Our Picks: External shows and news of interest
  • Elizabeth Blackadder @ The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre
    18 January – 20 March
    Dame Elizabeth Blackadder is one of our greatest artists: the first woman to be elected both to the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy, she was given the prestigious title of Her Majesty’s Painter and Limner in Scotland in 2001.  This specially curated exhibition, drawn mainly From the Artist’s Studio, shows the breadth and variety of Blackadder’s work and aims to reveal and celebrate an exceptional career.
  • Dorothy Rendell @ Abbot & Holder
    16 March – 23 March
    Dorothy Rendell established herself in Mile End Place in the ’70s, and became in every way part of the fabric of the East End. Her wonderful account of painting in the East End – East End Vernacular  was going to press the week her work was ‘re-discovered’, and so the opportunity for her to be included there was missed. She enjoyed the overwhelming reponse to her work on the Spitalfields Life blog, but died soon after. This exhibition A Forgotten East London Artist, are all from her Estate, and the first solo show of her work, which is a fitting continuation to the Spitalfields Life articles, and the East End Vernacular publication.  
  • Anna Chrystal Stephens @ Space Studios
    18 January – 23 March
    Anna Chrystal Stephens works with photography, sculpture and action to explore living strategies, sustainability and societies’ changing relationship to the natural environment. She is interested in prehistoric archaeology, ecology and collaboration. Her practice includes the gathering and dispersal of survival skills and craft processes through walks, discussions and workshops. The exhibition, Anorak, is made in reaction to anxiety about environmental crisis, and puts forward learning survival skills and DIY processes, which can be empowering steps to gaining a greater understanding and respect of the natural world; thus creating movement towards sustainable solutions.
  • Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists @ The Mercer's Company
    3 December – 23 March
    ‘Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900 - 1950’, marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People’s Act. The inaugural exhibition is at the newly restored Ambulatory, Worshipful Company of Mercers (City of London). Through a heterogeneous collection of painting and sculpture by fifty artists, the exhibition pays tribute to the extraordinary cultural production of women in Britain during the first half of the 20th century. Despite the inequality of opportunity, patronage and critical attention, many female artists skillfully navigated careers in the art world, producing powerful works that reflect their daily lives and experiences. Including portraits and self-portraits, landscapes and cityscapes, industrial scenes and images of war, the exhibition considers the ways in which ‘feminine’ virtues and values shifted and contested in 20th century visual culture.
  • Anna Barham @ Arcade
    23 February – 23 March
    Zenzic is a mathematical term that refers to a number squared: the number multiplied by itself to generate not its double, but something much bigger. Zenzic the exhibition, is the title of a new structure made by Anna Barham using her Crystal Fabric Field Bracket (1016) in order to display a selection from 250 drawings of stars made by Chiara Camoni’s Grandmother, who first became her assistant to fight melancholy and subsequently found herself drawing for Chiara every day.  
  • Olivia Lomench Gill @ Abbott & Holder
    13 March – 23 March
    Olivia Lomenech Gill’s wonderful illustrations for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them drew great strength from her diverse array of techniques as well as her fascination with wildlife. This new body of work, A Parlement of Birds, made especially for this exhibition, sees her explore further the possibilities of printmaking techniques to portray some of her favourite creatures. Sometimes these are informed by myth and fable, and sometimes purely acts of observation, but each work is an opportunity to explore and experiment further with a range of media.
  • Julie Mehretu @ Kettle's Yard
    22 January – 24 March
    For this exhibition, Julie Mehretu made a new installation of richly layered drawings and monotypes, extending her dynamic exploration of the potential of drawing and mark making, which are fundamental to her artistic practice. Inspired by current world issues, her personal biography, and the history of abstraction, Mehretu’s powerful works interrogate the present with urgency and lyricism.  
  • Doreen Fletcher @ Nunnery Gallery
    25 January – 24 March
    Doreen Fletcher's works reveal the drastic changes of east London’s streets across just three decades, remembering businesses long forgotten and buildings that have since been knocked down. A superb colourist, she applies her rigorous technique to recording the drama of the city in compelling and authoritative images.
  • Molly Goddard & Sarah Edwards @ Chelsea Space
    23 January – 24 March
    The work of fashion designer Molly Goddard is presented in a collaborative project with photographer Sarah Edwards. Working together to create a series of images of key pieces from past collections, Dress Portrait displays their shared interest in photography, light and texture. The way Edwards' photographs are displayed reflects the part photography plays in Goddard's thought process and the multidisciplinary approach Edwards applies to her work.
  • Louise Bourgeois @ Kettle's Yard
    22 January – 24 March
    Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was born in Paris and lived and worked in New York from 1938. She is widely recognised as one of the most important figures of modern and contemporary art. Often biographical, Bourgeois’ work explores themes including childhood, family, motherhood and gender identity. The selection of work at Kettle’s Yard includes sculptures, prints and drawings, reflecting different periods in Bourgeois’ life, and is drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Her wide-ranging art, encompassed painting, sculpture, installation and printmaking, exploring themes including childhood, family, motherhood and gender identity. “Art is not about art. Art is about life, and that sums it up” Louise Bourgeois
  • Jennifer Suellen Rye @ Jenart Studio, Llandudno
    6 March – 24 March
    As a professional painter, Jennifer Suellen Rye has exhibited her paintings at a number of venues in the UK and abroad. This exhibition is called Beyond the Clouds: Cosmos series.  
  • Ghislaine Leung @ Chisenhale Gallery
    25 January – 24 March
    CONSTITUTION, is a new commission by Ghislaine Leung.   Situated within the discourses of both artists’ moving image and institutional critique, Leung’s work is foregrounded by questions of agency, circulation and distribution. Working with sound, light, scale and temperature this exhibition builds on Leung’s ongoing enquiry into withdrawal and dependency. Taking active cancellation in sound as an initial structure, Leung’s new body of work considers moves from closed systems to complex commons.
  • Eleri Mills @ Thackeray Gallery
    12 March – 29 March
    Eleri Mills is a poet painter, who records her love of her native land, Wales, and reproduces it with great sensitivity and talent.  She is a superb draughtsman and this is at the heart of all that she does. Eleri exhibits a strong sense of art historical continuity in her choice of imagery, which she interprets in her own way entirely, and her meanings are for the present.  
  • Georgie Hopton @ Lyndsey Ingram Gallery
    22 February – 29 March
    A survey of new work by Georgie Hopton, who treats her garden as a palette, growing abundant produce on the Upstate New York farm she shares with her husband, the painter Gary Hume.  She uses the fruits of her labour to create extraordinary monoprints and collages. By disrupting the traditional notion of the still-life, she selects flowers, fruit and vegetables from her garden, divides them up and reincarnates them into new forms. The resulting work is both abstract and figurative, decorative and expressive, familiar and fantastical.
  • Nancy Delouis @ Messums London
    6 March – 29 March
    In Nancy Delouis’s paintings and pastels we are freed from busyness, noise, bluster and bad weather. Instead, we enjoy the peaceful view from a sun-drenched garden somewhere in France, or a marketplace in Africa, or vases filled with spring flowers, or the intimate moment of a woman sleeping, or a few girl friends relaxing.  
  • Etel Adnan @ Alan Cristea Gallery
    28 February – 30 March
    Elsewhere features new works by Etel Adnan in the artist's first solo exhibition of prints in a London gallery. Acclaimed throughout her life for her writing, particularly her poetry, it was not until her inclusion in Documenta 13 in Germany in 2012 that she came to prominence as a visual artist. More recently, Adnan has incorporated printmaking into her practice, and this exhibition features a selection of prints created over the past year and a half. The works depict landscapes of personal importance, rendered with large bands of pure colour and through recurring abstract motifs.  
  • Miriam de Burca & others @ Alan Cristea Gallery
    28 February – 30 March
    Protest and Remembrance brings together four artists, Miriam de Búrca, Joy Gerrard, Mary Griffiths and Barbara Walker, who use drawing to examine elements of protest and/or remembrance through a range of subjects that include war, political demonstration, burial sites and lost industry, set in both the urban and the rural, past and present. Miriam de Búrca focuses on the ancient burial sites in Ireland called cilliní which were used to bury unbaptised babies, and many others considered 'unsuitable' for consecrated ground; Joy Gerrard looks at what happens when democratic processes express, even produce, social and political divisions?; Mary Griffiths investigates the lost industry of coal mining; and Barbara Walker's works depict people who are often cast as minorities.
  • Flora Yuknovich @ Parafin
    8 February – 30 March
    Flora Yukhnovich’s paintings trace connections between a visual language originating in the Rococo with contemporary popular culture, examining and questioning how notions of femininity, taste and beauty have been encoded and restated throughout art history before becoming entrenched within the contemporary aesthetic. The diverse sources for her work are drawn from art history — specifically 18th-century French painting — but are filtered through references to contemporary fashion and music imagery, glossy magazines targeted at young girls, or the packaging of Barbie dolls and Disney toys.  
  • Jade Fadojutimi @ Peer London
    1 February – 30 March
    The Numbing Vibrancy of Characters in Play, are new paintings by Jadé Fadojutimi in her first solo exhibition in the UK, which includes large-scale works specially created for the gallery’s street-facing space. Fadojutimi is a young artist who has developed a vibrant and distinctive language of painting that fluctuates between abstract gesture and repeated forms or motifs that seem to exist on the very edge of graphic description.
  • Vera Boele-Keimer RWA@ Royal West of England Academy
    5 March – 31 March
    Taking mundane, prefabricated materials such as cardboard, cloth or plastic as her starting point, Vera Boele-Keimer transforms shapes and surfaces by taking these materials through semi-systematic, simple processes such as folding, binding, cutting or coating. The resulting works show the traces of their making openly – often playful attempts to stabilise or mend the newly created structures. The exhibition, Make Do, brings together mostly small scale works from recent years, as well as new works from a residency at Thread in Senegal in January 2019.
  • Hyon Gyon @ Parasol Unit
    23 January – 31 March
    Korean shamanism and intense emotions of rage, sorrow and anguish inspire the artworks of Hyon Gyon. The artist's fascinating practice includes using a soldering iron on lengths of traditional Korean satin. The fabric slowly melts and liquifies in the heat, creating an intoxicating result somewhere between beauty and violence. This is the first time a European gallery has staged a solo exhibition of her art. Known for her intricate and highly expressive works, often like mid-burst manifestations of explosive raw energy, Hyon Gyon combines traditional Korean textiles, Japanese paper and paint together with various less conventional materials to create her paintings and sculptural installations. She explores themes of sociocultural identity, grief, anger and sexual politics. Her assemblages are powerful fusions of vivid colour and emotion that appear to collide yet somehow live in unity within each work.
  • Beatrice Gibson @ Camden Arts Centre
    18 January – 31 March
    Crone Music presents two new, interconnected films by British artist Beatrice Gibson, alongside an expanded events programme featuring artists, poets, musicians and wider community with whom the films have been made.  It borrows its title from American composer Pauline Oliveros’ 1990 album of the same name, the exhibition seeks out an explicitly feminist lineage through which to recast the syncretic, collective and participatory nature of Gibson’s practice. Working at the intersection of art, feminism, expanded cinema, experimental literature and film, Crone Music explores friendship, feeling, empathy and solidarity as tools for individual and collective agency in an ever more unsettled world.  
  • Cathie Pilkington @ Pallant House Gallery
    8 December – 31 March
    Sculptor Cathie Pilkington RA explores the relationship between personal collections and public display co-opting works from the gallery’s collection to sit alongside more than 30 of her own figurative constructions. Selected works include Eileen Agar, Henry Moore, Paula Rego, Victor Willing, and a series of Lord Snowdon’s arresting portraits of women artists that form an anchor in the curation of each room. Suggesting themes of motherhood, privacy, domesticity and the unconscious, this dialogue with the collection and architecture is the gallery’s most ambitious contemporary intervention to date.  Sculptural works especially created for the show are - a series of ‘Pietas’ ; the other, Good-Bed-Bad-Bed, a sculptural occupation of the gallery’s Hepplewhite four poster bed.
  • Rachel Maclean @ Chapter Gallery
    5 October – 31 March
    Commissioned for the Venice Biennale in 2017, Rachel Maclean’s critically-acclaimed ‘Spite Your Face’ travels to Cardiff to present her first solo exhibition in Wales. It references the Italian folk-tale 'The Adventures of Pinocchio, ‘Spite Your Face’ (2017) advances a powerful social critique, exploring underlying fears and desires that characterise the contemporary zeitgeist. Set across two worlds – with a glittering, materialistic and celebrity-obsessed upper world, and a dark, dank and impoverished lower world – the lure of wealth and adoration entices a destitute young boy into the shimmering riches of the kingdom above. Written in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the story is steeped in the political flux and uncertainty of our time. Shown as a perpetual 37-minute loop with no definitive beginning or end, ‘Spite Your Face’ raises issues including the abuse of patriarchal power, capitalist deception, exploitation and the destructive trappings of wealth and fame, all in Maclean’s typically direct and acerbic style.
  • Susan Hiller & others @ Birmingham Museum of Art Gallery
    10 November – 31 March
    Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, 'Women Power Protest' brings together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s, to celebrate female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work. Showcasing pieces by celebrated artists including Susan Hiller, Lubaina Himid, and Mary Kelly, as well as sometimes controversial artists such as Sam Taylor-Johnson, Sonia Boyce, and Margaret Harrison, the exhibition will not shy away from difficult subjects, nor underplay the genius behind these artworks. Inspired by the bold work of feminist artists and activists, Women Power Protest will raise awareness, provoke debate and ask just how much has changed for women?  The exhibition takes place in the Gas Hall.
  • Ulla von Brandenburg @ Whitechapel Gallery
    20 September – 31 March
    Five hundred children visited Whitechapel Gallery on 28 January 1973 to learn about sweets as a popular art. An enticing display of donated confectionary was part of the ‘Fanfare for Europe’ celebrations, marking Britain’s entry into the European Common Market. Billed as a ‘Sweet Feast’, children were invited to sample the candies, but the exhibition came to an unexpected end when they overwhelmed the guard and devoured all the displays. A new film by Ulla von Brandenburg, commissioned by the Gallery recreates the event.  Renowned for a body of work drawing on theatre and performance to explore complex social issues, von Brandenburg has also designed a colourful seating structure resembling a landscape, transforming spectator into participant. Filmed with children from the Arnhem Wharf Primary School, von Brandenburg explores the dynamics between the individual and the group; and the hopes of young people at a time when Brexit may limit opportunities for future generations.
  • Alice Kettle @ The Whitworth
    1 September – 31 March
    Thread Bearing Witness, is a major new series of monumental textiles by renowned artist Alice Kettle, which recounts the stories of cultural heritage, displacement and the global refugee crisis and forms an immersive installation in the gallery.
  • Barbara Zelecki @ Greenwich Printmakers
    12 March – 31 March
    Barbara Zelecki is known for her etching prints of cats, the designs in her work encompass a variety of subject matter including, architecture, sumo wrestlers, landscapes & flowers. Barbara also makes tiffany-style mirrors and fan-style lamps.  
  • Anne Rothenstein @ Beaux Arts London
    7 March – 6 April
    Anne Rothenstein’s distinctive and atmospheric paintings subtly combine sophistication with innocence. She comes from a family of artists and creators – a background which has informed and influenced her work. She grew up in the community of artists in the Essex village of Great Bardfield, and after working for ten years as an actor, Rothenstein has been painting full-time since 1982 and for the last two years has regularly designed covers for the London Review of Books.
  • Celia Cook @ Candida Stevens Gallery
    9 March – 6 April
     The works of Celia Cook are routes without roadmaps that move from start to destination without a plan. They capture the journey of comprehension, the strain of trying to move forward. In doing so, the paintings stage the rupture between plasticity and sensibility; the tension between the world you see on the canvas and the one you understand. Routes are works activated by the struggle inherent in them, performing their own failure as they traverse the tightrope walk between completion and oblivion. The deeper you get the further away you realise you are.
  • Tracey Emin @ White Cube, Bermondsey
    6 February – 7 April
    A fortnight of tears, is a solo exhibition by Tracey Emin of new paintings, photography, large-scale bronze sculptures and film, which will be presented across the entire Bermondsey gallery.
  • Davina Jackson @ Pontone Gallery
    15 March – 7 April
    Davina Jackson creates an intimate study of the family dynamic, where the relationship between husband and wife, parent and child take centre stage. Through tonality and form, she acutely conveys a subtle dialogue of care and affection, where embracing figures recline and comfort in the presence of the other. Though there is drama in these worlds too, as powerful contrasts in colour incur vivid motion and animation upon these figures that move towards and away from each other, as if dancing. These are not simply paintings of the domestic world with soft walls and gentle light, but works that interrogate and encapsulate a distinctive bond between subjects.
  • Daria Martin @ Barbican Centre
    31 January – 7 April
    Tonight the World is a new installation by video artist Daria Martin. It is inspired by dream diaries kept by the artist's grandmother, a survivor of the Holocaust. Drawing upon dream diaries kept by her grandmother over a 35 year period, London-based artist Daria Martin creates a new installation for The Curve. Through atmospheric film and gaming technology Martin stages a series of intimate encounters, enveloping viewers in an exploration of the curious and traumatic history of her grandmother, who fled the Holocaust.  
  • Rose English @ Richard Saltoun Gallery
    1 March – 13 April
    'Form, Feminisms, Femininities' is Rose English's first solo exhibition, which shines light on two moments from the early stages of the artist's career, beginning with her experimentation with emergent processes and materials as a young artist in the early 1970s and culminating with a focus on her 1983 performance Plato's Chair, a work that marked an important turning point in English's extensive interdisciplinary practice. The exhibition will present for the first time several early works in photography, ceramics, collage and performance to camera, providing a unique opportunity to more fully engage with different aspects of the artist’s work.
  • Sethembile Msezane @ Tyburn Gallery
    25 January – 13 April
    Speaking Through Walls, is Sethembile Msezane’s first UK solo exhibition. Using interdisciplinary practice encompassing performance, photography, film, sculpture and installation, Msezane creates commanding works laden with spiritual and political symbolism. The artist explores issues around spirituality, commemoration and African knowledge systems. She processes her dreams as a medium through a lens of the plurality of existence across space and time, asking questions about the remembrance of ancestry. For this exhibition, Msezane has created a body of work which consists of photographic pieces as well as larger installations.
  • Morag Keil @ ICA
    30 January – 14 April
    Moarg Kiel is the first major solo exhibition in the UK by Scottish artist, Morag Keil, featuring new and reconceived works that span the last eight years of her career. Together, these works offer insight into Keil’s investigations surrounding the impact of data-capitalism and digital technologies on contemporary subjectivities, while acknowledging how these are affected by the precarity of everyday realities.  Keil works across installation, film, painting and drawing.  
  • Rosemary Clunie @ Royal Overseas League
    7 February – 14 April
    The exhibition looks at the link between Literature and Art with a focus on how the book "The Magic Lamp: Dreams of our Age" is a wonderful and creative collaboration between Art and Literature. The exhibition includes images from the book, some new paintings and some text based works. Extracts from the book guide the viewer through Over-Seas house, and give context to the work on display. At ROSL we have an important link to both Literature and Art, two artforms that are embraced and explored by Rosemary Clunie and Ben Okri.
  • Charlotte Mayer @ Pangolin London
    13 March – 18 April
    To celebrate her 90th birthday, the exhibition The Space Between, is a major solo show of sculpture and works on paper by Charlotte Mayer. With an array of both early and new work, the exhibition highlights Mayer’s exceptional craftsmanship and relentless dedication to making sculpture. The exhibition features a new series of delicate ‘nest’ sculptures cast in bronze, alongside recent work whose original models are often crafted.
  • Lily Myers @ Gallery 333, Exeter Phoenix
    16 February – 21 April
    Lily Myers produces communities of handmade objects, prints, drawings, and text that are used to explore an ongoing interest in underlying social conventions. Cups, bags, and forks have become strong symbols in her work, referencing ideas surrounding domesticity, play, labour and consumption.  
  • Jacqui Hallum @ Exeter Phoenix
    16 February – 21 April
    Jacqui Hallum’s paintings, Berber Carpet, draw on imagery ranging from medieval woodcuts and leaded glass windows to tarot cards and Art Nouveau children’s book illustrations. She works across a number of loose cotton sheets, staining and dying them with drawing ink, graffiti ink and squid ink. The sheets move between Hallum’s studio and garden throughout this process, before they are grouped and pinned together, concealing and revealing themselves to create a multi-part work.  
  • Jacki Baxter @ Greenwich Printmakers
    2 April – 21 April
    Jacki Baxter worked as a food stylist in the advertising industry, preparing, cooking and presenting food for photography in films, commercials and editorials. The composition, colours, shapes and textures and the crockery, utensils and props used in her food photography have resurfaced as a strong influence on her work. Her starting point is that everyday domestic items connect with us on a powerful, subconscious level. Her work is loosely based within the still life genre and aims to present the ordinary in such a way that we are invited to reasses our values and reactions to everyday objects.  
  • Gladys Nilsson @ Hales Gallery
    13 March – 27 April
    Unencumbered, is a solo exhibition of work the artist Gladys Nilsson.  The exhibition features recent watercolours and collages, united by the artist’s distinctive style and good-humoured view of the human condition. In Nilsson’s practice, she seeks to celebrate the small victories in life. Raised in a blue-collar family, she highlights day to day routines as important – simply the act of getting up, getting dressed and going to work. Monumentalising the humdrum, she plots big moments and absurd twists for the many idiosyncratic characters that fill her works. Playful narratives begin in the palpable world - a self-proclaimed voyeur, she looks closely at human interactions which she then transforms into a universe of her own creation. Favouring humour over realism, fluid limbs unnaturally curve and contort.
  • Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng @ Somerset House
    25 January – 28 April
    An exhibition of work by fashion photographers Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng. The London-based duo present a series of snaps questioning buzzword du jour 'diversity' and what 'otherness' means to two women using models, props and imagery connected to their Asian heritage.  This photography exhibition, English as a Second Language showcases the work of two of the most exciting photographers working in fashion today, celebrating the vitality and importance of fresh perspectives within fashion photography in our globalised and interconnected world.
  • Lucy Marks @ Piers Feetham Gallery
    4 April – 4 May
    Lucy Marks is a contemporary painter working in oil and watercolour, whose dynamic compositions communicate the changing energy and movement within the landscape. Her works capture all energies of the land, sea and sky; from wild seas to quiet landscapes.  She works directly in the environment and uses these sketches as her primary source back in her studio to develop her work further. Viewing the works becomes a sensory and emotional experience, encouraging us to explore our memories and subliminal perceptions of place.  
  • Celine Bodin @ Purdy Hicks Gallery
    4 April – 4 May
    French photographer Celine Bodin,  presents in this exhibition two recent series: Light of Grace, and The Hunt.  Re-enacting the suggestive gesture borrowed from Old Masters to 19th century paintings, the series 'Light of Grace' explores female representation’s conflict with ideals and beauty archetypes. By only suggesting identities and pictorial aesthetics, these photographs test the logic of our perception and acknowledge our eye’s tendency to immediate association.The series explores Beauty’s intuitive quality, existing beyond the clarity and precise traits of a particular object.  
  • Janice Kerbal @ Bury Art Museum
    23 February – 4 May
    Janice Kerbal is interested in how fights can both erupt and dissipate, unannounced, regardless of context or setting. For Fight (2018), a series of silkscreen posters, she choreographed an unarmed fight for a group of 12 individuals. Every action of the fight was recorded on life size sheets of paper using text.  
  • Anita Klein @ Eames Fine Art Gallery
    4 April – 5 May
    "Painting, drawing, and printmaking are equally important to me  and are integral parts of my working process. Each medium has its own challenges and brings its own particular qualities to an image, and these experiments are rarely  seen together." Anita Klein Different mediums can be thought of as tools in an artist s creative toolbox.   These tools (like printmaking, drawing, and painting) allow the artist to explore a composition's tonal and emotional diversity. Looking at a similar subject in multiple  mediums illuminates the full story of a scene and gives insight to the inner workings of the artist s mind. This Anita Klein show is an exciting opportunity to see her process  and to see her various artistic styles in conversation with one another. In addition to original prints, monotypes, and paintings, there are sketchbooks as a point of comparison.
  • Heidi Koenig @ Brook Gallery
    11 April – 5 May
    Heidi Koenig returns to the gallery for this Easter exhibition, with a series of new monotypes and paintings.  
  • Cornelia Parker @ South Hill Park Arts Centre
    1 March – 5 May
    The exhibition consists of twenty large-scale photogravures from three of Cornelia Parker's experimental series Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (2017); One Day This Glass Will Break (2015) and Thirty Pieces of Silver (exposed) (2015). These three series explore the artist’s fascination with the physical properties of objects, materials and their histories.  
  • Anna Boghiguian @ Tate St Ives
    8 February – 6 May
    This is the first retrospective in the UK of the Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian origin, Anna Boghiguian. She is informed by her interest in philosophy and her continuous travels, Boghiguian's work comments on the human condition through the perspectives of global trade, mass migration, colonialism and war. The exhibition, The Personal and the Political, features large-scale installations of cut-out paper figures, alongside paintings, collages and books, as well as components of the artist's studio brought to St Ives. While addressing current global concerns, the exhibition resonates with the local context of St Ives as an artists' community, and Cornwall's industrial history in terms of seafaring and trade
  • Katie Paterson @ Turner Contemporary
    26 January – 6 May
    An exhibition of Scottish artist Katie Paterson work, paired with a group of works by JMW Turner.  This exhibition will include the majority of Paterson’s existing works, which explore our relationship as humans with the vastness and wonder of the universe; our desire to see the un-seeable, to know the un-knowable. Like Paterson, JMW Turner was fascinated by the sublime wonder of nature, capturing the changing and atmospheric qualities of light, air and weather in his paintings, while also being deeply curious about science and the physical world. Paterson has selected a group of over 20 Turner watercolours and paintings to be interspersed with her works.
  • Irene Lees @ Candida Stevens Gallery
    13 April – 11 May
    Two new bodies of work will be shown for the first time. Picasso and Sylvia Plath. PICASSO, HIS MUSES, MODELS AND MISTRESSES: In this series, Irene Lees directs her considerable mastery with a pen towards exploring the social and cultural imbalances between the sexes. Through her method of creating hand drawn rhythmic loops or layers of text, brought about through meticulous skill in research and application, she examines the many tumultuous relationships of one of arts most renowned womanisers, Pablo Picasso. It is said that the artist changed his female companions as often as he changed his painting styles. SYLVIA PLATH, THE BELL JAR: In this collection of drawings Lees depicts imagery from The Bell Jar; A feminist, semi-autobiographical novel addressing power, male domination, sexual equality and mental illness, published by American author and poet Sylvia Plath. Choosing key imagery from the text, Lees hopes to reveal the novels relevance in today’s society. She compares the imagery of the Fig Tree with a quote by Louise Bourgeois; “We all live in ‘cells’ they are part of our everyday life, they are spaces for withdrawal and/or punishment, of confinement, of oppression. It is like a huge cage, where we can step in, but we are not sure whether we will be able to leave, at least unharmed”. Lees explains that the suffocating feeling of indecision is something that nearly every woman and young person can relate to. The knowledge that if you choose the wrong path (fig) the right one might fall before you get it.
  • Joan Snyder @ Blain Southern
    4 April – 11 May
    Rosebuds & Rivers, is Joan Snyder’s first solo exhibition in the UK, which comprises new and recent paintings.  The exhibition includes a group of monumental triptychs and diptychs alongside smaller-scale works. It offers an insight into the experimentation and visual language for which Snyder is celebrated.
  • Alice Anderson @ Waddington Custot Galleries
    12 March – 11 May
    Body Disruptions, is a solo exhibition of works by London-based performer and artist Alice Anderson. It brings together sculptures and drawings from solo and collective performances, and includes regular performances of Anderson’s new and unseen work, Transitional Dances (2019), for which she is joined by performers and drummers. In Body Disruptions, Anderson takes as a starting point the development of technologies such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence to improve and perfect our human capabilities, and celebrates body weaknesses and brain failures as a reminder of what makes us human.
  • Tess Jaray @ Barber Institute
    27 February – 12 May
    The elegant Art Deco design of this gallery inspires six major new paintings by Tess Jaray, RA. One of Britain’s most distinguished and influential painters and printmakers, Jaray works in the abstract tradition, and her contemplations on form and colour have been inspired by architecture for more than 50 years. These meditative yet monumental canvases – created specially for this exhibition – demonstrate the continuing importance of the built environment as a source of inspiration to Jaray, and explore the spatial and emotional qualities of structure, mass and surface through lyrical colour, geometry and pattern. The exhibition is enhanced by a selection of drawings created throughout Jaray’s career, on display off the nearby Green Gallery print bay.  
  • Yinka Shonibare CBE @ Hereford Cathedral
    24 January – 1 June
    Internationally celebrated artist Yinka Shonibare has created a series of new quilt artworks for Hereford Cathedral, commissioned by Meadow Arts. Creatures of the Mappa Mundi is inspired by the Mappa Mundi (the largest medieval map of the world to survive to the present day). Shonibare invited diverse Herefordshire groups of people to contribute to the project by coming together for sewing sessions, intended to spark debate on current hot topics, including the environment and immigration.
  • Carey Young @ Towner Art Gallery
    17 February – 2 June
    An exhibition of Carey Young’s, Palais de Justice (2017) which was filmed surreptitiously at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, an enormous and ornate 19th Century courthouse designed to depict law in terms of the sublime. The film contradicts the familiar patriarchal culture of law, as Young’s camera depicts female judges and lawyers at court. Sitting at trial, directing proceedings or delivering judgments, female judges are seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors.
  • Renee So @ Henry Moore Institute
    8 March – 2 June
    Renee So makes ceramic sculptures and machine-knitted textiles. The exhibition, Bellarmines and Bootlegs includes works from 2012 to the present. So’s extensive research into the histories of European and Assyrian sculpture, along with an enthusiasm for theatre costume, cartoons, advertising design and popular souvenirs, has resulted in a unique take on portraiture. Her trans-historical points of reference combine into heavily stylised, magical and mythical images in both her sculptures and what the artist calls ‘knitted paintings’. Featuring a central protagonist, a bearded and inebriated man accompanied by an array of props – pipes, cigarettes, boots, hats and drinking vessels – So’s work assimilates histories of representation in sculpture and beyond.
  • Carolina Caycedo & others @ De La Warr Pavilion
    9 February – 2 June
    Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act II explores the history of resistance and alternative forms of living from the perspective of gender from the late 19th century to the present and beyond. The exhibition presents ways in which resistance has been approached by visual artists, writers, architects, designers, activists, working as individuals or in groups. Grounded in intersectional and queer feminist perspectives, it takes place within a global context, referring to recent women-led uprisings and demonstrations, as well as historic moments including the Civil Rights Movement, independence movements against colonial rule in Africa, the Women’s Liberation Movement, the AIDS crisis and the Stonewall Rebellion.  At the core of Still I Rise is the idea of collaboration, community building and egalitarianism.
  • Anne Hardy @ Towner Art Gallery
    17 February – 2 June
    British artist Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection in Towner’s eighth and final exhibition as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19. Anne's work derives from places she calls ‘pockets of wild space’ – gaps in the urban space where materials, atmospheres, and emotions gather – using what she finds there to manifest sensory and unstable installation works that fully immerse you. Hardy brings this approach to her selection for Towner, envisioning the gallery space as a shifting impermanent landscape, a meditative environment shaped by local weather data, which has been translated into gently fluctuating light. The Weather Garden encompasses over thirty artworks in a diverse range of media that are engaged with material, physical action, and sensuality. Artists include: Roger Ackling, Claire Barclay, Becky Beasley, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Claude Cahun, Lynn Chadwick, Alice Channer, Lygia Clark, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Jane Coyle, Hubert Dalwood, Rita Donagh, Barry Flanagan, John Gibbons, Shirazeh Houshiary, Kim Lim, Sarah Lucas, Lucia Nogueira, Madeleine Pledge, Ima-Abasi Okon, Margaret Organ, Karin Ruggaber, Veronica Ryan, Seb Thomas, Edward Weston and Cathy Wilkes.
  • Magdalene Odundo @ The Hepworth, Wakefield
    16 February – 2 June
    The Journey of Things, brings together more than 50 of Magdalene Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects which she has curated to reveal the vast range of references from around the globe that have informed the development of her unique work.  
  • Dorothea Tanning @ Tate Modern
    27 February – 9 June
    This is the first large-scale exhibition of Dorothea Tanning’s work for 25 years. It brings together 100 works from her seven-decade career – from enigmatic paintings to uncanny sculptures. Tanning wanted to depict ‘unknown but knowable states’: to suggest there was more to life than meets the eye. She first encountered Surrealism in New York in the 1930s. In the 1940s, her powerful self-portrait Birthday 1942 attracted the attention of fellow artist Max Ernst – they married in 1946. Her work from this time combines the familiar with the strange, exploring desire and sexuality.
  • Phyllida Barlow @ Royal Academy
    23 February – 23 June
    On the face of it, Phyllida Barlow’s vibrant, large-scale sculptures are always at the point of tipping off an edge, becoming too heavy and unbalanced to stand freely, or overrunning the places she builds them in. But this is all a brilliant illusion. This spring, Barlow is creating entirely new, site-specific work in our day-lit Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, which she is conceiving as her own interpretation of a residential ‘cul-de-sac’. There will be rooms where her works invade the entire floor space, creating forests of structures, as well less populated areas, inviting speculation and altering your perception.
  • Jenny Holzer @ Tate Modern
    23 July – 31 July
    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 one another. They are not necessarily straightforward expressions of the artist’s views. Truisms, Holzer’s first text series, is a survey of belief.
  • Lynn Chadwick @ Sainsbury Centre
    11 May – 31 August
    Three striking sculptures by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) - These three “Beasts” (Crouching Beast IILion I and Beast Alerted I) are monumental animals captured in various states of action, made of welded stainless-steel sheets.
  • Huguette Caland @ Tate St Ives
    24 May – 1 September
    After moving to Paris from Beirut in 1970, Huguette Caland achieved artistic recognition with her exuberant and erotically charged paintings that challenged traditional conventions of beauty and desire. The female physique is a recurrent motif in her work, often painted like landscapes with voids and mountain-like forms. Shifting between figuration and abstraction, large, colourful canvasses and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s explores the delicate balance between the suggestive and the explicit that Caland creates in her work.  
  • Heather Ackroyd @ White Horse Wood Country Park, Maidstone
    1 September – 30 September
    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.
  • Libita Clayton @ Gasworks
    24 January – 24 November
    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 West Africa People’s Organisation, the political mass movement that fought for Namibia’s liberation from Apartheid South Africa) who went into exile in the 1980’s and studied mining engineering in Cornwall. Grounded in these sites of memory and testimony, Clayton’s research unearths the subterranean histories and political undercurrents connecting the mining regions of Namibia and Cornwall.

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