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August 2015

Art, Things to do in london

Visiting the Summer Exhibition 2015 at the Royal Academy of Arts (closes 16th August)

August 14, 2015

Royal academy of arts - summer exhbition
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending the Royal of Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition and you do want to go, you still have a chance as the exhibition is going to close on the 16th August. So don’t dawdle! I saw it back in June and was really impressed with the amount of art on offer. For those of you who don’t know every year The Royal Academy of Arts invites artists, amateur and professional to submit work for their annual summer exhibition. They usually receive thousands of entries and those who are successful look forward to having their work on view to potentially hundreds of thousands of visitors over the summer. Each piece on show is also available to buy.

Here are some highlights from my visit:

Jim Lambie’s multicoloured staircase at the Royal Academy
royal academy summer exhibition

One of my favourites, Julian Opie – Walking in the rain in Seoul 

Julian Opie

Matthew Derbyshire – Doryphorus

This piece is made from multiwall polycarbonate and stainless steel.  It makes a powerful statement.
Matthew Darbyshire -doryphorus

Paul Hosking – Mimic
Mimic by Paul Hosking

Bernard Cohen – Place Games Place names Bernard Cohen

Michael Craig Martin – Untitled Watch untitled watch by Michael Craig Martin

David Mach – BuddhaBuddha by David MachTim Head – Fictions 3

This year’s summer exhibition catalogue was designed by Tim Head. Tim Head Fictions 3 printFor more information please visit:


An artful stay at The Cumberland Hotel with artist Gregory Burns

August 14, 2015

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When I think of London, I think of chaos, creativity, diversity, history and the people. I love the city and for me it provides inspiration and education. This is what I felt when I visited the iconic Cumberland Hotel recently to meet Artist in Residence Gregory Burns. Gregory is a champion Paralympian (winner of six gold and silver medals) as well as an artist who has exhibited all over the world. This is the first time The Cumberland Hotel has had an Artist in Residence and I hope this is the beginning of great things to come.

Throughout the month of July between the hours of 2-6pm, Gregory painted in the expansive lobby of The Cumberland Hotel. During the evening we heard from Gregory on what inspired his work and his trips around the city. It became clear that this was not a solo mission, there was lots of input from staff around the hotel and guests which he incorporated into his paintings. The result is a number of paintings that really have captured the essence of London.

I love how Gregory’s vibrant colour choices express the richness of London’s culture and how he has used mixed media to include interesting little details hidden in his paintings.

I love exploring London taking my art pad wherever I go. Thanks to The Cumberland Hotel I have a chance to speak to guests and staff from all over the world and capture what London means to them. My painting is inspired by a collection of people with personal experiences.” Gregory Burns

You can visit The Cumberland Hotel and enjoy viewing some of Gregory’s paintings until the end of August.

To stay at The Cumberland and enjoy the ‘Art-full’ stay experience please visit or quote “Art-full stay” via their phone booking service on 0871 376 9014.