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The Art of Anna Mazzotta: Narrative is Queen

You should all hereby go to La Trattoria by Alfredo Russo in the basement of the Pelham Hotel in South Kensington, not only to try the excellent Italian food but to view the remarkable exhibition by Anna Mazzotta. Her paintings are cinematic mise-en-scènes where the characters, often clad in vintage clothes, seem to communicate with …

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Don’t Forget Your Passport: Friday Late at the V&A with THATMuse

SEEN loves the active ways in which you can get involved at London’s museums. It’s so easy to go round one and end up not remembering very much because of the sheer wealth of objects you’ve looked at. Perhaps this has inspired the wonderful V&A to host something very special; the travel-themed ‘Don’t Forget Your Passport’ Friday Late on Friday 25th August, which will feature a brand new and travel-inspired treasure hunt from THATMuse (Treasure Hunt At The Museum).

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Colorplan Pop Up at GF Smith: Paper City + MarrsGreen

Step behind the North side of Oxford Street away from the retail bustle and you’re in a different world, in which art galleries and showrooms predominate. SEEN was visiting #GFShowSpace, the London HQ of paper supremos GF Smith. They were showcasing the splendid #MarrsGreen colour, selected by a democratic worldwide poll that has been embodied in t-shirts, a tea set, a bike, a Cambridge satchel, laces… You name it. You can see it from the street, indeed you can hardly miss it.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

SEEN has long been an admirer of Alexandra Blum’s liminal and apocalyptic renderings of London’s urban spaces, in which the capital seems ever-changing. It is the artist’s job to capture not only space but the passage of time itself.

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Grenfell Tower Benefit Auction

Despite the horror of the Grenfell Tower blaze, how heartening it is to see the groundswell of support from the community at large. Art advisor Lucy Meakin is collaborating with leading British contemporary artists and Artsy on an online auction to raise funds for the victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

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Kieren Hughes: Urban Dreamscape

SEEN was instantly captivated by the work of the Cheltenham-born artist Kieren Hughes recently. His unsettling images seem born of modern-day anxieties about urban living, as in Chicago Fever Dream or the privileges accrued by a rich elite, as in The Last Privilege of an Oil Man.

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The Isokon Gallery and Walter Gropius

SEEN has been a long-time admirer of the work of architect, teacher and Isokon resident, the renowned architect Walter Gropius. Marking the 80th anniversary of Walter Gropius’s departure from England to America, The Isokon Gallery Trust presents a concise synopsis of the seminal architect’s life and work.

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Contemporaries: Art by Focus LDN

Tom Cox and Focus LDN have done it again with an exciting new exhibition, showcasing eight artists and their work in the Old Brompton Gallery from June 21st – 25th. Visitors to the gallery during the exhibition are promised live painting, collaborative works and other events to be announced.

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Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction at the Barbican Centre

It’s fair to say that SEEN was keenly anticipating this exhibition. Having grown up on sci fi books and films, she was looking forward to a trip down memory lane and hoping to be inspired by new concepts and ideas. She was not disappointed. There’s so much here, it definitely bears repeat visits. Fortunately, it’s on until 1st September.