You can find all of our recommended art exhibitions on in September 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 September
This month’s art exhibitions not to miss collection spans from the most contemporary of artists and ‘gallery’ set ups to traditional retrospectives that historically place each work and it’s continued significance. Including the work of Egon Schiele, Jenny Saville, World War I war artists and Rembrandt, these choices demonstrate how people explore and see the physicality and intimacy of the human condition.
1) Life in Motion: Egon Schiele / Francesca Woodman
The Tate Liverpool’s decision to bring into dialogue two very distinct and famous artists is an interesting one. The work of US photographer, Francesca Woodman, and the work of Austrian painter, Egon Schiele, can be seen as thematically linked: both artists focus on a certain speed of movement and line, each has a vitality and a direct force in their work and a sense of disrupting or discomforting norms as well as experimentally investigating sexuality. However, while these traits allow for a certain analogy, along with their early deaths and thus short careers, the works themselves are not cohesive or really capable of forming a dialogue. Schiele’s large, often brash, coloured gouaches and paintings with their contorted lines and dark undertones seem not only at odds with Woodman’s small, delicately composed, black and white eerie photos but also part of a totally different canon. This contrast is actually kind of fascinating, the choice of which appeals more to the viewer says something about the work itself and whether the thematic links can emerge over and above the aesthetic, cultural and discipline clash.
A good opportunity to see two wonderful artists and see the contrast between how each artist was exploring intimate portraiture in the 1970s and the early 20th century retrospectively.
Showing at the Tate Liverpool, Liverpool until 23rd September 2018.
2) The Art Car Boot Fair
The Art Car Boot Fair is an exciting opportunity to see and purchase work from a massive variety of artists. Held at Granary Square in Kings Cross London it promises to be an interesting day with prints available alongside a fascinating collaboration with the DJ agency Black Door supplying music all afternoon from Andrew Weatherall, Justin Robertson, The Kevin Rowland DJ Show and Miranda Sawyer & Lulu Levan!
Exhibiting artists include:
Sir Peter Blake . Gavin Turk . Geraldine Swayne . Mat Collishaw . Polly Morgan . Rachel Howard . Bob & Roberta Smith . Pam Hogg . Marcus Harvey . Kristjana S Williams . Tracey Neuls . Keith Coventry . Mr Bingo . Ian Dawson. Charming Baker . David David . Colin Self . Jessica Voorsanger . Ben Eine . Camille Phoenix . ARTourist with Alice Herrick . Nina Fowler . Paul Kindersley . Robert Rubbish . Keeler Tornero . Sophy Rickett . Misha . Richard Clegg . Barry Reigate . Jake Clarke . Carrie Reichardt . Schoony . Pure Evil . Holly Allan . Christian Furr . Marie–Teresa Gavazzi, India Roper-Evans & Julia Maddison . Paul Sakoilsky . Wilma Johnson . Jennifer Binnie . Christine Binnie . Renaissance Selfies . Bumble & Earwig . X Ray Fog . Kate Knight . James Joyce . James Unsworth . Amelia Troubridge. Carla Borel . Mr Bingo . Tony Beaver . Laura New . Keeler Tornero . Nick Walker . Joseph Gibson .Helen Pritchard . Edy Ferguson . Ivan Black . Darren Coffield . Jessica Albarn . David J Batchelor . Wildcat Will . Sophy Rickett . Bip Ling. Tanya Ling . Stephanie Carlton-Smith. Jessica Wilson . Silvia Ziranek. Cliff Pearcey . Elli Popp . Morel Books . Marty Thornton . Nick Reynolds . Mark Jones .Kelly-Ann Davitt . Jason Gibilaro .Paul Hodgson . Dion Kitson . Meanmail . Ed Eustace & the Harbingers . Andy Leek and Notes to Strangers . Cultural Traffic and Toby Mott . Danny Rolph . Gina Soden . Juno Calypso . Joe Sweeney . Lady Muck . The Misfortune Teller . Sadie Hennessy . Mustufa Hulusi . Phil Colbert . Charlotte Colbert . Scottee . Dan Chilcott’s Knitted Swimsuit Dance Troupe . Rob & Nick Carter . Chris Levine
Special single artists presentations from Artlyst . Art on a Postcard . True Rocks . House of Fairytales . The Idler . Cob Gallery . Moniker . Turps Banana & Alumni . Worton Hall Studios . Jealous Gallery with Conor Brothers & more . Baron Magazine . Flying Leaps with Kennard Phillips, Heath Kane, Oddly Head, Robert Inkflood and Dr D. Outside World. Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent . KIN ART with RYCA & Swifty . Smithson Gallery with Andrew Miller, Sophie Layton, Jayson Lilley, Clare Halifax, Helen Jones, Frea Buckler and Charlotte Farmer. L-13 with Billy Childish and Jamie Reid.
On at Granary Square, Kings Cross, London on the 16th September between 12-6pm.
3) John Blockley Retrospective -Exhibition
This presentation of John Blockley’s work comes slightly after the publishing of a retrospective of his work collected and written by Ann Blockley. This insightful and interesting book really impresses on the reader the variety and importance of John Blockley’s work. You can read a review of it on our blog here.
This show includes the informal sale of many of John Blockley’s acrylics, watercolours, pastels, prints and drawings in his daughter’s Cotswold studio. It also presents never before seen and recently discovered lithographs of John Blockley’s and the new book. There will also be collections of sketches arranged into portfolios that give a new perspective into his working methods and techniques. Some of these will also be available to purchase with a few ready mounted pieces as well as whole sketchbooks that will not be on display. The portfolio section of John Blockley’s website to get a sense of his work and see a few of the pieces that will be exhibited.
Showing at Church View, The Studio, Gloucestershire between 8th September and 15th September 2018.
4) Now: Jenny Saville, Sara Barker, Christine Borland, Robin Rhode, Markus Schinwald, Catherine Street
This is the third instalment of NOW with works by six artists who all thematically focus on the body, physicality and performance. The most prominent of the artists is Jenny Saville, one of the giants of the Scottish contemporary art scene. Her rise to fame started when Charles Saatchi bought her degree show work and since she has exhibited internationally and sold extensively, however she is rarely shown in Scotland. This show is her first in Scotland and shows the progress of her work over the 26 years through a collection of 17 borrowed and loaned pieces from private and public collections. This work presents her tender and distinctive enquiring gaze that demonstrates both the human delicacy of lived bodies and their flaws in a direct and informed way. The transition from her earlier paintings and slightly more conceptual work to her recent work – that uses pastels and charcoal to layer figures on top of one another into an enthralling confusion – is beautifully presented.
The other artists showing include Christine Borland who also graduated from Glasgow School of Art, just before Saville started, and produces sensitive work that experiments with negative and positive space. Positive Pattern is a series of human scale sculptures that make physical the spaces in Barbara Hepworth’s wood carvings. It was commissioned for the Institute of Transplantation in Newcastle and appropriately focuses on the dual sense of life and loss.
Catherine Street, who’s based in Edinburgh, has created ‘A hoarding of greenery’ which demonstrates a process of renewal and progress using collage, film and text. This work concentrates on botanical studies and remains a curious and witty outcome even if without a large arresting power.
Sara Barker’s works in metal and wire with painted surfaces straddle the gap between painting and sculpture and bring the viewer into dialogue with the pieces by using mirrors embedded and mundane reference points.
Robin Rhode’s performative work, shown as a series of six photographs, is of performers posing in front of a wall he has painted on with bright colours and geometric shapes.
Austrian Markus Schinwald’s work Orient is a dual-screen film that shows five performers with in an old factory moving between dance and normal, embarrassed human gestures. These play on a loop with music and sound interwoven – scenes of grounded physicality becoming metaphorical and meditative.
Showing at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One), Edinburgh until 16th September 2018.
5) Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One
A must see show that marks 100 years since the end of the first world war, this exhibition demonstrates the response of various artists and Europe in general to the damage, both physical and psychological, inflicted by the war. With art being used variously as a form of documentation, as public memorials and as a critiquing voice this show takes you through the ways memory is used and consecrated. There’s a tension throughout for what position does anyone have to portray such a large form of suffering and how does the personal and private interact. A single portrait becomes symbolic of all those soldiers locked out of a social world that was at odds with their experiences for the most part and who can’t inhabit their own horror. This show with it’s sorrow, pain, hopes and dreams is made far more poignant by the fact we know the second world war was round the corner and this somehow also impresses the immediacy that the topics displayed still have and their relevance into the future.
Highlights include the work of Hannah Höch and André Masson who contributed massively to the vital spirit of the new movements Dada and Surrealism, George Grosz and Otto Dix who both exposed the unfair treatment of disabled veterans, Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights who chose to move back to traditionalism and the work of Fernand Léger and C.R.W Nevinson which imagined new societies and different futures.
Expect works that focus on the grittiness of the battlefield and the mechanisms of war, the impotency and vulnerability of the human body, life with war wounds and the contemplation of future possibilities as well as overtly political works that confront opposing narratives and dialogues.
Showing at Tate Britain, London until 24th September 2018.
6) Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master
‘Rembrandt: Britain’s Discover of the Master’ as well as allowing you to view 16 of Rembrandt’s masterpieces in oils, 13 of his drawings and 20 of his prints it also traces the obsession, views and perception British collectors, critics and artists have had on him over the last 400 years. From showing the first work of his to come to Britain in the 1630s to the work of British artists who have been inspired by his pieces and helped immortalise his name in the British canon the whole show delves into the why and how of Britain’s fascination.
Demonstrating his decadence and luscious use of paint and materials as shown in Belshazzar’s Feast above, his tender and lively presentation of human beings as well as his darker undertones emphasised by reflected themes in Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach, this show draws out the subtleties and intensity of his work.
Other major works that are shown beside Rembrandt’s masterpieces include the work of the artists, William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, Henry Raeburn, David Wilkie, Jacob Epstein, John Bellany. These act as foils to reinforce both how accomplished and nuanced Rembrandt’s work is as well as his ongoing legacy and historic importance to Britain.
Showing at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh until 14th October 2018.
7) Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
This impressive exhibition demonstrates Enid Marx’s position as an important textile artist, illustrator and printmaker of the mid Twentieth Century. Coninciding with the 20 year anniversary of her death it is the most expansion retrospective of her work in over 40 years. Her style, along with the work of Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden shaped the design of mid century design in Britain. The presentation of over 150 works taken from public and private collections, allows the visitor to see work by her that has never been displayed before, while seeing it in the context of her development and overall body of work.
Her London underground fabrics are possibly her best known output and part of the reason why she was the first woman to be named a Royal Designer for Industry. Her commercial work has a wit and talent to it that really shows her right to that title.
Co-Curator, Olivia Ahmad, said: ‘Enid Marx was a pioneering designer whose broad interests in abstract modernism and Popular Art traditions inspired remarkable achievements in textile design, book illustration and printmaking. This exhibition, and Alan Powers’ book, comes at a time of increased focus on the achievements of the Royal College of Art’s interwar graduates, and in particular Marx’s male peers Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. Her distinctive contribution to this critical period of British design deserves the same recognition.’
The exhibition was also curated by Dr Alan Powers, who is the author of the first monograph on Marx that has recently been published.
Showing at the House of Illustration, London until the 23rd September 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 September
Edge of Ordinary 7
4 September – 16 September 2018
Private View: Thursday 6 September 6-10 pm
This exhibition recognises the redrawing of artists ambitions , as older artistic goals are dismissed and new works realised. The artworks presented reflect the quest of the artists in searching the unknown and redefining and recontextualising it in response to the contemporary. The attention of the audience is invited via this exhibition which opens up new areas and objects of examination including installation, and 2D works.
Richard Brayshaw, Andrea Coltman, Charlie Dillon,
Kanwal Dhaliwal, Pamela Gerrie, Joanna Gilbert,
Lisa Kreuziger, Danic Lago, Gail Olding, Pam Walker
Curated by Charlie Dillon & Gail Olding
159 Bethnal Green Road,
London, E2 7DG
Fragments: A Personal Selection from Seven Decades of Etching: Norman Ackroyd
6 September – 30 September 2018
Private view: Wednesday 5 September 6.00 – 8.30pm
Our new show at Eames Fine Art celebrates Norman Ackroyd’s 80th year. This means that Norman, Britain’s beloved printmaker and Royal Academician, has been creating his iconic etchings for seven decades. Vincent and Rebecca Eames, the gallery directors, have selected their favourite, the most important, and the most unusual works from each of these seven decades—a selection that is sure to make a dynamic exhibition at our Bermondsey Street gallery.
Some of Norman’s favourite land and sea scape watercolours will accompany the Eames’s choices from his printmaking oeuvre. None have been exhibited before, as they all previously have adorned either Norman’s walls or the walls of private collectors.
To top all of this off, the namesake of this show is Norman’s new box set entitled ‘Fragments.’ The set includes twelve etchings made this year in which Norman returns to landscapes and views that he has already depicted in earlier prints. These are the places that he has been unable to get out of his head, saying ‘I keep coming back to these images; I can’t help but return to them again now. They are places I love, and love to revisit either physically or in my mind and work.’
Norman’s depictions of these locations are accompanied by fragments of his favourite poems. These are beautifully printed onto delicate Japanese tissue paper so that his etchings can be seen through the words that have inspired him throughout his career. The images from the ‘Fragments’ collection are available either all together (as the boxed set of twelve with the poem fragments) or individually.
This exhibition is a must-see for any collector or admirer of Norman’s work. His work is of immense importance in the history of twentieth-century British printmaking, and these works tell the story of Norman’s contribution to the field. Many of these pieces are incredibly rare; some were previously sold out, with a few artist’s proofs being released by Norman specially for this show.
Norman Ackroyd attended the Leeds College of Art and then trained at the Royal College of Art where he studied under Julian Trevelyan. He produces works in a range of media but is most prolific in etching. He is one of Britain’s most famous contemporary printmakers. Born in Leeds, his love of landscape was nurtured on long boyhood bicycle rides in the Yorkshire Dales. He takes ink, plate, and acid into the field in order to, as he puts it, get to the root of ‘the things that stirred me.’ The plate can be worked on directly, the acid painted on as if a watercolour, and the ‘bite’ stopped by a quick rinse in a stream or a wipe on the wet grass, giving a freedom and immediacy which produces truly captivating images. Ackroyd has won a number of awards for his works: the South East States Open Exhibition, Carolina, USA in 1969; the Bradford International Print Biennale in 1972 and 1982; the Royal Society of Etchers and Engravers in 1984 and 1985; and the Frenchen Triennale, Germany in 1986. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000. He was made CBE for services to engraving and printing in 2007. He lives and works in London.
Eames Fine Art Gallery
58 Bermondsey Street,
London SE1 3UD
Scott McCracken: Sidesplit
6 September – 8 September 2018
Scott McCracken’s paintings are an index of geometric shapes and forms invented through a process of accumulation, recycling and reconfiguration. A recurring form adopts a different identity from one painting to the next, affording each work its own singular logic and personality, both in terms of the organisation of pictorial space and application of paint. By using the same format and size of support, a seriality is created within the work. An individual painting is concurrently autonomous and dependent on the wider community of paintings it belongs to. Although rooted in the language of abstraction, an animated quality extends throughout the work.
Borough Road Gallery
103 Borough Rd
Frances Wilks: How To Sell Death to the Living
6 September – 27 October 2018
Frances Wilks ‘How To Sell Death to the Living’ looks at a world dominated by large corporations, consumerism and the all pervasive materialism where men’s success is measured by the shine and speed of their cars.
Frances Wilks confronts the male dominance of formula 1 by implanting herself within the work, replacing a man in almost every picture to challenge a media that traditionally excludes women. She utilises the lack of female appearances in Formula 1 to question gender notions and explore new possibilities for the traditional representation of masculinity.
Her paintings are reminiscent of early Marlboro, Ferrari and Champion advertising and the language of men’s magazines with their vibrant colours and graphic compositions. They are, according to Frances, ’racing cars in capitalist colours’. They are images that that question the speed of life.
New Art Projects
6D Sheep Lane
British Abstract Painting In The Eighties
7 September – 14 September 2018
The exhibition will include works by Tim Allen, Graham Boyd, Stephen Buckley, Jeff Yellow, Clyde Hopkins, Vanessa Jackson, Patrick Jones, Joan Key, Ian Kirkwood, Simon Lewis, Geoffrey Rigden, Trevor Sutton, David Sweet
Lancaster Research Gallery,
Graham Sutherland Building,
Coventry CV1 5FB
Self Comes to Mind: the self portrait in the digital age
7 September – 16 September 2018
Exhibiting artists include:
Andrea G Artz, Julia Maddison, Kim Wan, Philip King, Lena King, Nigel Plumb, Nick Fudge, Susie Hamilton, @Hey-Reilly, Luke Hannam, Jo Elbourne, Colin Booth, Martin O’Neill, Jackie Parsons, Mathew Burrows, Simon Burton, Gerard Hemsworth, Alexandra Drawbridge, Laetitia Yhapp, Emily Johns, Jake Scott, Alex Turvey, Paul Aitchison, Kim L Pace, Annette Robinson, Alexander Brattell, Paco Dequesada, Paul Rousseau, John Deakin, Aza Shadenova, Colden Drystone, Chloe Dewe Mathews, William Stephens, Charles Koning, Marina Esmeraldo
Electro Studios Project Space
Exhibitions on in the Middle of September
‘Transition is a selection of work by MA postgraduates from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. The show will exhibit the diverse and exciting range of work that has been created over the last two years.
Please see their website, www.transitioncraftdesign.uk, for the participating makers and the work that they will be showcasing. They will be exhibiting as part of London Design Festival 2018.’
Annette Mills, Colleen Hillman, Delia Salter, Grace Mortlock,
Isabel James, Jane Erskine Howard, Jennifer Jones, Jo Hannah,
Jo Lally, Kate Lucy Cottam, Katie Greenwood, Kendall Clarke,
Manuela Kagerbauer, Nicky Lawrence, Oliver Olsen,
Polly Middleton-Heatley, Steven Edwards, Susan Stringfellow,
Tara Kennedy, Yuanlu Zhang, Ann Downey
Curator: Caroline Burville
159 Bethnal Green Road,
London, E2 7DG
11 September – 16 September 2018
New work from LOOP, an informal co-operative of artists with a background in print. LOOP has shown regularly at Bankside Gallery, and this exhibition will present new work from thirty artists which is informed by a wide range of experience and interests.
48 Hopton Street
London SE1 9JH
Subsumed: Absorbing Surfaces
8 September – 15 November 2018
‘Curated by Fiona Long.Artists: Benjamin Deakin, David Sullivan, Fiona Long, Nadja Plein, Paula MacArthur, Rhys Trussler, Sasha Bowles and Wendy Saunders.
Verb past tense: subsumed; past participle: subsumed 1. include or absorb (something) in something else.
Each of the eight painters in this exhibition engage their practice with the experience of subsumption. Variously this can be in the absorbing act of painting itself, experienced by the painter; in the creating of surfaces that have the capacity to engulf the viewer, in images that stir up powerful and consuming emotions or in dealing with themes such as assimilation and negation.
A painting is an essentially flat surface, yet it may present an intriguing depth in many ways, the illusion of trompe l’oeil, and perspective being two of the most obvious, but tempo of mark making, weight of composition and colour, may all lead viewers through the surface.
Visitors descending into the subterranean Crypt at St Marylebone, are also subsumed since the word literally means ‘to absorb from below’. Here they are invited to consider how each individual work is absorbed into the whole curated body, even as they themselves may find individual works absorbing.’
St Marylebone Church,
17 Marylebone Road,
London NW1 5LT
10 September – 4 October 2018
Resonance is an collaborative, group exhibition by two painters, a sculptor, a filmmaker and a musician. Each one explores the changing environment of the planet and explores the concept of pollution.
Find out more about the exhibition by reading this article about curator Alexandra Gould and how the exhibition got put together.
The Chamber Room,
Corsham SN13 0EZ
Collaborators 5: The Hand of the Artist: Roaming Room
8 September – 23 September 2018
‘Presented across an entire floor of this vast, beautiful, early 20th century building, Collaborators 5 brings together exciting contemporary art that reflects on feeling the presence of the artist in the work. The exhibition will feature 35 artists working across a variety of mediums including performance, film, painting, drawing, collage and sculpture – from Carolyn Bunt’s neon sign ‘WHAT AM I DOING HERE’ to Tom Wolseley’s magnificent film playing on a giant intelligent LED screen.’
Exhibiting artists include:
Carolyn Bunt, Emma Stibbon, Gordon Cheung, Hiraki Sawa, Juliette Losq, Jayne Parker, Lee Maelzer, Stephen Bell, Esme Clutterbuck, Steve Joyce, Stephen Williams, Julie Cockburn, Ioana Marinescu, Toni Davey, Rowena Hughes, Rose Davey, Chris Shaw-Hughes, Rowland Hill, Amikan Toren, Andro Semeiko, Tom Wolseley, Andrew Mania, Sean Griffiths, Martyn Grimmer, Susan Collins, Tamiko O’Brien & Mark Dunhill, Frances Richardson, Gwyneth Fugard, Greta Alfaro, Ambrosine Allen, John Plowman, Lisa Scantlebury, Rebecca Loweth
The Old Telephone Exchange,
London, SE11 4EF
14 September – 16 September 2018
An exhibition by tenants and residents of arebyte Studios in Camberwell.
‘arebyte Gallery is a London-based art organisation which supports the development of contemporary artists working across emerging artforms. Through their gallery space and affordable studio complex, they create thriving environments for artists to expand on their practices, explore collaborative working and meet new audiences.’
Exhibiting artists include:
Colin Barnes – printmaking, Eleanor Bedlow – painting, Rosa Beiroa – drawing / moving image, Felix Dean – drawing, Marc Dear – drawing, Marie Doinne – bookmaking, Holly Drewett – printamaking, Jeannette Gunnarsson – painting, Mia Hawk – illustration / painting, Jane Higginbottom – drawing / sculpture, Arthur Laidlaw – drawing / printamaking, Ben McDonnell – photography, Millington | Marriott – fine art, Nemo Nonnenmacher – sculpture, Joshua Phillips – drawing / printmaking, Emily Scaife – moving image, Evan Thomas – painting, Catherine Trowbridge – painting, Joana Wakefield – ceramics, Samuel Weniger – film making, Joanna Georgiades – painting
Unit 4, first floor,
Burgess Business Park,
National Original Print Exhibition 2018
19 September – 30 September 2018
The National Original Print Exhibition was started by RE Printmakers to show from a selection of open submissions the most exciting and interesting examples of contemporary printmaking.
58 Hopton Street,
London, SE1 9JH
Fake Views: Graham Carrick
14 September – 23 October 2018
A solo show by Graham Carrick. The paintings, done with a neon palette, are of aspirational products rotting highlighting our era’s unsustainable myth that is taken as a reality.
82 North Street
From the Inside Out: Nilbar Güreş, Marie Jacotey, Athena Papadopoulos, Emma Talbot
20 September – 11 November 2018
‘From the Inside Out is a group exhibition of female artists who utilise expanded forms of drawing to navigate a passage from personal experience to the outside world. Featuring new works by all four artists, the exhibition explores the capacity of drawing to convey the complexity and diversity of female experience.’
1-27 Rodney Place,
London SE17 1PP
Between Memory and Story : Selected Works of Megan Chapman
21 September 2018 7pm – 9pm
‘Megan Chapman’s abstract paintings present an intuitive, visual diary of her interior language. The foundation of the artist’s work is in the balancing of shape and line with colour, texture, and atmosphere. Chapman enjoys creating meditative places to get lost in, as well as dynamic spaces to explore relationships — such as how we dance between our inner and outer selves and each other.’
‘Megan Chapman’s abstract paintings are in collections throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Most recently, her work was purchased by American cable network HBO, to be used in season three of their award-winning series, “True Detective.”’
‘This special event runs in conjunction with Maggie’s Centre’s Culture Crawl, a fundraising event happening in 12 cities across the UK to support people affected by cancer.’
Out of the Blue Drill Hall
36 Dalmeny Street
21 – 30 September 2018
Part of the Deptford x Fringe Arts Festival, the Interview Room Gallery is showing the work of residents and guest artists. The exhibition explores the relationship of mythology to ancient history; the role of storytelling in autobiographies; and the difference between knowledge and belief. Exhibiting artists include Eleanor Breeze, Jose Rafael Cordeiro, Rebecca Guez, Lucy Mayes, Robbie O’Keeffee, Tom Platt, Leonie Silye.
Interview Room Gallery,
The Old Police Station,
114 Amersham Vale,
London SE14 6LG
junctions: Roisin Fogarty, Maj-Gret Gaupas and Nadja Gabriela Plein
22 September – 28 September 2018
Private View: 21 Sept 2018 7-9pm
Curated by Nadja Gabriela Plein, this is a show of paintings by Róisín Fogarty, Maj-Gret Gaupås and Nadja Gabriela Plein.
‘Imagine the act of painting as a junction, an intersection between experience and the material topography of the world. Roisin paints from the memory of navigating urban landscapes. Maj-Gret works with the sensations of the weather, amongst other factors, and Nadja’s practice is a turning towards the materiality of the world.
If painting is a junction, then perhaps it is one that never quite measures up, two roads that nearly meet. Junctions of nearness, more miscommunication than communication. A word is a junction: we think we mean the same thing and meet at the word with confidence only to realise that we have all gone off in different directions.
The word junction comes from the Latin ‘jungere’, to join. Yet, in our experience a junction is only a temporal, impermanent joining: a brief touching down in the same place, something travelled through. (Even Camden Rd and Pankhurst Rd become two again, further down.)
How is a junction the same place for two people? Imagine travelling from Paddington to Swansea, stopping briefly at Swindon. Is the station I see the same as the one experienced by the commuter waiting there for the umpteenth time? Yet, we both, somehow, speak of the same railroad junction.
Three painters in one space, mapping junctions of proximity, mapping junctions of cross communication, their works making a temporary topography, creating a map of potential meetings.’
Islington Arts Factory,
2 Parkhurst Rd,
London, N7 0SF
Exhibitions on at the end of September
Final Exhibition of Morley Fine Art Mentoring Students
26 September – 30 September
Free Artist Talks: Sunday 30 September 2-4pm
‘This is the final exhibition of 12 students who have been studying together for 12 months at Morley College on the Fine Art mentoring course led by Erika Winstone. This advanced practical fine art course aims to strengthen independence and form a bridge between inside and outside college through a year of mentoring. Students work in their own studios and bring in work for tutorials, group discussions, workshops, artist talks and seminars; developing their practice as artists.
It is taught for up to 4 Sundays per term, culminating in a final exhibition that is organised and funded by the students in an independent gallery in September 2018.
The course aims to build a stimulating and supportive peer group, introducing skills to enable learners to continue working together on collaborative projects from home using simple online forums. The course is taught by artist Erika Winstone who has taught higher education for over 30 years with a team of visiting contemporary artists including Mark Dean, Justin Hibbs, Rosalind Davis, Sara Knowland, Jane Eyton, Susan Sluglett.’
The 12 emerging artists who will be exhibiting are:
Lynne Cameron, Oli Epp, Joy Hillyer, Caroline Ingham, Laura Jacobs,
Kulbinder Johal, Gill Lucas, Octavia Milner, Stuart Ridley,
Joao Simoes-Brown, Tracey Image, Sophie Wijesuriya.
159 Bethnal Green Road,
27 September – 7 October 2018
Christina Augustesen, Juan Bolivar, Matt Calderwood, Pen Dalton, Benjamin Deakin, Etienne De Villiers, Luke Dowd, Robert Dunt, Vicki Fornieles, Fiona Grady, Jane Harris, Alexander Hinks, Oli Lane, Juliette Losq, Patrick O’Sullivan, Rita Parniczky, Kasper Pincis, Katie Pratt, Henry Tyrrel, Andrea V Wright and Samuel Zealey.
‘Defining structure is a group exhibition of established and emerging artists. The diverse artworks of installation, sculpture, painting, print and virtual reality allude to our complex environment. Structure takes many forms from the organic to the industrial and even to the sublime. The exhibition sets out to represent the spectrum of structure from molecules to universes.
Samuel Zealey’s sculpture Molecular Monolith sets the tone of the show. The piece can take a new form each time it’s installed and represents the micro-organism through its industrial steel structure. His work is concerned with the ‘ongoing and complex conversation, whilst also highlighting the challenges our current environmental climate faces and the moralistic issues brought about by contemporary technological advances’.
Rita Parniczky’s X-Ray Vaults pieces are woven on a loom and hang from the ceiling. These pieces interact with the space and light. She states that her works ‘expose structural details of everyday objects and materials, especially those which become visible under close observation’.
Fiona Grady will be exhibiting a window installation. Her practice ‘recognizes the relationship between architecture, installation art and decoration; often using traditional mediums in a modern context. She plays with light, surface and scale; each piece changes with the light of day emphasising the passing of time and the ephemeral nature of the work’.
Vicki Fornieles’s 50 metre long C-type print, Tussle, will cascade from the ceiling and over the mezzanine. The piece is of found imagery of female boxers. Her work ‘mimics the poses of the women depicted, reclaiming the gaze, reclaiming the body. Replication of the boxers’ stances and actions, holding, pushing, fighting with the paper and the projected figures, spilling in a heap on the floor. The body combines with the photographic process demanding an altered perception of the figure in action’.
Oli Lane’s virtual reality collaboration with Alexander Hinks sets out to explore the concept of structure in new realms of technology. Digital collages of Alexander’s paintings have been embedded in VR. Allowing the viewer to enter, interact and explore a cosmic space. His works ‘represents the relationship between nature, technology and the sublime. As upon peering into another world with bold straight line structures which contrast curves and fluidity. The voids and chasms of space allude to universes. The unknown has always captured my imagination and my paintings’
The Cello Factory
33-34 Cornwall Road,
Not Dream of Islands
29 September – 20 October 2018
A group show, open on Saturdays between 12-6pm and by appointment.
Exhibiting artists include:
8 Palfrey Place
Pete Williamson: Recent Works
4 September – 1 October 2018
Pete Williamson is an artist and award-winning children’s book illustrator. He has illustrated over 65 books for children, most notably the much-loved ’Stitch Head’ series with author Guy Bass, and the acclaimed ‘The Raven Mysteries’ written by Marcus Sedgwick. He has also collaborated with authors such as Francesca Simon, Julia Donaldson, Matt Haig, Steve Cole and Charles Dickens. He has developed a reputation for a unique style that is both “strange and beautiful” and ’”funny and scary at the same time”. This is the first exhibition of his non-children’s book work.
“The pictures showing here are intended to resemble children’s book illustrations that have drifted away from the books themselves and into dark corners and shadows, away from childhood and into the adult psyche. The underlying consoling structure of children’s books have been discarded and replaced with a dream world of anxiety and absurdity. They occupy a ‘half-place’ that is uncanny and eerie, not quite right, in which things are in the wrong place or at the wrong scale.
The sense of displacement that comes from my adoption has become increasingly integral to my personal work. Objects or people tend to drift free of their surroundings, or are just not where they might be expected to be. A sense of children wandering in a world where things aren’t how they should be keeps emerging. When I discovered the circumstances of my adoption, I found that I had roots in pre-war Krakow and that my grandfather had fled from there in 1939 with little more than his name and his violin. Because that area of my life is completely closed off to me, my imagination starts to go a bit odd when it drifts into those mysterious Polish shadows. I begin to wonder what my distant lost relatives went through during those times, and I think of my birth mother suddenly finding herself in a place in life she shouldn’t have been, and a sense of dark, unsettling mystery permeates my work.”
383 Hoe Street
London E17 9AP
Society of Women Artists 157th Exhibition
27 September – 30 September 2018
‘The Society of Women Artists will be showcasing a diverse selection of 2D and 3D works by some of the most inspiring and renowned female artists from the United Kingdom and abroad. A great mix of cutting-edge, Contemporary and traditional oils, watercolours, pastels, mixed media paintings and original prints as well as sculptures and ceramics by the Society’s members will be displayed alongside a selection from open submission making for an exciting and dynamic exhibition.’
London SW1Y 5AH
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