Cap­i­tal en­ter­tain­ment

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London’s rep­u­ta­tion as a dy­namic cen­tre of artis­tic cre­ativ­ity will be am­pli­fied this month with London Art Week (June 30 to July 7; www.lon­donartweek.co.uk) and May­fair Art Week­end (June 30 to July 2; www.may­fairartweek­end.com). More than 40 gal­leries and three auc­tion houses across the cap­i­tal will host spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions of works for London Art Week (Art mar­ket, page 92), rang­ing from an­tiq­ui­ties and Re­nais­sance old Masters to sculp­ture and Bri­tish sport­ing art.

Co­in­cid­ing with London Art Week, Len­nox Cato of Eden­bridge, Kent, is hold­ing a sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tion of fine fur­ni­ture and eclec­tic works of art at the new London premises of new York­based dealer Carl­ton Hobbs. Along with a su­perb May­hew and Ince com­mode and a Wil­liam & Mary sea­weed mar­quetry card or writ­ing ta­ble, there is a small col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary sil­ver. The ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled ‘A Uni­ver­sal Friend’, is at 16, Bloom­field Ter­race, London sw1, un­til sun­day (www.lennox­cato.com)

May­fair Art Week­end, or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with the Royal Academy (RA), will see the worlds of art and fash­ion con­verge in the West End for a plethora of events. Launched four years ago to re­vive May­fair’s role as an artis­tic hub, the Week­end has gath­ered pace and more than 60 gal­leries are now in­volved. Among the events are conversation ses­sions with lead­ing artists, in­clud­ing sculp­tor Emily Young, themed walks led by ex­perts such as RA sec­re­tary and chief ex­ec­u­tive Charles saumarez smith and many gallery tours. Fri­day night kicks off with an art ‘hop’ around 25 late-open­ing gal­leries. Brown’s Ho­tel, one of the Week­end’s ini­tia­tors, has or­gan­ised a ‘gallery sa­fari’ and lo­cal restau­rants are of­fer­ing art-themed, all-day din­ing. Burlington Ar­cade will be trans­formed with 300 pa­per birds in an in­stal­la­tion by French de­signer Mathilde nivet and the party at­mos­phere will cul­mi­nate in a free fes­ti­val in the court­yard of the RA’S Burlington House (above). MM & HM

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