The Saatchi Gallery is putting on an exhibition of work by Sudanese artists Salah Elmur, Kamala Ishaq and Ibrahim El-Salahi — all members of an art movement called the Khartoum School.
Salon 008: Forests And Spirits will show 14 medium and large-scale paintings to try and bring wider attention to contemporary African art. Ishaq and Elmur will provide the paintings, whilst El-Salahi will provide a Meditation Tree around which all the paintings are displayed.
This 'Haraz' tree is of great cultural, spiritual and economical significance to Sudan, and the artist has used it as a link between heaven and earth... between the creator and the created.
Many of Elmur's paintings are also related to trees, and his recent retrospective at the Sharjah Art Museum was inspired by the Sunut Forest in Khartoum. Ishaq, meanwhile, focuses on the cult of Zar -- a demon or spirit that is said to possess individuals
Craig’s review of Saatchi Gallery – “You don't want to listen to me when it comes to art because I haven't got a clue what I'm talking about (hey, at least I'm honest!). But I do know what minimalism is, and the Saatchi Gallery is a minimalist gallery of modern art. That is how I would describe it, because there's hardly any art inside. It's all sandpapered floorboards and bright white lights illuminatin… continued”
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Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
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Sir Richard Wallace — The Collector – 20 Jun 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Wallace Collection's new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museum's founder, Sir Richard Wallace.
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Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Saatchi Gallery then you might like to visit Hayward Gallery (catch the train from Sloane Square to Hayward Gallery), Serpentine Gallery (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Sloane Square to Serpentine Gallery) and Tate Modern (catch the train from Sloane Square to Tate Modern)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans