St James’s Art and Design Walk 2017 Preview
The neighbourhood of St James’s – defined as the area between St James’s Palace, The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square – has undergone a creative renaissance in the past decade, attracting contemporary galleries of high calibre to compliment more historic institutions such as the ICA. Aesthetic thrills can be found from the expansive double-height spaces of the White Cube Mason’s Yard, to the compact yet comprehensive ground floor galleries at Sims Reed, to the treasure chest of collectible design that is David Gill Gallery. Join Wallpaper* on one of three self-guided walks to discover their visual offerings, commencing at the RA’s Academicians’ Room and concluding at the new ICA bar. The St James’s Art & Design Walk runs on 19 and 21 October, free registration is required
The world’s first Institute of Contemporary Arts, founded in 1947 has been undergoing a facelift courtesy of David Kohn Architects – whose ongoing projects include a new photography centre for the V&A and two buildings for the Greenwich Peninsula design district. A new bar and canteen, run by Arnold & Henderson (the brains behind East London cult favourite Rochelle Canteen) opened this month, with a daily changing menu that promises honest, classic cooking. Join us for a drink to conclude the St James’s Art and Design Walk and feel free to meander around the galleries, which are showing film and video works by the New York artist Seth Price.
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, UK; www.ica.art