Sweaty Betty's Gallery Guide: Where to work out and get your art fix
With so many beautiful prints and intricate designs in the Spring Summer 2015 collection, one of Sweaty Betty’s big themes this year has been the interplay between sport and art. We’ve asked some big questions along the way. Is activewear a canvas for art? Is fit fashion a medium of expression? Is the act of exercise an art form in itself? And furthermore, what parallels exist between the training of the body and the precise art of moulding a sculpture? These questions have sparked fascinating conversations and helped to irreversibly blur the lines between sport and art – a result we think is worth celebrating.
That’s why this post is all about inspiring your workouts and infusing your leisure-time with the perfect mix of cultural expression and endorphin-releasing exercise. We asked our London and New York roadshow teams to pick out the finest gallery and studio duos in two of the world’s hottest culture capitals. Time to start filling your calendar…
Saatchi Gallery and Barrecore – Kings Road, London
This architecturally impressive art gallery hosts some of the coolest contemporary exhibits in the country. Currently its Joe Web exhibition shows hand-made collages using vintage magazines and transient printed materials transformed into personal and permanent masterpieces. Head further up the Kings Road to Barrecore and try their classic BarreMIXED class for a sequence of muscle strengthening and toning exercises that, like the Saatchi Gallery, combine old and new with a fusion of classic ballet training and contemporary choreography.
Gallery 69 and Monster Cycle – Tribeca, New York
Gallery 69 in Tribeca is the one Manhattan space that presents exhibits by an incredible range of veteran graffiti artists, including those who maintain an active presence on the streets of New York City. Continue the ultra-urban theme with a session at Monster Cycle, where you’ll literally cycle for your life to the tune of zombies in your ear.
First Thursdays and 1Rebel – East London
For those who prefer a true sensory implosion, you can make your way around up to 150 East London art galleries and privately run artists’ studios in a single evening. First Thursdays is a late night art tour that takes place on the first Thursday of every month, with a variety of recommended routes starting from Whitechapel Art Gallery. For further sensory stimulation, book into a Ride class at 1Rebel, where the blacked out spin studio provides an immersive experience and regular live performances offer a gig and a workout in one.
The Wallace Collection and Indaba Yoga – Marylebone, London
Situated in a historic London townhouse, the Wallace Collection’s old world charm is perfectly befitting of its classic exhibitions, timeless paintings and artefacts spanning several centuries. Follow an amble through its 25 galleries with a class at one of London’s most respected yoga studios Indaba Yoga. The Hot Power Hour is easily its most popular class and promises an uplifting vinyasa flow in a gently heated studio, while the 90 minute Space and Flow class is a highly grounding practice designed to turn your attention inwards.
High Line Art and The Movement – Meatpacking District, New York
Visiting the High Line Art exhibitions is an active day out on its own. Walk between the latest site-specific exhibitions and take in scheduled performances and scheduled billboard interventions as you traverse this disused railway. Then offer up your own performance at The Movement, where the art of movement is at the heart of every class on its diverse class schedule including cardio, strength and yoga.