Bank Holiday Fun

Bank holiday fun time again in London this weekend.  After a fantastic opening night Thursday for Dan Pearce’s solo show Rare are enjoying a relaxing weekend. The sun may not be shining but there will still be lots of fun things to do and see in London.

Today was the last day of the Chelsea Flower Show which is the worlds largest Flower show to date. This week as always has shown us an unusual amount of talent and beauty including a beautiful array of floral dresses, . Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are transformed into show gardens, inspirational small gardens and vibrant horticultural displays for the world’s most famous flower show.


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is attended by more than 150,000 visitors each year. Tickets sell out quickly as it is a long awaited event. The show has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends. New plants are launched and the popularity of older varieties are revived. It’s the garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week and is staged in one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods.







A large portion of the work we have on display by Dan Pearce is of abstract flower landscapes although they are selling out fast you have until the 18th June to get yourselves down here to view his work.


RARE INTERIOR ART comes to Venue 28

RARE INTERIOR ART comes to Venue 28

The brand new gallery Rare Interior Art, recently opened up in Beckenham is pleased to be showing a collection of works at Venue 28.


Owner and resident artist Amber-Jane Raab is showcasing work until the Friday June 24th, finishing with a closing event at the Venue, in the evening.

Rare Interior Art has recently been relocated to the area, and Amber, a local herself, has dedicated blood sweat and tears to turn an old local shop into a bright gallery space, equipped with gallery,  workshop and art studio, bringing the whole business to the doorstep of Beckenham/Penge.

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What’s also a pleasant surprise is the reasonable pricing, which Amber prides herself on.  ‘Through the years people have questioned why I have remained so affordable, but I believe this is part of the success of the business, just because the work looks more expensive than it is, doesn’t mean I have to price it that way.  My aim is to make it accessible, which is why we have a wide range of materials, sizes and finishes, so there’s something for everyone’.



Amber’s work is available throughout galleries and high-end gift stores throughout the UK she even creates designs for the London Eye Gift Shop, and has recently been asked to design art for the Sealife Attractions, globally.


The new gallery brings all this and more to Beckenham and the surrounding areas, giving the templated shopping centres a run for their money.   Buying art should be an experience, and Amber intends to ensure locals feel they are taken good care of. Free advice on curating art for your space is always available from the team, you can even book an appointment with Amber to discuss your specific needs/project at your home/on-site.


The feedback to the gallery, has been fantastic.  Locals have embraced the new offering, and haven’t been shy in partaking in some retail therapy, making step one of the gallery a success.


The next steps? The plans for the gallery are to introduce new exciting art from other artists to bring a wide range of exciting, affordable art to the area.  Alongside this, the team at Rare are working hard to put the gallery on the map, so that everyone in the surrounding areas knows about them.


Supporting local shops is so imperative if we don’t want to end up shopping like robots in shopping centres that are almost identical.  It’s a real bonus to an area when an established, if small business moves to the area, even if it’s just better kerb appeal.

The exhibition takes place on the walls in the common areas of the Venue 28, from 23 May until the 24th June, and there will be a celebratory event in the evening Friday the 24th.


VENUE 28 – 28 Beckenham Road • Beckenham, BR3 4LS.

Venue 28 is a fantastic addition to the community, and Rare Interior Art is very proud to be associated with the Venue.

More about Venue 28

Restored with the community in mind and close to major transport links, Venue28 offers rooms and function halls for all occasions and whatever the need.

Whether it be a weekly Creative Arts class or Theatre performance, through to that special wedding, birthday or other celebration, our doors are wide open.

Offering an all-inclusive top class venue, each event designed specifically with you in mind and exquisite menus selected from our award winning caterers.


Private View


At last! Local artist done-good Danny Pearce is holding an exhibition Beckenham – at the Rare Interior Art Gallery.

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Featured in London’s Shortlist magazine as one of the UK’s emerging artists to invest in, Dan is treating locals to a stunning range, including his fabulous pop-art prints and outstanding originals, along with a range of his abstract works – there really is something for everyone.

To celebrate the event, there is a very special one-off offer for people who attend the preview evening on 26 May. Anyone who makes a purchase on the night and mentions “LOCAL-DAN” will receive a 10% discount on any purchase, including commissions.

There will also be a special collection of limited-edition prints starting from £40, so everyone can take can take home a piece by Pearce.





Dan’s colourful creations are a pleasure to both look at as well as touch. Combining finely grained sprayed backgrounds with drops of lustrous resin onto a variety of materials and surfaces. His abstract-decorative paintings are polished to perfection, showing Dan’s impeccable control of his working media.

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Thursday 26 May

6.00pm – 9.00pm

Rare Interior Art Gallery

249 Beckenham Road, Beckenham BR3 4RP



26 May -18 June 2016








Hope to see you on

26th May at the

Rare Art Gallery

for a great night,

and a great investment……!


See more of Danny’s fantastic work here

RSVP for this event to or checkout the Facebook page for this event and register there.




More About Dan Pearce the artist

Dan Pearce is a Beckenham-based mixed media artist and digital designer who recently featured in London’s Shortlist magazine as one of the UK’s most collectable emerging artists.

Dan studied art a college on Merseyside which led to a (BA) Hons in Jewellery Design. Post Uni he returned to his original birth place of Australia and setup home in Sydney for the next seven years. It was here he honed his skills for digital design and fell in love with stencil art. Influenced by some of the stencil masters ELK and C215 he immersed himself into the world of hand cut stencils and spray paint.

Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtapositioning it with fine art, his work is bold and confident in style often completely transforming iconic portraits with his own inimitable style and blurring the lines between new media, pop and digital art. He uses a range of new and mixed media in his work from spray paint to hand painting, resins, stencils, collage and digital media.

Dan is married with two sons. He has built a studio at the bottom of his garden which allows him to juggle his busy life of artist, his digital design business and a hands-on Dad. Dan has been exhibiting his artwork since 2011 throughout the UK and internationally.


Paris in Spring

There is nothing more beautiful than visiting Paris in Spring just before the strong summer heat kicks in.  I love Paris in the springtime,’ sang Ella Fitzgerald. ‘I love Paris in the fall…’.  The city that inspired thousands of books and movies is a treat in any season. Although when the grey winter clouds lift and spring has truly sprung, it’s hard to beat the sun-kissed France that brings the beau monde to pavement cafés, fills gardens with picnicking families and sees a blossoming of exhibition openings and music festivals. The capital of France not unlike London is a cosmopolitan mix-up of cultures added with a touch of Je ne se qua to make it all the more appealing. The Eiffel Tower is the largest attraction although there are so many more places to Visit.You can take a leisurely trip down the Seine in a boat or walk along the riverbank. Many of the attractions in Paris are easily accessed by the river. To get to the Moulin Rouge you will have to take a small trip on the famous Metro system which has managed to keep hold of the most beautiful Art Nouveau architecture designed by Hector Guimard.   We have made a collection of Parisian mosaic prints in homage to one of our favorite springtime getaways and have hopefully captured some of the style the french are so renound for.



Brighton Rocks

Bank Holiday weekends in Brighton are what life is all about. This weekend the Rare crew will be heading down to the South coast to Brighton Town. Just an hour and a half train ride out of London and you are at the seaside. Brighton unlike most seaside resorts in the Uk has the funky feel of London filled with arts food and culture but with the added bonus of the sea. You can occupy yourself for hours shopping around the lanes, or if you prefer you can head to one of these festivals:

May Bank Holiday Guide 2016Foodies Festival

This year’s Foodies Festival starts in Brighton before taking off over the rest of the country. A fun day out with the chance to see Michelin chefs and top bakers. You can buy tasty treats from artisan producers, feast on street food from around the world, taste wine, champagne and craft beer and relax, enjoying the live music stage.








Fringe Festival

England’s largest Fringe festival kicks off this bank holiday weekend! Though Fringe doesn’t officially start until 6th May, throughout the bank holiday weekend there will be events across the city including Brighton’s Hidden Mysteries Tour, Bom-Banimals, Brighton’s Singing Barber Peter Joannou and more. Check out the website to catch these early starters.

Artists Open Houses Festival

The Artists Open Houses festival 2016 will take place in Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas over all five weekends of May, starting today. Over 60 new artists in Brighton, Hove, Ditchling, Rottingdean and the Ouse valley, throw open their homes and studios to bring you everything from sculpture and painting to jewellery, ceramics and textiles.

If you are enjoying yourself to much at the festivals to go art hopping, do not fear. Here at Rare we have some fabulous Brighton based artworks. Brighton Pavilion is one of our more classic images from B Town., but if you are looking for something a bit more fun and quirky check out Helter Skelter Vivid which is a fabulous image of the old fashioned Helter Skelter filled with iconic images of Brighton and the seaside, guaranteed to put a smile on anyones face.

Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Celebrations

This week marked the 90th birthday of our Queen. The occasion was marked with various celebrations in London and many other cities around the world.

In the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom Overseas Territories 900 beacons were lit. There is a long and unbroken tradition in England of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons – on top of mountains, churches and castle battlements, on town and village greens, farms, country parks and estates, and along the beaches surrounding our shores.



The Royal Mail have also marked the occasion with a new range of official stamps, souvenirs and gifts. Pride of place is an exclusively commissioned photograph of four generations of the Royal Family, each featured on a 1st class stamp. These beautiful images were photographed by Ranald Mackechnie in the summer of 2015 for Royal Mail, the specially commissioned Stamp Sheet features a family portrait of four generations of the House of Windsor: HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and for the first time on a Royal Mail stamp, HRH Prince George of Cambridge. The photograph was taken in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.

The perforations in the Stamp Sheet are positioned to create a postage stamp for each member of the Family.

The six Special Stamps celebrate HRH The Queen’s birthday with three stamps focusing on Her Majesty’s family life, and three honouring The Queen’s official role.

We have always been fans of her Royal Highness here at Rare as you can see by the fabulous Mosaic collection best of British., where we have a collection of images depicting her Royal Highness, the flag and of Course the Queen on a stamp.

 Rosie Queen is a new and funky print of the Royal Highness using colourful roses to make up the image. There are another two images within this range which make it a fabulous triptych.


This weekend sees the start of the annual Stewarts Law RCA  hich started on the 8th April and will be on for the whole week until 15th April 2016, allowing you to get your hands on postcard-size artworks for £55 by RCA students, established artists, illustrators and designers, with all proceeds going towards the Royal College of Art Student Award Fund. The ‘secret’ of the sale is that, since the signature is on the back of the postcard, you won’t know for certain whose work you’re buying until you’ve paid for it. It has been known for people to pick up a Damian Hurst, a Tracy Emin, a Grayson Perry or even a Jarvis Cocker original.



You can view the postcards at the gallery and on the RCA website from April 8 ahead of the sale days on April 10-15 – but we’ve managed to get our hands on a handful of images so you can size up the artworks before everyone else.
If you are looking to buy an artwork this weekend and are on a tight budget, our prints start at £29 and you are always guaranteed to have picked a winner. We have some great collages of Banksy images or Mr Brainwash which are guaranteed to brighten up any corner of your home.


Dog lovers unite

Here at Rare we are huge dog lovers.  With this in mind you will understand why we are becoming increasingly excited about some changes across London you may not have realised are happening. Many restaurants and bars are becoming a lot more pet friendly and not only friendly they are aiming their business towards are little/large furry friends. Recently we have witnessed the Cat cafes popping up all over London, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in Bethnal Green Road is so popular you have to book well in advance.

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Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium











Tomorrow it will be all about the canines, dog lovers all across London will have the chance to take their dog to the pictures. If Sunday mornings are dedicated to walking the pooch than what better a place to walk them to than Wringer and Mangle Restaurant at The Basement, 13-18 Sidworth Street London 3SD to watch the showing of MY DOG TULIP. You can even buy your dog some pooch popcorn, doggy ice cream, all to be washed down with organic-doggy tea. Leaving your dog behind to go out for the day is slowly becoming a thing of the past as we have recently experienced the Dog Disco at M Restaurant, the dog gelato at Pet Pavilion and now we have doggy cinema.

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At Rare Gallery are super excited at this as we are all huge dog lovers as you must be able to tell by our popular pooch pictures. Our popular bulldog Atticus has been flying out of the door so we have a couple of new pop art versions on the website we know you will all love. We have a new version of Brighton Frenchie with the Eiffel Tower behind it called Frenchie French.


For the cat lovers we have not forgotten you and will be bringing out a few feline prints soon so watch this space.



Rare exhibiting and more……

We are pleased to announce that Amber-Jane Raab has 2 pieces of artwork going into The Exhibit Here’s Unleashed Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in Southwalk which runs from Tuesday 22nd March to Saturday 2nd April.  ‘All Aboard’ featured above and a second piece of Big Ben.

Exhibit Here is an Online Art Gallery and Curator of Pop-Up Exhibitions across London, founded by Fine Artist Leila Bibizadeh in 2013. The exhibitions not only create a platform for artists to showcase their work, but they are also great networking events for meeting like-minded creative’s. Exhibit Here’s UNLEASHED Exhibition will feature more than 100 wild and innovative artworks that push the boundaries of raw talent, it will also be their third exhibition at the Menier Gallery. Join us at the Private View on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 from 6pm – 8.30pm.

Water fight 19-3

Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and sun is getting brighter in the sky, it is still frosty but you can definitely feel the change in the weather. Festival tickets are going on release and London is gearing up for a great summer. Early bird tickets have gone on sale for the Secret Garden Festival which always has a great line up. If you are looking to book something in advance which is a bit off the wall have a look at Secret Gardens Mass water fight. This event will be held I a secret location somewhere in London. The theme will be ‘The Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy’ so as well as spending the day getting soaked you get to do it intergalactic style. Everyone will be split into two teams who will battle it out. There will also be prizes for the best outfits.




In the art world this week The Underdog in London Bridge has a fabulous exhibition of Contemporary Artists called MIX 3 which runs until 3rd April. If you have not managed to make it to either of the two previous MIX group shows you have been seriously missing out. It is quickly becoming a one of the “must see “group art exhibitions on the London Art scene, showcasing an International line up of artists including Mason Storm, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Harper Deyong, Arturo Garcia De Las Heras and many more.Menier

Amazing London Art Scene


Living in London you also live amongst the Amazing London Art Scene, which crosses over with fashion, and so so many other creative and inspiring things.  This last week has been a busy week for London as we have just played host to London Fashion week in Soho which came to a close last weekend. You might have noticed that Londoners have been putting their best fashion foot forward and getting into the swing of Spring with lots of new and inspiring colours and styles with shoes to die for.


In-line with fashion week The National Portrait Gallery is holding an exhibition to commemorate Vogue being 100 years old with an exhibition called ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’. The exhibition cleverly captures a 100 years of our style and history whilst also celebrating one of the first glossy magazines on fashion.

This exhibition is made up of photos taken by various photographers who over the years have captured the images of models, politicians, designers, actresses and even royalty have graced the pages of Vogue. They also have a library of bound copies so you can have a look through to view a century of Vogue in its physical self.




Elsewhere in London we have recently had the opening of the Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings exhibition The Mechanics of Genius at the science museum Where you get to see another side of Da Vinci’s talent.


Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his paintings including The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa., but what you may not know is that he was a very keen draftsman and inventor, inspired by the great mathematicians and engineers of his time.

The exhibition is brought to life in large-scale 3D models, and through various types of multimedia installations and interactive games.

The Royal Academy has recently opened a beautiful exhibition made up of 120 works called ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. Within this exhibition you get to discover the paintings of some of the most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century as they explore this theme.


In the Amazing London Art Scene, Food is becoming more colorful in Brick Lane. First we had Cereal Killer café open which is a café full to the brim of breakfast cereals and cereal sundaes. It is a great place to go and even have a cabinet of retro cereal boxes to remind you of your youth. Just up the road the Original Beigel bakery is now making rainbow beigels, whilst they taste the same as a normal beigel they are a beautiful rainbow colour and just 50p. This idea first started in New York and Brick Lane was quick to jump