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Exhibition Review : The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at Burlington House – 8th June to 16th August 2015

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The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is one of the great English Art traditions, it is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition being established in 1768 whose long line of exhibitors reads like a Who’s Who of British Art. Some of the earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner, however the exhibition prides itself that it offers a snapshot of contemporary art.

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This year there will be over 1,200 works on show which were selected from an original entry of 12,000. Unlike many major exhibitions, many of the works in the exhibition will be on sale.

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In the courtyard, visitors are confronted by a  formation of steel ‘clouds’, created by Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross, before Jim Lambie’s kaleidoscopic stairs lead you up to the Main Galleries.

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Part of the fun of the exhibition is trying to recognise pieces by the more well known artists and discovering  new  artists from the wide range of works on display. This year’s co-ordinator of the Summer Exhibition is Michael Craig – Martin who has focused on a new layout  of the Main Galleries which emphasises the vibrant colours of the rooms.

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The staircase and the Central Hall sets the tone for the exhibition with explosions of colour. Dominating the Central Hall is Matthew Darbyshire’s  Captcha No.11 (Doryphoros)  with Liam Gillick’s Applied Projection Ring.

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Other notable highlights include Grayson Perry’s extraordinary supersized tapestry, Julia and Rob.

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The striking As Ye Sow So Shall You Reap: An Allegory( Acknowledgements to Holman Hunt) by Michael Sandle with Salome by Allen Jones in the background.

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An intriguing mix of celebrities with Una Stubbs by Grayson and Measles, Harry Hill by Damien Hirst and Simon Cowell by Jenny Samtula.

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An Acrylic sculpture Untitled by Sir Anish Kapoor with a Triangle painting by Alan Charlton.

These are just a small selection of the wonderfully eclectic works on display, there is really something for everyone regardless of your particular artistic taste. The Summer Exhibition is one of the highlights of the art world’s summer and attracts a wide range of visitors. It offers a rare opportunity to buy works from well known and not so well known artists with prices ranging from a few hundred to over a hundred thousand pounds.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

June — 16 August
Main Galleries, Burlington House

£13.50 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

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Review : ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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The distinctive 114.5 metre (376 feet) structure of the ArcelorMittal Orbit is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the striking sculpture and observation tower is considered to be Britain’s largest piece of public art.
The structure was created as a landmark to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and designed by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond. The majority of the sculpture is made out of 2000 tonnes of steel provided by the steel company ArcelorMittal, the steel was fashioned into 600 pre-fabricated star-like nodes which were then assembled on site.
According to Kapoor, one of the influences on his design was the Tower of Babel and one of the intentions of the sculpture was that visitors will engage with the piece by using  the spiral walkway.

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit was visited by 130,000 visitors during the Games but then was closed and reopened in 2014, with the launch of the of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Situated between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, the large red Orbit is one of iconic structures of the park and the sculpture’s box office, shop and café are situated near its base.

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Walking through entrance brings you to the base of the structure and you can clearly see how it consists of two major parts, Firstly the  main vertical tower which houses the elevators and stairs and supports the observation deck and secondly the  lattice of red steel tubes that surrounds the tower.

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In the observation tower, the Orbit has two indoor viewing platforms on two levels, with each level having the capacity for 150 people .  The top viewing platform offers a view of up to 20 miles on a clear day and unparalleled views  of the Park and especially the nearby Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre .

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Many of London’s iconic buildings: The Shard, BT Tower, The Gherkin, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, the O2 Arena, the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater are easily recognisable , however visitors can use the I-view interactives using gigapixel technology to give information on the views. You can also learn the story of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To provide a bit of fun, visitors can enjoy the distinctive Kapoor designed concave mirrors that will flip your perspective and turn the horizon on its head.

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The second platform offers more of the same before the visitor is faced with the choice of going back down by the lift or to descend the 455 steps to the ground, being entertained by the sounds of London as you walk down the stairs.

A visit to the ArcelorMittal Orbit can be undertaken as part of a wider visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which although is still being developed is full of iconic structures from the 2012 Olympics. It is possible to swim in the Aquatic centre and ride in the Velodrome.  The  ArcelorMittal Orbit offers the unique experience of  travelling inside an unusual and striking piece of art and the viewing platforms give the visitor a different perspective of London. The attraction has plenty to keep visitors entertained and the walk down the stairway is quite an experience in itself.

Visiting London Guide Rating  – Recommended

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Tickets & Opening Times

Tickets to the ArcelorMittal Orbit are limited, it is advisable and cheaper to book in advance.

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm daily (last entry 3.30pm) until 31st March.  1st April – 30th September, 10am – 6pm daily (last entry 5.30pm)

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Ticket Prices

All full price tickets booked at walk up or advanced rate are eligible to be upgraded to an annual pass at no extra charge.

Walk Up Rate

Adult (17+ years)  £15

Child (3-16 years) £7

Family Ticket        £40

Concession *         £12 (student/60+/unwaged)
Advance Booking

Adult (17+ years) £11.95

Child (3-16 years)£5.95

Family Ticket  £32

Concession  £9.95 (student/60+/unwaged)

If you would like to find out more about the ArcelorMittal Orbit or buy tickets, visit the Orbit website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
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