- Gillian Wearing @ National Portrait Gallery
9 March – 29 May
This exhibition Behind the Mask, Another Mask, brings together for the first time the work of French artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing. Although they were born almost seventy years apart and came from different backgrounds, remarkable parallels can be drawn between the two artists. Both of them share a fascination with the self-portrait and use the self-image, through the medium of photography, to explore themes around identity and gender, which is often played out through masquerade and performance.
- Sara Roberts @ North House Gallery
1 April – 29 May
Presence in Paint is an exhibition of paintings by Sara Lee Roberts. When the show was first discussed early last year, the portraits (and portraits of portraits by Old Masters) were painted in a separate studio from the pure abstracts. Increasingly the two genres have been combined to make new and distinctive hybrids. "In my recent work, I move between figuration and abstraction, looking for the moment at which the sense of a place or of a person is expressed, regardless of degree of finish. Portraits of portraits are sometimes combined with abstract panels in a search for a combination which triggers quiet surprise. In the pure abstracts, colours (mostly blacks and reds) are allowed to react to one another until space and light is suggested." Sara Lee Roberts
- Lynne Cartlidge @ David Simon Contemporary
5 May – 29 May
The work of two painters shown together for the first time, whose approaches to painting share a number of common elements. Lynne Cartlidge, whose main focus is on still life, uses the subject as an endless source of experimentation with light and shadow. Andy Waite's paintings of remembered landscapes, drawing upon the tradition of the Romanticists, uses the handling of the subject to reflect his own wandering moods. There is a softness and a warmth to both of these painters' work. Images emerge out of built up layers and a natural light pours over tablecloths and through the delicate petals of flowers, through heavy cloud and reflections on still waters.
- Henrietta Hoyer Millar @ Long & Ryle Gallery
11 May – 2 June
Fragments brings together an exciting new body of work, executed over the past two years, over which time Henrietta Hoyer Millar has become increasingly inspired by the wonder of the details in the English landscape: the minutiae of nature as opposed to the larger horizons of her earlier work. The current series of paintings describes places close at hand, close to the earth or to the water’s edge; her gaze is turned down towards the plants and thickets rather than up to the horizon and sky. The paintings capture fleeting glimpses of detail that track the impermanence of the seasons and the rhythms of nature. The viewer is presented with an immediate sense of pleasure as nature’s rhythms fragment themselves into moments – the transient winter light on a gate, Spring raindrops hanging perilously from the tips of branches, a momentary colour in an Autumn thicket – all microcosms of a larger landscape.
- Anna Barham @ Arcade
9 May – 3 June
A collaborative work called Even Dust can burst into Flames, by Anna Barham, Kit Craig, Jeremiah Day & John Latham.
- Clare Bigger @ Bohun Gallery
6 May – 3 June
Clare Bigger works in stainless steel which is weather resistant allowing a colour range from silver to bronze. Her sculptures are all about movement, whether capturing a dancer balancing on point, a sprinter in full flight or a bird of prey about to swoop. She works on both an intimate and monumental scale.
- Shona Barr @ Bohun Gallery
6 May – 3 June
Drawing her inspiration from nature, Shona Barr's paintings reflect her continued interest in capturing and expressing the essential vitality of the Scottish landscape and climate, articulated through panoramic sea views, fields rolling into the distance, and dynamic floral canvasses. Colour is a key element in her work.
- Mamma Andersson @ Stephen Friedman Gallery
28 April – 3 June
Mamma Andersson’s fifth exhibition at this Gallery will focus on a new series of unique woodcut prints. It will be the artist’s first solo presentation dedicated to this technique and marks an exciting development in her practice. These prints are emotive scenes and portraits of “...characters who will not be pinned down: fleet of foot, they move swiftly across centuries, indifferent to mortality and geography” (Jennifer Higgie, 2017). Andersson is known for her evocative paintings, creating worlds that have a near-hypnotic sense of familiarity with little trace of modern life. In addition to the prints, three large paintings on canvas expand upon the same stories and mysteries.
- Ffiona Lewis @ North House Gallery, Manningtree
6 May – 3 June
New Studio, is Fiona Lewis's first major show since 2015. There is a new exuberance in her drawing and painting, reflecting her delight in a new studio, printing press and everyday surroundings on the upper reaches of the River Deben in Suffolk. The structural marks in graphite and paint are bolder and more gestural, but there remains an interest, especially in the paintings, in the spaces between the structure: looking through the trees to the buildings beyond, or simply to the sky; looking through the stems and petals of flowers or the wickerwork of a basket. As well as the paintings and drawings of flowers, trees and farm buildings, there are new, black, seemingly abstract monotypes, inspired by the pamment paths through the garden. Again, the subtlety is in the white gaps between the printed rectangles.
- Hannah Brown @ Dalla Rossa Gallery
21 April – 3 June
Lain fallow for too long, is Hannah Brown’s solo exhibition gathering a new series of paintings and a large-scale sculpture. The title refers to the site depicted in Brown’s paintings, a 3.25 acre area on the outskirts of Crediton, a market town in mid Devon. The land is identified as Well Parks in official papers, but the artist knows it as ‘the field next to Tesco’ - a branch of the supermarket chain was built in 2009 on what was a larger area of unfarmed land.
- Carol Robertson @ Flowers, Cork St.
3 May – 3 June
Carol Robertson is known for her evocative paintings composed of the elemental form of the circle in delicately radiant colours with subtly transforming grounds. Working with a refined palette of closely related tones, Robertson believes in the powerful emotive and spiritual qualities of individual colours, using these to build complex layers of association. In the works in this exhibition, Pointstar, the circle is less distinct, its radius is implied in star shapes where the continuous circular flow is replaced by sharp points staking out the perimeter. Here, the pulsating rhythms that characterise much of Robertson’s work are explored in bursts of energy generating from the core of the star, creating dynamic visual experiences that evoke the sensations of light, movement and touch.
- Eileen Agar @ Jerwood Gallery
15 March – 4 June
This exhibition is part of the gallery’s In Focus series, in which a work from the Jerwood Collection is exhibited alongside loans from public and private institutions including Tate Collection, Tate Archive, the Royal Academy of Arts, Government Art Collection and Arts Council Collection. Director Liz Gilmore says, 'There has been renewed interest in Agar’s work during recent years, with contemporary artists taking inspiration from her incredibly varied body of work. She has always had credibility and had a relationship with Sussex, often visiting Farley Farm House, near Chiddingly, to see her friends Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. In essence, Eileen Agar is representative of Jerwood Gallery’s own values – to be credible, to inspire and celebrate female and/or often overlooked artists. In ‘Bride of the Sea’ visitors can expect a delightful insight into her work and life. Her vibrant colours, dynamic brushwork and exciting portraits reveal her to be an inspiring, free spirited leading light in British Surrealism.'
- Alice Neel & Georgia O'Keeffe @ The Royal Academy
25 February – 4 June
The art of 1930s America tells the story of a nation in flux. Artists responded to rapid social change and economic anxiety with some of the 20th century’s most powerful art - brought together now in this once-in-a-generation show, America after the Fall: Paintings in the 1930s. The 45 truly iconic works paint an electrifying portrait of this transformative period. These are works which have rarely been seen together, by artists ranging from Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper to Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston, Alice Neel and more. Perhaps the most celebrated work of them all, Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic (1930), has never left North American shores before.
- Daina Croft @ Greenwich Printmakers Gallery
16 May – 4 June
Diana Croft is a painter and printmaker who specialises in linocuts and collographs inspired by nature and the landscape. The prints are often stylised representations of landscapes particularly the South Downs and have a strong sense of pattern and design. She often uses chine colle techniques (applying layers of handmade tissue to the print) to add an extra dimesion of colour and texture. Because of this technique the prints vary one from another and each one is a unique piece. Recent work has been using three plate collagraphs to produce semi-abstract prints inspired by plants and seedheads.
- Maeve Brennan @ Chisenhale Gallery
31 March – 4 June
An exhibition and the premiere of a major new lm commission by London and Beirut-based artist Maeve Brennan. The work is produced by and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore. In this exhibition Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. The work moves between the activities of a self-taught archaeological conservator at the American University in Beirut and a mechanic and joyrider from Britel, a town in the Beqaa valley close to the border with Syria known for trading automobile parts and historic artefacts. Weaving together self-shot material gathered through eldwork with staged scenes, the work cites converging communities, histories and narratives.
- Mary Cossey @ Greenwich Printmakers Gallery
25 April – 4 June
For the last twenty years Mary Cossey has been drawing, painting and etching her grandchildren. To work from the very familiar is an advantage. Apart from children and babies she makes prints of many London buildings, parks and trees. Unlike the children, they keep still. She prefers to work directly from the subject, not always possible in drawing, for instance, a ballet class. Photographs and sketches help, their use no longer being considered sinful as in her student days. Drawing is her way of discovering how something looks, how it is and how she feels about it.
- Maya Ramsay @ Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
2 April – 4 June
Maya Ramsay makes work inspired by the subject of conflict. Using unique techniques, she lifts surfaces from sites of conflict, bringing the materiality of the subject closer to the viewer. For ‘Countless’, Ramsay has made twenty-nine rubbings from the graves of migrants who died at sea whilst trying to reach Europe. The first recorded shipwreck of a migrant boat in Europe occurred twenty-nine years ago, in 1988. The rubbings were taken from four cemeteries in Sicily. The majority of drowned migrants’ bodies remain unidentified and their graves are marked with a number instead of a name.
- Anne Desmet @ The Holburne Museum
11 March – 4 June
Distinguished wood engraver Anne Desmet presents a series of journeys through time called Under Changing Skies. These recent prints and mixed media collages will take you to New York, London and an imaginary beyond, exploring the tones and textures of changing seasons, times of day and layers of history. The exhibition will include the first showing of a new series of six engravings, Manhattan, based on the Chrysler Building in New York City.
- Kathleen Caddick @ Brook Gallery
18 May – 10 June
A retrospective to celebrate Kathleen Caddick's 80th birthday.
- Arabella Shand @ Hayletts Gallery
13 May – 10 June
Using oils Arabella Shand employs a delightful spectrum of seductive gentle colours with engaging compositions to lead the eye around the painting. Her main inspiration starts with domestic interiors and family life.
- Kazuko Miyamoto & Lydia Okumura @ White Rainbow Gallery
3 May – 10 June
Minimalist Anyway, is a dialogue exhibition of two female artists of Japanese origin – Kazuko Miyamoto and Lydia Okumura. Minimalist Anyway brings together historical work from each artist’s time in New York in the 1970s, through to the mid 1980s. This exhibition takes as its point of departure Miyamoto’s off-hand observation that: ‘being Japanese you are minimalist anyway’. The exhibition reflects on how, set against a backdrop of Post-Minimalism and growing feminist and political movements in New York in the early 1970s, Okumura and Miyamoto were making work that constituted an ironic riff on Minimalism’s serialised, masculine and industrial character.
- Catherine Farish @ Salisbury Arts Centre
26 May – 10 June
Catherine Farish is an award-winning artist and is known as one of Québec’s most innovative contemporary printmakers. A visit to Salisbury Plain in 1992 left an intense impression on Farish, inspiring her to create a series of prints which won critical acclaim in Canada, and have since been exhibited across the world. This Homage à Salisbury Plain will mark the first time these prints have been seen in the region that inspired them.
- Alicia Reyes Macnamara @ South London Gallery
7 April – 11 June
Reyes McNamara's work aims to challenge incomplete identities constructed by two-dimensional ideas of Latino culture. Her work translates the Mexican American or Chicana identity through her explorations of language as a territory and space to challenge ideas of authenticity within a diaspora. Combining sculpture, painting and video work in the exhibition 'Nowhere Else', McNamara investigates key texts by Mexican American theorist Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Dominican American writer Junot Díaz, and Cuban American poet Gustavo Pérez Firmat. She explores the the notion of bilingual and bicultural existence, and refers to the concept of an ‘in-between’ space where identity is fluid and where two cultures and their languages intersect.
- Sarah Pickstone @ CGP London
26 April – 14 June
Other Stories brings together new work and selected paintings from the "The Writers Series 2013" of the British painter Sarah Pickstone. The park has been a central theme to Sarah's work for two decades. It represents an imagintive space for play and exploration, where motifs of willowe and rose are drawn alongside references to the act of making, both in painting and writing.
- Emma Dunbar @ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
29 April – 17 June
A new solo exhibition by Emma Dunbar, who paints in Hampshire and Cornwall. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art. Emma works mainly on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. Her training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath. This exhibition Journeys Afar and Back in the Kitchen, draws inspiration from daily walks and recent trips to Greece, Iceland and Austria.
- Jutta Koether @ Campoli Presti
22 April – 17 June
A solo exhibition of Jutta Koether's work.
- Mimi Cherono Ng'ok @ Tiwani Contemporary
5 May – 17 June
Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali, is a solo exhibition of work by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, whose practice expresses what she describes as ‘an emotional cartography’. The works shown arose from a project bookmarked by two journeys to Brazil, marking a period of major emotional transformation and shifting perspective for Ng’ok. Taken in locations as varied as Dakar, Accra, Berlin, Abidjan, Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi and Johannesburg, Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali reflects a life in movement
- Virginia Graham @ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
29 April – 17 June
Virginia Graham's ceramics are an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery, transforming the ordinary past by drawing on a wide range of domestic traditions. Her handmade pieces range from teapots and cups to jewellery, as well as one-off larger pieces that incorporate precious stones, metal and found objects. Virginia uses a combination of slip casting and hand building techniques to create pieces in her signature style. She makes reference to historical wares including the familiar blue and white stripes of Cornish Ware as well as industrial plumbing and Victorian fabrics. The resulting pieces are eclectic and precious with a playful humour yet at the same time are ordinary and familiar reminding us of that bygone era when afternoon tea was a serious business.
- Andrea Luka Zimmerman @ Spike Island, Bristol
8 April – 18 June
The work of Andrea Luka Zimmerman explores the impact of globalisation, power structures, militarism and denied histories. Common Ground, Zimmerman’s first UK solo exhibition, celebrates strategies of social and cultural resistance and proposes new ways of living together in the face of a threatened idea of the ‘common good'.
- Emma McDowall @ Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
5 April – 18 June
Colour Block’, an exhibition of colourful concrete designs from maker Emma Mcdowell, which contains a series of vessels and functional art objects created using recycled materials. Each is completely unique in it's colour, texture and design. Unusual architecture and urban areas have been a great influence in McDowall’s work, as well as the notion of trial and error.
- Geta Bratescu @ Camden Arts Centre
7 April – 18 June
Romanian artist Geta Bratescu's vivid practice comprises performance, textiles, collage, print-making, installation and film. Living and working in Bucharest throughout Ceausescu's totalitarian regime, Bratescu embraced the studio as an autonomous space, free from economic or political influences. Concerned with identity and dematerialisation, Bratescu conjures questions of ethics and felinity through her longstanding curiosity in mythical and literary figures, including Aesop, Faust, Beckett and Medea. These concepts underlie much of her work through experiments in material rearrangements, charting the movement of her hands, the disappearance or concealment of her own image, and performing to the camera through her photographic series and films. The exhibition focuses on this lifelong approach to the studio as a performance, contemplative and critical space to reflect on one's own position in the world.
- Lucy Beech @ Tate Britain
25 April – 18 June
Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson present a new performance project in two parts that explores ideas of cooperation and independence. Together is performed every Saturday in the gallery. Together (Forever), its recorded companion, loops in the gallery throughout the week. Working in couples, the group collectively construct a safe space to momentarily reject shared social standards. Together will be performed every Saturday at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.15pm, each performance lasts approximately 10 minutes.
- Kate Cooper @ Vitrine Gallery
28 April – 18 June
A solo exhibition of London and Amsterdam-based artist Kate Cooper whose work reflects critically on the rapid development of digital media, performativity of gender, and representations of femininity. Having established an international presence, exhibiting across Europe and the US, Cooper has produced a new body of work comprising of digital photographic material for her first solo exhibition within the UK. The works made for VITRINE respond directly to its environment; investigating the history of care work, female forms of labour and visual merchandising. Exploring the position of the female body in the history of digital image technology and the labour and politics inherent within commercial production, Cooper is interested in what new propositions of refusal, sabotage or autonomy this form of working might propose.
- Cornelia Parker @ Frith Street Gallery
28 April – 21 June
Cornelia Parker is one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Her work transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary by combining visual and verbal allusions that trigger cultural metaphors and personal associations. This exhibition is taking place at both gallery spaces. Golden Square showcases a new series of videos filmed in New York City late last year, while Soho Square shows a number of other films and recent work.
- Selma Parlour @ House of St Barnabas
24 April – 23 June
A solo exhibition entitled Parlour Games, a site-specific installation in the Soho Room of House of St Barnabas.
- Ann Oram @ Thackeray Gallery
6 June – 23 June
An exhibition of Ann Oram's paintings.
- Maisie Cousins @ TJ Boulting Gallery
17 May – 24 June
The first solo show of photographic artist Maisie Cousins. Her approach to making images is hedonistic and performative as she explores topics such as sensuality, indulgence and body image. Maisie’s work comes from a desire to see femininity and sexuality in a positive and open way. Her work actively responds to destructive images aiming to address the damaging misogynistic ideals of beauty. Exploring these topics with honesty and humour she hopes to create erotic and visceral work that not only challenges people but also asks them to get involved. Grass, Peony, Bum is co-curated by Mia Pfeifer, and is a result of several year’s work coming to a climax in an exploration of nature and sexuality, providing the audience with a break from reality and an overall sensory experience, with an installation created in collaboration with celebrity perfumer Azzi Glasser.
- Joyce Pensato @ Lisson Gallery
19 May – 24 June
Brooklyn based artist Joyce Pensato presents an ambitious new body of paintings, drawings and installations, highlighting her artistic development over the last two years. The dynamic movement of line, form and expressive brush strokes now extends to her work in all media with a new accent on the erasure of an image,in the process of making the image. The exhibition, FORGETTABOUT IT featureS Pensato’s familiar personalities; Batman, Mickey, Donald, Lincoln, de Niro, playfully, and sometimes threateningly, in conversation with each other from one work to another.
- Jorinde Voigt @ Lisson Gallery
19 May – 24 June
Jorinde Voigt fuses music and visual art in Song of the Earth, a monumental new series of drawings in eight chapters. The latest work in the series, Both Sides Now will be shown as part of Voigt’s exhibition at Lisson Gallery London, following presentations at Hamburger Bahnhofin Germany, Kunstraum Innsbruck in Austria and Manifesta 11 in Switzerland. In Voigt’s characteristic ethereal yet highly-structured style, the works, doubling as musical scores, reference the chance, improvisation and creative rhythmic structures apparent in both music and visual art.
- Marilyn Stafford @ Lucy Bell Gallery
6 May – 24 June
"I have always been fond of stories, listening to them, telling them, performing them, singing them. One way or another my life has been that of an observer and story teller” Photo-journalist Marilyn Stafford, who now lives in West Sussex, was born in Cleveland Ohio, in 1925. She originally trained as an actress, then studied drama at university and went to New York to act, finding work off Broadway and in television. Her photographic career began in New York in 1948 when she was asked to photograph Albert Einstein for friends who were making a documentary about him. The exhibition Stories in Pictures 1950 -1960, also features Marilyn’s pioneering photographs, where, for the first time, she took models out of the studio and chic salons into the streets of Paris, using a photo-documentary style to her fashion shots. In the mid-sixties Marilyn Stafford settled in London, where, along with Fay Godwin, Sally Soames, and Jane Bown , she helped pave the way for future female photographers working on Fleet Street. Marilyn Staffords commitment to supporting female documentary photographers continues today with the launch of the Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award Launched in Spring 2017 in Association with Fotodocument.
- Ana Mendieta @ Alison Jacques Gallery
26 May – 24 June
This exhibition focuses on the themes of Metamorphosis and transformation in Ana Mendieta's work, from her early performances at the University of Iowa in the 1970s, to her later sculptural work in the first half of the 1980s. This thematic focus includes groundbreaking work in performance and photography, drawings and leaf sculptures as well as three films that will be exhibited individually over the duration of the exhibition. The theme of metamorphosis and transformation also includes camouflage, with a particular focus on the relationship of the body to nature.
- Filipa Cesar @ Gasworks
27 April – 25 June
Op-Film: An Archaeology of Optics, is a collaborative exhibition by artists and filmmakers Filipa César and Louis Henderson. The exhibition comprises a newly commissioned film and installation exploring how optical technologies of military and colonial design – from lighthouse Fresnel lenses to global satellite navigation systems – both inform and are informed by Western models of knowledge. Taking a critical approach to the ideologies behind the development of these instruments of guidance and surveillance, the artists consider how imperial gestures of discovery, revelation and possession are embedded in associations between seeing and understanding, light projection and enlightenment.
- Vanessa Gardner @ Thackeray Gallery
11 April – 28 June
The exhibition Linear Edge reveals the inspiration behind Dorset artist Vanessa Gardiner's chosen subject: the coastal beauty of the British Isles.
- Jessica Cooper RWA @ Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath
17 June – 29 June
This exhibition 'The View from Here' is part of Jessica Cooper's ongoing current investigation into the story of the 'red threat of fate'.
- Prunella Clough @ Annely Juda Fine Art
24 May – 8 July
An exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Prunella Clough (1919-1999). Prunella Clough is widely appreciated as one of the most significant British artists of the post-war period. Her work consists of paintings, collages, drawings and reliefs which demonstrate the characteristic development of her work through her various influences – notably cubism and European abstraction. In this exhibition, we will be showing works from the 1940’s right up to those made the year before her death in 1999; figurative still life’s to abstract colour works, collages, oil paintings and works on paper, reflecting the huge variety and richness of Prunella Clough’s life and work.
- Sigrid Holmwood @ Annely Juda Fine Art
24 May – 8 July
“For the paintings in this exhibition I have used a combination of plants (and insects) originating from both Europe and Central America. I have dyed and mordant-printed calico for the backgrounds, and painted on top using plant pigments that I have made with both European and Mesoamerican technologies.” An exhibition of new works by Sigrid Holmwood titled ‘The Peasants are Revolting!’' Holmwood's work focuses on the ways in which the hand-making of materials generates meaning and resists the alienation of industrialised life.
- Anne Collier & others @ Zabludowicz Collection
30 March – 9 July
In this photographic exhibition there are works by, Lucas Blalock, Anne Collier, Sara Cwynar, Natalie Czech, Andreas Gursky, Elad Lassry, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Erin Shirreff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara VanDerBeek, Jeff Wall, Christopher Williams You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred brings together 14 international artists who work with photography. It spans a 40-year period, from 1977 to the present day, and traces how artists have used the camera to blur boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction. Today, the photographic image feels ever-present, perhaps even over-familiar. How then do artists go about producing works that can engage us? In this exhibition the recognisable world of images is used as a starting point. The languages of the personal snapshot, advertising and cinema are reworked to produce new pictures.
- Becky Beasley @ Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
29 April – 9 July
Becky Beasley's photographs and sculpture, while deeply personal, often develop through an engagement with the ideas and works of other artists and writers. On this occasion, one such figure is artist and designer Eric Ravilious. Towner has one of the largest public collections of Ravilious' works and this archive became a place for Beasley to start from and journey to. Along the way she encounters Paul Nash and Enid Marx. Across six room installations. Ous will explore Beasley's ongoing interest in specific qualities raised by Ravilious' practice: space, flatness, light, abstraction and nature, as well as his creative friendships.
- Laura Aldridge & others @ Kate Macgarry
2 June – 15 July
Things that soak you, is an exhibition of four contemporary artists: Laura Aldrige’s work balances painting and sculpture, a state of stasis and mobility; Rana Begum’s work is characterized by the interplay of dense, industrial materials and the impression of weightlessness; Francis Upritchard experiments with the theme of display, creating installations featuring archetypal figures, which draw on the gothic tradition as well as contemporary folk and psychedelia; and Bethan Laura Wood’s designs - spanning furniture, glass, jewellery and sculpture - are a riotous culmination of colour, humour and materiality.
- Jessie Flood-Paddock @ The Tetley
4 May – 16 July
This exhibition Refinding brings together new and recent works by London-based artist Jessie Flood-Paddock, with the Oak Tree series of sculptures, drawings and prints by the celebrated 20th century sculptor, the late Kenneth Armitage. In 2013, Flood-Paddock was awarded the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship, which enabled her to live and work in Armitage’s studio for two years. Refinding brings this private conversation between these two artists into the gallery for the first time, marking the 101st anniversary of Armitage’s birth in his home city and Flood-Paddock’s first exhibition in a public gallery outside London.
- Eileen Quinlan @ Campoli Presti
1 June – 22 July
A solo exhibition of Eileen Quinlan's work.
- Lee Lozano @ Hauser & Wirth, London
19 May – 29 July
A retrospective of the work of the American artist Lee Lozano (1930-1999.)
- 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.
- Ida Applebroog @ Hauser & Wirth, London
19 May – 29 July
Ida Appleborg presents exhibits of her work that are called Mercy Hospital.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.