It seems that Virtual Reality is here to stay and we're expecting plenty of events this year that use it in some form or other. Here, VR meets art with a collaborative pop up project between the virtual reality platform HTC Vive and the Royal Academy School. Three graduates have been chosen to create works using the technology and if you fork out the £45 for it, you can immerse yourself in the strange worlds they've created, where gravity and common sense have no business. Make sure you reserve a time to visit, though. Each evening features a different artist and you'll also be able to try your hand at creating a virtual reality masterpiece of your own, if you feel like it.
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Baffling, wild, frustrating and innovative are all words we've seen associated with the American Pop Art artist Robert Rauschenberg, so you can definitely expect this retrospective to evoke emotion one way or another. He was said to be an artist who defied categorisation, producing works that smashed through the boundaries of media by pioneering hybrid forms of painting, sculpture, photography, performance art and stage design. This exhibition includes work that spans 60 years of his career; a career full of unconventional art that worked largely with mass, popular and trashy imagery and materials. Here his rarely seen sculptures - often deemed too fragile to travel - will be on display which is definitely a big draw. An original artist who liked to make thought-provoking, witty, and at times wild, works, this is a big one in the calendar.
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery: 5 Years at Heddon Street
Pippy Holdsworth Gallery are turning 5 and they’re celebrating by indulging by showing their favourite artists since swinging opening their front doors. Amongst the stuff on show here we're particularly eager to check the recent works of the anonymous collective, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, and their angst-filled reactionary art to Brexit — defacing politicians is their specialty. With over 35 artists to explore, the gallery proudly shows off 5 years of impeccable taste.
Young Gods: 2017
Now in its 10th year, Young Gods is a curated show by Zavier Ellis that presents the works of some of the up and comers in art. All the artists on show are either graduates or postgraduates from London's art schools, and there are a lot of schools so those selected must really have something going for them — or know something incriminating about Zavier Ellis. So what to expect: painting, installation, sculpture, video and works on paper. It's a real mixed bag of stuff that includes female figures integrated into domestic interiors; bricolage animal sculptures that investigate the hierarchy of objects; and constructed objects that represent working machines such as boats or trains. Always a good insight into what this generation of artists is up to, so pop on by why don't you?
History can be an elusive and difficult beast to get to grips with, which is more or less the theme of this group exhibition, where 8 contemporary African artists carry out a deep examination of the mechanics of history. Here each artist looks at the past, or their own past, to engage in the act of storytelling, or to put it another way, historytelling. Through sculpture, drawing, photography, artefacts and video, this is an exploration of retrospective and the idea of the historical narrative, mainly based on the continent of Africa.