February Art Diary: What to see this month

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London Art Fair might be a year away but we will keep on updating you on the best visual art events happening throughout the year.

Read on and fill your art diary with our recommended exhibitions and events for February 2018.

October Gallery


Presenting works by an array of international contemporary artists, this exhibition explores the experience of migration. Artists, who have migrated from one country to another, share their particular visions of the world by using their work to express their own trans-cultural experiences.

Artists including: Tian Wei, Alexis Peskine, El Anatsui, Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ and selected works by Brion Gysin and Kenji Yoshida, amongst others.

Closing 3 March

Chiara Williams

Contemporary Art 
‘At the Violet Hour’

In this exhibition, national and international artists riff off the ‘inviolable’ voices in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. With a focus on myth, gender and facets of the self, the artists’ work will re-inhabit and re-animate the empty rooms, spaces and grounds of the Grade II listed Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate.

Some of the works will be created during short artist residencies held at the hotel, alongside a number of specially commissioned, site-specific works.

Closing 11 March

Browse & Darby

Degas ~ Rodin
Sculptures & Works on Paper

Two of the greatest sculptors of the late nineteenth century, Rodin and Degas, were both obsessed by capturing the movement of the human body in its various forms.

This exhibition explores the rich and prolific output of work from the two artists and evidences how the similarities in their practice almost cease to exist.

14 February – 16 March

Piano Nobile

From Omega to Charleston

Curated in partnership with Richard Shone, the show explores the creative relationship of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant from their early post-impressionist years to later work at Charleston, their shared Sussex home. The exhibition displays paintings and applied arts of the two artists demonstrating their emergence as consistently radical practitioners.

16 February – 28 April

Crafts Council


This February, the Crafts Council gathers 40 of the most prestigious galleries to show more than 400 artists, from 13 countries around the world. The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi Gallery, London takes place from 22 to 25 February 2018.

Get tickets for just £15, 25% off standard tickets. Indulge your passion for craft with 25% off tickets, click here and enter the promotional code LAFE18

Valid until 15 February 2018


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities, for this landmark exhibition the V&A takes you on an immersive, audio-visual journey; from the birth of opera in late-Renaissance Italy, through to its international explosion across the 20th and 21st centuries.

Closing 25 February

Images Credits:

Image 1: Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, To Bungi (Do Not Find It), 2017. Courtesy of October Gallery.

Image 2: El Anatsui, Avocado Coconut Egg (ACE), 2016. Photo by Jonathan Greet. Courtesy of October Gallery.

Image 3: Susie Hamilton, ‘Why do you never speak? from the At the Violet Hour Series, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Image 4: Edgar Degas, Danseuse Assise, 1897-1900. Courtesy of Browse & Darby.

Image 5: Vanessa Bell, Basket of Flowers, 1933. Courtesy of Piano Nobile.

Image 6: Desire by Louis Thompson represented by London Glassblowing. Photo by Jake Curtis and Art Direction by Hana Al Sayed. Courtesy of the Crafts Council.