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
Set within the Royal Academy’s Keepers House, The Academicians’ Room is a private members club for artists and art lovers. It was renovated in 2015 by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, retaining original timber paneling and adding an eclectic mix of vintage furniture. Its walls play host to rotating exhibitions by Royal Academicians, currently the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, who made his name with tapestries made from discarded aluminium caps. For his new series of prints, titled Benchmark, Anatsui 3D-scanned his wooden worktops, transferred them onto aluminium plates, and printed them on an etching press. He was recently awarded the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, one of the highest honours in the arts.
Until 20 April 2018; Burlington House, London W1J 0BD; www.royalacademy.org.uk