TOP 5- Art Month

by Les 100 Ciels Team on October 24, 2014

It’s that time of year again when the art fairs take over London. We have picked our top 5 artistic attractions for this month, with a view on upcoming exhibitions and a summary of our favourite events.



The Les 100 Ciels team love the idea of combining art and fashion, so when we stumbled across North American master Richard Tuttle’s work, we wanted to share it with you!

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This artist’s pieces often feature everyday materials such as cloth, paper and rope, but for this particular exhibition Tuttle has taken inspiration from textiles. I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language looks at the importance of textiles throughout history and combines a major exhibition in the Whitechapel Gallery, a large-scale sculptural commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and a brand new book.

The sculpture is at the Tate Modern until 6th April 2015 and the exhibition is in the Whitechapel Gallery until 14th December.




Frieze week did not disappoint this year, firmly placing London on the map as a centre for art. One of our favourite artists we saw this year was recent graduate May Hands. Like Tuttle, her work also explores the use of everyday materials and objects, but with a reflection on consumption and materiality.

Combined with the strong message, her pieces are beautiful with pastel shades and ombre tones.

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May Hands



If you missed The Other Art Fair and Frieze this year, there is still time to get your art fix at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. With over 150 artists selling work from £50 to £1,500, you can even bag yourself a bargain. The Les 100 Ciels team attended the private view last night and chatted to Team Coordinator in the UK, Anna Jamieson about what The Affordable Art Fair has to offer visitors:

“This year we have so many interactive elements that visitors can get involved with, from etching masterclasses, to live drawing sessions and even a walking tour of the exhibition. We love championing young British talent, so we have a Recent Graduates’ exhibition which showcases our pick of the most exciting talent coming out of the UK’s art schools this year!”



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Get down to Battersea Park this weekend for a last chance to view one-off pieces of artwork, attend talks and even make your own carnival headdress with costume designer Helen Astaire!

View the website for more information about times and location.



To coincide with the Channel 4  screening of ‘Who Are You?’, art’s biggest frock star Grayson Perry is presenting a show of fourteen portraits in Gallery 32. While filming the program, Perry met some colourful characters including X Factor’s very own Rylan Clark. He captured the sitter’s individuality in a variety of tapestries and ceramic pots while questioning them about their identity.

Also included in The National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection and alongside his other pieces in the series, is Grayson Perry’s self-portrait. It is presented as a fortified town and at the end of each day working on it, he marked the point with the date to highlight the passage of time.

The processes of this exhibition sound so interesting and is starting tomorrow so is definitely worth a visit!



After the success of 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen is up to his old tricks with a new exhibition, titled ‘Ashes’. The 10 minute film that is shown has dark and harrowing undertones, with critics describing McQueen’s moving images as languid and exquisitely ambiguous.

The pieces of work spread across the London Film Festival and Frieze, which seems apt as no other individual currently straddles the film and contemporary art worlds as successfully as McQueen.

Head down to the Thomas Dane Gallery in Piccadilly to see his new masterpiece!


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