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Inside Out

Celebrate arts and culture on the streets of Westminster

Get ready for an exciting, dazzling outdoor celebration of the world’s best theatre, opera, art and culture across London’s West End.

Inside Out is a cultural arts programme of activity that will run from 1-4 October, bringing activities to the streets of Westminster and the West End, the arts hub of London.

Marble Arch image courtesy of MTArt Agency, Claire Luxton and Marble Arch London BID.

 

Visitors to the West End will be able to rediscover its vibrant arts and culture scene in a unique partnership between Westminster City Council and the area’s world-famous cultural institutions. 

From Marble Arch through Leicester Square to Covent Garden Piazza, the Inside Out festival will feature performances and installations from some of the area’s top theatres, opera houses, and galleries. 

The festival is the latest initiative from Westminster City Council to attract visitors back to the West End to enjoy London’s cultural and hospitality offerings safely. 

All the events will be following strict Covid-19 safety measures, and social distancing will be implemented throughout the programme. Please also see the latest government advice about how to meet others safely.

Register here if you are interested in receiving information about Inside Out and other council initiatives so that we can keep you up to date with details of all events as they are confirmed. Please note that registration via this site will not guarantee attendance at some events as space will be limited at times for safety reasons.

Read the full press release here.

 

What's on

Mayfair Sculpture Trail

Throughout October - Cork Street, Bond Street, Berkeley Square and Grosvenor Square

The streets of Mayfair will come alive with the first ever Sculpture Tail launched by Mayfair Art Weekend in partnership with Art in Mayfair from 1 – 31 October leading visitors through Cork Street, Bond Street, Burlington Arcade, Berkeley Square and Grosvenor Square. Sculptures on display will include Bag of Aspirations by Kallipoli Lemos; Reina Mariana by Manolo Valdes; Lift Going Up and Lift Going Down by David Annelsey.

The sculpture trail is a partnership with Mayfair Art Weekend and Art in Mayfair in collaboration with Burlington Arcade, Cork Street Galleries, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Gazelli Art House, JD Malat, Olivier Malingue, Opera Gallery, The Mayor Gallery and Waddington Custot.

The Nation’s Favourite – National Gallery

Throughout October - National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, WC2N 5DN

The iconic National Gallery will bring the nation’s favourite works of art to the North Terrace of Trafalgar Square. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see life-size replicas of some of the country’s most famous artworks in the open air.

Live performances - Leicester Square

A selection of open-air performances from West End musicals, English National Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Philharmonic Brass Ensemble will be announced shortly. All performances will be ticketed. To register you interest please complete this short form.

Marble Arch projections

1 - 4 October - Marble Arch, W1H 7EJ

Light projections in celebration of new life, nature and optimism will light up Marble Arch from sunset on 1-4 October bringing colour and imagery to the iconic structure, in partnership with Marble Arch London BID and English Heritage

Portraits in the Square - The Photographers' Gallery

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October, 1-5pm - 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, W1F 7LW

Visit Ramillies Street for free activities and exhibitions hosted by The Photographers’ Gallery. Enjoy Portraits in the Square, an open-air exhibition of work produced by young people during lockdown, pop-up portrait studios and climate change activity based on Evgenia Arbrugaeva’s Hyperborea – Stories from the Russian Arctic exhibition.

Light installations in Covent Garden

Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 October - Covent Garden, WC2H 7AR

Covent Garden Piazza will be lit up with three light installations by MTArt Agency artist Ben Cullen Williams who explores human relationships with the world in a rapidly changing environment.

Volume 2 features a series of lights which slowly pulse on and off to cast a hue on the surrounding landscape whilst Truss and Light explores the relationship between structure, light and person. A~V is a reflective sphere of alien colours exploring our relationship with the unknown and as people move around the piece, they cast shadows creating an interplay between person and object. The installations are presented by coventgarden.london.

‘In Plain Sight’ light installations in Piccadilly Circus

Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 October - Piccadilly Circus, W1D 7ET

Representing our reliance on electronic screens, the installations feature the red, green and blue colours that create a seamless visual interface that mimics reality. Where the screen should be there is a void, and the frame contains light that changes from red, green and blue mixing colours in plain sight rather than behind a façade. They will mix to form violet, cyan and yellow. The apertures in the frames create a different way of viewing the space transforming the surrounding environment. In Plain Sight is presented by MTArt Agency artist Ben Cullen Williams and Heart of London Business Alliance.

Middlesex Voices - Fitzrovia Chapel

1-4 October - Fitzrovia Chapel, Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF

Head to Fitzrovia Chapel and scan a QR code on your phone to listen to a special audio piece, Middlesex Voices. The piece was originally created for the reopening of the Fitzrovia Chapel following the redevelopment of the site in 2006. The work was created specifically for the Chapel and used memories from people who worked, trained and were treated at the Old Middlesex Hospital that have been incorporated into the musical sound installation.

Silver Lining art installation

28 September – 19 October - St. James’s including St James’s Market, Piccadilly Circus and Princes Arcade on Jermyn Street.

Sofitel’s Silver Lining installation is a metaphorical ‘welcome back’ to the capital in collaboration between MTArt Agency’s artist duo Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti and poet Greta Bellamacina. Shimmering ribbons of silver are interwoven with hope-filled verse to underpin how the capital remains alight with creativity and optimism for the future as a reminder to enjoy re-exploring London. Visit the St James website for more information about Silver Lining.

W1Curates presents David Bailey Unseen - Flannels, Oxford Street

Until 5th October - Flannels, 161-167 Oxford Street, W1D 2JP

Never seen before oil paintings by iconic photographer David Bailey are now on show at FLANNELS London. The exhibition has been extended to 5th October especially for Inside Out.

 

“We’ve all missed the buzz of the West End’s theatres, opera houses and galleries, and while some are starting to reopen, we're doing everything we can to bring more fantastic art outdoors where people can enjoy it safely. We’re delighted to give people a chance to sample the magic of stunning theatre, music and art in our beautiful streets and squares. We hope this is the precursor to a full re-opening of the West End when we are sure it is safe to do so. We look forward to welcoming people back to the West End safely, and hope they will take the opportunity to stop for a meal or a drink while they are here.” 

Cllr Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council

Ongoing cultural activity

Chinatown lanterns

Ongoing  - Newport Place, Chinatown, WC2H 7PU

Chinatown’s trademark red lanterns have been replaced with 5,000 multi-coloured lanterns featuring well-wishes from local businesses. There’s also the opportunity to share your own messages with loved ones on a digital screen at 13 Newport Place.

Meanwhile, the #LoveChinatown ‘Take-Put’ food box scheme has been extended to October so you can enjoy your food outside in Newport Place. The biodegradable food boxes are available for selected dishes and fold into a makeshift plate for al fresco dining. A full list of participating restaurants can be found here.

The Yards and the Bees - Covent Garden

Ongoing - Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA

Visit The Yards in Covent Garden to see a series of new art installations that celebrate the urban bees living on the rooftops. Pieces include a 50ft floral design of ‘Wildflowers’ in Mercer Walk by illustrator Charlie Davis; ‘Urban Ecosystem’ by illustrator and animator Abbey Lossing in Mercer Walk; ‘Bees in the City’ by paper-based artist Helen Musselwhite in St Martin’s Courtyard and ‘A Hive for Tomorrow’ by animation specialist Thomas Burden at the Mercer Street entrance. Find out more on The Yards website.

W1Curates x Gagosian, Presents Meleko Mokgosi - Flannels, Oxford Street

29 September – 12 December - Flannels, 161-167 Oxford Street, W1D 2JP

At the heart of London’s iconic Oxford Street, W1Curates have transformed the exterior of Flannels London Flagship store into an extraordinary public exhibition. Using state-of-the-art technology, W1Curates exhibit a wide variety of artists with digital prowess and unmissable innovation.

You Are Brilliant - Carnaby Street

Carnaby welcomes back its customers with a new, giant blue shimmer arch on Carnaby Street proudly stating, ‘You Are Brilliant’. The arch's aim is to thank everyone and spread positive messaging. You can also take in the ocean-themed public art designed by Boy George, Harland Miller and poet Billy Collins in collaboration with contemporary artists.

Plus, Carnaby’s shops and restaurants are offering random acts of kindness prizes during which Bike Hubs users could find a gift tag on their bike, which lets them know how to claim their prize. The free bike hub can be found at 57 Carnaby Street. From October, a new pop-up event 21 Youth Street will celebrate black youth businesses in London. The shop will be run by My Runway Group at 50 Carnaby Street. Find out more at the Carnaby Street website.

Serpentine Galleries brings Augmented Reality to Hyde Park

Ongoing - Serpentine, North Bank, Hyde Park

Visit Hyde Park to virtually summon one of the most-loved public artworks of recent years. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s final large-scale public artwork The London Mastaba has been recreated in Augmented Reality, bringing it back to the Serpentine via the free Acute Art app. The London Mastaba, 2016-2018 was a temporary sculpture made of colourful stacked barrels, which floated on the Serpentine lake in 2018. Planned before Christo’s death in May 2020, this an opportunity to share the last public work in Christo’s lifetime and celebrate the memory of his and Jeanne-Claude’s visionary projects.

It is best experienced from the north bank of the lake, opposite the Serpentine Lido. Download the Acute Art app on the App Store or Google Play.

Barbara Hepworth’s Winged Figure - John Lewis, Oxford Street

Ongoing - Holles Street, Junction with Oxford Street, W1C 1DX

Whilst out and about in the West End, why not take in the iconic Winged Figure sculpture on the John Lewis building. In 1961 John Lewis commissioned Yorkshire-born artist Barbara Hepworth to create a work that evoked common interest and ownership.

Jeremy Everett at the Webber Gallery

Saturday 3 October, from 7.30pm - 18 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PE

The Webber Gallery window will feature a back lit projection featuring footage from ‘Death Valley Vacuum’ and ‘Floy’, an incredible record of the artist’s intervention on the landscape when he engineered a milk tanker to spill across a Utah highway. The Warm Parts exhibition explores how images can live on their own accord – changing, developing, decaying or evolving beyond the artist’s control or original intention in this experimental installation.