Outdoor art: the best art exhibitions in the open air
Finally, the sun's come out to play. In celebration, we round up the the best art exhibitions, guided walks and sculpture trails outside London's stuffy museums this summer
John Chamberlain, Fiddler's Fortune, 2010
Frieze Sculpture will be showcasing a select number of works in a free outdoor exhibition ahead of Frieze London in October. We wait with baited breath to see this year's chosen pieces.
The Summer Pavilion: The Serpentine Pavilion
Serpentine Pavilion 2018 designed by Frida Escobedo
Every year Kensington's Serpentine Gallery commissions an architecture firm to dream up a temporary pavilion for its grounds. Since 2000 this has been a highlight of London’s art and design calendar.
Mexican architect Frida Escobedo is the 18th architect to design one of the world's most prestigious architectural commissions. At only 38, she is the youngest practitioner to take on the project, and the first solo woman since the late Zaha Hadid.
Renowned for her Mexican community projects that revitalise forgotten urban spaces, Escobedo’s Pavilion will feature a courtyard enclosed by dark latticed walls made from British cement roof tiles, a curved mirrored canopy and a shallow triangular pool set into the Pavilion floor. We can't wait.
The Line: East London Sculpture Walk
East London’s reply to the New York High Line (organised by Mega Piper), The Line is London's first modern and contemporary art walk crammed full of outdoor art for the summer. Expect bold pieces and big names: Damien Hirst artwork is accompanied by giants of art world, from Martin Creed to Antony Gormley.
Sculpture in the City
Stuck in the office and desperately staring out at the sunshine? Why not take a stroll between art world heavyweights like Damien Hirst and Paul McCarthy in the seventh edition of Sculpture in the City. Now in its fifth year, this fantastic open-air exhibition lets visitors weave their way between the towering Gherkin, the Cheesegrater and the Lloyd's to enjoy the best contemporary sculptures you'll find in London. The seventh edition works will be on display until May 2018 - don't forget to share your photos with #scultptureinthecity.
Explore the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter
The Sackler Courtyard, V&A
Designed by the Stirling Prize-winning British architect Amanda Levete and her practice AL_A, the new Exhibition Road Quarter, comprising new public eating areas and gallery spaces, is the Museum’s largest architectural intervention in the last 100 years.
A diverse range of art and design commissions, performances, fashion and family activities will be staged by the V&A throughout the summer. We'll keep you posted, when we know more.
A little further afield: Colour Space, Houghton Hall
Damien Hirst’s Sensation at Houghton Hall. Photographs Damien Hirst and Science Ltd
Stately home Houghton Hall is a Palladian haven exhibiting paintings by the likes of Rembrandt and Velázquez. Bur for the duration of the summer its grand rooms and expansive grounds are home to a new series of paintings by the master of contemporary art: Damien Hirst. Colour Space is a development of the much-in-demand Spot Paintings Hirst developed in the 80s and 90s.
Also drawing the crowds are some of the artist’s most celebrated sculptures, installed around the 18th century house and its garden. The 33-foot statue Virgin Mother (2005 –2006) displaying a pregnant woman anatomically, both glorifying and humanizing the female figure, stands tall in the grounds. It's really quite the spectacle. But so are the herds of white deer that inhabit the expanse of parkland