Without further ado, let’s begin a Saturday morning cultural crawl, blurry-eyed perhaps, at Rowing Projects.
For the uninitiated, it’s the brand new contemporary gallery tucked away in cute cobbled Leighton Place. Why bother? Because this weekend it’s your last chance to catch A Speculum That Shines (ends 12 April), a group mixed-media exhibition with works by Alastair MacKinven, Paul Sharits (pictured above) and Cathy Wilkes, amongst others.
Strong espresso from Bean About Town in hand, now head down Kentish Town Road to Flaxon Ptootch for Dark Versus Light (launch party tonight), featuring painters Nadine Wood and Elizabeth Dolby, before hopping over the road and taking a left towards the Free Space Gallery. Artism (ends 13 May) features work by those with autism from both the UK and USA.
Prince of Wales Road beckons. So make a beeline for the longstanding Beardsmore Gallery which is home to David Royle and Bruce Russell until 30 April, two abstract painters who have exhibited there on and off since the early 1990s.
Follow the fashionable thoroughfare – not missing the Fields Beneath’s brilliant bridge sign, and, er, more coffee – to end up at the new Invites exhibition at former Methodist Chapel the Zabludowicz, which also launches tonight. As well as taking a peek at the main-room show Infinite City, don’t miss this new installation by Stuart Whipps exploring “the relationship between photography and narrative” (both end 11 May).