Our Picks: External shows and news of interest
  • This Vexed Question @ Royal College of Physicians
    19 September – 18 January
    A new exhibition explores the histories of well-known pioneers uncovering previously hidden medical women. It features RCP president Professor Dame Jane Dacre's newly-commissioned portrait alongside Elizabeth Garrett's qualifying certificate, and 17th century handwritten recipe books next to 20th century oral histories, visitors will be able to find out more about individual women doctors and the attitudes towards them over the 500 years of the RCP’s existence. Marking milestones including Vote 100, the centenary of the end of the First World War, and 2018 as the first year in which men and women are expected to enter the medical profession in equal numbers, the exhibition aims to raise interesting and challenging questions around gender and medicine which are still ‘vexing’ today.
  • Christine Ay Tjoe @ White Cube, Bermondsey
    28 November – 20 January
    An exhibition of new works by Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe.   Titled ‘Black, kcalB, Black, kcalB’, it explores the idea of darkness and features large-scale oil paintings and drawings on aluminium plates. ‘The reality is that darkness is part of human nature’ Ay Tjoe has said. ‘If we create a distance between it and the self, treat it as something that can be calmed, made docile, be reshaped, freed yet part of ourselves, it is not just the enemy but an eternal life partner.’  
  • Ladies of Quality & Distinction @ Foundling Museum
    21 September – 20 January
    Marking 100 years of female suffrage, Ladies of Quality & Distinction resets the focus of the Foundling Hospital story, revealing portraits and stories of the remarkable women who supported both the establishment and the running of the Hospital. Despite its male face, women permeate every aspect of the story; as mothers, supporters, wet nurses, staff, apprentice masters, artists, musicians, craftsmen and foundlings. Yet for almost 300 years, history has placed these women as a footnote to the story. This exhibition brings these overlooked stories to the fore. Discover portraits of the ‘ladies of quality and distinction’ who in 1735 signed Thomas Coram’s original petition to King George II calling for the establishment of the Foundling Hospital. Displayed together for the first time, these paintings replace the portraits of male governors in the Picture Gallery.  
  • Charwei Tsai @ Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester
    12 October – 20 January
    Bulaubulau is Charwei Tsai's first solo exhibition in the UK, which demonstrates her interest in spiritual traditions and research in indigenous tribes in Taiwan. Bulaubulau presents installation, film, photography and drawings from the last seven years and includes the first showing of a new film. A common thread throughout is an exploration of the symbiotic relationship between contemporary sustainable practice and spiritual and traditional rituals.
  • Grace Pailthorpe @ De La Warr Pavilion
    14 October – 20 January
    An exhibition of paintings, drawings and autobiographical ephemera paired with in-depth psychoanalytic interpretation, by Grace Pailthorpe (1883 – 1971) and Reuben Mednikoff ( 1906 – 1972).  The work of Pailthorpe and Mednikoff is still relatively unknown, and A Tale of Mother’s Bones will be the most significant presentation of their work in almost 20 years. Drawing on original archival research, it tells the story of the couple’s lives through their works; showing how they excavated their earliest memories (including memories of birth) in order to understand their adult relationships, critical reception, political context, and spiritual beliefs. The exhibition will reinstate the couple within the artistic and intellectual histories they contributed to, and will reveal a new term developed by the pair: Psychorealism.
  • Women of Note @ Foundling Museum
    7 September – 20 January
    Discover how Handel’s music was created by female singers in this Handel Gallery display.  In the eighteenth century, music performance was always a live event, and singers could build both their reputation and that of the composer through their performances. Composers depended on the competence of the performers – in particular the soloists – to interpret their music and present it to the public. Handel often composed with specific performers in mind and wrote music to suit individual voices and the skills of the singer. This display brings together women for whom Handel composed, as well as those who continued to interpret and perform his music during and after his lifetime. Explore how these female singers established the composer’s music and created the legacy of his music as we know it today.
  • Lucia Nogueira @ Henry Moore Institute
    5 October – 20 January
    Over the course of her short career the Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lucia Nogueira (1950-98) was recognised as an intelligent and instinctive maker of meaning through objects; a reputation that has only grown since her death. This exhibition presents rarely seen sculptures and works on paper from the Leeds Sculpture Collections alongside a number of loans.
  • Victoria Sin @ Sotheby's Gallery
    23 November – 25 January
    Victoria Sin is a Toronto-born artist using speculative fiction within drag performance, moving image, writing and print to refigure attitudes towards gender, sexuality and historical discourses of identity. Sin’s drag practice emerged from her interest in male drag performance, and subsequent desire to explore exaggerated femininity as a drag queen born female. Her use of drag can be viewed as a way to purposefully embody gender ideals in order to question their continued existence in our systems of representation.
  • Ruth Thomas @ Mostyn, Wales
    6 October – 27 January
    This is part of a series of solo exhibitions celebrating contemporary printmaking that continues with printmaker Ruth Thomas. Using her late mothers' notebooks which documented her daily walks in the country side, writing about the passing of the seasons, the sky, the weather, plants and all the wildlife she saw. Ruth has used fragments of her mother’s tiny handwriting blown up very large to produce an abstract gesture. All of the work in the exhibition, Last Words has been created using printmaking techniques, including relief printing, stencil and collagraph that utilizes natural objects found on walks including feathers and grass.
  • Modern Couples @ Barbican Art Gallery
    10 October – 27 January
    Explore modern art and modern love; Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde, reveals how relationships can become a playground for creativity. Featuring the biggest names in Modern Art, Modern Couples explores creative relationships, across painting, sculpture, photography, design and literature. Meet the artist couples that forged new ways of making art and of living and loving. The exhibition illuminates these creative and personal relationships, from the obsessional and fleeting to the life-long. Including Dora Maar & Pablo Picasso; Salvador Dalí & Federico García Lorca; Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin; Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera; Emile Flöge & Gustav Klimt – plus many more.
  • Mika Rottenberg @ Goldsmiths CCA
    10 October – 27 January
    Mika Rottenberg presents new and existing work in an exhibition featuring two new films that respond to the building, and  incorporates purpose-built installations alongside sculptural objects. Mika Rottenberg is known for her ability to highlight themes such as the inequalities of our global economy and the fragility of the human body, spun through a lens of humour, absurdity and confusion. She juxtaposes the vulnerabilities and strengths of her protagonists within uncanny interpretations of our physical world.
  • Carolina Caycedo & others @ Nottingham Contemporary
    27 October – 27 January
    till I Rise: feminisms, gender, resistance, Act I, is a timely exhibition exploring the history of resistance and alternative forms of living from the perspective of gender. This major group exhibition looks at the many forms resistance can take: from intimate acts to large-scale uprisings, from the late 19th century to the present and beyond. Still I Rise presents the way in which visual artists, writers, architects, designers, activists, working as individuals or in groups approach resistance. Grounded in intersectional and queer feminist perspectives, it takes place within a global context, referring to recent women-led uprisings and demonstrations, historic moments, such as 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.
  • Anna Barham @ Site Gallery Sheffield
    29 September – 27 January
    LCD takes shape around an ambitious new commission by artist Anna Barham, titled Crystal Fabric Field.  Based on the fundamental geometric form of naturally growing crystals, the sculpture operates as a cabinet of curiosities, housing artworks by 16 other artists, all exploring the material possibilities of crystals. The works examine and observe liquid crystal phenomena, revealing the mystical properties of objects, linking technology and the natural world and exploring links between crystal, capital and contemporary culture.
  • Maureen Sweeney @ Greenwich Printmakers
    8 January – 27 January
    Maureen Sweeney was born in London and the city and the landscapes of her travels are a constant source of inspiration in her work. Her screenprints, carborundum prints and monotypes explore these images through line, form and vibrant colour.  
  • Hannah Perry @ Towner Art Gallery
    10 November – 27 January
    Featuring large-scale dynamic sound sculpture, film and wall-based works and a specially commissioned performance, GUSH is a candid and personal exploration of mental and emotional health in our contemporary, hyper-networked society by British artist Hannah Perry in her first major solo exhibition in the UK outside London. Central to the exhibition is an immersive 360° film experienced through a Virtual Reality headset whilst the viewer is seated on a foam bed sculpture. The film surrounds viewers with the contorted, continuously shifting movement of bodies. With a soundtrack combining spoken word, an instrumental score written in collaboration with composers Mica Levy and Coby Sey, and the London Contemporary Orchestra, the film reflects on the altered states of the self, including the impact trauma and grief can have on our physical and mental states.
  • Karen Knorr @ White Conduit Project
    18 January – 29 January
    Once Only Only Once was made in Kyoto this year and exhibited in the Daitoku-ji complex in Obai-in temple in April 2018, as free standing Byobu screens made of cedar wood, mulberry, rice paper and silk, and combined with photographs printed on rice paper. These traditional screens were made by Heiando, in Kyoto  in collaboration with Karen Knorr.  The titles of the photographs allude to Buddhist precepts of peace, harmony and the pursuit of happiness and to a 16th century teamaster Sen-no Rikyu. "Ichi-go ichi-e" describes a cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people. The term is often translated as "for this time only", "never again", or "one chance in a lifetime". The term reminds people to cherish any gathering that they may take part in, citing the fact that many meetings in life are not repeated.  
  • Alison Watt @ Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
    12 October – 2 February
    The exhibition, A Shadow on the Blind includes new work representing a significant new development in Alison Watt's practice, alongside a selection of key earlier pieces. Watt's extraordinary paintings take the viewer to the edge of abstraction yet still suggest a powerful human presence or absence.
  • Rachel Maclean @ National Gallery
    29 November – 3 February
    Coinciding with the exhibition Landseer’s The Monarch of the Glen, this display of Scottish artist Rachel Maclean’s 2012 film ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’ shines an irreverent light on Scottish-English relationships. One of the most sharply satirical artists in Britain today, Maclean’s caustic and darkly comical films look at how we shape collective and individual identities. Her distinctive style combines gaudy masks, grotesque prostheses, and elaborate scenography. provides a contemporary exploration of national identity
  • Emma Hart @ Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
    27 October – 3 February
    The exhibition, Banger, highlights Emma Hart’s work with ceramics, a material she turned to in order to find the ‘real’ in art: ‘clay can be an exciting way to talk about chaos … what is immediately important is how personal it is. There’s a very raw direct relationship between the clay and my hands’. This series of new work is shown alongside the major recent work Mamma Mia!, made as part of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women which she won in 2016.
  • Alexis Hunter @ Goldsmiths CCA
    23 November – 3 February
    Sexual Warfare presents key work by Alexis Hunter (1948 – 2014) made between 1968–86. The first solo presentation of Hunter’s work in the UK since 2006, and in London since 1981; the exhibition brings her acerbic critique into dialogue with the contemporary moment and reinforces her importance both as an artist and a feminist.
  • Mary Fedden @ Portland Gallery
    24 January – 8 February
    An exhibition of Mary Fedden’s work that include works on paper and oils from all periods of her career.
  • Zoe Leonard @ Hauser & Wirth, London
    30 November – 9 February
    This exhibition, Aerials is Zoe Leonard's first at the gallery, and focuses on a series of aerial photographs created in the mid to late 1980s.  
  • Catherine Goodman @ Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
    19 January – 9 February
    An exhibition of new works by British artist Catherine Goodman, who is known for her portraits  Her practice includes expressionistic landscapes, vigorous sketches and experimental collages. Central to her process is the act of drawing from observation, whether from life, objects or the great masters and their works.
  • Mary Fedden @ Pallant House Gallery
    9 December – 10 February
    Mary Fedden (1915 – 2012) is celebrated for her colourful still lifes and flower paintings. She married Julian Trevelyan in 1951, living with him at the Durham Wharf studios and travelling with him to Africa, the Mediterranean and beyond. This display Colour and Simplicity,explores how her style was influenced by their 35 year partnership.  
  • Senga Nengudi @ Henry Moore Institute
    21 September – 17 February
    The Chicago artist Senga Nengudi has been a trailblazer in sculpture for fifty years. A vital figure in the African American avant-garde scenes of Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s and 1970s, her work is characterised by a persistently radical experimentation with material and form. Building upon a legacy of abstraction, Nengudi is a leading figure of Postminimalism making sculpture embedded with human, philosophical and spiritual concern. Her assimilation of traditional African forms and Japanese Gutai within Western Modernism has also been especially significant.
  • Elisabeth Frink @ Sainsbury Centre
    13 October – 24 February
    Humans and Other Animals is a major new exhibition of Suffolk-born artist Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993). The exhibition features over 130 works by the artist; this is the largest showing of Frink’s work in 25 years, exploring Frink’s enduring preoccupation with human and animal forms and the symbiotic relationship between them. It provides new perspectives on the key themes found in her work, from responses to the Second World War and the Cold War climate of fear, to the role of man as both aggressor and victim.
  • Jesse Darling @ Tate Britain
    22 September – 24 February
    In The Ballad of Saint Jerome, Jesse Darling populates the gallery with works made from everyday objects and materials. These take on the appearance of both wounded and liberated shapes. Contorted mobility canes become animated snakes. Cabinets of curiosity try to walk away on their bent legs, and disembodied hands hold aloft ladders intended for caged birds. Figures such as Icarus and Batman undergo a tragi-comic makeover, scrutinised from unexpected angles to reveal their frailty and the need for care and healing. Creating sculptures from the cabinets that are used to exhibit artworks, Darling subverts the conventions of museum display. Their approach questions how we perceive objects, and how meaning and value are assigned through the authority of institutions.
  • Lorna Macintyre @ Dundee Contemporary Arts
    8 December – 24 February
    Lorna Macintyre uses a broad spectrum of influential touchstones in her work, from poetry and literature to archaeology and symbolism. These references often create an oblique structure underlying her photographic and sculptural artworks, lending a form for a composition or providing the impetus behind her choice of materials. This exhibition, Pieces of you are here, marks Macintyre's first solo exhibition in a major UK institution, debuting a new body of work that is specially commissioned.
  • Margaret Salmon @ Dundee Contemporary Arts
    8 December – 24 February
    Might it be possible for film to transcribe something as ephemeral as human warmth? Human affection? Human presence, trust and submission? What about love? Can film bear witness to love? Teach us about love? Express love? How can a lens invoke these very personal, subjective experiences? These are some of the questions posed by Margaret Salmon in her newly commissioned work. Hole is about our bodies and the intimate human connections we seek with others. In an immersive installation that uses light, colour, heat and sound to envelop a viewer within the space, Salmon seeks to create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and radiance to step into over the cold winter months. At the heart of this exhibition is a new 16mm work that uses a female erotic gaze to look for places where love might be found in contemporary life and to explore what might constitute supporting, loving relationships today.
  • Tania Brugera @ Tate Modern
    2 October – 24 February
    Tania Bruguera's work is a community-driven response to the global migration crisis that engages with 'the role of emotions in politics'. Her main concerns are institutional power, borders and migration. Her work spans performance, events, action, film, installation, sculpture, writing and teaching alongside site-specific works. Often, she sets out to cause change through her work. She calls this approach Arte Útil (useful art), in which people engage as users rather than spectators.
  • Fiona McAlpine @ Thackeray Gallery
    12 February – 1 March
    Fiona McAlpine paints with a gift for pattern, integrating jugs and flowers into the natural rhythm of the Welsh landscape. She has been influenced by 20th century British Artists, and with her instinctive and colourful palette, she paints vibrant and decorative oils depicting flowers from her garden and the general chaos of her kitchen table.
  • Louise Gagliardi @ Mostyn, Wales
    17 November – 3 March
    Presenting both new and existing works, this exhibition, Under the Weather places a spotlight on the defining factors of Louise Gagliardi’s practice, which has also turned to the location of the gallery for inspiration. In various ways, the works explore the urban environment and the countryside, and the conflict that can arise between the two. Dissatisfaction and the inability to be content in the present moment are recurring themes distilled into representations of urban and natural settings.
  • Penny Woolcock @ Modern Art Oxford
    17 November – 3 March
    “It’s so much more interesting and life affirming to know people form very different backgrounds and cultures.” – Penny Woolcock Fantastic Cities is the first major art exhibition of Buenos Aires artist and director Penny Woolcock, an unparalleled pioneer in contemporary visual culture, in the UK. Fantastic Cities presents ‘parallel worlds’ through intimate accounts of real  urban experiences that often go unheard, at times layered together with fantastical tales from literature, film and music. This exhibition invites visitors to engage with unfamiliar narratives, to explore how people weave together stories to make sense of intense emotional response to city life.
  • Josephine Meckseper @ Mostyn, Wales
    17 November – 3 March
    A formidable artist, Josephine Meckseper melds the aesthetic language of modernism with the formal language of commercial display, combining them with her own images and film footage of historical undercurrents and political protest movements. Throughout her installations and vitrines, by simultaneously exposing and encasing common signifiers, such as advertisements and everyday objects, next to abstract paintings and sculptures she creates a window into the collective unconscious of our time..."
  • Alice Kettle @ Southampton City Art Gallery
    6 October – 9 March
    An exhibition of two works by the contemporary textile artist Alice Kettle. Depicting scenes from Homer’s Odyssey these large scale canvases hang alongside the remaining four Perseus series studies, providing a visual contrast in mythological storytelling.
  • Cornelia Parker @ Turner Contemporary
    14 September – 17 March
    Perpetual Canon is an installation by Cornelia Parker RA. It is made up of sixty flattened instruments once belonging to a brass band. Cornelia Parker is known for her sculptures and installations that explore the potential of matter, often subjecting commonplace objects to processes such as crushing, wrapping, exploding or dropping. Here, a collection of compressed trumpets, cornets, tubas and other instruments are silenced. In Parker’s words: "the band may be winded, but they’re not down and out: they’re still marching." A canon is a piece of music where a melody is played and imitated after a short delay. Perpetual Canon was originally created for an exhibition in the North East of England, a region associated with industries such as coal mining and its tradition of brass bands, described by Parker as "an anthem that is slowly winding down".   
  • Christina Rossetti @ Watts Gallery
    12 November – 17 March
    In an exploration of the celebrated Victorian poet's significant connection with visual art, Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse 1830-1894 brings together paintings, illustrations, works on paper and photography. Presenting portraits of the poet and highlights of the many visual images inspired by her words - alongside Rossetti's own intriguing and virtually unknown drawings - this exhibition considers Christina Rossetti's complex attitude to visual art, recognising the enduring appeal of Rossetti's verse to visual artists from the 1850s through to the present day.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the artists, poets, musicians and wider community with whom the films have been made. Borrowing 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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