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How to enjoy leading London galleries at home

A guide to the best art exhibitions

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We’re taking you behind the doors of some of London’s leading art galleries based in the heart of St James’s. Draw inspiration from virtual exhibitions created by some of the world’s most celebrated best artists and immerse yourself in brilliant artwork.

The Royal Academy of Arts

Take a virtual view of The RA’s Picasso on Paper exhibition, comprising of over 300 of the esteemed artist’s works. He used paper to explore his creativity throughout his 80-year career, whether sketching on it, creating sculptures or even burning it. After exploring Picasso’s psyche, why not take a tour of Léon Spilliaert exhibition, or watch the exclusive digital premiere of the film ‘PHYLLIDA’, a documentary portrait of the artist Phyllida Barlow RA and her pioneering contribution to the field of sculpture.

Phillip Mould Gallery

Philip Mould is hosting a daily series ‘Art in Isolation’ in which you are invited into his country home, Duck End, to experience his private collection. From a 1920s pencil still life, to a newly discovered piece by William Dobson, to a work by the controversial typeface pioneer Eric Gill, the series will be hosted on IGTV at 4pm each day. View the first episode here.

Sims Reed Gallery

The Sims Reed Gallery is celebrating American artist Dale Chihuly, internationally renowned for his glass works. The gallery is hosting a number of Fine Art prints and original works on paper which form a crucial part of his creative process, most notably since the loss of eyesight in his left eye in 1976. As Chihuly has said, ‘sometimes the drawings would be about the glass; sometimes they’d just be drawings, a way to release the energy, or a way for my mind and body to be creative while the glassblowing was going on.’ View his work here.

Cristea Roberts Gallery

The Cristea Roberts Gallery continues to be a leading light in Contemporary Art, even whilst its doors are temporarily closed. Visit the gallery’s online exhibition, Jim Dine: Painting with the Carver, featuring previously unseen hand painted prints and an interview on IGTV. Explore an online viewing room of the latest pieces from conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin, complete with a colour-your-own thank you poster to download by Craig-Martin, designed as a gesture of gratitude to NHS front line workers.

David Gill Gallery

Usher in the warmer weather with the David Gill Gallery, whose digital group Spring Exhibition comprises a stunning array of works from highly acclaimed artists. View modern pieces spanning art and design by Dame Zaha Hadid, Sir David Chipperfield, Fredrikson Stallard, Mattia Bonetti, Lena Peters, Sebastian Brajkovic, Francis Sultana, Barnaby Barford, Garouste & Bonetti, Campana Brothers, Michele Oka Doner, Sebastian ErraZuriz, Milena Muzquiz and more. View the Spring Exhibition here. For exclusive content, contact the gallery for a password to view more.

Stern Pissarro Gallery

The Stern Pissarro Gallery has a wealth of videos online for you to experience while you’re unable to visit them in person at St James’s Place. For example, you can view three original artworks by the vibrant Japanese artist Yayoi Kusuma’s here, or discover the studio of contemporary artist Lélia Pissarro on the gallery’s Instagram feed here.

White Cube Gallery

The White Cube will be hosting videos themed ‘IN THE STUDIO’, ‘IN PROGRESS’ and ‘IN FOCUS’ to spotlight artists and artworks on their Instagram channel, offering insight into the process behind the finished pieces. Delve into the world of contemporary art and learn more about the artistic process of greats such as Antony Gormley via his daily workbench diary here; glimpse Julie Curtiss’s 2021 exhibition here; listen to Director of Publications Honey Luard’s experience here; or explore Eddie Peake’s urban-inspired multi-disciplinary work here.

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If you are feeling creative, you can try and make Hawksmoor's Potted Beef & Bacon with Yorkshire's here, or unwind with a guided meditation inspired by the urban environment here.

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