- Margot Selby @ Huguenot Museum
15 December – 24 February
This exhibition in partnership with Rochester Art Gallery features internationally-renowned textile artist and designer Margo Selby. We are showcasing her beautiful hand-woven framed textiles, including new pieces made especially for this show, along with an archive of her design work which reveals the creative process. The artworks use a technique called 'Lampas', a historic woven structure that was developed in the 17th century by Huguenot weavers to create decorative brocade fabrics. Margo is now using these weave structures in a new way to create stunning geometric framed works with a modernist feel.
- Caroline Cole & Sophie Arup @ Herrick Gallery
20 February – 24 February
This is the second exhibition showcasing the work of two sisters: Caroline Cole and Sophie Arup and is curated by CO (Marcus Cole and Issy Ogden). Caroline works in ceramics and Sophie with paper and collage. Their highly individual but remarkably complementary work is founded on geometry and mathematical patterns that are enhanced by a rich use of colour and an extraordinary attention to minutiae.The sisters, despite working completely independently have always been surprised by the slightly eerie way their work complements and informs the other. Drawing on this, they decided to exhibit together in 2014, which was a great success and inspired them to work towards a new exhibition. Four years in the making, Sisters.2 shows a whole new body of work that highlights how both artists have moved on in the way in which they craft their pieces whilst continuing to exude extraordinary synergy despite the different mediums in which they work.
- Wilhelmina Barns-Graham @ Bohun Gallery
3 February – 24 February
"Letting rip" is how Wilhelmina Barns-Graham described making her late work, with colour defining these energetic paintings and prints. Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was a master of her craft, an artist perfectly attuned to every nuance of each hue and tone. Furthermore, she had the unusual gift of synaesthesia. This meant that sensations she experienced were translated intuitively into specific colours with attendant harmonies and discords. Colour played a central role throughout her life but it is in these late works, Joy of Colour: the late paintings and prints, where it explodes with new invigoration, each brush mark saturated with a different colour.
- Trish Morissey @ Hestercombe Gallery, Somerset
18 November – 25 February
Trish Morrissey works with photography, film and video. As Hestercombe’s 2017 Artist in residence, she has made a major new body of work about the lives of Miss Warre (1790 – 1872) and Mrs Portman (1854 – 1951), women who at different times in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries ran the Hestercombe estate. Drawing on sources from the Hestercombe archive, Morrissey’s new work, A Certain Slant of Light, explores themes of class, gender and role play, body and gesture, the language of photography, and the relation between public and private.
- Ilona Sagar @ South London Gallery
13 December – 25 February
In her first institutional solo show in the UK, Ilona Sagar presents Correspondence O, a multi-faceted work exploring the history of the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham and its subsequent conversion into a gated community. Sagar’s moving image installation expresses the complex, changing landscape of public health and the social shift towards a more egocentric, user-focused and technology-infused understanding of wellness. The work is informed by her extensive research within the archives of the Pioneer Health Centre held by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and contemporary medical research conducted by the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cambridge. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication.
- 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.
- Andrea Geyer @ Hales Gallery
19 January – 3 March
Andrea Geyer’s critically-oriented work ranges across media, incorporating text, photography, painting, sculpture, video and performance. If I told her explores the complex politics of time, in the context of specific social and political situations, cultural institutions and historical events. From her early investigations into urban environments and notions of citizenship to more recent research into women’s contributions to modernism, Geyer’s work continuously seeks to create spaces of critical, collective reflection on the construction of histories and ideas that are otherwise marginalised or obscured. The focus of this exhibition is a core strand of Geyer’s practice, which originated during the artist’s 2012–13 research fellowship at the Museum of Modern Art New York, consisting of an ongoing investigation into women who have actively shaped today’s cultural landscape and contemporary museums.
- Rose Finn-Kelcey, Firstsite, Colchester
2 December – 4 March
This exhibition focusses on the key themes of self, empowerment and spirituality embedded in Rose Finn-Kelcey’s work, exploring how they contribute to our own perception of identity. Her work is distinguished by its unpredictability; no two works are quite alike. Despite or perhaps because of this continual reinvention, it is possible to pick out the reoccurrence of these key ideas in many of Finn-Kelcey’s works. The exhibition title is taken from a flag called ‘Power for the People’ installed by the artist on Battersea Power Station in 1972.
- Susan Philipsz @ BALTIC Gateshead
20 October – 4 March
Susan Philipsz is staging the presentation of a new work, A Single Voice 2017, which is an adaptation of Karl-Birger Blomdahl’s opera Aniara 1959. The narrative follows a group of colonists who leave a doomed planet Earth behind to set up a new life on Mars. An accident occurs during their journey and the passengers of the craft are left to float eternally in space. In Philipsz' installation, a large film projection combined with the sculptural arrangement of 12 speakers act as an intimate meditation on themes of distance, separation and isolation.
- Susan Philipsz @ BALTIC, Gateshead
20 October – 4 March
For this exhibition Susan Philipsz is staging the presentation of her new work, A Single Voice 2017. It is an adaptation of Karl-Birger Blomdahl's opera Aniara 1959. The narrative follows a group of colonists who leave a doomed planet Earth behind to set up a new life on Mars. An accident occurs during their journey and the passengers of the craft are left to float eternally in space. In Philipsz' installation, a large film projection combined with the sculptural arrangement of 12 speakers act as an intimate meditation on themes of distances, separation and isolation. The exhibition also includes Ziggy Stardust 2001, a haunting a cappella rendition of David Bowie’s extraordinary 1972 studio album.
- Elisa Alaluusua @ Art Space Gallery
9 February – 9 March
Sketchbooks – Revelation, is an exhibition by Elisa Alaluusua, who explores and presents sketchbooks by four diverse artists: Nigel Hall, Eileen Hogan, Dale Inglis and Michael Sandle. The exhibition is based on in-depth interviews conducted over several years during Alaluusua’s PhD research on sketchbooks. The sketchbook has been at the heart of the creative process for centuries and despite digital advances that may offer alternative ways to develop an idea or capture a fleeting moment, they remain an essential tool. And although Alaluusua has detected a surge of interest in sketchbooks as `z``ddxnew books on the subject are published and sketchbooks now regularly find their way into exhibitions. A huge dilemma remains: how can sketchbooks be exhibited and shared with the public? Alaluusua resolves this dilemma by filming and recording individual artists talking about their sketchbook practice and presenting it as a video installation:
- Clare Woods @ Warwick Arts Centre
6 January – 10 March
Ths exhibition is a new series of raw and powerful paintings, frequently vast in scale, which were inspired by found photographic imagery the artist collects. These images often depict people at their most vulnerable, including in situations of conflict and confinement. Reinterpreted in oil paint using long, curved brushstrokes and sensuous colour, Clare Woods has created paintings which contain an intrinsic tension between reality and abstraction, beauty and its troubling undercurrent of ever-present danger.
- Minjung Kim @ White Cube, Mason's Yard
26 January – 10 March
An exhibition of works by Korean artist Minjung Kim, who was traditionally trained in Korean watercolour painting and calligraphy from the age of nine, Kim is among the few female heirs of the Dansaekhwa (Korean monochrome painting) movement, having studied under one of its masters, Park Seo-Bo, at Hong Ik University, Seoul. This major exhibition, The Memory of Process, is the first truly comprehensive presentation of Kim’s work in the UK to date and includes paintings drawn from across her career, which reflect her refined minimalist language and highlight her focused exploration of abstraction and serial process.
- Bridget Riley @ David Zwirner
19 January – 10 March
An exhibition of recent work from the last four years by Bridget Riley, her third solo exhibition with the gallery. Spanning three floors of the 24 Grafton Street location in London, Recent Paintings 2014-17 includes wall paintings and works on canvas as well as a group of related studies that focus on two themes: works in black-and-white and the disc. The works on view both extend and rework the artist’s previous investigations of these motifs in new ways.
- Anne Redpath @ Royal West of England Academy
30 January – 11 March
An exhibition showcasing the vibrant paintings of Anne Redpath. As well as being an RWA Academician and Associate Royal Academician, Redpath was the first woman elected as a Royal Scottish Academician. Featuring works from the RWA permanent collection and loans from the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation. Born in Scotland and moving from Galashiels to Hawick aged 6, Anne Redpath was a Scottish artist whose vivid domestic still lifes remain her best-known works. She found inspiration in her father’s work as a tweed designer in the Scottish Borders, seeing a connection between his use of colour and her own. Redpath was most notably influenced by both Matisse and Bonnard. This exhibition is part of Women with Vision.
- Women of the RWA @ RWA
16 December – 11 March
From its foundation to the present day, the RWA has had women artists at its heart. This diverse exhibition takes a walk through the RWA’s fascinating history and shines a light on the artists that shaped it. Women of the RWA reflects on key artistic moments across three centuries. Alongside works by the Academy’s longest standing and newest female academicians, the exhibition includes works from the permanent collection by artists such as Rolinda Sharples, Augusta Talboys, Vanessa Bell RWA, Dod Procter RA RWA, Mary Fedden RA PPRWA, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA RWA RSA, Jeanne du Maurier RWA, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE RWA, Anne Redpath ARA RWA RSA, Ann Christopher RA RWA and Emma Stibbon RA RWA. This exhibition is part of Women with Vision.
- Alejandra Carles-Tolra @ Jerwood Space
17 January – 11 March
New photographic works by three early career artists, Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira, enabled by the second, biennial, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. Alejandra Carles-Tolra is interested in the relationship between individual and group identity and how one identity influences the other. In Where We Belong she explores themes of belonging, femininity and escapism by following a group of Jane Austen devotees.
- Frink-Blow-Lawson @ RWA
16 December – 11 March
Frink-Blow-Lawson brings together the work of Dame Elisabeth Frink, Sandra Blow and Sonia Lawson, and explores their profound impact, still recognisable today. The work featured in this unique exhibition reflects the underlying tension between figuration and abstraction, which ran throughout the twentieth century. From Frink's haunting sculptures, including larger-than-life figurative works, to Blow's pioneering abstractions and Lawson's narrative-based, richly textured surfaces, this visionary collection of sculpture, collage and painting celebrates the international influence of these artists - one that continues to reverberate today. This exhibition is part of Women with Vision.
- Hannah Gluckstein & Brighton Museum
18 November – 11 March
This major new exhibition, Art & Identity explores the life and work of the 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978), who is now also recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity. Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, Gluck attended art school in London and ran away to Cornwall with fellow students during the First World War. The artist mixed with the Newlyn School of painters, and adopted the name Gluck, creating a controversial masculine identity incorporating men’s tailoring, barber-cut short hair and a mannish demeanour. Gluck, who demanded “no prefix, suffix, or quotes”, became well known as a painter. Portraits, land and seascapes and floral paintings are all included in this show. Taking the experimental approach of a forensic investigation, the exhibition will also present other surviving evidence of Gluck’s life – including clothing, accessories, photographs, press cuttings and personal ephemera.
- Women with Vision @ Royal West of England Academy
16 December – 11 March
A celebration of women in British art - past, present and future. In a year of national milestones, the RWA marks the impact of female artists on our country's artistic landscape with four diverse exhibitions of historic and contemporary works. These exhibitions are Frink-Blow-Lawson, Women of the RWA, Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break and Anne Redpath ARA RWA RSA. Women with Vision coincides with the Vote100 celebrations, marking the centenary of British women’s suffrage. The exhibitions also commemorate 160 years since the RWA first opened its doors and 250 years since London’s Royal Academy was founded. Featuring members of both Academies, Women with Vision celebrates the pivotal roles the artists have played in the histories of both institutions.
- Tammy Mackay @ Greenwich Printmakers
20 February – 11 March
An exhibition of Tammy Mackay's work.
- Valerie Belin @ Huxley Parlour Gallery
21 February – 17 March
This exhibition of work by Valérie Belin focuses on the French photographer's depictions of the female form out of her career. The exhibition showcases fifteen large-scale works created between 2001 and 2017, many of which are on display in the UK for the first time. Exploring issues of identity, surface and artificiality, Belin's work often returns to the depiction of the human form at transformative moments. She has photographed bodybuilders and brides, as well as trans women at the very beginning of their journey into becoming female. Works on display in this exhibition are taken from her series "Transsexuals" (2001), "Mannequins" (2003), "Brides" (2012), "Super Models" (2015), "All Star" (2016), and her latest work "Painted Ladies" (2017).
- Valerie Belin @ Huxley Parlour Gallery
21 February – 17 March
Valérie Belin's photographs focus on the depictions of the female form. The exhibition showcases fifteen large-scale works created between 2001 and 2017, many of which will be on display in the UK for the first time. Exploring issues of identity, surface and artificiality, Belin's work often returns to the depiction of the human form at transformative moments. She has photographed bodybuilders and brides, as well as trans women at the very beginning of their journey into becoming female. Works on display in this exhibition were taken from her series "Transsexuals" (2001), "Mannequins" (2003), "Brides" (2012), "Super Models" (2015), "All Star" (2016), and her latest work "Painted Ladies" (2017).
- Amanda Mestrom @ Castor Projects
9 February – 17 March
Amanda Meström expects people to play, and she expects people to be playful, curious and conscientious in their play. So, can we play freely and democratically? How do we interact, how do we share objects? And, how might an object reveal the playground, map out the public domain, and the magic of private pleasure, solitude and quietness (even in a crowd) By making interactive work Amanda is asking what the gallery space can be, and what our expectations of the gallery space are? By negotiating the health & safety web of inconvenience Amanda is working out how safe a piece of art needs to be. Can an artwork be allowed to be unsafe, even dangerous? Should an artwork be allowed to be dangerous? What level of risk are we willing to engage with? What is the threshold of the gallery space, when does it begin and end, and what can an artwork be? These are all questions posed by Amanda’s work in Doing it in the Park, Doing it after Dark.
- Rachel Howard @ Blain Southern
25 January – 17 March
Der Kuss, is an exhibition of Rachel Howard’s newest paintings and sculptures, which focuses on internal and external violence, the violence of the mind and the body. Der Kuss, the kiss, is a delicate point of intimate contact, of love or betrayal. The exhibition is divided into two rooms, in the first are paintings of grids and lines, disintegrated surfaces that hint at unstable worlds, entropy and collapse. There are also crashed planes here; based on everyday press images. Howard suspends the image in a pastel haze, transmuting these snapshots into images of universal suffering, or perhaps they are self-portraits installed into a delicate afterlife, where we can look at them forever.
- Fiona Finnegan @ Domobaal
16 February – 17 March
Fiona Finnegan's images in The Frog Devoured the Sun, are simultaneously familiar and enigmatic. Searching for a feeling rather than a particular subject, she carefully erases the details which locate an image in a particular time or space and creates instead a sense of surreal timelessness; something from the past but not necessarily rooted in reality. The thin washes of colour painted on and sanded back over and over again, are covered with a thick layer of varnish. Punctuated by bubbles, the varnish echoes the Victorian window panes in Finnegan's studio and acts as a barrier between the image and the viewer – reflecting our gaze and intensifying the mystery.
- Anna Dumitriu @ The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
28 September – 18 March
Explore your relationship with the microbial world, antibiotics and technology through art. This exhibition by internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu takes visitors on an artistic journey through infection, from the Romantic period to contemporary synthetic biology.
- Lubaina Himid @ Walker Art Gallery
7 October – 18 March
The pieces selected by Lubaina Himid are all by women artists, and occupies one room within the gallery. At the centre of this display is her 1987 series of watercolour drawings, ‘Scenes from the life of Toussaint L’Overture’, about the former slave who led the Haitian revolution. The meticulous detail within this series, and its focus upon some key moments and everyday happenings in L'Ouverture’s life, has inspired Lubaina’s selection of other works by artists including Bridget Riley and Claudette Johnson. The full installation Naming the Money was gifted by the artist to the International Slavery Museum. It addresses how Europe’s wealthy classes spent their money and flaunted their power in the 18th and 19th centuries, by using enslaved African men and women. The highly individual sculptural figures, each with their own profession and life-story, demonstrate how enslavement was disguised and glamorised.
- Rachel Bradley @ Gasworks Gallery
24 January – 18 March
Interlocutor is a major new commission by Rachal Bradley, produced by Gasworks through the Freelands Artist Programme, and in partnership with Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart. Bradley is interested in organisational structures, processes and relations, how these shape meaning and code the relations between individuals and society. This includes, but is not limited to, art and the contexts in which it is presented and produced, and an attention to what art does as well as what art means.
- Mary Reid Kelley @ Tate Liverpool
17 November – 18 March
Known for their stylised black-and-white videos this exhibition, We are Ghosts will be Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s first solo exhibition in the UK. The display will feature their new work In The Body of The Sturgeon, as well as the 2016 work, This Is Offal alongside life-size lightbox portraits of the videos’ characters. Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley work in collaboration to create video works that combine painting, performance and poetry to tell surreal stories inspired by history and mythology. Played by the artists acting multiple roles, their characters speak in poetic verse filled with wordplay and puns to tell stories that imagine unrecorded histories. The new commission In The Body of The Sturgeon envisions a peculiar time and space: an American submarine at the very end of the Second World War. Sailors on the (fictional) USS Sturgeon grapple with claustrophobic boredom and entertain each other with ad-hoc burlesque performances.
- Laurie Simmons @ Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
13 February – 18 March
Laurie Simmons is one of the most significant artists of the past forty years and a pioneer of the critique of photographic imagery associated with the ‘Pictures Generation’ of the late 1970s and early ’80s in New York. In 2017 - the post-internet age of fake news, fabricated images and fictive identites – and Simmons’s ‘Fake Fashion’ photographs add to their still uncanny presence an equally uncanny prescience. While the ‘Fake Fashion’ photographs heralded, in the first instance, the manipulated imagery that would shortly inundate fashion publications, the more crucial questions they raised more than thirty years ago also anticipate the problematic prevalence of ‘the fake’ in so many aspects of contemporary culture.
- Lisa Milroy @ Parasol Unit
17 January – 18 March
Lisa Milroy's first solo exhibition in London, Here & There, will bring together a selection of Lisa's paintings from the past fifteen years, in which she explores her approach to still life through the lens of making, looking, touch and transformation.
- Guler Ates @ Eton College
3 February – 19 March
Fragments is a solo exhibition of new photographic and video work by Turkish artist Guler Ates, while an artist in residence at Eton College in 2015. Ates in her signature style, swathed a 21st century woman in veils of brightly coloured silk sourced from Asian markets in Slough, a city neighbouring Eton. She documented her emotional passage through the hallowed and historic spaces of Eton College, including the Chapel, the Library and the Upper and Lower Schools.
- Eve @ Amar Gallery
23 January – 23 March
Eve, is an exhibition of contemporary art that celebrates the female form and the fateful origins of womanhood. Incorporating mythical themes from the Genesis story - with particular focus on The Fall, heavenly wrath, nature and rebellion. Eve brings together a collection of drawings, installations and photographs inspired by nature’s first heroine, as well as showcasing female empowerment within the context of modern society. Each artist included within Eve carefully reimagines the Creation story through the prism of their own unique craft: Sonja Braas, Renee Cox, Guerilla Girls, Mekhala Bahl, Jenna Burchell, Antony Gormley.
- Magdalene Drwiega @ ASC Gallery
15 February – 23 March
At first glance this pairing seems a fairly disparate one but closer inspection reveals a number of shared interests and aims in Another Kind of Tension. Paul Housley tends to stick to figuration and plays around with the traditional genres of portraiture and still life. Magdalene Drwiega works in bold colours and bold forms, often using plastic, rubber and concrete to create a contemporary take on modernist sculptural tropes. Both artists work in 2D and 3D and have a shared interest in the use of bold colour. Both have a strong drawing practice and are prolific in their production of works on paper.
- Lubaina Himid @ Hollybush Gardens
17 February – 24 March
The Tenderness Only We Can See, is a new constellation of paintings by Lubaina Himid that moves across canvas and wood, in drawers and on case - one thing speaks to the next. For Himid “The paintings in the show are speaking different languages, to me and to each other; some of them are secret. Other lines of communication attempt to hold their inner narratives together, in the end old songs and other people’s poems are all that is left.” Music has a profound influence on how Himid feels and connects to the world, and here she has used four music related objects to navigate the exhibition space.
- Laura Gannon @ Kate Macgarry
16 February – 24 March
Laura Gannon’s new works are abstract drawings made with metallic ink on linen. The linen has been subjected to multiple processes to reveal its corporeality: folding, bending, wrinkling. Gannon describes these works as “sculptural drawings” or “performative drawings”, suggesting both their raw physicality and directness. Although having the bones of minimalism, Gannon circumnavigates straight lines, masking tape and 90° angles. These physically-scaled drawings reveal both their humanity and relationship to the body. Gannon’s new works oscillate between drawing, sculpture and painting.
- Ala Younis @ Delfina Foundation
31 January – 24 March
In this exhibition Ala Younis’s presents her major new installation Plan for Feminist Greater Baghdad (2018), co-commissioned by Delfina Foundation and Art Jameel. The new work brings to the fore the significant contribution made by female artists, architects and other influential characters to the development of Baghdad and its modernist monuments, complementing Younis’s 2015 work.
- Emilie Taylor @ Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
2 January – 24 March
A major new exhibition of new ceramics by Emilie Taylor, commissioned by Gallery Oldham. Taylor has a long-standing interest in representing the lives of people who exist in the gaps of society, which she describes as the Edgelands. Emilie’s latest body of work is inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, but in a contemporary setting.
- Isabelle Cornaro & others @ Frith Street Gallery
23 February – 6 April
An exhibition of works by Isabelle Cornaro, Giulia Piscitelli, and Jessica Warboys curated by Rita Selvaggio. It deals with the idea of landscape, which for Warboys is reclusive and visionary, for Cornaro an abstraction of reality, and for Piscitelli a journey through space and time. The “Secret of the Landscape” consists of a physical, mental, tactile and spatial passage, implying a journey from one place to another, where emotional geography is expanded, fractured and then reassembled. Orgon Doors V (2018) by Cornaro brings to mind the mythical process of petrification—the gaze that turns to stone. Sculptures flow from material to abstraction, from fetish to image, from object to subject, from subject to object, and back again. Warboys’ Sea Paintings are made below the high water line at the sea's edge. The sea, wind, and sand along with the pigment and the artist’s hand create forms through the movement of colour. The landscapes that Piscitelli presents take the form of geographical maps overlaid with gilded saintly halos.
- Anna Reivila @ Purdy Hicks Gallery
8 March – 7 April
This is Anna Reivilä’s first solo exhibition in the UK. The exhibition, Nomad features photographic works from her series Bond: a study of the landscape through the act of binding and associating natural elements. According to Japanese religious ceremonies, ropes and ties symbolize the connections among people and the divine: a means to identify sacred space and time. Inspired by Nobuyoshi Araki's images and their mixture of raw violence, beauty and the nature of bondage, Reivila’s photographs study the relationship between man and nature.
- Ena Swansea @ Ben Brown Fine Arts
1 February – 7 April
This is the first UK exhibition of American artist Ena Swansea, whose work has been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad. The exhibition is comprised of nine mesmerizing oil, acrylic and graphite paintings, monumental in size and typically void of any specific narrative. Swansea’s new paintings produced over the course of the last year, allude to the artist’s background in film and digital art, which has led her to continually introduce elements normally associated with these technologies to otherwise traditional painting techniques.
- Myra Greene @ Corvi Mora
1 March – 7 April
A solos exhibition by Myra Greene of her Inkjet prints.
- Nancy Rubins @ Gagosian Gallery
7 February – 14 April
"Diversifolia,” is an exhibition of new sculpture and drawings by Nancy Rubins, and her first solo exhibition in London. Rubins transforms found objects and industrial refuse into expertly orchestrated abstractions that are fluid and rhizomatic in nature. She employs a structural property called “tensegrity,” wherein individual parts are arranged in balanced compression and secured with tensile cables. Clusters of like objects—airplane parts, boats, carousel creatures, and more—seem to explode into space in all directions, propelled by their aggregated momentum.
- Vera Lutter @ Gagosian Gallery
7 February – 14 April
“Turning Time,” is an exhibition of eight new photographs by Vera Lutter. Lutter has created pinhole-camera photographs of architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, and industrial sites since the early 1990s. “Turning Time” comprises two series, one depicting ancient temples in the southern Italian town of Paestum, the other the Effelsberg Radio Telescope at the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomiey in Germany, a radio telescope used for scientific research and recording cosmic activity in outer space. These studies of historical monuments and pivotal technological innovations reflect Lutter’s deep relationship with the forces of time.
- Marguerite Humeau @ Tate Britain
18 November – 15 April
Marguerite Humeau's research led process usually takes the form of large scale installations involving sound and sculpture, in which she challenges key issues of the day using complex narratives that synthesise the past with the present. Humeau’s installation, Echoes, is conceived as a confrontation between life and death, with the gallery transformed into part temple, part laboratory for the industrial production of an elixir for eternal life. At the heart of the space, two semi-abstracted white polystyrene sculptures based on Ancient Egyptian gods, Wadjet (King Cobra) 2015 and Taweret 2015, merge the organic nature of the human body with biological engineering.
- Cecily Brown @ Whitworth, Manchester
17 November – 15 April
This is an exhibition of a extraordinary series of drawings by Cecily Brown, of wrecked ships and their passengers. Brown’s practice of painterly interrogation of an existing image, here takes on one of the most celebrated paintings in the world; Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa, 1819. Also taking inspiration from other Old Masters, notably Delacroix, Brown re-examines human presence, figuration and representations of maritime tragedy throughout history.
- Susan Philipsz & others @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park
6 January – 15 April
The works in this exhibition, drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection, give insight into some of the counter-culture and anti-establishment movements of recent decades alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference, helping to suggest ways that we might contribute to change on an individual, community and even global level. Works include Susan Philipsz’ version of the rousing anthem The Internationale (1999), broadcast across the Bothy Garden landscape and A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World (2003–) by Ruth Ewan which welcomes visitors into the gallery space.
- Faith Ringgold @ Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
23 February – 16 April
This is the first European solo exhibition of acclaimed African-American artist Faith Ringgold. This follows her inclusion in the recent group exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London earlier this year. The show will comprise an overview of the artist's iconic 'story quilts' from the mid-1980s to the present, alongside a small selection of early paintings from the 1960s. Throughout the 1960s, Ringgold produced politically charged paintings that shattered the notion of the American dream by highlighting racial and gender inequalities rife in society. A selection of portraits from this period will be on view, including several paintings from the monumental American People Series (1963-67).
- IIona Keseru @ Stephen Friedman Gallery
23 March – 21 April
Hungarian artist Ilona Keserü visits London for her first solo exhibition, which follows on from her inclusion in Frieze Master's presentation (2017). The exhibition includes drawings, objects and paintings dating from the 1960s to the early 1980s.
- Eloise Hawser @ Somerset House
31 January – 22 April
Eloise Hawser's exhibition, By the Deep, by the Mark, takes you on a journey through a three dimensional mind-map of sculptures, audiovisual displays, medical hardware and archival materials. Featuring maps, models and measurements of the River Thames alongside cutting-edge diagnostic ‘phantoms’ (specialist machines rarely seen outside of a hospital or laboratory which are used to calibrate medical imaging equipment and analyse fluid dynamics within the body), it draws parallels between extraordinary feats of civil engineering and the intricate inner workings of the human body, suggesting a correlation between revolutionary urban and medical innovations in the way they measure, process and predict mysterious natural and bodily phenomena.
- Rachel Adams @ Jerwood Space
15 January – 28 April
Right Twice a Day is a new sculptural work by, Rachel Adams. Its design is a culmination of features drawn from a traditional grandfather clock and The Maiden, a guillotine that was used between the 16th and 18th centuries as a means of execution in Edinburgh, Scotland. The work responds to the context of The School House by bringing together two historical references: the concept of the modern restaurant, which was born during the French revolution, and decimal time, which was enforced for a short period during the Terror, shortly afterwards.
- Virginia Woolf @ Tate St Ives
10 February – 29 April
Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author of classic texts including 'To the Lighthouse' and the pioneering feminist text 'A Room of One’s Own', Virginia Woolf spent much of her childhood in St Ives. This exhibition is led by her writing, which will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art - with works by over 70 artists.
- Elizabeth Friedlander @ Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
6 January – 29 April
This exhibition presents the story of the outstanding artist, designer and typographer Elizabeth Friedlander. The work of Friedlander (1903-1984) is instantly recognisable as mid-20th century design at its best, but few will know the name behind the art. Best known for her Penguin book covers and Bauer Type Foundry typeface ‘Elizabeth’; the exhibition touches on her escape to London from 1930s Nazi Germany, friendship with her sponsor – poet and printer Francis Meynell – and her work with a wartime British black propaganda unit. The show includes rarely-seen works from the artist’s compelling career including type design, wood engravings, decorative book papers, maps and commercial work. The exhibition is co-curated by video artist and author Katharine Meynell, grand-daughter of Francis Meynell, who recently shone a light on Friedlander’s little-known story by writing and producing ‘Elizabeth’, a film about the artist.
- Chloe Lamford @ Somerset House
27 October – 6 May
Chloe Lamford’s installation, Show Room, summons a theatrical back-stage to Somerset House itself, with abandoned architectural features, imagined vistas, theatrical props, shimmering curtains and transformative stages that provides visitors the opportunity to be a player in an as-yet-unscripted play.
- Yto Barrada @ Barbican Art Gallery
7 February – 20 May
For her first major London commission, Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city and its people in a state of transition. The Curve is transformed with a dramatic installation – Agadir, which encompasses a mural, film commission, sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances – to consider how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster. Barrada takes as her starting point a surreal text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine – Agadir (1967) – reflecting on the devastating earthquake of 1960 that destroyed much of the modernist Moroccan city. Barrada’s multimedia practice explores questions ranging from migration to abstraction, from fossils to botany, examining the strategies of resistance employed every day in her native Morocco.
- Julia Margaret Cameron & others @ NPG
1 March – 20 May
This major new exhibition, Victorian Giants: the Birth of Art Photography brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era. Their experimental approach to picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since.
- Dayanita Singh & others @ Barbican Art Gallery
28 February – 27 May
Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the camera lens. Featuring communities of sexual experimenters, romantic rebels, outlaws, survivalists, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change. From street photography to portraiture, vernacular albums to documentary reportage, the show includes the Casa Susanna Collection, Paz Errazuriz, Pieter Hugo, Mary Ellen Mark and Dayanita Singh.
- Tacita Dean @ The National Gallery
15 March – 28 May
This exhibition is curated by Tacita Dean, and is guided by her understanding of the genre. Still Life presents a diverse selection of works in a variety of mediums. Works include – a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, ‘Ideas for a Sculpture in a Setting’, and ‘Prisoner Pair’ (2008,16mm). These works feature alongside works by Dean’s contemporaries.
- Tacita Dean @ National Portrait Gallery
15 March – 28 May
Tacit Dean is an artist who works with many mediums but primarily in film. Dean first came to prominence in the 1990s and is now considered to be one of the most influential artists working today. This major new exhibition, Portrait focuses on portraiture primarily through the medium of 16mm film. The exhibition is the first in the Gallery’s history to be devoted to the medium of film, and also reveals Tacita Dean’s own longstanding and personal interest in portraiture as a genre.
- Rachel Howard @ Newport Street Gallery
21 February – 28 May
An exhibition of Rachel Howard’s series of paintings, ‘Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa’. This body of work was the subject of a 2011 exhibition at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy, curated by Mario Codognato. Commissioned by the Murderme collection and produced between 2005 and 2008, the series takes inspiration from the Stations of the Cross, ‘Via Dolorosa’ being the path taken by Jesus to Mount Calvary. Whilst referencing the long art-historical tradition of depicting the Stations, ‘Repetition is Truth’ also offers a broader commentary on the universality of human rights abuses.
- Isabel Nolan @ Bloomberg Space
8 November – 3 June
An inaugural installation, Another View from Nowhen by Dublin-based artist Isabel Nolan, which features two ambitious works that respond to the history of the location: The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything, a vibrant, hand-tufted tapestry, and Blind to the Rays of the Returning Sun, a large, open-form, painted-steel sculpture. The composition of The Barely Perceptible Vibration of Everything is based on various geographic and archaeological schematic representations of the ancient Walbrook River which lies beneath the site now occupied by Bloomberg. Making dramatic use of the exhibition space, this soft, expansive tapestry, describes the physical and historical layering of the location as a narrative of cosmic proportions. United by scale, the tapestry and the looming, angular sculpture have a peculiar, colourful kinship. Together they present a physically captivating semblance of the local landscape as though seen from an impossible perspective.
- Suffrage Centenary
9 February – 30 June
February 2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which gave some women over the age of 30 the right to vote in the UK and catalysed the continuing fight for gender parity. While not a UK Friends of NMWA event, the breadth of activity across the UK merits our listings.Below we list how museums across the UK are recognising this with exhibitions and events. Click on the exhibition titles for more detail.Women’s suffrage started in the 19th Century, becoming a national movement. By 1906, when sentiments hardened, the militant campaign began with the formation of the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU), led by Emmeline Pankhurst of Manchester.
- To explore the timeline and obtain a better understanding of the movement’s history, there is an interesting article in The Telegraph - Suffragette timeline: the long march to votes for women.
- For a graphic timeline see LSE's: Suffrage Timeline Graphic.
UK-wide, organisations are taking the opportunity to commemorate this significant anniversary in the form of exhibitions, lectures, plays, performances, music, book displays, and many other types of events.
- Manchester, the birthplace of the campaigns, has a full programme based around the People’s History Museum.
- At the LSE they have Suffrage 18: a centenary of exploration.
- The National Archives are marking it with a season of 100 events.
There are numerous exhibitions which aim to capture the effects of the movement, and cater for all tastes.
- If you seek enlightenment on campaigns, the vote and politics visit: At Last! Votes for Women @ LSE Library Gallery, 23 April – 31 August 2018.
- Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament Exhibition @ Westminster Hall, 27 June – 6 October 2018.
- For its influence on the provision of women’s education: Suffrage! Education, Activism and Votes for Women @ Royal Holloway College, 15 January – 17 March 2018.
- The Cambridge University Library is exhibiting 100 famous suffrage posters in "Our weapon is public opinion."
- If you are fascinated by iconic objects go to: Votes for Women @ Museum of London, 2 Feb – 27 March 2018.
- Or if your interest is in history or story-telling: Making Her Mark: 100 years of women's activism @ Hackney Museum, 6 February - 19 May 2018. Or Celebrating Women of Bedfordshire, @ the Higgins Bedford, 10 March - 23 September.
- The Foundling Museum is showcasing objects from the collection chosen by remarkable women who have achieved firsts in their fields in First Among Equals; and later Ladies of Quality and Distinction will replace the Museum's portraits of male governors with portraits of women who signed the first petition to call for the UK’s first children’s charity in 1735.
- The Tate has created an online walk-through exhibition, Women and Power looking at artists who have resisted traditional expectations of what women can and should do.
- A pioneering artist, suffragette and feminist campaigner, Annie Swynnerton, born Hulme, Manchester, 1844, has a major retrospective: Painting Light & Hope, Annie Swynnerton @ Manchester Art Gallery, 23 February – 6 January 2019.
- UCL's Slade School is recognising its prize-winning artists, mostly women, now largely forgotten due to prejudice and circumstance in Prize and Prejudice.
- The Fawcett Society has a series of pamphlets to mark the event https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk.
- Art on the Underground has commissioned work by international selection of women artists for 2018.
- Gillian Wearing's statue of Millicent Fawcett will be unveiled in Parliament Square this Spring.
- Or for new work inspired by the suffrage banner collection:100 Banners: Digital Drama @ Women’s Library, LSE.
There are myriad other exciting events to entice you, such as
- The National Portrait Gallery has a year long season of events, Rebel Women.
- Tate Modern is celebrating women in a vibrant mix of art, music, film, drop in workshops, pop up talks and street food in conjunction with its Tate Lates programme.
- British Museum will hold a gallery talk - Gallant actions: the women’s suffrage movement and the British Museum by Ben Alsop 16 Feb, 13.15-14.00;
- An LSE lecture – Who were the suffrage artists? lives revealed, by Elizabeth Crawford, Wolfson Theatre, 23 March, 6.30-8.00;
- And the National Trust's "Women and Power" programme is offering talks, tours and exhibitions including a travelling exhibition of portraits in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and special exhibitions at properties that have connections to women who influenced the suffrage movement.
There is music and theatre!
- Helen and Lucy Pankhurst have collaborated to produce a choral work commissioned by the BBC, which will be premiered on Radio 3’s website, 6 February, and at the opening of the BBC's Free Thinking Festival, at Sage Gateshead.
- The Royal Albert Hall has a series of concerts from 25 January – 26 April, called Women and the Hall.
- Blackheath Halls are holding a weekend of celebrations - Breaking Barriers: celebrating 100 years of votes for women, 2/3 February. Dr Sophie Fuller will lead an event called Women and the Orchestra.
- The RSC is presenting a gender-balanced Troilus and Cressida.
- Lynx Theatre’s play ‘Sylvia’@ Working Class Movement Library, Manchester, 3 March 2018, and at Old Vic, London.
- Dundee Women’s Festival 4 – 17 March, 2018.
- Royal Academy – International Women’s Day RA tours, 1 – 10 March,
- And of course, the fabulous Women of the World 2018 @ the Southbank Centre which includes a panel "Would you have been a Suffragette?"
For a contemporary take on the topic of Suffragettes, read the very entertaining article ‘Meet the New Suffragettes’, in Vogue, February 2018. We can't list them all, but hope this flavour of events encourages you to look locally for even more suffrage celebrations. Check inews, Stylist, The Guardian and The Culture Diary to name a few.
- Joan Jonas @ Tate Modern
14 March – 5 August
Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. You will be able to experience the largest exhibition of Jonas’s work ever held in the UK. Early works from the late 1960s are shown alongside recent installations dealing with topical themes such as climate change and extinction. You can see her landmark installations including Organic Honey, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation.
- Tacita Dean @ The Royal Academy
19 May – 12 August
Tacit Dean has a wide interest in landscape phenomena: from the unspoilt landscape of Bodmin Moor in England to the open rangelands of Wyoming in the American West to film a rare solar eclipse. Dean is a champion of photochemical film, yet her wide-ranging practice extends across a multitude of mediums. In the newly opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, the internationally renowned visual artist and Royal Academician explores “landscape” in its broadest sense: intimate collections of natural found objects, a mountainous blackboard drawing and a series of cloudscapes in chalk on slate created especially for these spaces draws you into Dean’s vision. The highlight of the exhibition is a major new, experimental 35mm film, Antigone.
- Corita Kent @ Ditchling Museum of Art @ Craft
5 May – 2 September
The ground-breaking work of Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) comes to the Museum this summer. Corita was an artist and famously charismatic educator whose work reflected her concerns about poverty, racism and war – anxieties that continue to resonate today. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, her vibrant serigraphs, banners and posters drew on pop culture, literary and modern consumer cultures and were regularly to be seen at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and 70s.
- Sonia Boyce @ Manchester Art Gallery
23 March – 2 September
Focusing on work from the mid-1990s to the present the exhibition will reflect Sonia Boyce’s move from her earlier drawing and collage which explored her own position as a black British woman, towards more improvised, collaborative ways of working. These unpredictable, open processes have been documented through a range of media including photography, film and wallpaper. The gallery has also commissioned Boyce to make a new collaborative live work for the exhibition.
- Berenice Abbott & others
4 November – 7 October
The Gallery celebrates photography, A Public Art, 1840 - 1939, with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection displaying classic images and rarely seen gems of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others. The display celebrates sitters, makers and an array of different techniques as well as allowing visitors to revel in the creative language of photography and the constant reinvention of the genre of portraiture.
- Annie Swynnerton @ Manchester Art Gallery
23 February – 6 January
The first retrospective for nearly a century of the Manchester born painter Annie Swynnerton, a pioneering professional artist who challenged convention in art and life. Painting Light and Hope features 36 paintings from across Swynnerton’s career, including 13 from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection with further loans from public galleries including the Royal Academy Collection, Tate and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The exhibition also features a number of rarely seen paintings on loan from private collections. Portraits showing the artist’s Manchester connections open the exhibition including Susan Dacre, with whom she co-founded the Manchester Society of Women Painters, and the Reverend William Gaskell, husband of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. The exhibition also brings together landscapes, allegorical works and later portraits revealing her as a continually inventive artist who engaged with current art movements and forged her own independent style shaped by her experience of light and colour in Italy.
- First Amongst Equals @ Foundling Museum
16 January – 13 January
In this exhibition, First Amongst Equals, remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society choose objects that speak to them from the Museum’s Collection.
Spanning 300 years of social history, culture and philanthropy, selections enable visitors to see the Collection from different perspectives, to make connections between the past and the present, and to reflect on women’s ongoing struggle for equality. Contributors, who have all achieved firsts within their respective fields, include: Maria Balshaw (first female Director of Tate); Moira Cameron (first female ‘Beefeater’, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London); Baroness Hale of Richmond (first female President of the Supreme Court); Francesca Hayward (first black female Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet); Carris Jones (first female chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral); Joanne Moore (first female tailor to have a men’s tailoring business on Saville Row); and Frances O’Grady (first female General Secretary of the TUC). Starting in January, items will gradually go on display throughout the year.