We’ve got a nice little mix this month. Indoor and outdoor, virtual and physical, old and new. There’s plenty going on, and you can read about some of the exciting stuff in our September arts and events guide below.
Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics – Barbican Art Gallery – 8 September onward
The work of late artist and radical feminist Carolee Schneemann is coming to London’s Barbican. The exhibition, Body Politics, will run until from later next week until the new year,, and features over 200 objects and rare archive material from across Schneemann’s career.
Damien Hurst’s The Currency – September 9 onward
I suppose this was only a matter of time. In one of the least surprising sentences I’ll ever write: Damien Hurst is burning paintings and then they’re becoming NFTs.
It’s called The Currency and it begins on September 9. Hurst created 10,000 little primary coloured dot paintings and corresponding 10,000 NFTs. Buyers can then choose to keep one or the other – if you choose the NFT, your £20,000 painting will be torched live and in a gallery over the course of the exhibition.
Thames River Fair, Totally Thames 2022 – September 1-30
I’ve never heard of The Totally Thames Festival, but it’s back this year. “A bunch of imaginative, river-themed activities at various locations along the riverbank – from Richmond to Barking and Dagenham,” is how it’s described, with a nighttime flotilla being added. Films, art installations, live performances and guided walks are also part of the offering.
Most interesting, I think, is the 200 silk flags that will be shown outside the National Maritime Museum. I love flags. On top of that, 330 boats will be launched down the Thames as part of The Great London River Race.
Frieze Sculpture 2022 – Regents Park – September 14 onward
Before the Frieze Fair properly gets underway, we’ve got the Frieze Sculpture event coming to London’s Regent’s Park. It all kicks off on September 14, with the Regent’s becoming something of a sculpture park for the autumn. Artists featured include Alicja Kwade, Ugo Rondinone, John Wood and Paul Harrison. Slap on the suncream (or a raincoat) and go soak up some art.
London Fashion Week – September 15-20
Potentially not the most accessible event on this list, and only the September edition, it’s still a big ole do. On top of the shows, catwalks and chiselled jawlines, there’s talks and events that anyone interested in all things fashun can get their teeth stuck into.
London Design Festival – September 17-25
If London Fashion Week will turn the big smoke into a catwalk, London Design Festival will turn it into a gallery. The 20th edition of the festival, it promises to “celebrate and promote our city as the design capital of the world.”
Rachel Goodyear: Stirrings – Salford Museum & Gallery
This show is already underway, but will be on display throughout September and beyond. Rachel Goodyear is a Manchester based artist whose eye-catching, somehow dark drawings are on show at Salford Museum. On top of the drawings, there is “an installation inspired by the underworld, Dante’s levels of hell and scrolling through social media.” Hmm