invited six leading female designers to respond to six female artists in the collection of Ursula and Ernö Goldfinger, the Hungarian architect who created the house. Collaborators in the project are Ilse Crawforddesigner and founder of studioilse; Gitta Gschwendtner, designer; Lyn HarrisPerfumer H; Nina Chakrabarti, illustrator; Roksanda Ilincic, fashion designer; and Kitty Travers, ice cream confectioner. They respond to works by Bridget Riley, Lee Miller, Rita Kernn-Larsen and others, bringing contemporary furniture design, fashion, fragrance, food and illustration into dialogue with paintings and photographs found around the eclectic modernist home.


The exhibition runs until 4 November.


Ahead of the Curve: Women Artists at 2 Willow Road

Scott & Co to work with rapidly expanding European hotel group

Scott & Co has started working with Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC), a fast growing hotel and development company that encompasses a number of design-led lifestyle hotel brands, including Sir Hotels and Max Brown Hotels. Founded in 2006 by award-winning entrepreneur, Liran Wizman, EHPC creates unique hospitality brands and manages a collection of twelve hotels in key European destinations. Recent openings include Sir Adam, Amsterdam (2017); Sir Joan, Ibiza (2017); and Sir Nikolai, Hamburg (2017). Scott & Co will represent brands across EHPC’s portfolio and oversee future openings currently scheduled for further cities across Europe.





Norn’s Meaningful Conversations to pop up globally

Offline network Norn is growing its newly launched event and content programme to spaces and businesses beyond its network of historic homes in London, Berlin, Barcelona and San Francisco. Since launching to the public in spring 2018, Norn has witnessed unprecedented demand among local city residents to attend its social gatherings designed for personal development and to deepen connections with others.


Held in intimate spaces, such as kitchens and living rooms in beautiful private residences, events include intimate Conversation Dinners and Salon discussions on topics such as ‘Mythology’, ‘Love’ and ‘Borders’. This autumn, Norn will reach further audiences by launching a series of pop-ups and creative events in selected cities around the world, including a chef’s residency in collaboration with Michelin-starred restaurant Lyle’s, in London.



Living La Bella Verde

Located on the Spanish island of Ibiza, La Bella Verde is the island’s first and only solar powered catamaran experience. Starting with just one boat in 2014, the pioneering eco-charter company was founded by friends Charlie, Alastair and Maarten with a dream of offering a zero-emission boating experience.


The venture has seen continued success and will be buoyed by the introduction of two new boats in time for the busy 2018 summer season. The team have their sights set on distant shores with the launch of a new boat building service which will offer hotels and tour operators the world over to own and operate their very own carbon-neutral launch.



Museum in the Mountains: Grazyna Kulczyk’s Muzeum Susch to open

Scott & Co is pleased to have announced the opening of Muzeum Susch in January 2019: a major new space and home for experimental approaches to contemporary art. Founded and created by Grażyna Kulczyk – the Polish entrepreneur, collector and long-term supporter of contemporary art – Muzeum Susch will be housed in an extraordinary campus located on the site of a 12th century former monastery and brewery in Susch, a remote town on the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in the Engadin valley of the Swiss Alps.


The building has been restored and expanded under the expertise of Swiss architects Chasper Schmidlin and Lukas Voellmy to total an impressive 1,500 square-meter gallery space which will house site-specific commissions by international contemporary artists as well as a series of temporary curated exhibitions running throughout the year. With a rigorous programme, Muzeum Susch will also offer an annual discursive symposium; an academic institute supporting research on gender issues in art and science; a performative programme of contemporary choreography; and seasonal residencies which will invite artists, curators, choreographers, writers and researchers to the idyllic alpine region. See you in Susch!



David Gill: Designing Art, set for release in October

Pioneering gallerist, collector, designer and curator David Gill looks back on three decades at the centre of the art and design worlds in ‘Designing Art’, a major new book that explores the remarkable career of one of the most influential figures working in art and design. This written documentary, to be published in October by Vendome Press, features never-before-published photography of Gill’s galleries; exclusive and personal interviews; photographs of private collections, interiors and artworks; and a unique insight into the world of a man whose attention to detail and unfaltering eye for the beautiful is widely regarded as without equal.


Illustrated with over 250 images presented chronologically, this unprecedented new book recounts the story of the evolution of contemporary design and marks an important contribution to an industry that continues to delight and fascinate. Featured artists Gill has worked with over the years include Donald Judd, Zaha Hadid, Mattia Bonetti, Jorge Pardo, Michele Oka Doner, The Campana Brothers, David Chipperfield, Fredrikson Stallard and Barnaby Barford.




sketch Opens ‘Women Empowered’ Summer Exhibition and Events Programme

Iconic venue sketch will celebrate the work of female artists through a new ‘Women Empowered’ exhibition this summer. Coinciding with the City of London’s Women: Work and Power season, sketch’s exhibition invites the viewer to look into a variety of works, all created by women. Presenza has curated works from Eliza Douglas, Hannah Quinland and Rosie Hasting, whilst works by Dianne Harris, Lauren Baker & Denise Jones and Liliane Lijn will also be on show.


‘Power Women’ by Dianne Harris will see a spectacular new holographic installation created for ‘Women Empowered’. Dianne aims to heighten the awareness of human potential and question the self-imposed limitations of individuality that serve to con ne the very nature of our ideas, thoughts and being. Denise Jones will be showing two works which look at embroidered cloths worked in Holloway Prison by Suffragettes – The Waning of the Light (2017) The Spirit Level (2016).


sketch has also partnered with Her Stories, a charitable project which aims to raise money for disadvantaged women in the UK. The team will run a programme of events throughout summer which will include talks about feminism, all-female comedy shows and more activity to take place in the coming months. All proceeds from the event ticket sales will go to supporting women seeking asylum and refuge in the UK.



‘Talisman in the Age of Difference’ by Yinka Shonibare MBE at Stephen Friedman Gallery

This seminal exhibition is a journey of encounters that explores ideas of magic and subversive beauty in work by artists of African origin and across the diaspora and artists who empathise with the spirit of African resistance and representation. Curated by the esteemed artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE, the exhibition presents an eclectic and surprising range of works, including painting, sculpture, drawing and other objects from the early twentieth century to the present day.
As with his own practice, Shonibare has selected artists who make provocative work that consciously belies a subversive and political message and does not necessarily conform to a western vision of art. The civil rights movement and identity politics are explored by a number of artists here, whilst others pursue an alternative path in their shared search for originality, spirituality and the sublime. Artists exhibiting range from emerging talent to established names including Lubaina Himid, Isaac Julien, Genevieve Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, and Bill Traylor.
The exhibition runs until 21 July.



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