- Annette Messager @ Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
24 May – 19 July
An exhibition in Paris by Annette Messager with new works and a set of new drawings, including her first video installation, Lost in Limbos (2019). The exhibition opens with a series of mural sculptures titled Sleeping Songs. To create them, Annette Messager worked with coloured sleeping bags, quilts and hooded puffer jackets. Emphasising their tremendous versatility and rich variety of meanings. The artist states: “The quilts, sleeping bags, puffer jackets and duvets are recent materials – warm, soft, protective cocoons. They take all kinds of forms and are with us day and night, on our clothed or naked bodies. […] They can suggest sleep, dreams or nightmares, love, sexuality, or isolation.”
- Deborah Roberts @ Stephen Friedman Gallery
7 June – 20 July
If they come is Deborah Roberts' first solo exhibition in Europe, in which she combines collage with mixed media. Roberts' figurative works depict the complexity of black subject-hood and explore themes of race, identity and gender politics. The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication featuring an essay by Daniella Rose King, Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
- Alberta Whittle @ Tyburn Gallery
31 May – 27 July
Business As Usual, is a solo exhibition by Alberta Whittle, a multi-faceted artist whose practice includes film, performance, and various forms of collage and assemblage, Whittle is known for work which uses the body as a site of potential for transformation and resistance. Creating space to acknowledge the effects of history on the present, she envisions new models for the future, drawing on science fiction, decolonial knowledge, and the power of vulnerability.
- Zoe Williams @ Mimosa House
25 May – 27 July
A solo exhibition and premiere of Zoe Williams’s new moving image work, Sunday Fantasy. The work uses the language of fantasy to play with and subvert dominant power structures, dissecting and interrogating current representations of the erotic and viewing them through an importantly female and queered lens.
- Jenny Holzer @ Tate Modern
23 July – 31 July
American artist Jenny Holzer presents statements that can provoke strong responses. Whether encountered on city streets or in art galleries, Holzer's work asks us to consider the words and messages that surround us. Her art takes many forms, including stone benches, projections, signs, posters, paintings, plaques and textiles. Words are central to her work, whether pasted on a wall, flickering from an electronic sign, carved in granite or stitched in wool. Her texts can be forceful and apparently simple, but may contradict one another. They are not necessarily straightforward expressions of the artist’s views. Truisms, Holzer’s first text series, is a survey of belief.
- Claudia Wieser @ Bloomberg Space
31 January – 31 July
Claudia Wieser's Shift transforms the ground floor of the three-level space with delicately crafted sculptures and collaged wallpaper, welcoming visitors to explore an ever-changing scene where the ancient and the contemporary conflate and collide. It is a visual archive of found images and times, resulting in a collage of different pasts that both cancel out and affect each other. At its core, Shift provokes questions about the different lenses and perceptions of past and present whilst inviting viewers to create their own associations and narratives.
- Phoebe Boswell & others @ Whitechapel Gallery
4 June – 4 August
Phoebe Boswell combines traditional draftswoman-ship and digital technology in The words I do not have yet. The words of poet Audre Lorde and Kenyan activist Wambui Mwangi with other female voices are overlaid on drawings of women’s contested bodies. Apariciones/Apparitions, by Carolina Caycedo, features costumed dancers performing. Brown, black and queer bodies, informed by the rituals associated with the Afro-Brazilian deity Oxum, take over historically white institutions. In The Interview, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, discusses Western and Eastern approaches to art history with a curator. A male model walks by in underwear in a playful take on ‘ideal proportions’ and the objectification of the male body.
- Kathy Acker @ ICA
1 May – 4 August
I, I, I, I, I, I, I, Kathy Acker is an exhibition dedicated to the American writer Kathy Acker (1947–1997), her written, spoken and performed work. This polyvocal and expansive project combines an exhibition with a programme of performances, screenings and talks. The exhibition is structured around fragments of Acker’s writing, which serve as catalysts for a network of interconnected materials presented around them, including works by other artists and writers, video and audio documentation of Acker’s performative appearances in various cultural and media contexts, documents and books from her personal archive.
- Merete Rasmussen @ Pangolin London
19 June – 17 August
An exhibition of exquisite new work by Merete Rasmussen, who is known for her signature abstract ceramic and bronze forms, which are brought to life with bold, bright colours in this highly anticipated show.
- Nina Royle @ Newlyn Art Gallery
22 June – 17 August
Nina Royle presents a new body of work, exploring the relationship between water, sight and the nature of images.
- Candida Powell-Williams & Mary Cremin @ Void, Derry
22 June – 24 August
Command Lines is a theatrical installation of sculpture, performance and animation by artist Candida Powell-Williams. The works re-imagine the iconic tarot as a three-dimensional experiment in symbolism, action, story-telling and magical thinking. Powell-William’s installation uses the term Command Lines to frame the exhibition, insinuating systems, networks and feedback loops, control over and order of information. Her work builds on the play between performance, technology and sculptures that act as props to her fantastical stage setting, calling into questions structures of reality.
- Anna Ridler @ Barbican Centre
16 May – 26 August
This major centre-wide ‘festival-style’ exhibition explores creative and scientific developments in AI, demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives. Bringing together artists, scientists and researchers, this interactive exhibition offers an unprecedented survey of AI with which you are invited to engage head-on.
- Lynn Chadwick @ Sainsbury Centre
11 May – 31 August
Three striking sculptures by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) - These three “Beasts” (Crouching Beast II, Lion I and Beast Alerted I) are monumental animals captured in various states of action, made of welded stainless-steel sheets.
- Glenys Barton & others @ Flowers Kingsland Rd
12 July – 31 August
Motherline, is a group exhibition of ceramics, tapestry and printmaking, Glenys Barton and others. The exhibition explores the emergent expression of identity and memory, visibility and the unconscious, fantasy, myth and the uncanny within the sphere of female experience.
- Liz Johnson Artur @ South London Gallery
14 June – 1 September
Liz Johnson Artur presents new sculptural works incorporating photographs selected from her substantial archive of images documenting the lives of people from the African diaspora. This exhibition, If you Know the Beginning, the End is no Trouble focuses on London, where Artur has lived since 1991, capturing the richness and complexity of Black British life. “What I do is people,” Artur says of her work. “But it’s those people who are my neighbours. And it’s those people who I don’t see represented anywhere.”
- Huguette Caland @ Tate St Ives
24 May – 1 September
After moving to Paris from Beirut in 1970, Huguette Caland achieved artistic recognition with her exuberant and erotically charged paintings that challenged traditional conventions of beauty and desire. The female physique is a recurrent motif in her work, often painted like landscapes with voids and mountain-like forms. Shifting between figuration and abstraction, large, colourful canvasses and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s explores the delicate balance between the suggestive and the explicit that Caland creates in her work.
- Helen Cammock @ Whitechapel Gallery
25 June – 1 September
What do jazz and the blues have in common with seventeenth century Baroque music? The winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women Helen Cammock sensed that lament, the expression of loss and mourning, is central to the history of vocal music and embarked on a six-month journey across Italy to find out. Travelling from Bologna to Florence, Venice, Rome, Palermo and Reggio Emilia, Cammock met historians, musicians and singers who opened their archives, shared their lives and research – and gave her singing lessons. The title of her project Che si può fare (What can be done) is taken from a 1664 aria by Italian composer Barbara Strozzi (1619–1677). It is her music and that of Francesca Caccini (1587–1641) that Cammock performs as a duet with a jazz trumpeter in a live event and on a vinyl recording, reviving their legacy through her own voice. Helen Cammock is a visual poet whose drawings, prints, photographs and films juxtapose word and image.
- Cindy Sherman @ NPG
27 June – 1 September
This major new retrospective explores the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and features around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery. Focusing on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion, the exhibition explores the tension between façade and identity.
- Ima-Abasi Okon @ Chisenhale Gallery
28 June – 1 September
Ima-Abasi Okon works with sculpture, sound and video to produce installations that explore the historical and political charge of materials. Previous works have included the artist's own jewellery, used as a filter between spaces, or contained within medical liquids. For this exhibition, Okon repurposes industrial and handmade objects, removing their use-value or function, in order to explore the formation of subjectivity, productivity and excess.
- Susan Cianciolo @ South London Gallery
21 June – 1 September
Susan Cianciolo presents an installation, God Life: Modern House on Land Outside Gate that draws viewers into her unique creative world. It draws together elements inspired by craft, fashion and daily domestic life, from which Cianciolo intuitively combines all sorts of materials, using fabric off-cuts, buttons and glue, through to cardboard boxes, diary pages and her young daughter’s drawings. The resulting works with their seemingly casual and low-fi nature of construction is at odds with the precision with which they are composed.
Works in the show are selected from several different groups – Mannequins, Kits, Tapestries and Games that are clearly part of a single, overarching project. Cianciolo’s very particular sensibility is both intimate and generous, inspired by her daily life as an artist and mother, but equally by her deep spirituality.
- Louise McNaught @ Liberty Gallery
27 June – 2 September
Consume is a solo show for endangered-animal painter Louise McNaught, whose work celebrates the glory of nature and animals. She uses blazing neon colours and mixed media to give her subjects a godlike, heavenly quality. Louise’s gentle touch highlights the delicate relationship we humans have with nature. ‘Consume’ will present a new body of work by the artist, exploring the materiality of the modern world in her signature style of stunning detail and bold colours.
- Brenda Hartill @ Bannatyne Spa Hotel
14 June – 6 September
Brenda Hartill's work is a celebration of life and art – inspirational, uplifting and joyful.
- Kate Cooper & others @ Hayward Gallery
12 June – 8 September
Kiss My Genders is a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity. Spanning the past 50 years, Kiss My Genders brings together over 100 artworks by artists who employ a wide range of approaches to articulate and engage with gender fluidity, as well as with non-binary, trans and intersex identities.
- Phoebe Unwin @ Towner Art Gallery
16 June – 8 September
This exhibition, Iris, takes its name from the artist’s late maternal grandmother and reflects on the ideas surrounding how the iris works, moving from the intimate and unspoken to the communal, stretching to different times, reflective of the nature of painting itself.
- Dineo Seshee Bopape @ Towner Art Gallery
16 June – 8 September
Dineo Seshee Bopape addresses politics, race, spirituality, gender and sexuality in her ambitious large scale installations which are created with using sound, found objects and moving image. Sedibeng, it comes with the rain is an immersive installation set in an environment of reflecting and refracting light, on a floor strewn with feathers, metal abstractions, letter charms, bags of healing herbs, images of ripe fruits and flowers native to Africa, the work explores notions of fertility, land, resistance, Afro-diasporic spiritual aesthetics and practices.
- Barbara Hepworth @ St Albans Museum & Gallery
23 March – 8 September
This major exhibition, Artist in Society, 1948-53 explores a short, yet significant, period in the life of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, and highlights Barbara Hepworth’s little-known connection to Hertfordshire.
- Patricia Dominguez @ Gasworks
3 July – 8 September
Chilean artist Patricia Domínguez explores rituals and healing practices emerging in the contact zones between multiple cultures, worldviews and livelihoods. Informed by the study of ethnobotany in South America, her first UK solo exhibition, Green Irises, invites the viewer to envision possible futures for humans, plants and animals thriving in the cracks of modernity. The exhibition features newly-commissioned work including a video installation presented alongside a series of cybernetic altars and totem figures.
- Unconscious Landscape @ Hauser & Wirth Somerset
11 May – 8 September
Unconscious Landscape, is a collection of works from Ursula Hauser Collection that focusses entirely on female artists. The exhibition covers four decades of works that brings together a remarkable overview of late 20th century modern masters in dialogue with contemporary artists. The exhibition, which is curated by Ursula Hauser’s daughter Manuela Wirth, together with Laura Bechter, Curator of the Ursula Hauser Collection, presents 65 works by female artists and artists’ estates including Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Sonia Gomes, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Maria Lassnig, Lee Lozano, Meret Oppenheim, Carol Rama, Sylvia Sleigh and Alina Szapocznikow.
- Tracy Emin @ Turner Contemporary
25 June – 8 September
Death Mask is Tracey Emin’s first sculptural work in bronze. In an ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, she has cast her own ‘death mask’ during her lifetime. The sculpture reflects her preoccupation with self-disclosure and her constant engagement with and exploration of her own life and body. Emin comments that in this work she offers herself in perpetuity as a museum display, transforming herself into an object for the scrutiny of generations to come.
- Claudette Johnson @ Modern Art Oxford
1 June – 8 September
Intimate, powerful and sometimes deliberately uncomfortable, Claudette Johnson’s studies of black men and women demand attention and command respect. This show, I Came to Dance, is an overview of one of the most accomplished figurative artists working in Britain today.
- Elizabeth Murray @ Camden Arts Centre
5 July – 15 September
An exhibition to celebrate the American artist Elizabeth Murray (1940 – 2007. The exhibition highlights a dramatic decade that saw Murray’s work dominate the art scene of 1980s New York. Her innovative paintings paved the way for a revival of the medium that included Julian Schnabel, David Salle and Anselm Kiefer. This landmark exhibition, Flying Blue, focusses on her vibrant, monumental, multi-panel and three-dimensional paintings and innovative works on paper from the 1980s and early 1990s.
- Lauren Godfrey & De La Warr Pavilion
6 July – 15 September
Group Hat is inspired by Lauren Godfrey’s impression of the De La Warr Pavilion and the town of Bexhill as a ‘porous chorus’ of people, organisations, buildings, pieces of furniture, steps and surfaces that together form a whole. Many of the works in Group Hat have been developed in conversation and collaboration with local organisations.
- Posy Simmonds @ House of Illustration
24 May – 15 September
Posy Simmonds’ sharp satire and progressive female characters have defined a career spanning 50 years. This retrospective will feature her early-career pastiches, iconic cartoon strips for The Guardian and children’s books such as Fred, which became an Oscar-nominated film. It will also include the first ever British graphic novel, True Love, unseen pages from Tamara Drewe and drawings from Simmonds’ new 2018 book, Cassandra Darke.
- Paula Rego @ Milton Keynes Gallery
15 June – 22 September
Obedience and Defiance, is an exhibition of Paula Rego's works spanning her entire career since the 1960s; her first major retrospective in England for over 20 years. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs. The selection of works focuses on the moral challenges to humanity, particularly in the face of violence, gender discrimination and political tyranny.
- Jennifer Lee @ Kettle's Yard
9 July – 22 September
The Potter's Space is an exhibition of the renowned ceramicist, Jennifer Lee. It includes 40 works made from different periods throughout Lee’s entire career as well as new pots which have been especially made for the exhibition at Kettle’s Yard. Jennifer Lee is a major presence to have emerged from studio ceramics of the 1970s, whose practitioners dismantled notions of clay as a medium confined to functional forms and domestic environments.
- Madge Gill @ William Morris Gallery
22 June – 22 September
Madge Gill was born in Walthamstow and spent most of her years living in East London. A self-taught, visionary artist, she created meticulous artworks, many of which were created while “possessed” by Myrninerest, her spirit-guide. This landmark exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of Gill’s work to date, bringing together drawings, large-scale embroideries, textiles and archival objects, many of which have never been exhibited before.
- Nairy Baghramian @ The Hepworth Wakefield
22 June – 24 September
For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Nairy Baghramian displays works from her Maintainers series, recent sculptures that combine aluminium casts, coloured wax and lacquer painted braces with cork. The resolute materiality of each independent element is seemingly contradicted by the tentative physical relationships between them, which suggest the possibility of continuous rearrangement.
- Phyllida Barlow @ Yorkshire Sculpture
22 June – 24 September
Renowned sculptor Phyllida Barlow is the ‘provocateur’ for the Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019. As provocateur, in 2018, she proposed a series of thought-provoking statements. The festival explores one of the most compelling of these – ‘Sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’. The exhibitions and new commissions in Yorkshire Sculpture International are all responding to the idea that there is a basic human impulse to make and connect with objects.
- Huma Bhabha @ Wakefield City Centre
22 June – 24 September
Working almost entirely in figurative sculpture, Huma Bhabha’s approach is unconventional and cross-cultural, making connections between histories, languages and civilisations. Huma Bhabha is making her first public realm commission in the UK for Yorkshire Sculpture International, which will be on display in Wakefield city centre for the duration of the festival. Assembled and carved from everyday materials like Styrofoam packaging, cork, clay and plaster, Bhabha’s work has a timeless quality and her practice is a meditation on new ways of approaching the tactile challenges of sculpture-making.
- Ayse Erkmen @ Wakefield City Centre
22 June – 26 September
Ayşe Erkmen’s sculptural practice transforms environments as she responds to a particular place through eye catching site-specific interventions that draw our attention to locations and things that are often overlooked or hidden. Erkmen’s work is influenced by the historical, cultural, political and geographical significance of a particular place often incorporating the architectural features of those locations as part of her works. For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Ayşe Erkmen has made a new installation, three of four, 2019, in response to the Central Court at Leeds Art Gallery.
- Michelle Sank @ The Exchange Cornwall
22 June – 28 September
What is it like to be sixteen years old in the UK now? This is the central thread running through the national project Sixteen where some of the UK’s foremost documentary portrait photographers collaborated in opening up conversations with young people about their hopes and fears, and who or what sustains them, giving prominence to voices rarely heard. Here we highlight one of them, Michelle Sank, who focused her lens on Cornwall, drawn by an interest to explore how the economic poverty and physical isolation of the county impacts on the future of its young people.
- Tamar Harpaz @ Henry Moore Institute
22 June – 29 September
Tamar Harpaz’s work will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute during Yorkshire Sculpture International. Harpaz is best known for sculptures that use light, mirrors, and lenses to create uncanny optical illusions. Combined into meandering installations, they unfold into narratives that touch on the cinematic and spectacular, but lay bare the simple mechanisms of their creations
- Cauleen Smith @ Henry Moore Institute
22 June – 29 September
Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist best known for her work in film. Reactivating archives and harnessing the possibilities of imagination, her work especially addresses issues faced by black women today.
- Joanna Piotrowska @ Leeds Art Gallery
22 June – 29 September
Joanna Piotrowska’s work examines the complex power dynamics and psychological effects of human relationships. For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Piotrowska developed a new project based on a selection of her series of photographs Frantic. This series of composed black and white photographs explore notions of the human body and social structures.
- Rachel Harrison @ Leeds Art Gallery
22 June – 29 September
Rachel Harrison’s work draws from a wide range of influences, combining art historical and pop cultural references through a diverse assemblage of materials. For Yorkshire Sculpture International, she exhibits a group of works that relate to the body.
- Maria Laboda @ Henry Moore Institute
22 June – 29 September
Inspired by anthropology, linguistics and archaeology Maria Loboda unravels the assignation of meaning to symbols and objects throughout history, re-imagining them into new combinations. For Yorkshire Sculpture International Loboda has created a number of lamps, inspired by a 1920s French design, each encasing select insects. Titled The Chosen, each is a reminder of the human implications and fallibilities in collecting for preservation and what ultimately becomes historical fact.
- Kimsooja @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park
22 June – 29 September
Kimsooja’s practice reflects traditional forms of female labour and craft, and for over 25 years the artist has been inspired by the forms and idea of ‘bottari’ – the South Korean word for a bundle wrapped in fabric. For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Kimsooja transforms Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic chapel with a new installation featuring lights and a mirrored floor. Responsive to the natural environment, the installation changes according to the light quality and intensity.
- Nobuko Tsuchiya @ Leeds Art Gallery
22 June – 29 September
Nobuko Tsuchiya uses a variety of media to create imaginative sculptures that evoke an arresting narrative quality. Her work incorporates found household objects including mop buckets, table legs, rags and plastic tubing. Her enigmatic sculptures resemble minimalist mechanisms devoid of function, primitive robots, or curious experiments.
- Heather Ackroyd @ White Horse Wood Country Park, Maidstone
1 September – 30 September
Ash to Ash by internationally recognised artists Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey is a major new environmental artwork commissioned by The Ash Project. As part of their process the artists have undertaken a substantial research and development project, creating a work that responds to the loss of ash across the globe.
- Anne Bevan & Janice Galloway @ Hunterian Art Gallery
28 June – 1 October
From research in the “special collections” of medical history and the modern labour suite, Anne Bevan and Janice Galloway have put together the words and sculptures of Rosengarten, taking the tools of obstetrics and pairing them with water, light, human hands and garden plants. Away from the heat and trauma of birth, seen in isolation or reflection, the implements appear as open, allusive, organic, and most of all, visible.
- Lucy Jones @ Attenborough Arts Centre
27 July – 6 October
Awkward Beauty is a Lucy Jones retrospective, spanning 25 years of work. For the first time her self-portraits, landscapes, and works on paper are exhibited together, offering a deep insight into Jones’ prolific and varied practice. Expressive colour, painterly brush work and bold simplicity distinguish her as one of the most significant British painters working today. Often viewed as divergent, Jones sees her portraiture and landscape painting as closely linked, equally important within her practice and contributing to each other.
- Luchita Hurtado @ Serpentine Sackler Gallery
23 May – 20 October
An exhibition of works by Luchita Hurtado. I Die I will be Reborn traces the trajectory of Hurtado’s expansive, 80-year career and reveals the scale, experimentation and playfulness of her impressive oeuvre.
- Grete Marks @ Pallant House Gallery
26 June – 27 October
Grete Marks – also known as Margret Marks or Margarete Heymann – was one of the earliest female students of the Bauhaus School. This exhibition, An Intimate Portrait, celebrates a lesser known aspect of the artist’s creative practice through a series of intimate portrait paintings and drawings from the 1920s and 1930s. Marks is best known for founding the Hael-Werkstätten pottery in Germany – examples of which are included in the exhibition – and later for her ‘Grete Pottery’ created in the UK after emigrating in 1938
- Tirzah Garwood @ The Fry Art Gallery
7 April – 27 October
Mr & Mrs Ravilious, is the Gallery's main exhibition for 2019, which will be devoted to the work of Eric Ravilious and his wife Tirzah Garwood, two artists whose lives were both prematurely cut short. Eric died in 1942, aged 39, while serving as a war artist; Tirzah (née Garwood) died in 1951, aged 42. Despite this, they have a unique place in 20th century art and the exhibition tells the story of their artistic life together, presenting the parallels in their work and the influence they had on each other's creativity. In what will be a very insightful and eclectic collection, it will be the first time that the careers and work of Ravilious and Garwood have been seen from this fascinating and intertwined personal perspective. Over 150 items will be on display including watercolours, oils, ceramics, marbled papers, box constructions and wood engravings, together with two fine oil portraits of Eric and Tirzah.
- Julie Cockburn @ Flowers Kingsland Rd
12 September – 2 November
In the nineteenth century, long before the current era of fake news, Emily Dickinson wrote a meditation on truth in her poem Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant. With a title alluding to the poem, this exhibition, Telling it Slant, of Julie Cockburn’s latest work similarly excavates authentic stories by circuitous means. Using a rich material language, Cockburn embarks on a visual journey to delicately reveal narrative histories and layered meanings in lost and discarded images. Cockburn partially obscures the images in a process she describes as “paradoxically unmasking” their intrinsic truths, layering and embellishing them with exquisitely hand-crafted embroidery, beading, vibrant screen printing and gestural flurries of paint.
- Marie Neurath @ House of Illustration
19 July – 3 November
Marie Neurath and her team at the Isotype Institute produced over 80 illustrated children’s books from 1944-1971 in a pioneering collaboration between researchers, artists and writers. Using infographics and illustrated diagrams to explain scientific concepts, Neurath’s books mark a defining moment in information design for children. The exhibition includes spreads and working materials from book series that Marie Neurath produced, including Wonder World of Nature and Wonders of the Modern World.
- Libita Clayton @ Gasworks
24 January – 24 November
Quantum Ghost, the first UK solo exhibition and a major commission by Libita Clayton. Consisting of an immersive sound installation, a series of large-scale photograms and a programme of live performances, Quantum Ghost maps a journey through archives and territories related to the artist’s heritage. Clayton digs deep into personal documents and oral histories tracing her family tree across different mining regions and colonial geographies of extraction. She reconstructs the paper trail left by her late father, a member of SWAPO (South West Africa People’s Organisation, the political mass movement that fought for Namibia’s liberation from Apartheid South Africa) who went into exile in the 1980’s and studied mining engineering in Cornwall. Grounded in these sites of memory and testimony, Clayton’s research unearths the subterranean histories and political undercurrents connecting the mining regions of Namibia and Cornwall.
- Susan Derges @ The Queen's House
20 March – 5 January
Inspired by the Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I; this exhibition is a new commission from photographer Susan Derges. Using both analogue and digital techniques the work, titled Mortal Moon, unpacks the Armada Portrait’s symbolism, with a particular focus on the Moon.
- Kiki Smith @ Modern Art Oxford
28 September – 19 January
This retrospective exhibition, I am a Wanderer, organised in close collaboration with the artist, focusses on three distinctive areas of Kiki Smith’s practice: small sculptures created from the mid-1980s to present day; a selection from her printmaking, and the intricate Jacquard tapestries produced since 2012.
- Elizabeth Neel @ Pilar Corrias
31 May – 29 January
Nightjars and Allies, is the fourth solo exhibition by American artist Elizabeth Neel. The exhibition features new paintings on canvas that continue to foreground Neel’s reflections on our surrounding physical landscape well as the inner landscape of the mind. The exhibition takes its name from a new painting, Nightjars and Allies, and is the largest scale at which the artist has worked, as she continues to explore positive and negative interplay in her works by creating a constant illusion between distance and proximity. She skilfully stirs the attention of the viewer, who reacts directly to the composition while simultaneously contemplating the suggestion of narrative and subject.