Pintar Rapido outdoor painting festival returns on 11th & 12th July

The UK’s largest outdoor painting festival, competition and exhibition is returning to the streets of London – and Chelsea – on the weekend of 11th and 12th July 2015 for its third annual event.

Open to both professional and amateur artists from all over the UK, the event challenges artists of all levels to create a picture of a London cityscape from start to finish in one day. Pintar Rapido attracts hundreds of artists each year that compete for £3,000 worth of prizes, including the top award of £1,000 sponsored by, as well as the opportunity to sell their creations.

Pintar Rapido Pintar Rapido

Pintar Rapido‘ means painting ‘painting quickly’ in Spanish; the event was founded by Roger Beckett who has published two of the UK’s most influential magazines for designers, Design Week and Creative Review. He was inspired by a similar event whilst visiting a small village in Catalonia called Horta De Sant Juan where Picasso painted several early Cubist paintings.

Pintar Rapido Pintar Rapido

Roger Beckett said:

“Last year we had more than 500 artists taking part in making Pintar Rapido the biggest outdoor painting festival and exhibition in the UK. It was inspiring to see so many artists of all abilities, backgrounds and mediums creating a picture, live, out on the streets. I want to encourage people to take part – to paint, draw, sketch and be more creative whilst celebrating the city landscape of London.”

Pintar RapidoAfter Painting Day on Saturday 11th July – when each artist can choose a location across London to create their artwork using their own materials and working in any style, medium or size they wish – Sunday 12th July will see the public exhibition and sale at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Visitors can view more than 400 paintings and meet the artists, including the winner of the £1,000 Pintar prize. Paintings will also be available to buy, with 10% of profits going to charity.

Last year’s first prize was awarded to Ben Hope (pictured right), who painted Looking West Along Queen’s Gate Terrace, 25x30cm, oil on canvas. This year, the Pintar Prize is being judged by award-winning artist Richard Pikesley, gallery owners Charles and Sarah Russell-Walling and Steve Pill, editor of Artists and Illustrators Magazine.

If you’d like to take part as an artist, please sign up at

Other Pintar Rapido events will be taking place in Glasgow on 15th & 16th August 2015, and in Amsterdam on 5th & 6th September 2015.

Pintar Rapido
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2015
Sunday exhibition, 12pm – 6pm, at Chelsea Old Town Hall
King’s Road

Life drawing classes in Chelsea at The Ram start on 14th May

Starting tonight, Thursday 14th May, and running until early July, The Ram pub near Chelsea Harbour will be hosting a series of life drawing classes for all budding artists.

Led by professional artist Jonathan Ellis, the classes are suitable for all levels and abilities – from those who haven’t picked up a pencil since their schooldays to those who are closet Picassos.
Life Drawing Classes in Chelsea

All materials and full easels are provided for each class, and there are varied models and a new theme for each session.

The classes are run in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, with everyone encouraged to experiment, even make mistakes, whilst improving their drawing skills. Inspiring tips and drawing techniques will be learnt, and it’s a great way of picking up a new skill or honing an old one – as well as having a fun evening and a drink with friends and colleagues.

Life Drawing Classes in Chelsea

The Art With Benedict classes are being run in some of London’s best pubs (currently also in locations in Winchmore Hill, Shepherd’s Bush, Tufnell Park and Ladbroke Grove) and have had an amazing response!

At The Ram, a free drink is also included in the price of the class! Tickets cost £20 online – you can book at – or £21 on the door.

Do also check out the website above for more details on the Art With Benedict team, to see previous students’ work, read testimonials, and for information on their other classes around London.

Life Drawing in the Pub
6.30pm – 8.30pm on 14th May, 28th May, 11th June, 25th June, 2nd July 2015
The Ram
32 Burnaby Street
SW10 0PL

life drawing classes in Chelsea

Art History courses in Chelsea start 20th April

Art historian and accredited lecturer Mariska Beenkenkamp-Wladimiroff will be running a new set of art history courses at the World’s End Studios, Lots Road, starting on 20th April.

Art History Courses in Chelsea - Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff

Them main five-week course is titled ‘Introduction to Art’, covering different styles and genres each week as detailed below, and followed by a visit to the National Gallery. The course costs £75 per person, although you can also just sign up for a the gallery visit, or for the classroom course.

Introduction to Art (up to 1860 / Impressionism)
Week 1: Early Renaissance
Week 2: Renaissance
Week 3: Baroque
Week 4: Rococo
Week 5: Romanticism & Classicism
Visit: National Gallery

You can sign up for the course online here:!about1/c15ww.

Mariska will also be running a five week, more in-depth course on Ancient Greek & Rome at the same time for those with more previous experience of art history:

Ancient Greece & Rome:
Week 1: Ancient Greece – Geometric and Archaic Art, from the Bronze age palaces of Crete to the beginnings of perspective
Week 2: Ancient Greece – Classical and Hellenistic Art, from the Parthenon to Alexander the Great
Week 3: Ancient Rome – The founding of Rome, from Etruscan beginnings to the glory of Augustus
Week 4: Ancient Rome – The rise of Imperialism, from Pompeii to the Provinces
Week 5: Ancient Rome – The decline of Rome, Constantine and the Beginnings of Christianity
Visit: British Museum

Art History Courses in Chelsea - Marten de Vos Seven Liberal Arts

Both courses are run in an informal class room setting, with presentations given by experts in the field. No previous knowledge is required, and no homework is set. All attendees are given hand outs during the course, which list art historical vocabulary used, important names and dates, suggestions for reading and suggestions for visits.

Mariska has been running similar courses in Richmond since the start of the year (and will continue to run courses in that area as well) – please see details of the Richmond courses here:!art-history-courses-london-2015/c1rcp.

Art History Courses in Chelsea – run by Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff
commencing 20th April 2015
World’s End Studios
Lots Road
SW10 0RJ

Art History Courses in Chelsea - World's End Studios

New gallery Apart opens on Kensington High Street

First opened by Adrian Palengat in a former antiques market on Portobello Road in 1999, erectile Apart has operated as a full time pop-up gallery since 2006. Now, for Autumn/Winter 2014, the gallery is occupying two floors of stunning gallery space on Kensington High Street.

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street
Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Apart is known for its early work with a significant number of established artists and for its playful, pop influenced eye. More recently, the gallery has become well known for its overseas show programme with exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States.

During the run of the exhibition in Kensington, work by the following artists will be shown:

  • Pakpoom Silaphan
  • Finn Stone
  • Miss Bugs
  • Russell Young
  • Andy Bridge
  • James Holdsworth
  • Sunil Pawar
  • Michael Viviani
  • Ryan Hadley
  • Sean Alexander

…and many more!

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Further details on Apart and its Autumn/Winter exhibition in Kensington can be found on its website or on the Facebook page

You can see a preview of the works being shown at Apart via the images in the post, but do otherwise pop down today to the gallery to view the exhibition for yourself.

176 Kensington High Street
W8 7RG

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Gallery Apart Kensington High Street

Contemporary prints and editions fair MULTIPLIED returns to Christie’s South Kensington, 17th – 20th October

The fifth edition of the UK’s only art fair dedicated to contemporary prints and editions – MULTIPLIED – returns to Christie’s South Kensington next weekend (17th – 20th October).

Taking place during Frieze Week, forty of the world’s most esteemed galleries will be taking part in the Fair, which will feature prints, photography, digital art and artists books. Some of the top London galleries that will be present at MULTIPLIED include Marc Quinn, London Print Studio, BEARSPACE, Flowers Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and Paul Stolper Gallery, whilst exciting new talent from leading graduate institutions such as the Slade School of Fine Art, the Royal College of Art and the University of the Arts London will also be showcased.

Works by established contemporary artists will be exhibited, including pieces by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, William Kentridge, Sarah Lucas, Daido Moriyama, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Jacky Tsai, Stained Glass Skull, 2013, 6 colour screenprint, edition of 60, 850 x 1100 mm. Courtesy of Eyestorm
Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Sir Peter Blake, USA Series – Pacific Park, 2014, edition of 100, 653 x 740 mm. Courtesy of CCA Galleries

The Fair’s events programme will see panel discussions and artist talks take place, with the line up for the latter including Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery; Sir Peter Blake (RA) in conversation with Alastair Sooke; Marcus Coates in conversation with Gavin Everall, Editor of Book Works; and Horst: A Photographer of Style by Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs, V&A.

Live printmaking sessions, in association with Rabley Contemporary and CFPR Editions, will also be held during MULTIPLIED. Traditional and 3D printing techniques will be demonstrated in front of a live audience.

Admission to talks and the printmaking sessions is free, although numbers are limited and booking is required – contact to reserve a space.

Events in Kensington and Chelsea - MULTIPLIED
Tom Hammick, B. 1963 Getaway, 2014, reduction woodcut, edition of 20, 600 x 800 mm. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Murray Macaulay, Director of Multiplied, said:

“The contemporary prints and editions on show at Multiplied exemplify the vibrancy of art being created right now by emerging and established artists around the world. With exhibitors attending from throughout Europe and the Americas, a stimulating programme of artist talks, live printing events and new edition launches, Multiplied 2014 will provide a fresh perspective on this dynamic artistic field.”

Entry to the fair is free. Full details of the Fair and all of its accompanying events, including details of all participating galleries and exhibiting artists, can be found at

MULTIPLIED 2014 – Contemporary Editions Fair
17th – 20th October 2014
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road

Visit Kensington & Fulham Open Studios this weekend

For all keen art collectors – on this coming weekend (10th to 12th October) and the next (17th to 19th October), Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will give you the chance to visit and purchase art works in the very spaces where they were created.

Now in its second year, five-five participants will be taking part in the 2014 edition of Kensington & Fulham Open Studios, with thirty unique spaces available to visit – including local attics, living rooms, cafes, galleries, food stores and even a houseboat! Many art forms will also be covered over the two weekends, from jewellers to milliners, potters and sculptors to painters, photographers to print-makers all taking part. The event aims to encourage people to explore unknown streets and get to know their neighbours whilst also providing them the unique opportunity to purchase from local creators in a relaxed setting.

A taster of all the art that will be on show in the area starts today (7th October) until the 19th October at the Chelsea Gallery on King’s Road. Sponsored by Paragon Design Construction, the show lets visitors see a sample of works from all the open studio artists in one place.

Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Leigh Glover
Leigh Glover
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Isobel Hutchinson Cannon Street
Cannon Street – Isobel Hutchinson
Kensington & Fulham Open Studios - Camilla Shavig
Camilla Shavig

This year, Kensington & Fulham Open Studios will also include a number of exciting mini-events – including the Art for Youth fundraising exhibition at the Royal College of Art on 15th and 16th October; tours of the Royal Brompton Hospital art collection and pop-up studios at Kensington and Fulham Whole Foods stores.

Entry to all Kensington & Fulham Open Studios venues is free. Full information – including profiles of the artists taking part, maps and opening times – can be found at Do also look out for KFOS brochures at your local library or cultural centre.

Kensington & Chelsea Open Studios
10th – 12th October and 17th – 19th October 2014

10th Parallax Art Fair at Chelsea Town Hall, 26th & 27th July

The tenth edition of the Parallax Art Fair returns once again to Chelsea Town Hall this month, featuring almost 200 artists exhibiting their works in the disciplines of fine art, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, textiles and home accessories.

Parallax Art Fair - James Austen Murray, “Soup Lion”
James Austen Murray, “Soup Lion”
Parallax Art Fair - Stewart Brown, “Level Pears”
Stewart Brown, “Level Pears”

This time round, the Fair will be supporting CARA (Council for At-Risk Academics) who will be selling donated art and signed catalogues (Maggi Hambling and Edmund de Waal) to raise money for persecuted lecturers and professors in Iraq and Syria. Given the heightened violence in the region where Iraqi universities have actually been attacked, the Parallax organisers are keen to encourage buyers to support CARA in this endeavour; CARA will be showing in Gallery 2 of the fair.

Parallax Art Fair - Zarina Kendjaeva, "Hasht Doira"
Zarina Kendjaeva, “Hasht Doira”

Dr Barlow, one of the founders of Parallax, says:

“I’m excited running these things is tough in a culture still weighed down by the fundamentalist objectivism trotted out by the arts industry, but in our last fair one artist sold work for £7000 proving that an artists’ art fair can be a much better deal for exhibitors and buyers alike than the old-style dealer fairs and galleries.There are no stingy entrance fees, no hidden or extra commission fees on top of purchases, and no VAT for some exhibitors either. It’s a much better deal for buyers. I do understand though that some people still think that they need to be told what is “good”, but those days are over since Derrida /et al/ switched on the lights and we stopped asking for an expert opinion on all the modern blurriness. You are your own mind. You are your own critic of objects and makers; what you like about them, is what is right. And you can also support artists directly and save money in the process!”

The exhibition is free to the public. Find out more about Parallax at, or follow them on Twitter for all the latest news.

A catalogue of selected pieces from the 10th Parallax Art Fair can be viewed at

10th Parallax Art Fair
Private view – 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Friday 25th July 2014 
11am – 5pm, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July 2014
Chelsea Town Hall
King’s Road

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, 5-15 June 2014

London’s largest and longest-running art and antiques fair returns to Kensington Olympia once again this year! Over 180 of the world’s leading dealers will take part in this 11-day event, offering high-quality art, antiques, jewellery, vintage and contemporary design, furniture, glass, lighting, posters, prints, sculptures, silver and collectibles from 5th to 15th June 2014.

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014

With items priced from £100 to £1 million, there’s something for all collectors – whether you’re a first time buyer, a dealer, an interior decorator or an established collector. Even celebrities are frequently drawn to the Fair – past names that have visited include Dustin Hoffman, Mick Jagger, Princess Michael of Kent, Kanye West, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Oprah Winfrey.

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014 - Warhol
Andy Warhol, Greta Garbo, Colour Offset, hand signed, 64 x 60 cm, courtesy of Haynes Fine Art
Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014 - 19th century specimen marble top
19th Century Specimen marble top with Micro Mosaics, Italy, c1830, courtesy of Craig Carrington
Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair 2014 - Green-ground enamel travelling-ink set with copper-gilt writing implements, cut glass ink and sander
Green-ground enamel travelling-ink set with copper-gilt writing implements, cut glass ink and sander with enamel lids. Birmingham c.1765, courtesy of Gould Antiques

This time round, a number of notable events will be taking place as part of the Fair. These include the Special Guest Exhibition, in which the 150th anniversary of the birth of British Art Nouveau designer Archibald Knox will be celebrated with the largest ever exhibition of his stunning jewellery, silver and metalwork. Archibald Knox was renowned for his iconic designs for department store Liberty & Co.

Daily themed tours – suitable for both novice buyers and seasoned collectors – will be led by independent art consultants on topics such as Art Deco – 20th century style and 1950s Modern and Beyond.

Numerous talks will be held by speakers from some of the world’s leading museums and galleries (including the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery), auction houses, publishers, jewellers, interior design firms and heritage properties including Highclere Castle – the real-life setting of ITV period drama Downton Abbey.

The Elegant Summer Bistro from Mosimann’s will also be on site serving up sumptuous summer lunches and quintessentially British tea – the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day shopping for art and antiques.

Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, comments:

“Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is London’s original, quintessential art and antiques fair. Over four decades since the event was founded, we continue to pride ourselves on offering a wider choice of quality, vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles than any other event in the capital. Over the forthcoming months we look forward to announcing our exhibitor lineup alongside details of our partnerships, guest exhibition and special events programme, all of which will enhance the visitor experience and contribute to making 2014 our most exciting edition yet.”

Tickets for the Fair cost £15 and can be purchased online at Do also keep up-to-date with the Fair by following them on Twitter and Facebook!

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair
5th – 15th June 2014
Olympia Grand
Olympia Exhibition Centre
W14 8UX

Storystock comes to the Saatchi Gallery for the Easter holidays

Following its launch at a sell-out festival at the Bush Theatre last year, the storytelling circus Storystock comes to the Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road for the Easter holidays this year, from 7th to 27th April.


Suitable for children aged from 4 to 13 years old who love stories, Storystock combines stories with art, artists and art-isms and will be held alongside the Gallery’s new exhibition, Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America.

There will be a number of workshops, pop-up events, tours – and storytelling, of course! – as well as Storystock’s reinvention of the audio guide, which they’ve named the ANTI-GUIDE.

Award-winning artist Amy Gadney has been commissioned to create the ANTI-GUIDE, offering up a completely different and immersive way of experiencing the Pangaea exhibition. The ANTI-GUIDE will be available throughout the exhibition’s run.

“We’re thrilled to be creating a family element to the Pangaea exhibition in the beautiful, inspiring and fun Saatchi Gallery. We want to give children the chance to learn about the art in an irreverent and playful way through our creative workshops, storytelling, pop-up events and ANTI-GUIDE – our psychedelic audio guide,”

explains Claire Gill, STORYSTOCK co-founder.

Tickets for Storystock can be purchased online at or by calling 08444 77 1000. Tickets for Storystock cost £18 online in advance – this includes a workshop, storytelling (for 4 to 7 year olds, in the morning) or tour (for 7-13 year olds, in the afternoon) and the ANTI-GUIDE.

Drop-in weekend passes, including for the Easter weekend, are available online or on the day and cost £10, which includes drop-in storytelling, activities, a tour and the ANTI-GUIDE.

The ANTI-GUIDE costs £4, which can be bought online or on the day.

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road

The Parallax International Art Fair returns to Chelsea, 21st – 22nd February 2014

We’ve written about the Parallax International Art Fair a number of times before on this blog, so keen readers will be pleased to hear that the ninth edition is taking place at Chelsea Town Hall on 21st and 22nd February 2014.

This latest edition will see 225 artists take part from a very wide range of artistic styles and backgrounds, including photography, light-display, textiles, pottery, jewellery, ceramics, natural materials and embroidery, as well as paintings and sculptures in all conceivable materials. All of these different artistic genres put together will ensure that the ninth Parallax Art Fair is a fully experimental, visual and tactile exhibition. You can see some examples of works by artists exhibiting at the Fair below:

Parallax Art Fair - Following Mum & Dad - Mark A. Pearce
Following Mum & Dad – Mark A. Pearce
Parallax Art Fair - Isabel, Michel and Louis - Eleanor Swan
Isabel, Michel and Louis – Eleanor Swan
Parallax Art Fair - The House Of This Evening - Barbara Nati
The House Of This Evening – Barbara Nati

As ever, Parallax exhibits both new and established artists on an equal basis – without judgement or qualification from the organisers – meaning the truly international line-up will see both award-winning artists exhibit alongside undiscovered ones. This time round, the event will include a sculptor whose work in steel now adorns the outside wall of the Harlow Theatre, as well as a painter whose work was chosen by the City of London as its official Christmas card.

Entry to Parallax is free – for more information on the Fair and artists exhibiting, please see

Parallax Art Fair
Private view – Thursday 20th February 2014
1pm – 8pm, Friday 21st February 2014
11am – 5pm, Saturday 22nd February 2014
Chelsea Town Hall
King’s Road