An artrepublic guide to art this summer

This July sees many artistic events coming to London and the UK. Tate Modern on London’s embankment regularly showcases an array of fantastic art displays and exhibitions and this summer is no exception.

Many museums and cultural attractions across the UK are also exhibiting works by various artists with a range of sporting themed art events taking place.

With so much to be seen, artrepublic have a collated a mini guide for art events to visit:

Tate Britain

‘London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games posters’

21 June – 23 September 2012.


To celebrate the hosting of the games this summer, twelve leading contemporary artists have been commissioned to produce the official posters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Artists such as Tracey Emin, Chris Ofili and Bridget Riley, will create screen prints and lithographs in an attempt to add to previous iconic works produced for the games over the last century. This body of work will be showcased at Tate Britain this summer.

National Portrait Gallery

Road to 2012: Aiming High

July 19 – September 23 2012

Renowned photographers such as Anderson & Low, Nadav Kander and Bettina Von Zwehl have been invited to work with the gallery on a project that surpasses any photographic commission ever undertaken by the NPG. Road to 2012 celebrates well known aspiring athletes as well as those working alongside them and behind the scenes to allow this event to take place. More than one hundred commissioned portraits have been specially produced and are on display throughout the gallery.

Southbank Centre


30 August – 9 September 2012

This summer the Southbank Centre shares its celebration of powerful works by deaf and disabled artists. The 29 commissions take on a variation of artforms ranging from dance and performance to comedy and music and theatre. The show will run for 11 days and attempts to demonstrate the power art can have in transforming people’s lives. Additionally the Unlimited project highlights the original artistic vision and imagination adopted by these artists to create influential pieces of work.

With these exhibitions and plenty of others across the UK to choose from, the next few months will definitely hold enough culture to fulfil your artistic appetite!

image credits

Tracey EminBirds 2012© London 2012

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