We are thrilled to announce that we are once again sponsoring Portrait Salon 2016, a form of Salon des Refusés set up in 2011 by photographers James O Jenkins and Carole Evans, to showcase the best of the rejected images from the prestigious annual NPG Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.

This year Metro will be showing some of the images in our FOH Gallery as part of the multi-location exhibition which will take place across Clerkenwell, London from the 15th to 26th November.  Metro’s Director Steve Macleod, will curate the selection of portraits which will be exhibited in various locations, including retail and business outlets across the district.

Portrait Salon 2016 is open for submissions until 20th September.  Successful entrants will be notified of the selection by 1st October.

There will be a publication and trail map of all the selected work to accompany the exhibition.

Watch this space for further updates…

Portrait Salon 2016 Launch Night:
17th November 2016
J+A Cafe, 1-4 Sutton Lane, London EC1M 5PU
For more information about Portrait Salon 2016
To submit images to Portrait Salon 2016

1. Installation image © Portrait Salon
2. Installation image © Portrait Salon

Metro is proud to be supporting a landmark exhibition by the Honorary Royal Academician and Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts in London this autumn, producing a number of reverse Perspex C Type gloss prints, which were then hung inside frames.

The exhibition, the first major survey of Ai Weiwei’s work ever held in the UK will bridge more than two decades of his extraordinary career and includes a collection of his major works alongside those never before seen.

Curated by the Royal Academy in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing the exhibition features large-scale installations and interventions specifically created for the Royal Academy space. Working in a variety of different contexts, scales and media, his ideas are conveyed in wood, porcelain, marble or jade. Some pieces included in the show have taken months to create and pass through lengthy periods of experimentation, pushing the boundaries of the formal qualities of many materials.

Ai Weiwei says of the exhibition, “I’m honoured to have the chance to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts. Tim Marlow and the rest of the exhibition team have a history of producing outstanding exhibitions. I’m very happy to be a part of it. This exhibition is my first major survey in London, a city I greatly admire. The selected artworks reflect my practice in recent years, and also include new works made specifically for this show.”

For information about the exhibition
For information about Ai Weiwei
For details of how to book tickets
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BDExhibition dates: 19th September  – 13th December 2015
Opening times: Saturday – Thursday:10:00am – 6:00pm; Friday: 10:00am – 10:00pmTickets: £17.60 (without donation £16). Concessions available.

Images © Ai Weiwei