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July 23, 2018
American artist Jenny Holzer presents statements that can provoke strong responses. Whether encountered on city streets or in art galleries, Holzer's work asks us to consider the words and messages that surround us. Her art takes many forms, including stone benches, projections, signs, posters, paintings, plaques and textiles. Words are central to her work, whether pasted on a wall, flickering from an electronic sign, carved in granite or stitched in wool. Her texts can be forceful and apparently simple, but may contradict…
September 1, 2018
Ash to Ash by internationally recognised artists Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey is a major new environmental artwork commissioned by The Ash Project. As part of their process the artists have undertaken a substantial research and development project, creating a work that responds to the loss of ash across the globe.
January 24, 2019
Quantum Ghost, the first UK solo exhibition and a major commission by Libita Clayton. Consisting of an immersive sound installation, a series of large-scale photograms and a programme of live performances, Quantum Ghost maps a journey through archives and territories related to the artist’s heritage. Clayton digs deep into personal documents and oral histories tracing her family tree across different mining regions and colonial geographies of extraction. She reconstructs the paper trail left by her late father, a member of SWAPO (South…
Claudia Wieser's Shift transforms the ground floor of the three-level space with delicately crafted sculptures and collaged wallpaper, welcoming visitors to explore an ever-changing scene where the ancient and the contemporary conflate and collide. It is a visual archive of found images and times, resulting in a collage of different pasts that both cancel out and affect each other. At its core, Shift provokes questions about the different lenses and perceptions of past and present whilst inviting viewers to create their own associations and narratives.
March 20, 2019
Inspired by the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I; this exhibition is a new commission from photographer Susan Derges. Using both analogue and digital techniques the work, titled Mortal Moon, unpacks the Armada Portrait’s symbolism, with a particular focus on the Moon.
This major exhibition, Artist in Society, 1948-53 explores a short, yet significant, period in the life of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, and highlights Barbara Hepworth’s little-known connection to Hertfordshire.
April 7, 2019
Mr & Mrs Ravilious, is the Gallery's main exhibition for 2019, which will be devoted to the work of Eric Ravilious and his wife Tirzah Garwood, two artists whose lives were both prematurely cut short. Eric died in 1942, aged 39, while serving as a war artist; Tirzah (née Garwood) died in 1951, aged 42. Despite this, they have a unique place in 20th century art and the exhibition tells the story of their artistic life together, presenting the parallels…
May 1, 2019
I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker is an exhibition dedicated to the American writer Kathy Acker (1947–1997), her written, spoken and performed work. This polyvocal and expansive project combines an exhibition with a programme of performances, screenings and talks. The exhibition is structured around fragments of Acker’s writing, which serve as catalysts for a network of interconnected materials presented around them, including works by other artists and writers, video and audio documentation of Acker’s performative appearances in…
Three striking sculptures by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) - These three “Beasts” (Crouching Beast II, Lion I and Beast Alerted I) are monumental animals captured in various states of action, made of welded stainless-steel sheets.
Unconscious Landscape, is a collection of works from Ursula Hauser Collection that focusses entirely on female artists. The exhibition covers four decades of works that brings together a remarkable overview of late 20th century modern masters in dialogue with contemporary artists. The exhibition, which is curated by Ursula Hauser’s daughter Manuela Wirth, together with Laura Bechter, Curator of the Ursula Hauser Collection, presents 65 works by female artists and artists’ estates including Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Sonia Gomes, Eva Hesse,…