Our Picks: External shows and news of interest
  • Lisa Yuskavage @ David Zwirner
    7 June – 28 July
    Widely associated with a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting, Lisa Yuskavage has developed her own genre of portraiture in which lavish, erotic, angelic and at times grotesque characters are cast within fantastical landscapes or domestic spaces. Seamlessly blending contemporary cultural imagery and classical pictorial language, Yuskavage marshals color as a conduit for complex psychological constructs in Déjà vu.
  • Jade Montserrat @ Alison Jacques Gallery
    29 June – 28 July
    Towards The Rainbow Tribe is by emerging Scarborough-based artist, Jade Montserrat. The performance and project in the upstairs gallery includes a selection of watercolours and the artist’s new performance No Need For Clothing (2017). The work will be performed by Montserrat on the opening night and will continue to be screened throughout the exhibition.
  • Sherry Lyons & others @ Harbour House, Kingsbridge
    20 June – 28 July
    Celebrating nature in all its glory, our new artwork collections, Walking the Wild Side have evolved with endless inspiration through exploration of the natural world: its sights, sounds, scents and emotional experiences. Artwork is presented in a variety of media and styles whilst an insight into our creative process is displayed with descriptive mood boards and a selection of personal sketchbooks. Visitors will also be able to meet the artists at work, enjoy an informal chat and have the chance to ‘go wild’ on our exciting Painting with Nature activity table - without a paintbrush in sight!” Wendy Chudley has a growing passion for painting, using different mediums to capture the essence of the moment in her paintings. As an experimental, mixed media artist, Cherry Lyons is inspired by the rich tapestry of colour-drenched textures and the quality of light to be found in the South West coast, land and seascapes. She was recently selected as a finalist in the Devon Life Landscape Painter of the Year 2016. Caroline Whitehead is an emerging artist who uses freedom of expression, simple mark making and colours beyond reality to capture brief encounters in her preferred medium of pastels.  
  • Nadia Hebson & others @ Arcade Fine Arts
    9 June – 29 July
    A collaboration between Drop City and Arcade, London on CHOREOGRAPHY, an exhibition with a series of accompanying events, organised and complied by Paul Becker. The exhibition takes as its starting point the work of the French writer/director Marguerite Duras and in particular, two of her films: India Song (1975) and Baxter, Vera Baxter (1977). In both films, as in many of the novels, a central figure, herself inert, acts as the epicentre. In one film, she lies in bed all day, never leaves her house while the rest of the characters constellate around her story. In the other film, she moves ‘alone, queen like’ through various ambassadorial parties and stilted, stylised and detached entanglements with a series of beautiful young men. Both films trace the choreography of these central lacunae that delineates and encrypts desire but are themselves disconnected from any emotional life.
  • Cathie Pilkington @ University of Brighton Gallery
    6 May – 29 July
    Provocative and ambiguous, Cathie Pilkington’s sculptures make use of dolls in unexpected and challenging ways. Exhibited for the first time since its debut at the Royal Academy, Anatomy of a Doll responds to Degas’ famous figures of ballerinas, playing with ideas of form and representation: is it sophisticated high art or the mechanics of a handcrafted work in progress? Showing alongside is Harmonium, which transforms a humble wooden shelving unit into the framework for fascinating individual tableaux. Figurines, textiles, lightboxes and domestic items each tell their own story, questioning expectations of ornament, storage and display.
  • Ida Applebroog @ Hauser & Wirth, London
    19 May – 29 July
    Ida Appleborg presents exhibits of her work that are called Mercy Hospital.
  • Lee Lozano @ Hauser & Wirth, London
    19 May – 29 July
    A retrospective of the work of the American artist Lee Lozano (1930-1999.)
  • Nathalie du Pasquier @ Pace Gallery
    27 June – 29 July
    The exhibition From time to time is Nathalie Du Pasquier’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom in almost 25 years.  It features over 50 artworks, most of which are new works, the exhibition continues Du Pasquier’s long-standing interest in representation, colour and assemblage. Using sculpture, painting and drawing, Du Pasquier transforms the gallery into a colourful and immersive environment.
  • Sue Dunkley @ Alison Jacques Gallery
    30 June – 29 July
    This solo show of British artist Sue Dunkley of he Work from 1960's & 1970's, follows the 2016 solo show curated by her daughter, playwright Jane Bodie, and her brother Jim Dunkley, in the artist's Islington home and studio where she had lived and worked for over 50 years.
  • Alice Neel @ Victoria Miro Gallery
    18 May – 29 July
    Intimate, casual, direct and personal, Alice Neel’s portraits exist as an unparalleled chronicle of New York personalities – both famous and unknown. A woman with a strong social conscience and equally strong left-wing beliefs, Neel moved from the relative comfort of Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem in 1938 in pursuit of “the truth”. There she painted friends, neighbours, casual acquaintances and people she encountered on the street among the immigrant community, and just as often cultural figures connected to Harlem or to the civil rights movement. Neel’s later portraits, made after moving to the Upper West Side, reflect a changing milieu, yet remain engaged more or less explicitly with political and social issues, and the particularities of living and working under, as Neel put it, “the pressure of city life”. Highlighting both the innate diversity of Neel’s approach to portraiture and the extraordinary diversity of twentieth century New York City, in this exhibition, "Uptown", Hilton Als brings together a selection of Neel’s portraits of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and other people of colour.
  • Katherine Jones @ Zillah Bell Gallery
    8 July – 29 July
    A selection of prints and paintings by Katherine Jones, who is a fine art printmaker and painter, living and working in South London. She combines traditional forms of intaglio and relief print namely etching, collagraph and block-print to produce her distinctive images. The tension between safety and danger, security and vulnerability, are a central focus of Katherine’s work. Recently she has turned her sights on the archetypal playground as a vehicle for describing these contrasting themes, manipulating impressions of those familiar objects specifically made for the process of childhood play and experiment. Like the house structures predominant in earlier work these structures may not be what they seem being as fallible, and unreliable as they are dependable and secure.
  • Lyn Armitage @ Loughborough Town Hall
    15 June – 29 July
    Lyn Armitage's passions have centred around flowers and colour, which has informed and guided her artistic life. She is instinctively drawn to watercolour as a medium, and loves its fluid and anarchistic tendencies which challenge artistic sensibility, and bring a tension to her work. In this exhibition A Different Perspective, Lyn shows us her understanding of mixed media and acrylic. In playing with form and design Lyn creates her own highly individualised interpretation of her world.
  • Joanne Masding @ New Art Gallery, Walsall
    5 May – 30 July

    A solo exhibition by Birmingham-based artist Joanne Masding, who is interested in the ways in which we perceive and experience objects and images, particularly with an increasingly digital and immaterial world. Whether it be in the world of museums and galleries or within the context of online experiences where we are saturated with images and information, our understanding is mediated by context; selection and display, language, reproduction, shifts of scale and editing. Our perceptions of value shift accordingly. For this exhibition, Plaster Ghost Finger Cast, Masding borrowed from the language of museum displays, hanging systems, catalogue reproductions, signage, text, conservation and art handling to create a series of brand new works that also engage with the unique architecture of Floor 4 Gallery.
  • Asian Yu @ Lychee One
    8 July – 3 August
    An exhibition entitled - 1=0.999999999999999... Aishan Yu has one many awards and held significant shows in the UK and internationally.
  • Hannah Wilson @ Exeter Phoenix Gallery
    19 July – 5 August
    Notice What you Notice are paintings formed as physical responses to a world of sensory information through intuitive mark making and colour, Hannah Wilson. Gesamtkunstwerk (synthesis of the arts) is a recurring theme whereby the artist’s senses continually make links between sound, taste, feeling, smell and sight to subconsciously inform the painting.
  • Rachel Pimm @ Hales Gallery
    29 June – 5 August
    Resistant Materials, an exhibition of new works by Rachel Pimm exploring the processes and economies of clay. Taking place at Hales London, this will be Pimm’s first solo project with the gallery, following the winter 2015 group exhibition Rachael Champion | Agnes Denes | Rachel Pimm. Pimm’s work, spanning video and photography, sculpture, installation and performance, constitutes an ongoing catalogue of, and investigation into, the materiality of our environments. These explorations often take place from the point of view of non-human agents such as plants, minerals, worms, water, plastic and rubber, delving into their material histories and the politics and economics of their contemporary usage. For Resistant Materials Pimm has turned to the image of the single white tile, excavating the complex processes by which raw clay minerals are transformed – and resist transformation – into the smooth, clean surfaces of the tiled grid.
  • Cathy Miles @ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
    24 June – 5 August
    Cathy Miles makes quirky, three-dimensional drawings and sculptures depicting birds and everyday objects out of wire and found objects.  Cathy's work exploits the boundaries between the 2 and 3 dimensional through the use of line while she captures the essence of her subjects, as she blends fact and fiction to create pieces that encourage the viewer's imagination.  In Maker in Focus, Cathy's sculptures tell a witty and facilitating story.  
  • Sarah Spackman @ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
    24 June – 5 August
    Sarah Spackman paints things we see everyday: flowers from the garden, pots used in the kitchen, fruit from the allotment. There are many ways of looking at things - we can see objects in the normal sense of the word, as things existing remotely from ourselves or we can experience things through sight as if they are tangible.  In Observations, Sarah seeks to explore this tangibility, and the tactile space between the viewer and the object. She uses colour to recreate things we have around us but do not always see, and makes us look again. Sarah is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings
  • Clare Grossman @ Greenwich Printmakers Gallery
    18 July – 6 August
    Clare Grossman says, ‘My work predominantly focuses on the search for a personal narrative, an essential energy, the ‘essence’ of a chosen subject or place encapsulated in an emotional response. Working often with a combination of techniques, a final piece may have several layers of printing using an experimental approach together with traditional etching methods to produce work that aims to describe movement, beautiful light, contrasts of solidity against the crispness or warmth of the air and the incredibly mysterious substance of shadows’
  • Mari Kolbeinson @ Castor Projects
    7 July – 12 August
    The exhibition, Triangle Walks, by Mari Kolbeinson presents an installation resulting from her recent experiments with the structural elements of painting, the tension between surface/support and how these cohere or unfold in a three dimensional realm.
  • Maggi Hambling & others @ Bohun Gallery
    10 June – 12 August
    The 2017 show of Artists of Fame & Promise, includes key works by all of these artists and many other established names such as Sir Peter Blake, Maggi Hambling, Marj Bond, Joyce Cairns, Donald Hamilton Fraser, Jennifer McRae and June Redfern The exhibition is not limited to two-dimensional work but will also feature sculpture with a prized example by one of the UK's most distinguished artist's Maggi Hambling. The show will also show work by Martin Cook, one of the UK's leading letter carvers,
  • Victoria Lucas & others @ Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
    7 June – 13 August
    Everything Flows brings together work by emerging and established Sheffield-based artists working with painting, sculpture, video, photography and sound. The works are each united, in different ways, by a sense of ‘flow’, from choreographed movement and kinetic motion, through to the fluctuations of narrative, and the movement of international finance and migration. Curated by Jeanine Griffin, the exhibition includes work by Paul Barlow, Rose Butler, Joseph Cutts, Natalie Finnemore, Ruth Levene, Victoria Lucas, Peter Martin, Ryan Mosley and Ian Nesbitt, along with screening programmes/ events curated by Annexinema and Joseph Cutts & Ashley Holmes.
  • Ghisha Koenig @ Henry Moore Institute
    25 May – 13 August
    This exhibition Machines Restrict their Movement, brings together drawings and sculptures made between 1951 and 1985 to explore Ghisha Koenig’s commitment to sculpting industrial labour in South-East England around St. Mary Cray, one of the first housing estates built outside of London
  • Karine Laval @ Crane Kalman Gallery
    20 July – 19 August
    Karine Laval: Reflections is a new exhibition celebrating 15 years of work by the contemporary French photographer, Karine Laval. The exhibition, organised to coincide with the publication of a major new book on her work by Steidl, charts the evolution of Laval’s images from sun-drenched, bleached-out European lidos to darker, more abstracted dystopian landscapes. The exhibition brings together two connected bodies of work – ‘The Pool’ (2002-2005) and ‘Poolscapes’ (2009-2012) – focused on the motif of the swimming pool and realised over ten years. Presenting public pools in urban and natural environments throughout Europe and private pools in the US, the work shows an evolution in tone and depth, from the real to the imagined, from the photographic to the painterly.
  • Lara Favaretto @ Nottingham Contemporary
    20 May – 28 August
    Lara Favaretto’s exhibition Absolutely Nothing,is her largest to date in the UK.  It brings together pivotal pieces spanning two decades of her practice, along with recent works and a major public commission. The Italian artist’s work addresses sculpture’s mutability and monumentality, often testing its relationship to time; failure, futility and disappearance become generative processes. As Favaretto has said, “I like to shift from perfection to the fall, to push the work to its tipping point, its limit, to endanger it, to the point of making it yield, jam, collapse.”
  • Shirley Baker @ Manchester Art Gallery
    19 May – 28 August
    Pioneering British photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2014) is thought to be the only woman practicing street photography in Britain during the post-war era. Baker’s humanist documentary work received little attention throughout her sixty-five years career. This exhibition Women & Children and Loitering Men, includes previously unseen colour photographs by Baker alongside black and white images and ephemera such as magazine spreads, contact sheets and various sketches. It specifically focuses on her depictions of the urban clearance programmes of inner city Manchester and Salford. This intense period of study, spanning from 1961 – 1981, documents what Baker saw as the needless destruction of working class communities.
  • Barbara Rae @ Portland Gallery
    13 June – 31 August
    An exhibition of an extensive selection of screenprints, monotypes and etchings by Barbara Rae RA throughout June - August, which have been carefully selected by the artist, and coincides with the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
  • Barbara Rae @ Adam Gallery
    1 July – 1 September
    We are delighted to be presenting this show of ‘postcards from the artist’- a group of smaller paintings by Barbara Rae RA. For many years Barbara has returned again and again to her favourite locations in Scotland, France, Spain and especially the west coast of Ireland, to depict the changing patterns of weather and changes in the landscape in her highly charged colourful paintings. These works, even on a small scale, have a powerful dramatic impact. They are not heavily worked paintings but more ‘snapshots’ which capture impressionist scenes focussing on a brief moment in time. Barbara has been a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy in London for more than twenty years. She has works in many public galleries as well as works in many distinguished corporate and private collections.
  • Hannah Murgatroyd @ Exeter Phoenix Gallery
    19 July – 2 September
    Hannah Murgatroyd’s works can be seen as island spaces of the imagination; painted and drawn worlds inhabited by protagonists who spring from a history of the body, as told through high art, popular culture and personal narrative. Her images often explore a moment of desire; one that is owned equally by men and women. Any narrative they suggest exists by association and their encounters are passages marked by gesture: in the drawn and painted surface and in their bodily pose and dress; how they glance, perhaps, or raise a finger in relationship to one another; the specific heel of a boot or weft of a sweater.
  • Amparo Sard & others @ Maddox Arts
    29 June – 2 September
    The works in the show prove not only the long-standing connection between women and nature but also reflect on the complexity of representing the landscape and its power to transform and enlighten the viewer. Her Nature is a group exhibition featuring the work of: Amparo Sard, Caroline Rothwell, Elizabeth Magill, Céline Frers, Dafna Talmor, Emilia Sunyer, Mercedes Baliarda and Renata Fernandez. Sard’s works are based on nature – on human nature -, her fears and anxieties are the subject of her pin-perforated papers and sculptures. The viewer is introduced to her subconscious dream like world through self portraits, landscapes and 3D installations. .Elizabeth Magill landscapes also contain an element of meditation however; this is done in a more intimate level. Magill’s often presents us, bare desolate, and even forbidding landscapes. It seems that for the artist, is less about representing a real panorama than about reflecting her emotional response to the experience of it. The photographs of Céline Frers present us the precise moment when the landscape has been understood. Therefore, her photographs can be read as visual meditations of the sky and the horizon. The artist captures and exposes the given moments when nature seems to explode and everything takes on a new meaning. In her Constructed Landscapes, Dafna Talmor uses collage to transform landscapes into unreal locations. To make these pictures, she draws on negatives, cuts them with a scalpel and then intertwine to another, the negatives produce new places a combination among elements of Israel, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and the United States The resulting landscapes represent a projection of nature, an ideal.
  • Cathie Pilkington @ Ditching Museums of Arts & Craft
    29 April – 3 September
    As part of Eric Gill: The Body with Cathie Pilkington, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft continues to look at the dilemma presented by the artist’s work and his disturbing biography. A co-commission between Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and Brighton Festival in a separate space features a new large installation by Pilkington, Doll for Petra (2017) which is inspired by a wooden doll carved by Gill for his four year old daughter Petra in 1910. Dolls and figures have long recurred in Pilkington’s sculptures, prints and drawings. It is said that Petra disliked the carved doll her father gave her, which is neither a playful toy nor a sculptural object, and applied makeup to make it look more like her friends’ dolls. Pilkington’s response to this work comprises a series of five formal sculptural busts, modelled on the head of Gill’s doll and incorporating pedestals bearing Petra’s name. Each bust has a different painted finish, addressing different questions and stories about Gill’s work, materials and subject matter.
  • Rachel Goodyear @ New Art Gallery, Walsall
    26 May – 3 September
    Catching Sight is a new body of work by British artist Rachel Goodyear. Goodyear is renowned for her drawing-based practice which hints at a world of the unconscious mind. Her cast of characters, sourced from old magazines, books and anyonymous photographs, oftern appear within claustrophobic spaces or are set against heavy and brooding washed of ink and watercolour. They are beautiful, intense and psychologically charged.  
  • Gillian Ayres @ National Museum Cardiff
    8 April – 3 September
    This major exhibition celebrates the bold and colourful work of one of Britain’s most important and internationally renowned abstract artists. Featuring major paintings from across the artist’s career, this is the largest exhibition of Gillian Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK. In the 1950s, Ayres was a pioneer of abstract painting, making work on a vast scale. She explored colour and space by pouring, dripping and staining paint onto the canvas. She was a leading figure in a generation of British artists who were responding to the latest international developments in Paris and New York, including the work of American Abstract Expressionists. This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see Ayres’s greatest works from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • Susan Hefuna @ The Whitworth, Manchester
    30 June – 3 September
    Featuring a major public performance and a wide-ranging exhibition, Susan Hefuna’s timely, poetic work addresses some of the most potent issues of our time: migration, movement and sensations of separation.
The focal point of  ToGather will be a free public event to which everyone is invited. Local residents, originally from as far afield as Iran and Sierra Leone, will trace individual paths through Whitworth Park. Their movements will be echoed by dancers from Company Wayne McGregor, inspired by the emotions enjoyed and endured by migrants as they walk around their new hometowns. Recognising the social importance of food to migrant communities, there will be a wide range of food and drink available on the day.
The exhibition will take the form of a ‘mental map’, installed in several rooms at the Whitworth and parts of Whitworth Park. A series of palmwood structures, inspired by boxes seen on the streets of Hefuna’s native Cairo, will be joined by a rich selection of drawings, vitrines, personal objects and a new digital work, all on themes of migration and separation, gathering and togetherness.
ToGather’s multiple parts will combine into a hugely moving whole, a work of great significance and power on this most urgent of subjects.  
  • Jessica Warboys @ Tate St Ives
    31 March – 3 September
    Jessica Warboys' work is informed by personal or collective memories – historical, mythical or fictional – and this solo show will consider her use of symbolism, form and her approach to landscape. Warboys often employs natural elements in making her works. The exhibition The Studio and the Sea will feature specially commissioned Sea Paintings, which will immerse the galleries overlooking Porthmeor Beach, in floor-to-ceiling colour.  
  • Sheila Gowda @ Ikon Gallery
    16 June – 3 September
    An exhibition of new installation works by Indian artist Sheela Gowda in response to Ikon’s gallery space. Sheela says the works ‘anticipate, counter or are inspired by the space to begin with; the elements could take on other variants in other spaces’. The result is a dialogue between what the artist finds in the gallery, and ideas and observations informed by her experience of living in Bangalore. Drawn to the meditative aspect of making by hand, the artist acknowledges local skills and craftsmanship by employing these methods herself. The pieces evoke a subtle symbolism through the poetic treatment of everyday materials.
  • Sheila Sokhanvari @ New Art Gallery, Walsall
    26 May – 3 September
    Soheila Sokhanvari is an Iranian-born artist whose multidisciplinary work Heart of Glass weaves layers of political histories with bizarre, humorous and mysterious narratives that are then left to the viewer’s own sensitivity to complete.  She is drawn to traumas that linger in the collective consciousness or cause mass amnesia, and yet resist conventional representation. Sokhanvari is also interested in the use of metaphor to speak about inexpressible events, particularly with reference to Iran. Magic realism and use of metaphor in autocratic countries has historically permitted writers and artists to allow the meaning to lie between the lines and hence escape the limitations of being pinned down. It is both a gesture of protection and arena for exploration.
  • Charlotte Hodes @ Wolverhampton Art Gallery
    3 June – 3 September
    Charlotte Hodes' newly commissioned artwork takes the form of a 12 metre long ceramic frieze consisting  of 120 individual wall-mounted ceramic pieces, arranged to create a single image that combines elegant historic patterns with contemporary and digital imagery.  To be read from left to right, a female figure wanders across the ware through a landscape of vessels and pattern. Remember Me is a solo exhibition of intricate paper cuts and ceramic work, which demonstrate the artist’s playful, yet challenging approach to the aesthetic potential of domestic objects, both past and present.  Central to her work is is an exchange between craft and fine art practice.
  • Susan Aldworth @ York St Mary's
    7 June – 3 September
    Susan Aldworth’s new exhibition The Dark Self was inspired by her research into sleep during her three year residency at the University of York working with neuroscientist Professor Miles Whittington and art historian Professor Michael White.
  • Monira Al Gadiri @ Gasworks Gallery
    13 July – 10 September
    The exhibition, The Craft comprises sculptures, videos and sound works that envisage international diplomacy as an alien conspiracy. Shown in two distinct environments – a mysterious, pitch black anteroom and an American diner – these semi-autobiographical works of science fiction unearth the unlikely stories lurking in the shadows of the artist’s childhood in Kuwait. Revisiting the fantasies that Monira Al Gadiri and her sister elaborated during these early years, they depict the culture and rituals of diplomacy by which they were then surrounded as literally otherworldly to the current rise of nationalism and political populism.  
  • Kath Thompson @ Jerwood Gallery
    10 June – 10 September
    Kath Thompson’s bold, brightly coloured paintings take inspiration from the history of painting, modern global politics, and the world that she sees around her. When asked what inspires her paintings, Thompson said: ‘My work is about things, people and places in the world. I am influenced by painting from the ancient past as well as the present. Essentially it’s the visual world that excites my imagination. It can be images I see anywhere, on a beach, in a room, a news item on the telly, medieval painting, old manuscripts, a visit to a museum plus things I might read or hear to which I have a visual response’. The exhibition, Yesterday & Tomorrow features a mixture of new work and paintings from the past decade, presenting an overview of the recent practice of this extraordinary artist.
  • Jean Cooke @ Jerwood Gallery
    24 May – 10 September
    Jean Cooke RA (1927-2008) was an artist with a profoundly personal view of the world who found joy and inspiration in the everyday. She has been described as having created some of the most fiercely original and moving self-portraits in Modern British Art, and is critically acclaimed as a colourist. The exhibition, Delight in the thing seen celebrates Cooke’s unique, quirky, lyrical vision, drawing together works that explore the different aspects of her artistic practice.
  • Annie Kevans & others @ Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
    27 May – 10 September
    This exhibition demonstrates how classical and traditional figurative portraiture continues to inspire artists today, and remains relevant within contemporary artistic discourse. Reportrait, presents thirteen artists who have reimagined historical sources, altered or disrupted typical notions of how the portrait is defined, or used an image or reproduction as a starting point to create something new. Exhibiting Artists:  Annie Kevans, Antony Micallef, Glenn Brown, Jake Wood-Evans, James E Smith, Jasleen Kaur, Julie Cockburn, Maisie Broadhead, Matthieu Leger, Samin Ahmadzadeh, Sasha Bowles, Philip Gurrey and Paul Stephenson.
  • Monica Al Qadari @ Gasworks
    13 July – 10 September

    The Craft is the first UK solo exhibition by Amsterdam-based artist Monira Al Qadiri. The exhibition includes a short, semi-autobiographical science fiction film, sculptures and photographs in which international diplomacy is envisaged as an alien conspiracy. Under this umbrella, embassies, conferences, cultural exchange and political activism are represented as elaborately staged ways to conceal diplomats’ true dealings with the third kind. Poking fun at collapsing postcolonial empires, these works also explore how the current rise of nationalism and political populism trivialises formerly common ways of being international in the world, depicting the era of diplomatic rituals, national grandeur and political grandstanding as a nostalgic and lovable ‘other world’ beyond reach.

    Co-commissioned by Gasworks and the Sursock Museum, Beirut with support from Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, 1–16 July 2017. 

  • Winifred Nicholson @ Falmouth Art Gallery
    24 June – 16 September
    The exhibition, Liberation of Colour examines the key creative periods of this significant British artist, Winifred Nicholson with a particular emphasis on the way she treated light and colour. It brings together an important selection of works created throughout her career, including her visit to Pill creek on the Fal, and features landscapes, still life, portraits, experiments with abstraction and the previously unseen prismatic pictures.
  • Margaret Forman @ MOMA, Machynlleth
    24 June – 16 September
    Margaret Foreman RBA was born in Malaya and brought up in Guyana. She trained at Goldsmiths College of Art. Her Still Life pictures are taken from an ever growing collection of household items which inspire memories both real and imagined. She is also known for her portraits which have won several prizes.
  • Maeve Brennan @ Spike Island, Bristol
    8 July – 17 September
    The presentation of a major new film commission, The Drift, by London and Beirut based artist Maeve Brennan. Combining a documentary, investigative approach with subjective encounters and personal narrative, Maeve Brennan’s practice considers the value, care and circulation of materials and their political resonance across cultures and history. In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon.
  • Tessa Lynch @ Spike Island, Bristol
    8 July – 17 September
    Tessa Lynch works predominantly with sculpture and performance. Her works develop from her interest in the emotional impact of the built environment and from her quest for the existence of a female flâneur. Lynch often embarks on periods of active research that see her walking through the city streets in the company of chosen collaborators, often writers who she interviews while walking. These wanderings around the city are later transformed into sculptural installations reminiscent of her experience of the urban landscape. For her exhibition at Spike Island, Lynch will create a site-specific sculptural installation that moves at varying paces throughout the space, questioning the emotional qualities of the gallery’s architecture.
  • Phyllida Barlow @ Turner Contemporary, Margate
    26 May – 17 September
    Phyllida Barlow has been making large-scale sculptural works for 5 decades, as well as being an inspirational teacher to many young artists at the Slade School of Art. This exhibition brings together works from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, including untitled:upturnedhouse, 2  (2012) alongside other sculptures and a selection of drawings from throughout her career. One of the art world's most esteemed international artists, the exhibition coincides with Barlow representing Britain at this year’s Venice Biennale.
  • Eileen Agar & others
    26 June – 17 September
    ‘Dreamers Awake’, is a group show at White Cube Bermondsey which explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists. The exhibition brings together sculpture, painting, collage, photography and drawing from the 1930s to the present day and includes work by well-known Surrealist figures as well as contemporary and emerging artists. Woman has a powerful presence in Surrealism. She is the object of masculine desire and fantasy; a harpy, goddess or sphinx; a mystery or threat. Often, she appears decapitated, distorted, trussed up. Fearsome or fetishized, she is always the ‘other’. From today’s perspective, gender politics can seem the unlikely blind spot of a movement that declared war on patriarchal society, convention and conformity. The exhibition features works by women associated with the Surrealist movement – including Eileen Agar, Leonora Carrington, Lee Miller, Dorothea Tanning and Leonor Fini – who until recently, were often characterised simply as muses, models or mistresses. Works by Francesca Woodman, Hannah Wilke, Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel, Kiki Smith, Paloma Varga Weisz, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas, among others, testify to the far-reaching influence of Surrealism through the intervening decades. Surrealism meets punk in the work of Linder, and infuses the separate cultural heritages of Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman and Japanese painter Tomoko Kashiki.
  • Hanna Tuulikki @ BALTIC Gallery
    1 June – 24 September
    Hanna Tuulikki’s Air falbh leis na h-eòin | Away with the Birds is a body of work exploring the mimesis and representation of birds in the Scottish Gaelic song tradition. The composition, visual score and suite of habitat drawings are presented here, highlighting BALTIC’s connection to birdlife, which annually provides a temporary home to a number of the estimated 800 pairs of breeding kittiwakes in Newcastle Gateshead Quayside Tuulikki’s vocal composition, Guth an Eòin | Voice of the Bird sits at the heart of the project. Written for a female ensemble, the piece reinterprets archive recordings, texts, and living traditions, weaving together fragments of Gaelic song that imitate birdsong and bird calls, into a textural tapestry of sound, emerging from and responding to landscape.
  • Holly Hendry @ BALTIC, Gateshead
    18 February – 24 September
    Holly Hendry presents Wrot an entirely new body of work for her first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Using a variety of materials, from Jesmonite and plaster to foam, wood, steel and water-jet cut marble, she creates a geology of oozy forms peppered with comic elements, such as dog chew bones and spinning plaster teeth. She investigates the underneath and backsides of things, using cross-sectional cuts that make insides become edges, revealing their dirty innards. Her sugary colours and cartoon content examine the very human aspects of laughter and death.  
  • Selma Parlour @ House of St Barnabas, Soho Room
    26 September – 26 September
    Parlour Games is a site-specific, semi-permanent installation of new paintings by Selma Parlour.  They are new abstract works, created with a luscious, glowing colour palette, situated within the 1750's rococo panelling of the Soho Room in House of St Barnabas.  The paintings produce a visual cornucopia of colour, line and form.
  • Lubaina Himid @ Firstsite Gallery
    1 July – 1 October
    The exhibition’s title, Warp and Weft, refers to the process by which threads are held in tension on a frame or loom to create cloth. Lubaina Himid chose the title for its reference to Colchester’s important position in the wool trade between the 13th and 16th centuries, and its complex history of race and migration that is reflected in the productive tensions of Himid’s work.
  • Barbara Heller @ The Holburne Museum
    23 June – 1 October
    Tapestry: Here & Now celebrates the vibrancy of tapestry-weaving today. The exhibition brings together the work of international makers to showcase the most innovative approaches to the art of contemporary tapestry. Alongside British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features artists from Australia, Norway, Latvia, Japan and the USA with over 20 artists represented, including Erin Riley, Caron Penney, Ai Ito, Jilly Edwards, Yasuko Fujino and Fiona Rutherford. Their work explores themes of enduring relevance including how we respond to nature and the urban environment, how tapestry can tell personal and political stories, and the skill of the hand-made. The Holburne’s Arts tapestry (1934-5) by Edward McKnight Kauffer will also be on show for the first time. Here & Now was curated by the National Centre for Craft & Design in partnership with Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture and Director of the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops and a symposium.  
  • Rana Begum @ Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
    12 May – 3 October
    Rana Begum’s practice blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. It engages some of the movements of the past such as Minimalism and Constructivism with the same level of optimism and, at the same time, is fresh and relevant for today. She has been awarded the prestigious Abraaj prize, Art Dubai 2017. Her use of space, colour and form will transform the Mezzanine Gallery with an immersive installation and wall-mounted reliefs, taking advantage of the light and space of Norman Foster’s architecture.
  • Fahreinissa Zeid @ Tate Modern
    13 June – 8 October
    Fahreinissa Zeid's vibrant abstract paintings are a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences fused with European approaches to abstraction. Many of her abstract works are monumental and demand attention.  
  • Sonia Boyce & others @ South London Gallery
    10 September – 8 October
    The starting-point for The Place is Here is the 1980s: a pivotal decade for British culture and politics. Spanning painting, sculpture, photography, film and archives, the exhibition brings together works by 25 artists and collectives across two venues: the South London Gallery and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. The questions it raises about identity, representation and the purpose of culture remain vital today. The exhibition traces a number of conversations that took place between black artists, writers and thinkers as revealed through a broad range of creative practice. Artists and archives: Rasheed Araeen, Martina Attille, Zarina Bhimji, Black Audio Film Collective, Blk Art Group Research Project, Sonia Boyce, Brixton Art Gallery Archive, Ceddo Film and Video Workshop, Eddie Chambers, The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, Joy Gregory, Mona Hatoum, Lubaina Himid, Making Histories Visible Archive, Gavin Jantjes, Claudette Johnson, Isaac Julien, Chila Kumari Burman, Dave Lewis, Pratibha Parmar, Maybelle Peters, Keith Piper, Ingrid Pollard, Donald Rodney, Marlene Smith.
  • Amelia Humber @ Zillah Bell Gallery
    9 September – 14 October
    This incredible exhibition runs alongside an exhibition of works chosen from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA. Amelia Humber's oil paintings strive to relay the atmosphere and emotion of the landscape through a personal and momentary experience. They contain the ideas of capturing those immediate feelings of drama in a continuously changing landscape.
  • Rose Finn-Kelcey @ Modern Art Oxford
    15 July – 15 October
    Life, Belief and Beyond is the first posthumous exhibition of works by the highly acclaimed and influential British artist Rose Finn-Kelcey (1945-2014).  The exhibition focuses on Finn-Kelcey's explorations of power, performance, political commentary and perceptions of the self, belief and spirituality. In the exhibition, there will be works from the early 1970s to 2014, plus examples of Finn-Kelcey's diverse and exciting practice, alongside photographs, collages, performance documentation, sketches in progress and preparatory material never before exhibited.  It is a celebration of Finn-Kelcey's work and pays tribute to her extraordinary practice and influence.
  • Diana Springall @ The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery
    5 September – 15 October
    Diana Springall is one of Britain's most well known Textile Artists whose passion for textiles has led her to amass a unique and diverse collection of contemporary embroidery by graduate students, colleagues and peers.  The exhibition is called What is Stitch.
  • Cornelia Parker @ The Whitworth, Manchester
    16 June – 15 October
    Cornelia Parker has always been attracted to the backs and undersides of things. While the front presents a conscious and recognisable face to the world, the back is often disorganised, unconscious and ultimately perhaps more honest. For Verso, Cornelia Parker has photographed the backs of hand sewn button cards that are part of the Manchester Galleries’ collection. She has turned these small everyday cards over and has found abstract drawings in the haphazard cotton threads.
  • Laura Knight & others @ Pallent House Gallery
    28 June – 15 October
    Women have always been the subject of art produced by male artists and have historically been idealized as muse to invoke a particular view of beauty. This exhibition, Women Artists: the Female Gaze seeks to challenge these traditional narratives of femininity by looking at women artists’ representations of women. Drawn from Pallant House Gallery’s collection, it includes works by Laura Knight, Cathie Pilkington, Paula Rego, Kiki Smith and Suzanne Valadon.
  • Aleksandra Mir @ Tate Liverpool
    23 June – 15 October
    Discover a 40 metre hand-drawn wall hanging, which explores space travel. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the anonymous artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066, Space Tapestry: Faraway Missions is a large-scale wall hanging made by artist Aleksandra Mir and 25 collaborators, aged 18–24. From the unfathomable distances between us and the planets that form our solar system, to our constant quest to find extraterrestrial life, Faraway Missions reflects society’s relationship with space and our insatiable curiosity to find out if we are alone in the universe. The 40 metre tapestry will be combined with 39 smaller drawings depicting a series of probes that have been sent into outer space since the 1950s, exploring parts of the cosmos further away from our reach but closer in our understanding of it. Together, these works invite visitors to consider not only the great discoveries of space exploration, but to see the romance in science and gain perspective on humanity’s significance in the universe and our relationships to one another.
  • Rita Parniczky @ Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
    11 July – 21 October
    Rita Parniczky primarily works with weave, installation, photography and light. Fascinated by the invisible structures of objects and materials, she investigates ideas based on materiality, change, time and human experience. In her woven work X-Ray Series, a translucent material Parniczky has developed, she studies the vertical structure and the visual transformation of the material as light passes through its structure. She brings to life the material through instillation and performance with sunlight; a spectacle which may only exist in a particular location and moment in time, marking time in space whilst evoking a sense of chance. In this solo exhibition ‘Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure’ at the Crafts Study Centre Parniczky will call attention to scale, structure and movement through illuminating X-Ray Series with artificial light. Along this work she will show a selection of her photographic works.
  • Rana Begum @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    15 July – 29 October
    Occasional Geometries is an exhibition of works selected by the Bangladeshi-born artist and guest curator Rana Begum, from the Arts Council Collection.  The selection are works by artists that share a similar viewpoint as Begum, and those from different generations.   The selection creates an architectural, spatial and playful experience - one that is animated through movement and changing light. The exhibition takes its name from Richard Wentworth's photograph Tirana, Occasional Geometries (2000), which features in the show.  In his photography, Wentworth documents the everyday, paying attention to objects, occasional and involuntary geometries, as well as uncanny situations that often go unnoticed.
  • Victoria @ Harewood House
    24 March – 29 October
    Harewood House was recently used as a major set for ITV’s Victoria series. The crew filmed series one across Yorkshire for several months during winter 2015/16. Harewood was fortunate enough to be one of their key locations. To celebrate the success of the programme, the opulent rooms on Harewood’s State Floor will come to life with costumes from the programme. Outfits worn in the series will be displayed throughout the 2017 season including the beautiful Coronation gown. Alongside the costumes, the exhibition will present a behind the scenes look at filming in a grand house like Harewood.
  • Sarah King @ Loughborough Town Hall
    12 July – 4 November
    Local artist Sarah King is pleased to present her first solo exhibition Near & Far, giving you a taste of the landscapes that inspire her. These include holidays to the Jurassic Coast, her childhood home county of Suffollk, as well as her local surroundings in Leicestershire. Sarah has developed her own style over the years, of layering collaged textures before adding fine details. Texture, colour and patterns are themes that run through Sarah's work, be it in the boats moored in the seaweed strewn Cobb harbour at Lyme Regis or in the muddy river Deben in Woodbridge. She’s inspired by the decaying wooden beach huts decorating the shoreline in Southwold and Seaton and by the historic buildings hidden in plain sight along the urban streets.
  • Mary Quant @ Gallery of Costume
    10 June – 5 November
    Celebrated as the most famous female fashion designer working in London in the 1960s, Mary Quant dressed an international clientele of the young and hip, creating her famous Chelsea look. Quant’s designs exemplified a shift in fashion’s focus and inspiration to a younger consumer and was typified by simply-styled tunics, short pleated skirts and bold mini dresses. Quant’s fashion was particularly associated with the model, Twiggy, and was popularised in the fashion press throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Barbara Brown @ The Whitworth, Manchester
    17 March – 15 December
    Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Talent-spotted as a student, her designs for furnishing fabrics are some of the most striking and unusual ever produced in the 20th century and won awards from the Council of Industrial Design. This is the first major solo exhibition of her work in the UK.
  • Jane Austen @ Royal Pavilion, Brighton
    17 June – 8 January
    Jane Austen was one of the most successful writers of the early 1800s, and her novels are still enormously popular today. To mark the bicentenary of her death, a new display at the Royal Pavilion will explore Austen’s relationship with Brighton and other coastal towns. Brighton ‘walking dress’ of 1818, courtesy of University of Sussex Jane Austen by the Sea will look at the seaside context of Austen’s plots and paint a picture of the leading resort of Brighton in the early nineteenth century, when it was a fashionable ‘watering place’ featured in novels like Pride and Prejudice.
  • Barbara Hepworth @ The Hepworth
    13 May – 8 January
    This Barbara Hepworth exhibition features over 30 works from our collection, tracing the artist's whole career. Examining Hepworth's early life in Wakefield, her training and the early carvings of the 1920 - 30s, right through to the iconic stringed forms emerging during the 1940s and her later, large-scale marble sculptures.  The exhibiton also features important examples of the full range of material types that she used – cast bronze, stone and wood carvings, paintings, prints and even a screen-printed scarf.
  • Rachel Kneebone @ V & A
    1 April – 14 January
    Rachel Kneebone's sculpture '399 Days' – originally shown at White Cube in 2014 – is a towering colossus made of porcelain tiles and writhing limbs, and is going to look qute spectacular amongst the objects of Gallery 50a at the V&A. Three other sculptures will also be presented in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries in Gallery 21. Kneebone's work is an ongoing exploration of the human condition. Her complex tableaux of organic, architectural and geometric forms use the language of classicism laced with surrealism. They are sublime echoes of life's cycle from emergence and ecstasy to mourning and loss.
  • Sooni Taraporevala @ The Whitworth, Manchester
    4 March – 28 January
    Photographer, screenwriter, filmmaker Sooni Taraporevala presents a series of black and white photographs depicting life in Bombay/Mumbai from 1976 to the present day. Capturing the city in which she grew up, Taraporevala’s images, cutting across class and community lines, are an insider’s affectionate view. The images, complex and intimate, quirky and quotidian, celebrate the odd and the everyday and are a significant contribution to the social history of one of India’s most diverse cities. Exploring a metropolis as its shape shifted over four decades, these works are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, its elderly, its landscape: a gentle mirror to culture and politics, with the secret sideways glance of a flaneur.

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