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London art exhibitions calendar

Our handy calendar of the must-see art shows coming to town this year

The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern. Photo: Joe Humphrys

Get your diary out for a new season of must-see exhibitions in 2015, which include Tate Modern's 'The World Goes Pop', Barbican's 'The World of Charles and Ray Eames', the National Gallery's 'Goya: The Portraits', the Science Museum's 'Julia Margaret Cameron' survey and the Royal Academy's Ai Weiwei exhibition.

Art shows opening this December

The Inoperative Community

This free group exhibition of experimental film and video from the 1970s explores ideas of social relations and community. Curated by film specialist Dan Kidner, the show will present a varied programme of works by over 20 artists including Stephen Dwoskin, Luke Fowler, Jean-Luc Godard, Stuart Marshall and Yvonne Rainer, who were concerned with radical movements and political activism between 1968 and 1984. 

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Raven Row , Spitalfields Thursday December 3 2015 - Sunday February 14 2016

The London Illustration Fair

London’s only illustration-dedicated fair returns with a 3-day event of artist led stands, workshops, live djs and pop-up food stalls. Showcasing the most innovative and exciting illustrators, printmaker’s and draftsman working in London today, this is the perfect place to pick up a pre-Christmas present as prices start at £5.

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Bargehouse , South Bank Friday December 4 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015

Independent Ceramic Market

Organised by the people behind the DIY Art Market and Hackney Flea Market, this free weekend market will showcase over 50 ceramicists. With a diverse range of original ceramics for sale from lamps, tableware and vases to sculptures and unique pieces, this is the ideal location for discovering a new wave of ceramic artists including Amy Worrall, El Aich Designs, Concrete Jungles and Sean Roy Parker.

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Sat Dec 5 - Sun Dec 6

Heman Chong: An Arm, a Leg and Other Stories

The Singaporean artist, whose practice incorporates photography, performance and writing, will cover the floor of the South London Gallery’s main space with  ‘Monument to the people we've conveniently forgotten’, an installation of one million blacked out business cards that explores codes of behavior.

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South London Gallery , Camberwell Friday December 11 2015 - Sunday February 28 2016

Rose English: A Premonition of the Act

For the past decade, the celebrated performance artist, Rose English has been working with Chinese acrobats, filming their performances and rehearsals. At Camden, she will present a three channel video installation of her footage alongside a 70-minute sound installation of operatic voices and percussion. 

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Camden Arts Centre , Frognal Saturday December 12 2015 - Sunday February 21 2016

Further ahead

Champagne Life

To mark the Saatchi Gallery’s thirtieth birthday, it will present its first exhibition of all-female artists. Over the last three decades, Charles Saatchi has been collecting the work of emerging and established artists including Jenny Saville, Paula Rego, Tracey Emin, Alice Anderson and Phoebe Unwin. Here, that extensive collection will celebrate the rich and diverse practices of female artists without making a feminist point.

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Saatchi Gallery , Chelsea Wednesday January 13 2016 - Sunday March 6 2016

London Art Fair

The celebrated fair dedicated to Modern British and contemporary art returns to the Business Design Centre for its 28th edition. Continuing with their museum partnership, this year's fair partner, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings will show important works from their collection in a specially curated show, 'Coast'. 'Dialogues', a collaborative initiative bringing together invited galleries and their emerging artists, will be curated this year by Natasha Hoare. And Photo50 will showcase photographic works loosely based on Jean-Luc Godard's film, Masculin Féminin. 

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Business Design Centre , Angel Wednesday January 20 2016 - Sunday January 24 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

This landmark exhibition celebrates 100 years of the fashion bible British Vogue, which launched in 1916 amid WWI, when American Vogue couldn't ship to the UK. Featuring early original magazines, vintage prints and Condé Nast archival material, the show, curated by Robin Muir, is a stylish feast for the eyes. Work by renowned photographers including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, David Bailey, Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Tim Walker, Herb Ritts and Patrick Demarchelier will demonstrate the magic, passion, verve and vision of the publication. So get ready to strike a pose.

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National Portrait Gallery , Leicester Square Thursday February 11 2016 - Sunday May 22 2016


Luci S
Luci S

I would also REALLY appreciate such a thing. 

Mary G
Mary G

It would be really good if you could produce an easily printable listing of all the art events/galleries/shows that are on in London.  It is quite hard to get an overview from your listings as the listings seem to have been bundled into a short list under separate headings.  I would envisage a full list of both contemporary and traditional art - whether at museums, public or private galleries - etc.  Basically a fully comprehensive list - which can be printed off easily.  Any chance?