5 Things to Do in London, January 2018

By Kate Perutz

Kate Perutz makes 5 suggestions of some of the best things to see and do in London this January.

Andreas Gursky

Hayward Gallery

Thu 25 January – Sun 22 April 2018

Interior of Hayward Gallery. © Morley Von Sternberg.

The long-awaited reopening of the Hayward Gallery is upon us, which also neatly coincides with the space’s 50th anniversary year. Excitingly, the first major UK retrospective of German photographer Andreas Gursky will inaugurate the renovated space. The show will sweep across Gursky’s oeuvre - encompassing examples from his work of the past 30 years. We’re looking forward to seeing how the renovated space looks as well as how it works with the architectures within Gursky’s photographs themselves.  

Read more: southbankcentre.co.uk

Exhibition Tour: Sophie Williamson Discusses Nathalie du Pasquier’s ‘Other Rooms’

Camden Arts Centre

Sun 14 January 2018, 3 – 3.45pm

Nathalie Du Pasquier, Other Rooms, Camden Arts Centre, installation view, 2017. Photo: Damian Griffiths.

On the last day of Nathalie du Pasquier’s show, curator Sophie Williamson will lead an exhibition tour. Du Pasquier has filled Camden Arts Centre with a bold, geometric installation that toys with our perception of the space - trompe l’eoil elements playfully dance across the walls, pattern reigns supreme and forms repeat across both the second and third dimensions. We look forward to embracing the opportunity to learn more about the works from the vantage point of the exhibition’s curator. This event is free but booking is highly encouraged. 

Read more: camdenartscentre.org

Lumiere London

Various locations

Thu 18 – Sun 21 January 2018

Lumiere London, commissioned by the mayor of London, returns for its second year with a city-wide programme spanning four nights. More than 50 light-based artworks will intervene in the city’s space, re-invigorating scenes many Londoners pass daily without a second glance. We’re particularly looking forward to seeking out Patrice Warrener’s The Light of the Spirit (Chapter 2) at Westminster Abbey, Vertigo’s interactive sculpture, The Wave, on the Southbank and Daan Roosegaarde’s dream-like, watery piece, Waaterlicht, in Granary Square at King’s Cross. 

Read more: visitlondon.com

Bridge

Toshio Shibata

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Fri 12 January – Fri 9 February 2018

Toshio Shibata, Okawa Village, Tosa County, Kochi Prefecture, 2007. C-print. © Toshio Shibata, Courtesy of IBASHO Gallery, Antwerp.

Toshio Shibata’s landscape photography are demonstrations of masterful balance. Manmade structures harmoniously sit within nature, and formal elements of colour, line and pattern subtly enhance each other symbiotically. Many of the works on display are taken in the artist’s home nation, Japan. The title of the show refers to the literal bridges in many of the artist’s photographs as well as the time span represented by the works throughout the artist’s career. 

Read more: dajf.org.uk 

Condo 2018

Ned Vena, Shen Xin and Tobias Zielony

Project Native Informant

Sat 13 January – Sat 10 February 2018

Shen Xin, Forerunners, 2016. Three-channel video installation (28 minutes).

Project Native Informant hosts a collaborative exhibition, presenting their own choice of works from artist Ned Vena alongside pieces from Shen Xin of MadeIn Gallery (Shanghai) and Tobias Zielony of KOW (Berlin). The international selection of works will aim to focus on a contemporary interest in the relationship between image, technology and the self. This exhibition is part of Condo’s third presentation, which encompasses 46 international galleries represented across 17 spaces in London. We’d highly recommend checking out the rest of this year’s programme too.  

Read more: projectnativeinformant.com

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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