It may seem there’s not a lot to be cheerful about right now: the days are getting shorter, the weather chillier and most of us are living under tightened lockdown restrictions. But there’s no need to despair – the next few months are packed full of excellent exhibitions, and a dose of spirit-lifting art can make the world of difference to a blue mood. We’ve rounded up the best autumn has to offer, both in the capital and online, so you can get your culture fix wherever you are.
Go On Then: Tomo Campbell at Cob Gallery Take the name of this excellent exhibition at face value and get yourself down to the ultra-hip Cob Gallery in Camden, currently showing the swirling, painterly canvases of up-and-coming artist Tomo Campbell. You’ll be in good company: everyone from Paapa Essiedu to Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof was at the (socially distanced) launch party, in collaboration with cult French brand Ami for FRIEZE week in London.
Until 8 October, 205 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0SG (www.cobgallery.com)
Pascal Sender at Saatchi Yates Husband-and-wife duo Phoebe Saatchi Yates (yep, that’s art maestro Charles Saatchi’s daughter) and Arthur Yates have just opened their own gallery and it’s every bit as brilliant you’d expect. The enormous (10,000 square feet, to be exact) space in Mayfair will be showing and representing work by artists at the start of their careers, as well as selling contemporary pieces by leading names like Yayoi Kusama and Anselm Kiefer. Kicking things off is London-based artist Pascal Sender, whose fully immersive exhibition is on show now.
Until 15 December, 6 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NX (saatchiyates.com)
WeTransfer x The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition The RA’s iconic Summer Exhibition has been running for a whopping 252 consecutive years – even during the First and Second World Wars, the gallery carried on showing the best pieces by household names and emerging artists alike. This year, there are some history-making changes: for the first time, the show has been displaced to winter (thanks to Covid-19) and it’s going digital, too. The RA has partnered with WeTransfer to create a wallpaper displaying all 1,172 artworks, while WePresent, the editorial arm of WeTransfer, is spotlighting commentary from curators in an experience that’s a bit like a guided tour.
Until 3 January, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD (royalacademy.org.uk)
Heart of the Nation at the Migration Museum We can’t applaud this brilliant, online exhibition enough: celebrating the extraordinary but often overlooked contribution of migrants to the NHS, it’s a timely and thought-provoking subject, cleverly presented. Lots of online exhibitions fall short of the real thing, but not this one. Animations, top-notch graphics, the highly scroll-able exhibition itself and even a Spotify playlist turn this into a 360 degree experience that sets a new high standard.
On now (heartofthenation.migrationmuseum.org)
Artemisia at the National Gallery You might not have heard of Artemisia Gentileschi, despite her status as the most celebrated female painter of the 17th century. This new exhibition at the National Gallery is set to change all that: punchy, grand and expertly curated, it’s a thrill from start to finish and cements Gentileschi’s position as one of the greats. A tour-de-force of mighty painting, this one fully deserves its many five-star reviews.
Until 21 January 2021, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN (nationalgallery.org.uk)