Current Events #51. A selection of UK art exhibitions and events for week 51 of 2017.
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Eloquent Silence: Stefanie Trow
30 November 2017 – 23 January 2018
An exhibition of Stefanie Trow’s paintings.
“Eloquent Silence is a series of work inspired by nature, the human condition and the art of looking. This really came to the forefront of Stefanie’s mind since giving birth to her daughter in 2015 and the subsequent many hours spent walking around parks and being immersed in nature.
During this time Stefanie was able to rethink what was important to her and appreciate her surroundings. It also dawned on her that we rarely look up – but conversely a baby in a pram does little more than stare at the tree canopy, branches and leaves. It is only when she considered this different viewpoint that she realised the potential for new works in the natural shapes, colours and patterns that lay above.
Using these ideas as a vehicle to abstract the figure, Stefanie’s canvases have grown into a bold and colourful amalgamation of outdoor life experiences and time spent in the studio. Both figures and foliage merge and melt into one another, leaving us struggling to separate one from the other.
Stefanie wants the viewer to be intrigued, to draw them closer to the details of the work, discovering the layers of brushstrokes that have been built up to create each piece. At first the paintings appear semi abstract but if we keep looking a new world starts to take shape.”
6 December 2017 – 11 March 2018
This is the First UK exhibition of the work of convict artist Thomas Bock. It includes a wide range of drawings, paintings and photographs on various subject matter.
A serious focus of Bock’s work is his series of portraits of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
‘His drawing throughout is fine and the likenesses probably very true. The sitters have a demeanour that conveys both pride and despair, suggesting that Bock, being marginalised himself, closely identified with them and sought to convey the tragedies suffered by these indigenous people through the British settlement in Australia.’
This exhibition was organised by the Ikon Gallery and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
1 Oozells Square,
Local Art Show 2017: Dartmoor
13 December to 17 January 2018
The Local Art Show 2017: Dartmoor shows range of work from art groups and societies from Exeter and the surrounding area.
The theme this year is Dartmoor and complements the RAMM’s main winter exhibition, Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region which examines the artists’ portrayal of Dartmoor and the development of tourism in the 19th century.
Rosie Denham, Exeter’s former Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, explains “With the annual Local Art Show we aim to recognise, reward and foster creativity in the city. We hope that the Dartmoor theme of the 2017 competition will also foster the close relationship between the city and the moor for the benefit of Devonians and visitors alike. We are grateful to the Express and Echo for their continued support”.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Devon EX4 3RX
Escaping Wars and Waves
6 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
This is an exhibition of sketches, original drawings and prints of finished illustrations depicting Syrian refugees by Olivier Kugler. Who met them in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, Calais, England and Germany. The work was partly commissioned by Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières with half of the profits from sales going to them.
In June 2018, the book will be published in the UK under the title ‘Escaping Wars and Waves’ by Myriad Editions / New Internationalist.
Mezzanine Gallery, Rich Mix
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
11 November 2017 – 23 December 2018
This exhibition is made up of submissions to the 30th year of The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. It is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK, including abstract, figurative, contemporary and traditional work.
Trowbridge Town Hall
Naughty and Nice
19 December – 23 December 2017
Private View: 6-9pm Tuesday 19 December 2017
This exhibition is a selection of work organised and curated by Sweet ‘Art. It includes a Krampus’ lair which involves naughty and nice treats which are not for the faint hearted.
Visitors arriving early may be lucky enough to bag one of our limited numbers of crackers to discover if Krampus believes you have been naughty or nice.
159 Bethnal Green Road
London E2 7DG
(Just off Brick Lane in East London)
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