We’ve redesigned our exhibitions posts! Now you can find all of our recommended art exhibitions to see in June in one place. Below is a list of our 7 must-see art shows for the month, along with a navigation that can take you to smaller weekly listings that are worthy of note, this section is updated with new shows every week. If you want to see exhibitions in London or in your area simply go to our Artist Calendar – let us know about an exhibition using the form at the bottom of that page for the chance to be included in one of our Art Exhibitions on Now posts!
7 Unmissable Art Exhibitions on in June
This month’s art exhibitions not to miss collection is collected almost exclusively of solo shows but offers a wide range of themes and mediums. Whether you’re interested in Late Victorian ceramics, 20th Century printing, established elegant portraiture or varied contemporary thematic work this month’s selection has a lot to choose from.
1) Edward Bawden
This exhibition brings together 160 works of Bawden, who was an incredibly, versatile master printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer. Alive between 1903 – 1989, his work was often commercial, while still being easily recognisable and having a distinctive power and charm. Although the commercial works he made for companies such as Twinnings and Fortnum & Mason are still seen widely in the forms of prints or designs, his personal fine art work remains obscured. The Dulwich Picture Gallery has thematically curated the show so that you can explore how his style evolved and spot the recurring motifs that run throughout his practice, including leisure, nature and architecture — excitingly the show will also feature Bawden’s work as a war artist and several prints and watercolours that have never been publicly exhibited before.
Inspired by the work of William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley and Richard Doyle his work pushed at the boundaries of, and combined traits of. commercial and fine art. Having first started linocutting at art school he would print linocuts in his accommodation by walking on them in his bare feet, as a printing press wasn’t readily available. Large scale multiple block linocuts remained a key feature of his practice and tended to depict the lives of everyday Brits and their ordinary landscape. This exhibition will show the depth and breath of Bawden’s work in his various mediums and disciplines that he superbly mastered over his 60 year career.
Showing at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London until 9th September 2018.
2) Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences
This touring exhibition shows six large tapestries that depict a moral tale and explore and extrapolate the British fascination with taste, bad taste and obsession with class structure and issues. Made with reference to Hogarth’s morality tale, A Rake’s progress’ Grayson Perry depicts pivotal moments and battles of the protagonist’s life. The series was made in conjunction with a Channel 4 documentary, All in the Best Possible Taste that asks us to consider and interrogate how we operate and respond to status, class and positions of power. Each tapestry is crammed with careful witty observance and is full of Perry’s usual flare and attention to detail.
Another thrilling element of the show, where each tapestry measures 2m by 4m, is that an app has been designed to help you understand the historical and cultural references contained within it and enables you to interact with the tapestries alongside listening to Perry’s own audio tour of the exhibit.
In the Bristol leg of this tour the exhibition also has the added pieces from the museum’s collection of historical ceramic and the original Rake’s Progress print series by William Hogarth and David Hockney.
Showing at the Bristol Museum, Bristol until 24th June 2018.
3) Simon Quadrat: Odd Man Out
This is a solo show of Simon Quadrat’s work. After working as a barrister for several years, he eventually gave it up to become a full-time painter. He has studied art throughout his life and taught himself in his twenties, in particular the design and humanist nature of early Sienese paintings captured him and have left signature marks on his work. Equally the work of pre and post war British paintings have heavily influenced his palette and style. The colours are almost hyper-retro with the 50s pale blues, deep ochres and desaturated oranges capturing our strange, current nostalgia and fascination with that era.
Quadrat is a London born, son of Jewish émigrés who separately fled pre-war Germany in the 1930s leaving everything behind. This lead to a metropolitan upbringing where family life consisted of several languages simultaneously and a strong cultural mix. His mother was a painter and pianist and many of his pieces are made from memories of growing up in post-war London and the gritty photos and documentaries that remain from that era. These documents of time merge with memories and his complex layered painting process to produce strange, poignant, memoir dreamscapes that signify a huge amount beyond themselves. The works themselves exhibit and embody a shared feeling and common experience, all carefully presented by educated, adventurous, European mind.
There will be a talk on Simon Quadrat on Friday 22nd June from 6.30pm.
Showing at the Sladers Yard, Bridport until 1st July 2018.
4) Zoë Paul. La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium
Zoë Paul explores the character and experience of domestic spaces through sculpture, textiles and drawing. By looking at these spaces both in architecturally and socio-political terms she investigates the line of where the threshold and the interior and exterior seems to blur or even disappear.
Her exploration of tradition shifts perspective so that the significance of each object is exposed and opened up visually by its context and time. Her use of timeless materials and techniques means that her work speaks to disciplines that have been around for centuries, the art of weaving, drawing and clay are all represented.
In particular, Paul’s show at Spike Island works around ‘ La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium’— a table that invites the audience to sit around the long communal table and create clay beads, both actualising and becoming the art piece itself. Additionally, tea is served to those who join from teapots and in cups of Paul’s making.
Showing at the Spike Island, Bristol until 8th July 2018.
5) Sublime Symmetry: William De Morgan
During this exhibition you can discover and learn about the mathematics that William De Morgan used in the construction of his exquisite ceramic design.
Working in the Late Victorian period De Morgan’s work showed both an extreme inventiveness and a fantastical sense of style. With beasts that wrap themselves within the contours of ceramics to fanciful flora and fauna designs his work is as fascinating today as it was to his contemporaries.
De Morgan reinvented and revolutionised ceramic design with his use of lustreware, adoption of Middle eastern techniques and designs and by developing his own kilns and patterns. This means that while De Morgan was mainly known as an author, seeing and understanding his ceramic collection will be as delightful as it is informative.
Showing at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London until 28th October 2018.
The Frankenstein exhibition at the Espacio Gallery marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s famous novel. Meditating on and inspired by the themes of the novel, the eleven exhibiting artists’ works explore and push the issues that are still so relevant in the book today. From a conflict of technology versus nature, monstrous birth, dual conflicting narratives and the affects intolerance and fear have on innocent individuals, this show truly takes and exposes the poignancy of this masterpiece written by a 20-year-old woman. It includes both paintings, prints, interactive digital and 3D pieces and experiments with what is, can, and should, be happening in the world currently.
Showing at the Espacio Gallery, London between 5th June and 17th June 2018.
7) Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness
This captivating and career-spanning exhibition collects together the works of one of the finest figurative artists in the UK. Victoria Crowe’s portraits include numerous cultural figures, from actors, authors and publishers, to composers and scientists, making the breadth of the sitters quite fascinating. Particular highlights are portraits of Nobel Laureate Sir Peter Higgs, composer Thea Musgrave, the poet Kathleen Raine, the actor Graham Crowden, the psychiatrist R D Laing and astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Both inspirational in subject matter and in exemplary talent, this show will draw you into the beauty of well-produced thoughtful portraiture that expresses the personality behind the sitter.
Crowe as a painter focuses on portraiture as a way to tell stories that are both professional and personal and this exhibition aims to tell her story of how she has become a storyteller and painter.
“The most important portraits to me are the ones of people who have enriched my own thinking or awareness. Areas of philosophy, religion, psychological perspectives, poetry, music, art history, women’s roles and the inner life are important issues for me, and all have been nurtured by these people whom I have met through portraiture.”
— Victoria Crowe
Showing at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh until 18th November 2018.
Interesting Upcoming Artist Shows on this Month:
This is a selection of UK art exhibitions, including group, solo, artist-led and gallery curated shows, that we think are interesting or unusual in some way. We update this section every week so you know the exhibitions to see now. Formally, we presented this information as our Current Events weekly blog posts. If you want to submit your own, follow the link at the bottom of this section.
Exhibitions on in the First Week of June
Tarek Sebastian Al-Shammaa: P.O.V, C.K, T.V
30 May – 30 June 2018
Tarek Sebastian Al-Shammaa creates eye-catching and evocative compositions that engage with history yet are injected with a piercing overtone of the contemporary. This exhibition presents a new body of work which explores the sadism of pop culture and the lurid commercial world, observing life’s capitulations on a great scale.
Al-shammaa’s subject matter utilises appropriated images from a variety of sources including old magazines, 60s calendars and the ongoing stream of TV; generally sparked by an unconscious and spontaneous selection of ideas rather than any preconceived concepts about content or value. With these cues as a basis he relies on a raw, unfiltered style of painting that draws attention to the act of making itself, recently expanding his practice to monolith like sculptures that embrace the new in an ancient found artefact.
Public: Gallery & Studio
17 Amhurst Terrace
Spring, Thy Name is Colour
3 March – 1 July 2018
A mixed exhibition with a range of new and familiar artists.
The Velvet Easel Gallery
298 Portobello High Street
Citizen: Tash Kahn and John Ros
24 April – 15 July 2018
Swiss Cottage Gallery presents ‘Citizen’, a collaborative exhibition by UK artist Tash Kahn and hosting US artist John Ros. Together, the artists respond to the themes of Camden VOX, exploring ideas of community, ethics, and why people do what they do.
Swiss Cottage Gallery (inside Swiss Cottage Library),
88 Avenue Road,
dyb dyb dyb: Hannah Turner-Duffin
28 April – 23 June 2018
This exhibition’s title dyb dyb dyb recalls the Scout movement’s chanted acronym: Do Your Best, Do Your Best, Do Your Best. As motto-cum-mantra, it echoes the repeated dab dab dabs of paint that Turner-Duffin layers onto her collaged canvases in swarming particulate clouds of colour.
Gerald Moore Gallery
Kaye Donachie: Like This. Before. Like Waves
24 March – 17 June 2018
Maureen Paley is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Kaye Donachie at Morena di Luna, Hove. This follows on from her solo exhibition Silent As Glass at the London gallery space. The title, taken from Ann Quin’s 1966 novel Three, provides a script for a new body of work that continues her portrayal of radical women often including writers, activists, poets and artists. For this exhibition, the new paintings are accompanied by free-standing screens featuring specially made wall coverings.
Morena Di Luna
3 Adelaide Crescent,
Hove BN3 2JD
Ann Van den Broek: Loops of Behaviour
8 June – 17 June 2018
Van den Broek’s practice forensically explores human behavioural patterns, states of mind and feelings through observing, isolating and analysing emotions over a concentrated period of time. The installation in the Curve includes a series of films focusing on her exploration of emotional behaviours and how they translate into movement. Once a day, five performers present an adapted version of Van den Broek’s most recent work, Accusations (2017). A selection of extracts from this work are projected on and performed around the screens, creating a web of video, choreographed performance and sound. Loops of Behaviour is inspired by Selbstbbezichtigung (1966) (Self-accusation), a text by Austrian writer Peter Handke. Van den Broek reimagines the original text with her own experiences and feelings.
Exhibitions on in the Middle of June
16 June – 15 July 2018
A show including work by artists:
Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee & J.A.L.-B., Susan Sluglett, Paul Westcombe
Blyth Gallery, Level 5
London SW7 2AZ
Jonathan Gould: Wave Form
15 – 20 June 2018
For 18 years Interactive Designer Jonathan Gould followed the same
path to work in Leith Docks as the Henry Robb shipyard workers.
In his first solo exhibition, Jonathan explores the legacy of heavy
industry through sound, light and moving image.
DOK Artist Space
The Steel Shed,
Ocean Drive, Edinburgh
A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings
13 June – 5 August 2018
The exhibition at Drawing Room brings together a dynamic selection of recent works by 6 international artists who are committed to the materiality of paper and pencil, showcasing a remarkable attention to detail and skill. In an age of mass media, where the rapid proliferation of images leaves many on the verge of digital exhaustion, A Slice Through the World explores the power of traditional drawing to make us slow down and reconsider how we look at the world.
1-27 Rodney Place,
31 May – 24 June 2018
Curated by Kathyrn Maris (with Ella Frears)
Exhibiting artists: Angela Dufresne | Ellen Gallagher | Vera Iliatovia | Sunny Kim | Sarah Pickstone | Niamh Riordan
Slatterns features works by artists from diverse backgrounds that include Russia and South Korea as well as the US and the UK. The artists are linked by their focus on the female gaze, as well as by their disturbing explorations of displacement and the visual distortions of identity, landscapes and objects.
The exhibition bridges art, psychoanalysis and poetry. The work of seven women poets who have written in response to the artists will be featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Poetry London. OnSaturday 16 June, A.P.T. is hosting a symposium I See You Seeing Me: Engaging the Female Gaze in Visual Art and Poetry, with speakers Adam Phillips, Ruth Padel, Katherine Angel, Bidisha and others.
Art in Perpetuity Trust
Paper Matters 2018
6 – 30 June 2018
Exhibiting artists include: Christopher Cook, Simon Lewty, Will Maclean,
Bridget Macdonald, Jack Milroy
Curated by Art First
‘Bookish could be an alternative title for this gathering of works, brought together by ART FIRST in their second residency exhibition at the Eagle Gallery and indeed it is an adjective that can be applied to all five artists in different ways. ‘Art and Literature’ is another shared category. Perhaps the underlying common denominator is the implication of narrative, for every piece tells a story of some kind, leaving it wide open for our interpretation, the way poetry does.
A further characteristic is that every participant has taught in a national art school and they each have work in distinguished museum and other public collections in the UK and abroad. Over the past two decades they have formed connections and enjoyed dialogues while exhibiting at ART FIRST and the exhibition reveals the quiet resonances between their works A selection of ceramics by Molly Attrill and ffolliott Fisher will be on display during the exhibition.’
Eagle Gallery / EMH Arts
159 Farringdon Road,
Surrey Artists’ Open Studios
2 – 17 June 2018
Visit various studios in Surrey and discover the work of local artists and designers.
Howard Hodgkin: Last Paintings
1 June – 28 July 2018
‘For an artist, time can always be regained . . . because by an act of imagination you can always go back.’ —Howard Hodgkin
‘Gagosian is pleased and honored to present Last Paintings, an exhibition of Howard Hodgkin’s final works.
One of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary painters, Hodgkin composed powerful, expressive works that, while nominally abstract, bring representation, gesture, and affect into urgent relation. Last Paintings, presented at the Grosvenor Hill gallery in accordance with the late artist’s wishes, includes the final six paintings that he completed in India prior to his death in March 2017, five of which will be exhibited for the first time. The exhibition includes more than twenty other paintings never before exhibited in Europe.
In 1972 Hodgkin renounced working on canvas in favor of wooden panels and frames, some new and others sourced secondhand in India and Europe. The grain of the wood and the scars and scratches of the supports became integral to the paintings, affirming their physical presence and heft. Last Paintings attests to the immediacy of Hodgkin’s methods, as well as his intuitive understanding of the relationship between hand, eye, and memory.’
20 Grosvenor Hill
London W1K 3QD
13 June – 17 June 2018
The third interim exhibition presented by MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts (University of Arts London) at the Lewisham Arthouse Project Space.
Works no larger than 12”
The work of these emerging artists centres on ideas as diverse as the myths, histories and politics of the North Caucuses; the overlooked spaces of the tourist trail; the anti-history paintings of modern India; the colonial histories of the British landscape garden; ruined industrial spaces and liminal wastelands; plant/human hybrids; anthropomorphism and fictional beasts; geology and alchemy; the erotic imagery of the Golden Lotus and the female protagonists of contemporary fairy tales.
Artists: Shuaa Alrasheidi, Emma Brassington,Daumants Brunins, Jack Candy-Kemp, Sirius Chan, Gabriel Chaim, Yue Chen, Sean Coates, Luisa Castro Almeida, Maria Del Pino Cornejo, Nik Cross, Oliver Dorrell, Amy Gaudion, Sara Grisewood, Denise Harrison, Nimmi Hutnik, Emilie Lam, Pandora Layton, Jiaman Li, Nicholas MacNeill, Maria Mohonea, Kundan Mondal, Lorraine Monk, Maria Olivarria, Matteo Orlandi, Anna Pogudz, Ben Pollock, Junnan Wu, Renyan Xie, Xinlei Zhao, Xiaoyu Zhang
This is the third interim exhibition presented by MA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts at the Lewisham Art House Project Space following ‘A Sharp Intake of Breath’ 2017 and ‘About Space’ 2016.’
Lewisham Art House Project Space
140 Lewisham Way,
London SE14 6PD
Aisling Drennan: Paint Tangling
3 June – 17 June 2018
Aisling Drennan’s work is concerned with the malleable qualities of paint and its mark making abilities. Her experimental dialogue and her love of disruptive painted elements ensure an ever-evolving series of visual impulses. Process employed as language manipulated repeatedly through each painting in the form of gestural marks within a structured space. Aisling purposely employs a vibrant palette but most important to her is the desire to project a state of flux.
Recent works focus on devised ensembles of consciously orchestrated marks, revealing their perspective, as well as their consequence. A parody of ideas around conceal/ reveal in painting.
Graham Hunter Gallery
81 Baker Street,
Hardest Hue to Hold
15 June – 31 August 2018
An Oaktree & Tiger exhibition, curated by Aindrea Emelife and sponsored by HKS Architects.
Featuring a list of the best upcoming artists in London, this is the latest and biggest exhibition of Oaktree and Tiger so far.
Oaktree & Tiger
South Kensington, London
Beyond the Surface
Curated by Piers Veness
A group exhibition by six abstract artists:
Hans Hancock, Patrick Morrissey, Marion Piper, Julie Umerle, Piers Veness and Simon Zabell.
London NW1 5LT
Writing New Codes : Cordiero, Mallary, Molnar
6 June – 27 June 2018
‘Writing New Codes’ presents three major pioneers of computer art – Waldemar Cordeiro, Robert Mallary and Vera Molnár from three different corners of the globe with early computer art from 1969 to 1977.
The Mayor Gallery
21 Cork Street First Floor
Nadja Gabriela Plein : Flux
16 June – 14 July 2018
A solo exhibition by the incredible abstract, contemporary artists Nadja Gabriela Plein.
The Stables in Exile,
Brent Arts Council,
St.Catherine’s Church, Dollis Hill Lane, Neasden,
London, NW10 1QB
Just Putting It Out There: Andrew McIntosh & Morwenna Morrison
1 June – 23 June 2018
‘Just Putting It Out There’, is an exhibition inquiring into what we project into images of landscape through the work of two contemporary British painters: Andrew McIntosh and Morwenna Morrison.
‘Andrew McIntosh’s recent paintings have the air of a Highland gothic mystery, but shot through with a cosmic undercurrent. Trees and islands in desolate landscapes become mysteriously electrified by an unexplained natural phenomenon that alights on the quiet places of the wilderness. There are subtle mythological references – the burning bush, the chosen isle – that come to life in neon colours as if they had been plugged into the mains. These references then extend into Andrew’s signature caravans and abandoned buildings, which appear here inhabited by celestial bodies and by the human constructions that have endeavoured to understand them. The result is cryptic, as Andrew’s work always is: an expanded world that appears in the midst of abandonment.
Morwenna Morrison’s paintings reference the Baroque landscapes of Claude Lorrain and layer them with images from other eras as a painted collage. Trees and shorelines float from one age to another like a thread of continuity that binds the image of the landscape to its history. The play on the nostalgic impulse is strong in Morwenna’s work: her juxtapositions seek to provoke it on different levels, be it in the form of an idealised scene, a picture-postcard, or a personal photographic memory. In each instance is the conjuring of a ‘beautiful idea’ that is as much embellished as it is remembered.’
James Freeman Gallery
354 Upper Street
John Dyer: Painting the colours of the world
21 April – 23 June 2018
‘This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of one of Cornwall’s best loved artists, John Dyer, on the occasion of his 50th birthday.
John is widely know for his vivid use of colour, joyful paintings and worldwide environmental art projects.
On display will be a selection of his work from throughout his successful career including early pieces, celebrity commissions and paintings from around the world.’
Falmouth Art Gallery
The Moor, Falmouth
Cornwall, TR11 2RT
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