There’s an array of art-related events happening every day in London. Here is the second instalment of what’s on in September.


Tate Britain – Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

The Tate’s exhibition showcases over 150 works in various media, including sculpture, painting and photography. The exhibition explores the Pre-Raphaelites and their advanced approach to art in its various forms, portraying how their art “established a new benchmark for modern painting and design”.

Exhibition runs from 12 September 2012 – 13 January 2013. Admission: £14 (concessions available)

Exhibition Road – Tony Cragg

Exhibition Road, described as “the ultimate destination for anyone with a thirst for discovery and creativity”, is the home of Cass Sculpture Foundation’s first outdoor exhibition of Tony Cragg’s work. Five of Cragg’s new sculptures will be on display, along with a further selection of smaller works in Exhibition Road’s neighbouring museums and galleries, such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Imperial College London.

Exhibition runs until 25 November. Admission: Free.

Royal Academy of Arts – From Paris: A Taste of Impressionism

The Royal Academy of Arts’ collection of 70 Impressionist and pre-Impressionist works reveals the “range in subject matter and diversity of stylistic approach in French 19th century art”. Including works from Monet, Sisley and Manet the exhibition showcases the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s holdings of French 19th Century art, with a focus on impressionism.

Exhibition runs until 23 September. Admission: £10 (concessions available)



Royal Court TheatreLove and Information

Caryl Churchill, writer of Royal Court Theatre’s new production Love and Information, is one of the UK’s most influential playwrights. Churchill’s first full-length production in six years, Love and Information is described as a “fast moving kaleidoscope” which sees “more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.”

Runs from 6 September – 13 October. Admission: £10 – £28  

Southwark PlayhouseThe Illusion

Tony Kushner’s adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion portrays a man who is desperate to find his son that he drove away. He employs the services of a magician who “conjures up magical visions of the romantic, adventurous and perilous life” his son is living before finally revealing the truth. The Illusion, performed by a new ensemble of RADA graduates, is a “comic tale of passion, regret, love and magic.”

Runs until 8 September. Admission: £14; £18

Almeida TheatreKing Lear

Part of the World Shakespeare Festival, Michael Attenborough directs Shakespeare’s King Lear with Jonathon Pryce in the title role. Lear, wanting to divide his wealth between his three daughters, asks them how much they love him. When his youngest professes that she “loves him simply as a daughter should” he banishes her from the kingdom before he begins his descent into madness.

Runs until 3 November. Admission £8 – £32



Victoria & Albert Museum – Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary

Described as “one of the most exciting creative practitioners working in the UK today” Thomas Heatherwick’s iconic designs include the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron and the New Bus for London. In the first “major retrospective exhibition” of Heatherwick’s work, his designs from architecture to furniture and sculpture to fashion are showcased.

Runs until 30 September. Prices vary from £0 – £6

Merge Festival

Merge Festival, situated in various locations on London’s Bankside, is a festival dedicated to art, exhibitions, performance and music. The festival aims to draw on the “rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside”. Events include “Behind NME Lines”, a photography exhibition displaying NME cover shots; “6 Robots Named Paul” where visitors can have their portrait sketched by robots to be displayed in the exhibition; and “Bankside Transformed” with artists transforming unused buildings with original artworks.

Runs from 19 September – 21 October. Majority of events and exhibitions are free.

London Transport Museum – Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography

Exploring the themes of journeys, identity and publicity, the London Transport Museum’s exhibition is the largest of its kind and includes new artworks by artists such as Simon Patterson and Claire Brewster. The exhibition looks at the impact of maps on “cartography, art and the public imagination” and how they have shaped the city.

Exhibition runs until 28 October. Admission: £10; £13.50

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