As we make our way into Autumn with the night’s drawing in and the coats coming back out, the art world in London is shaking things up and ROSL ARTS have some recommendations of things to do and see.

We have welcomed the new season with the opening our latest exhibition titled Memory at Over-Seas House, and many other galleries are doing the same, with September promising some very exciting new art in the city, as the galleries looking forward to Frieze art fair opening at the start of October. There is also a final chance to see some of the fabulous summer shows presented by the big institutions as well as plenty of events to welcome the new season. See below our ROSL ARTS September list of last chance exhibitions, events and new openings to keep you occupied for the month.




  • London Art Book Fair, Thursday 6 – Sunday 9 Sep 2018, 11am–6pm 
    Discover a vibrant mix of art books and magazines from around the world and take part in collaborative workshops, publisher-led seminars and family friendly activities.
    Free. Visit their website for more information.



  • Balamii Radio, Friday 14 September 2018, 7pm – 11pm
    This is a Friday night party, and the first of a three part showcase by Peckham-based community radio station, Balamii.
  • Commemorating War: memorials and society, Wednesday 19 September, 6:30 – 8pm
    Join Emma Login, First World War Programme Manager at Historic England and Sam Edwards, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in the Department of History, Politics & Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University as they explore the politics of commemoration.
    £8 - £12. 
  • Aftermath: Art in the wake of World War One, until Monday 24 September, Varied times
    This fascinating and moving exhibition shows how artists reacted to memories of war in many ways. George Grosz and Otto Dix exposed the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in post-war society, Hannah Höch and André Masson were instrumental in the birth of new art forms dada and surrealism, Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights returned to tradition and classicism, whilst others including Fernand Léger and C.R.W Nevinson produced visions of the city of the future as society began to rebuild itself.
    £5 - £18. 
  • Anthea Hamilton: The Squash, Tate Britain, Until Monday 8 October, Varied times
    A solo performer in a squash-like costume inhabits the Duveen Galleries every day for more than six months for the Tate Britain Commission 2018.
  • Shape of light: 100 years of photography and abstract art, Tate Britain, until Sunday 14 October, Varied times
    For the first time, Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day.
    Tickets £5 - £18. Visit their website for more information.
  • Tour - Tate Britain, 30 MINUTES ON AFRICAN HERITAGE, Every Monday, Wednesday until Wednesday 31 October 2018, 13:15 – 13:45
    Join the free guided tour on African Heritage, that moves beyond the assumption that the history of black people is essentially the history of slavery and subjugation, but encourages visitors to think widely, to apply their imaginations, and reflect on erroneous and ill-conceived personal beliefs about what constitutes Western European art.


  • BP Portrait Award, until Sunday 23 September 2018, Opening times vary
    The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.
    Free. Visit their website for more information.
  • Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire, until Sunday 7 October 2018, Opening times vary
    Ed Ruscha (1937–) has shaped the way we see the American landscape over the span of his influential six-decade career; elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous, Ruscha’s work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen.
  • Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire, until Sunday 7 October 2018, Opening times vary
    Watch empires rise and fall and lose yourself in the vast American wilderness; a self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation.
    £8 - £12. 
  • Michael Jackson: On the Wall, The National Gallery, until Sunday 21 October 2018, Open daily 10am – 6pm. Open late Friday until 9pm
    This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media.
    £15.50 - £22.



  • DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics, Hayward Gallery, until Sunday 14 October 2018, 11am – 7pm Wed - Mon. Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm
    Presenting the work of more than 30 artists who have used drag to explore or question identity, gender, class and politics, from the 1960s to the present day.



September, as well as being a vital month for catching the last viewings of those summer exhibitions, is also the start of many autumnal collections. Check out the following exhibitions which open this month, some of which are only around for a short period of time.

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