Our Picks: External shows and news of interest
  • 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.
  • Tschabalala Self @ Pilar Corrias
    7 September – 27 September
    Tschabalala Self’s Bodega Run, inspired by central Harlem’s shops and the artist’s own upbringing, invites the viewer to immerse themselves in a lively and colourful ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ (total work of art). At the same time, the theatrical installation cleverly pushes us to reflect on questions relating to race, gaze, sexuality and gender.  
  • Jessica Guildhall @ Gloucester Guildhall
    2 September – 28 September
    Live at the Guildhall is a photographic exhibition by Jessica Stone that captures the bold characters that have taken to the stage at the Guildhall in the last 18 months, and features a carefully curated set of images spanning a range of genres and musical eras.
  • Julie Cockburn @ Flowers Gallery
    6 September – 30 September
    Centred around the appropriation and alteration of found images, Julie Cockburn’s work appears familiar and often nostalgic. Her source materials, such as 1940s and 50s studio portrait photographs of unknown sitters, are given new significance through the skilful manipulation of their surfaces.  By reassembling, stitching into and over-painting the original photographs with geometric patterns and imaginative gestural doodles, her process can be described as entering a ‘conversation’ with the history of the image, each act of embellishment or reconfiguration an attempt to “excavate them, physically and emotionally”. The title of the present exhibition derives from the proverb All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,  
  • Lizzie Farey @ Scottish Gallery
    6 September – 30 September
    Concentus presents new work from willow sculptor Lizzie Farey. Latin for ‘harmony’ Concentus includes intricate structures that capture a still moment; a distillation and order. Calm after a storm. Intimate forms provide a hint of the process of creation. We can see and even feel points of tension in the work. Our eye can follow the artist’s hand, the choices made in twisting and turning this flexible medium. Born in Singapore, Farey has been based in rural Galloway, in Scotland’s South West for the last 30 years. The rural setting of home and studio are her guiding inspiration, her sensitivity with wood revealing an interaction with nature that is deeply personal. ‘My work engages with nature. I focus on recreating the essence of natural form through the medium of willow, larch, ash, hazel and other locally grown woods. Influences from Japan continue to inspire my attempts to capture the simplicity, practicality and beauty of the materials.’ - Lizzie Farey, 2017.
  • Eileen Agar @ Redfern Gallery
    12 September – 30 September
    Coinciding with the release of Eileen Agar's latest publication 'Dreaming Oneself Awake' the exhibition presents a selection of the artist's paintings, objects, and works on paper; tracing a distinctive style and influence in Surrealism, which is based on the title of the book.
  • Jasmina Cibic @ NN Contemporary Art
    20 July – 30 September
    This exhibition Topical Devices represents a concise moment in Jasmina Cibic’s current practice. A distillation of recent research into a specific objective arrangement, it is simultaneously a fragment of a much larger project, and yet complete as an iteration of the whole. At its centre stands that most pervasive figure in art history, the female nude. Cibic’s films, photographs and installations are often populated by female figures. Sometimes speaking, sometimes mute, they dance, decorate and proclaim, acting as mouthpieces through which intricately researched tracts on the nature of power, aesthetics and statecraft pour forth.
  • Emma Stibbon @ Alan Cristea Gallery
    2 September – 30 September
    Volcano is a new body of work on paper by Emma Stibbon RA for her first solo exhibition with the gallery. Volcano will feature new drawings and an immense woodcut made in response to her recent residency in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park where she lived and worked amongst the sacred and fabled volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, some of the biggest and most active in the world. Stibbon explains, “I am drawn to environments undergoing transi­tion or change. During my time on the flanks of Kilauea I became acutely aware that this is a contingent landscape, liable to shift or transform at any time. 
  • Mary Price @ Tobacco Factory
    23 August – 1 October
    A new collection of abstract landscapes and travel memory paintings by Mary Price in ‘The Snug’ exhibition space, called An Intuitive Painter's Journey. “Travel is a metaphor for the way I paint as well as being an inspiration for the imagery I am drawn towards. Each painting is as much a journey in process as the selected memories or imaginary responses that find their way onto my canvases. “I aim to stay in a free place with my art. It is my choice and compulsion to choose an intuitive pathway guided only by curiosity. “This is a liberating route to happiness, not clouded by rules but manifesting in joyful outpourings that celebrate colour and beauty in what is seen, imagined or remembered.”
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca Ackroyd & others @ Marcelle Joseph Projects
    9 September – 7 October
    Marcelle Joseph’s latest exhibition shows more than 70 artists from her collection and that of the GIRLPOWER Collection - a snapshot of many of the young artists of today’s London.  Artists include: Rebecca Ackroyd, Alice Anderson, Cornelia Bates, Stefania Batoeva and many others in You See me like a UFO.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Anne Krinsky @ Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf
    15 August – 15 October
    Anne Krinsky's Tropical Thames, is an installation of large-scale digitally-designed prints on aluminium panels, created specifically for the Crossrail Place Roof Garden. Krinsky's imagery is inspired by Thames architectural structures in southeast London – docks, piers and river walls – that were shaped by centuries of shipping and trade. Tropical Thames also responds to the Garden's dramatic roof structure (designed by Foster and Partners) and to its plantings, some of which were species that first entered Britain through Thames docks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Which Way? @ Women's Support Centre
    9 September – 15 October
    Showcasing the diverse range of artistic talent displayed by women in contact with the Criminal Justice System across the county, the exhibition consists of work submitted to the Women’s Support Centre, which is open to all women in Surrey prisons or those in contact with the Criminal Justice System. Participation and achievement in the arts motivates, inspires and helps women to develop the skills needed to lead a more positive life. This year’s theme is ‘Which Way?’
  • Laura Knight & others @ Pallant 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.
  • Jessica Warboys @ French Riviera
    15 September – 15 October
    Jessica Warboys is well-known for her exhibitions in the UK, for their grand institutional displays so what she has achieved in the narrow shop-front space at French Riviera is remarkable.  Outside the wide window of the gallery, market traders set up their stalls with viscose dresses, arrange fruit and veg, pile plastic buckets and bowls.  Inside, Warboys has created an immersive environment that lifts you out of time and place in her exhibition Tremolo.
  • 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.
  • Joy Gregory @ Pallant House Gallery
    26 June – 15 October
    Joy Gregory’sHeroines of Antiquity’ panels are shown here in conjunction with ‘Women Artsists: The Female Gaze’ exhibition currently on show in the De’Longhi print room. This contemporary re-working of 16th Century panels draws upon similar themes discussed in the exhibition and takes the female body as the central subject. Using the camera as her medium, Gregory critiques perceptions of gender, identity and racial difference by drawing upon the history of photography as a means for anthropological classification to illustrate the physiognomic differences in people’s culture and social status. Gregory’s heroines celebrate cultural diversity through the means of storytelling and in reciting mythological tales they advocate the strength of women in history.
  • 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.
  • Lucia Pizzani @ Photofusion
    21 September – 20 October
    Broader Implications,” features the work of artist Lucia Pizzani.  The exhibition showcases two bodies of work made in response to the on-going crisis in Pizzani’s home country of Venezuela. “Inventario Personal” (Personal Inventory), inspired by Anna Atkins’ pioneering book, is installed as a mural made up of cyanotypes imprinted with scarce (or completely absent) health and hygiene products. This is a new version of a mural that was originally exhibited in Caracas, alongside the work of Carlos Cruz-Diez. “Cesta Basica” (Basic Food Basket) is a series of stark photograms based on the list of basic items a family needs to survive for a month, an economic concept well known in developing countries. Currently in Venezuela, fifteen salaries would be required to buy a month’s worth of essentials. In his exhibition text, Rodrigo Orrantia observes “Pizzani’s basket is hollow, evidencing the absence of products like eggs, rice and meat, all referencing Venezuela’s bleak basic products list. 
  • 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.
  • Zanele Muholi @ Autograph ABP
    14 July – 28 October
    In her first solo exhibition in London, South African visual activist Zanele Muholi presents her ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama: hail the dark lioness. In more than 60 photographs Muholi uses her body as a canvas to confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive. Taken primarily in Europe, North America and Africa, each portrait asks critical questions about social justice, human rights and contested representations of the black body. Muholi’s psychologically charged portraits are unapologetic in their directness as she explores different archetypes and personae, and offers personal reflections.
  • Marie Jeschke & Anja Lunger @ l’étrangère
    14 September – 28 October
    Contact Zone brings together a series of glass works by Marie Jeschke and Anja Langer, created as a collaborative practice, and István Szabo’s ceramic series of works, Hybrids. The works by Jeschke and Langer fuse sculpture and painting, that mark the artists’ respective disciplines. The glass plates have been enriched on both sides with paint, objects and gestural marks. The fragility of glass contrasts with its razor sharp irregularities and angles that are formed by improvised frameworks. The works are an observation on the porosity of practices, interconnection and interferences, that cause losing one’s individual recognition.  
  • 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.
  • Joyce Petschek @ The American Museum in Britain
    18 March – 29 October
    American-born Joyce Petschek has had a life-long passion for Bargello needlework, a beautiful flame-stitch pattern that has an extensive history. After many years creating designs for a commercial market, Joyce closed her business and began to work on her own unique compositions that allowed her to fully explore the creative potential of her ideas. The resulting canon of work is both colourful and inspiring. Her designs have moved away from the constraints of formal Bargello work as Joyce has reinvented the genre and ‘Broken the Pattern’.  
  • 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.
  • Mathilde Nivet @ Burlington Arcade
    26 June – 1 November
    To create her inspired designs, Mathilde Nivet starts with a sheet of paper, working with this everyday material to make the unending sculptural shapes and patterns that form her poetic work. The delicate results require an intense process of drawing, cutting and gluing before they are assembled and arranged. Using this method for Birds, Nivet has created 300 birds in-flight motion in two positions - their wings fully stretched or slightly bent. Each bird structure is painstakingly covered with individual paper feathers in order to re-create natural movement of birds. Their delicate sculptural designs transform the Arcade's architecture, intruding on its static structure by bringing movement and nature inside, floating weightlessly along the Arcade.
  • 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.
  • Aleah Chapin @ Flowers Gallery
    4 October – 4 November
    Intimate, revealing and personal, the latest paintings Within Wilds by American artist Aleah Chapin explore the passage of time as seen through the body; depicting friends and relations, all of whom she has known throughout her life growing up in a unique island community on the US Pacific Northwest Coast.  
  • 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.
  • Juliana Cerqueira Leite @ TJ. Boulting
    6 October – 7 November
    BLOOM, is the second solo show by Brazilian/American sculptor Juliana Cerqueira Leite with this gallery. The exhibition includes new sculpture, photo-collage and video, all of which explore the steady stream of recent online news that focuses on humanitarian crises. These works examine the - often exasperated - gesticulations of individual subjects interviewed by the news as representatives of a certain crisis: a refugee, a soldier, a doctor or aid worker. Gesticulations by politicians and reporters, as they attempt to explain complex issues to news viewers, are also explored in these works. Leite aims to create a permanent register of these bodily means of extending language and the ephemeral articulations that shape and are shaped by the geopolitical landscape.
  • Geumhyung Jeong @ Delfina Foundation
    28 September – 11 November
    Private Collection: Unperformed Objects, the first UK solo exhibition by South Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong. In her practice as choreographer, dancer and performer, Jeong constantly renegotiates the relationship between the human body and the objects that surround it. She has built up a collection of plain everyday objects upon which she bestows a bizarre, disconcerting life through an intense and risky interaction with her own body to challenge notions of sexuality, technology and the female body.  
  • Dorothea Tanning @ Alison Jacques Gallery
    4 October – 11 November
    An exhibition of rare ballet and theatre designs by Dorothea Tanning, dating from 1945 through to 1961; this body of work has not been exhibited in Europe previously. The series of ink, gouache and watercolour works on paper shown in London feature over twenty costumes and two set designs. Exceeding their practical intention as instructions for set and costume designs, the works in Night Shadows embody a sense of movement and fantasy. The fanciful characters we see in Tanning’s images show the artist exploring costume as her medium, drawing from her early experience rendering fashion advertisements as a young artist. Inspired by the productions themselves.
  • Sheila Hicks @ Alison Jacques Gallery
    4 October – 11 November
    In Stones of Peace we encounter and experience various aspects of Sheila Hicks’ practice, from densely woven linen panels to soft sculptures and large scale Boules of intertwined yarns. While creating the show, she referred to works in progress as ‘slivers of sentiment, slumbering on the doorstep’. Through her limitless inquiry, we encounter a cacophony of colour, texture and form which results in a mysterious and subtle language of beauty with hidden and profound messages. Hicks communicates her perception of the world through her work; ‘If you keep your eyes open, you’re going to have a hell of a time’ (Sheila Hicks, Wall Street Journal Magazine, October, 2017).  
  • Rivane Neuenschwander @ Stephen Friedman Gallery
    3 October – 11 November
    Rivane Neuenschwander's unique practice draws on the history of Latin American conceptualism to investigate phenomena that lie just outside our collective field of vision. Each work begins with a particular cultural idea - a game, a religious offering or a childhood memory - that is then dissected and reborn in Neuenschwander's unique style. The works in this exhibition, The Reading Box, the Moon, Misfortunes & Crimes examine the role of memory in culture, particularly how trauma and memories of conflict are connected to the present. In doing so the artist addresses the current state of the world, and makes suggestions about the form that fear and conflict might take in the future.
  • Nicola Hicks @ Flowers Gallery
    19 September – 11 November
    For the past four decades British artist Nicola Hicks’s practice has centred around a world of heroic sculptural figures, exploring an anthropomorphic relationship to the animal world through portraits of humanized creatures and beastlike humans. The exhibition Wabbling Back to the Fire brings together sculptures from 1999 to the present day, drawing on themes that express the universal, and often darker aspects of humanity,  encompassing grief, love, understanding, war and money.
  • Sherrie Levine @ David Zwirner
    4 October – 18 November
    Sherrie Levine’s work engages many of the core tenets of postmodern art, in particular challenging notions of originality, authenticity, and identity. Levine rose to prominence as a member of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists centered in New York in the late 1970s and 1980s whose work examined the structures of signification underlying mass-circulated images, and in many cases directly appropriated these images in order to imbue them with new, critically inflected meaning. Since then, Levine has created a singular and complex body of work in a variety of media (including photography, painting, and sculpture) that often explicitly reproduces artworks and motifs from the Western art historical canon.
  • Kathe Kollwitz @ Ikon Gallery
    13 September – 26 November
    Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was one of the leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture. She lived an intensely examined life, expressed in her numerous self-portraits, diaries and correspondence; at the core of this existence was her work as an artist and a mastery of graphic art which quickly established her reputation in Germany, then further afield as her influence spread internationally after the First World War. Establishing herself in an art world dominated by men, Kollwitz developed a vision centred on women and the working class.
  • Sofia Hulten @ Ikon Gallery
    13 September – 26 November
    Here’s the Answer, What’s the Questiona selection of sculptures, installations and films in the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by Berlin-based artist Sofia Hultén. Conveying an ongoing preoccupation with the nature of the material world and the way we navigate it. Hultén’s engaging thoughtfulness suggests that things do not have to be as they seem normally in everyday life.  
  • Anna Molska @ Ikon Gallery
    13 September – 26 November
    Polish artist, Anna Molska, explores modernist and socialist utopias through her work, and uses them as a pretext for the analysis of contemporary reality. Molska’s 12 minute film The Weavers (2009) is based on Gerhart Hauptmann’s 1892 play inspired by the 1844 rebellion of Silesian weavers against the poverty of their lives and harsh working conditions. The play is also the subject of a series of prints currently being shown at Ikon that established Käthe Kollwitz’s reputation as a major artistic figure in Germany before the First World War.
  • Sophie Ryder @ Hignell Gallery
    3 October – 1 December
    Sophie Ryder’s latest exhibition TEPOZTECO is staged in two London locations - Hignell Gallery in Shepherd Market, Mayfair and an open air exhibition in St. James’s Square. The artist’s newly conceived character, the ‘Boar’ will be introduced for the first time.    
  • 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.
  • Heather Morison @ Berrington Hall
    10 June – 15 December
    Discover a brand new installation, Look!Look!Look! in our Walled Garden from internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison. Taking their inspiration from how the Harley's enjoyed their garden in the Georgian era, you can see the garden in a totally new light with this brilliant piece of artwork.
  • Rita Ackerman @ Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
    30 September – 1 January
    ‘Turning Air Blue’ extends through two galleries and doubles as an organic continuation of Somerset’s rural setting.  Rita Ackerman's exhibition starts in the Rhoades gallery, which features a body of work titled The Coronation and Massacre of Love. The paintings are large-scale compositions on canvas primed with chalkboard paint, on which washes of white chalk and green and blue pigments have been applied. These Abstract Expressionist-like works are reminiscent of actual chalkboards in a classroom, covered with unintentional erasures and marks, yet they have been conceptually executed by multiple deletions of figurative drawings and landscapes.  
  • 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.
  • Mehreen Murtaza @ Manchester Art Gallery
    30 September – 4 February
    Mehreen Murtaza will fill Manchester Art Gallery’s ground floor gallery with living plants for a new work exploring plant communication and consciousness. Through in-depth research, Murtaza has developed a unique narrative and sound installation which will blur the boundaries between plant neurobiology, science fiction, philosophy and spirituality to create a space that is neither fiction nor non-fiction.
  • Neha Choksi @ Manchester Art Gallery
    30 September – 25 February
    Neha Choksi sets up simple yet memorable situations to create poetic, absurd and psychologically engaging works. Her new multi-channel film installation features the artist and her friends. Exploring the relationship between herself and her community, she tests her belief that to learn to be oneself, one always needs others. The film has been shot on the construction site for an expansive and modernizing Jain ashram in India. Inventing open ended and playful situations for her participants, Choksi examines the connections and tensions between solitude and collaboration.  

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