30 May 2014
BROWNS HOTEL ANNOUNCES THE FIRST BROWNS LONDON ART WEEKEND
Saturday 5th 10am – 5pm and Sunday 6th July 2014 12noon -5pm
Experience the unrivalled quality and diversity of the world’s greatest art market destination as 80 Mayfair galleries and auction houses open their doors to the public on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014.
The first Brown’s London Art Weekend will take place on 5th and 6th July 2014 as part of London Art Week, 4th – 11th July 2014. Joining forces with Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings & Sculpture Week, the London Art Weekend offers the public over 75 exceptional exhibitions spanning three thousand years of art, from antiquities to contemporary. With almost 100 free talks and tours, the Brown’s London Art Weekend offers a unique opportunity for art lovers to explore the capital’s greatest private galleries. The weekend demonstrates the incredible diversity and expertise offered by the art trade in St James’s and Mayfair and the reason why tens of thousands of international collectors return regularly throughout the year, generating billions of pounds in revenue for the capital. Brown’s London Art Weekend sets out to welcome everyone with an interest in art, from collectors and artists to the simply curious.
The initiative has been led by Brown’s Hotel, situated on Albemarle Street, surrounded by these galleries. The understated elegance of Brown’s Hotel and its location make it a popular choice for art collectors, gallery owners and artists. Brown’s Hotel will be a base for London Art Weekend, offering accommodation packages and a sumptuous Hix Art Brunch, created by Mark Hix, as well as specialist tours around the participating galleries.
Mark Hix said of the event; “Being a long-term patron of the arts and supporting both well-known and new artists, it makes sense that we should have a bit of fun and celebrate by hosting Brown’s London Art Weekend, home of HIX Mayfair, in the hub of the West End gallery scene. In between gallery hopping, pop into Hix Mayfair for an art break brunch and a glass of bubbly.”
Each participating gallery will be open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 5th and 12 noon – 5pm on Sunday 6th July, offering regular tours and talks. Guests are advised to sign up to attend talks at www.brownslondonartweekend.co.uk from 5th June 2014. A large team of volunteers will be on hand to help visitors navigate their way between the discrete upstairs salons of old master dealers to the cavernous white halls of the leading contemporary galleries and auction houses, and whilst it will prove almost impossible to take in everything on offer, there will be a series of suggested themed routes from Brown’s Hotel.
Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Education said “The Brown’s London Art Weekend is a great opportunity to celebrate London’s world renowned art galleries in Mayfair. With the concentration of so many high quality art galleries and art dealers clustered in a relatively small area of central London over a period of over 100 years, Mayfair is to art lovers what Savile Row is to fashionistas. This weekend will delight curious minds as well as art connoisseurs to discover London’s art quarter and the works of art that lie at the heart of the global art trade, without the need to dig deep in your own pocket.”
The London Art Weekend comes at a critical time for Mayfair’s galleries many of whom are facing unprecedented pressures from steeply rising rents. The art trade is keen to prove that they are not only a vital part of Mayfair’s heritage, but also offer irreplaceable cultural, educational and economic benefits for Londoners in the future. Westminster Council and the Mayor’s Office have already expressed their deep concern about the potential loss of the art market from this area, but as retail markets and rents continue to boom in this part of the West End, and planning deregulation escalates, it has seen local authorities increasingly lose their ability to safeguard the long-term survival of unique cultural destinations like Mayfair’s art district. With the recent threat to Cork Street averted through a 15,000-strong petition, it is hoped that initiatives such as the Brown’s London Art Weekend will once again demonstrate the vital role played by London’s art market to the capital’s vibrant cultural life.
The full programme of talks that will be taking place over Brown’s London Art Weekend will be released on 5th June 2014.
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Participating Galleries: Didier Aaron Ltd, Aktis Gallery, Albemarle Gallery, Andrew Clayton-Payne, Antichitá Alberto Di Castro srl, Ariadne Galleries, Bonhams, Bowman Sculpture, BNB Art Consulting Ltd, Browse and Darby, Brun Fine Art, Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd, C.G. Boerner LLC, Charles Beddington Ltd, Christie’s, Coll and Cortés Fine Arts, Colnaghi, Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi, Connaught Brown, Day & Faber, David Zwirner, Ben Elwes Fine Art, Faggionato, Fine Art Society, Sam Fogg, Deborah Gage (Works of Art) Ltd, Gallery of African Art, Gazelli Art House, Gimpel Fils, Richard Green, Martyn Gregory, Johnny Van Haeften Ltd, Fergus Hall Master Paintings, Florian Härb, Hill-Stone Inc, Theo Johns Fine Art, John Martin Gallery, Daniel Katz Gallery, Cesare Lampronti Gallery, August Laube, Simon Lee Gallery, Lowell Libson Ltd, James Mackinnon, José de la Mano Galeria de Arte, MALLETT, Marlborough, Messum’s, John Mitchell Fine Paintings, Victoria Miro, Moretti Fine Art, Osborne Samuel, PACE London, Stephen Paisnel Gallery, Philip Mould & Company, Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art, Richard Nathanson, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, Piacenti Art Gallery Ltd, Benjamin Proust Fine Art Ltd, Sladmore Gallery, Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd, Galerie Sismann, Sotheby’s, Sphinx Fine Art, Sprueth Magers, Stair Sainty Gallery and Robilant + Voena, Stoppenbach and Delestre Ltd, Thomas Dane, William Thuillier, Timothy Taylor Gallery, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Trinity Fine Art Ltd, Carlo Orsi and Walter Padovani, Rafael Valls Ltd, Rupert Wace Ancient Art, The Weiss Gallery, White Cube.
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For further press information and media enquiries, please contact:
Sophie Darley, Communications Manager, Tel: +44 (0)20 7518 4169
Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 6020 Fax: +44 (0)20 7518 4064
Notes to Editors
The Brown’s London Art Weekend is organised by founder members John Martin (The John Martin Gallery) and Johnny Messum (Messum’s Gallery) in conjunction with Brown’s Hotel. All are available for comment via Sophie Darley at Brown’s Hotel (email@example.com).
Sophie Macpherson Ltd., specialists in art world recruitment, are supplying 25 graduate interns to guide attendees to partaking galleries, escorting people to talks and events and suggesting galleries to visit depending on their areas of interest. Having recruited for almost all of the participating galleries over the past decade Sophie Macpherson Ltd. is well placed to provide this team of knowledgeable guides to lead visitors around Mayfair and St. James’ over the course of weekend. http://www.sophiemacpherson.com/
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