June 2018 / Diary / by Karen Heaney

Mayfair Art Weekend: 29 June-2 July

Art connoisseurs will have had this date etched in their diaries since the previous Mayfair Art Weekend came to a close in July last year, but thankfully the event is back.

More than 40 leading international galleries in Mayfair and St. James’s will present selling exhibitions, as well as a whole range of talks and cultural events. Returning participants include David Zwirner, Gagosian, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac and Hauser + Wirth, while Cardi Gallery, Christie’s, kamel mennour, Mall Galleries, Mimosa House and Richard Saltoun are among the new kids on the block.

Exhibition highlights include Howard Hodgkin at Gagosian, Richard Prince at Skarstedt Gallery, and Christo and Jean-Claude at Stern Pissarro Gallery. Women artists put in a strong showing, too, and to celebrate female creativity, Max Mara will host a talk by Whitechapel Art Gallery director Iwona Blazwick on the importance of supporting female artists. Bond Street fashion and jewellery stores will showcase artist-designed window displays and Burlington Arcade will also be dressing up for the occasion with an installation of 2,000 paper flowers by French Designer Mathilde Nivet.

And if that’s not enough, Mayfair Art Week also coincides with the Royal Academy of Arts’ 250th anniversary. The RA’s Annenberg Courtyard will serve as a central hub, providing visitors with a space to eat, drink and relax, while enjoying the free arts festival – expect artists talks, creative workshops and artist-led tours of participating galleries. Behind the RA in Burlington Gardens, Royal Academician Bob and Roberta Smith will host the Long Artists’ Lunch on Sunday 1 July from 12-5pm. The lunch will be served on a 15m, Surrealist themed table; visitors can sit on lobster chairs among eccentric table settings for an afternoon of artist-led discussions, performances and interventions. Guests can bring their own food or buy Italian tapas from the Company of Cooks stall.

The weekend will kick off in style with the Gallery HOP! on Friday 29 June from 6-8pm with late openings and Sipsmith Gin cocktails. For more information on this fabulous art fest, visit