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7 Unmissable Art Exhibitions on in October
This month’s art exhibitions not to miss choices focus on experimentation, pattern, materiality and the nuances of the viewing experience. It includes shows that ask the viewer to participate physically or mentally in order to understand and get the most out of each piece or exhibition.
1) Frieze London
Frieze London and Frieze Masters, now in its 15th year is open between 4th and 7th October 2018. Frieze features works from the world’s most important galleries as well as interesting, ambitious, contemporary performances, projects, talks and film screenings. With over 160 galleries showing the best contemporary work that pushes the boundaries and progress in art in imaginative and unusual ways, you also have the chance to see Frieze Masters and Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park creating a lovely juxtaposition of different forms of artistic excellence.
Over 100 artists are exhibiting at this year’s fair and there are also a wide range of curated events, talks and live performances to observe.
Showing at Frieze London, Regent’s Park between 4th October and the 7th October 2018.
2) Secret Charter
Secret Charter is an exciting opportunity for any art lover as well as a innovative fundraiser for The Charter School North Dulwich. The show features postcard sized works by over a 100 artists, students and celebrities, each one available for a mere £40. With at it’s heart the aim to support arts and the values and knowledge art education brings to children, the show works by allowing you to purchase a ‘Postcard Voucher’ which will be matched randomly to a piece of original art. This lucky dip means you don’t know what you’ll end up with but there’s a chance you could end up with a masterpiece by big art names such as Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and Gary Hume, or even a piece by well known figures such as Jeremy Corbyn, Hugh Grant or James Corden. Additionally there’s also work by exciting contemporary and emerging artists such as Angela Bell who has made the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize shortlist twice. You can see a list of exhibiting artists here.
The variety of this show makes well worth a visit to see how works interact and if you see any favourites, even if you have no intention of taking part. A selection of works is available to view online two weeks before the show for you to get a flavour of what will be exhibited. There will also be a display on the day of artworks by named artists, several of which are framed or of a different scale, that are part of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s online auction.
The Charter School North Dulwich like many has had dramatic funding cuts and every sale of this event will be donated to the school to help ensure the continued access of children from all backgrounds to an arts education. A cause many of the contributing artists have already publicly endorsed.
Showing at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London on Monday 15th October 2018.
3) Raqib Shaw: Reinventing the Old Masters
Raqib Shaw’s work is inspired by the Old Masters but uses an intricate technique involving enamel paint and a sharp porcupine quill to create a new take and commentary on the traditional compositions and motifs.
Each piece is a labour of time taking months, often years, of extremely complicated work. Without assistants his standard six by five panel would take around four and a half years to complete. The introduction of flamboyant colour and unusual forms means these pieces seem to belong to the canon of the surreal and contemporary as much as that of the Old Masters. Growing up in Kashmir his work has often been labelled as decorative with it’s similarities and references to both the hangings, fabrics and carpets that have in part influenced Shaw and often glimpses of highly stylised Kashmir landscape.
The lavishness of his work which verges on a certain gaudiness at times, one piece has rhinestones et into the surface, comes in part from his use of highly shiny bright enamel paint. It’s affect is instantaneous although while appeals to some others feel it makes the images full of strange things and creatures something grotesque. Shaw’s move from oil paint to enamel was originally a financial decision when he was in London in the 1990s, however it has remained as an aesthetic choice, with the paint giving a glossy, jewel like hint to his luscious works, outlines are done in gold acrylic allowing wells for the enamel to be moved into.
The unorthodox materials he uses, along with revered subject matter and the juxtaposition of aesthetics from the East and the West is designed to instigate debate and allow for discussion of cultural norms. Added to this debate is the fact that Shaw often weaves autobiographical details such as his own profile into the scenes he reproduces, possibly to bring into relief the contemporary arts trend to self reflection.
As well as 8, large scale works by Raqib Shaw two paintings that have long fascinated and inspired him, Joseph Noel Paton’s The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, 1849 and Lucas Cranach’s An Allegory of Melancholy, 1528, will be shown to offset and highlight Shaw’s preoccupying themes. Shaw in 2016, re-created very loosely Paton’s fairy tableau and this alongside a newly created version of Cranach’s piece will be displayed demonstrating visually the warping lens and curation Shaw’s pieces go through from inspiration to completion. They also highlight how his bright, modern works compare and contrast to these leviathans he imitates.
Showing at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh until 28th October 2018.
4) Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else
Leo Fitzmaurice, a Liverpool-based artist, in conjunction with the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme has curated a series of portraits into Room 9 of the Walker Art Gallery to form an installation.
The room needs a nuanced interaction, at first it appears like any other gallery exhibition until attention is paid by the viewer to the eyes of the sitters and where they are looking. This then starts a dialogue whereby the 30 portraits by artists such as Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Milena Dragicevic (above), Ken Kiff, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky and Phillip Sutton participate in a “tone of inquisitiveness in the world beyond”. The main theme of the show.
Fitzmaurice has chosen these pieces from the Arts Council Collection and National Museums Liverpool’s collections. A centre piece from the Lady Lever Art Gallery is Psamathe(1879-80) by Frederic, Lord Leighton, it features a female nude from behind and appears to be looking out to the sea in front of her. Paying attention to the idea of looking and the sight lines of the sitters gradually exposes the mechanisms at work in the gallery space in general and embodies Fitzmaurice’s desire to re-view and re-enliven the everyday in a way that it becomes more than itself.
“Almost always, in my work, I try to frame the everyday and the overlooked in a new light. I would think an artwork successful if the work could give the feeling of encountering something familiar for the first time.”
His subtle barely traceable interventions interrogate portraiture and how artists approach it in a new way without disrupting the actual work on display at all, rather letting it speak.
Showing at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool until 17th March 2018.
5) Art in the Bar: Cornelia Baltes
Cornelia Baltes work uses real insightful observations and strips them back to punchy, graphic shapes and lines. ±The bright works combine playfulness and simplicity and extract important moments to form abstract patterns and rhythms that are both intellectual and aesthetically pleasing.
Her piece made for the Chapter’s Lightbox are a pair of ginormous hands fixed in a handshake, perhaps a topical reference to the attention focused my the press on the Presidents handshaking techniques along with a commentary of connectivity. This bold work interacts with the architecture involving the lines of the building and thus extending outwards into the landscape. After entering Baltes work is exhibited within the bar area allowing an informal viewing that interacts with the space. Hands, fingers and arms hang from a glass ceiling or stick out from the walls merging and growing in the space and making it their own. The works have her typical charm, that endearing demonstrates characters and neuroses with an active inquisitive eye and a literal grasp of physical space.
Cornelia Baltes was born in Germany and after completing her post graduate at the Slade she has been based jointly in London and Berlin. Her recent solo shows include ‘Capri’ Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017); ‘Drunk Octopus wants to fight’ Limoncello, London, UK (2016); ‘Tiny Dancer’ Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; ‘Turner’ Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2015).
Showing at Chapter, Cardiff until 30 December 2018.
6) Patrick Heron
This the first major show in 20 years of Patrick Heron’s work. The retrospective covers over 50 years of work from 1943 to 1996 and explores his attachment and use of colour alongside his ambitious pushing of scale. It also looks at the context of him being one of the most innovative and important British artists to be involved in the development of post-war abstract painting during the 20th century.
With his main interest being ‘colour, space and light’ this exhibition, curated by Andrew Wilson, Curator Modern and Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain and Sara Maston, Curator, Tate St Ives with Sarah Martin, Head of Exhibitions, Turner Contemporary, this carefully selected and arranged range of works bring home his exciting and daunting career.
The retrospective is arranged thematically rather than chronically focusing on four cores elements of his continued practice, unity, the edge, explicit scale, asymmetry and re-complication. This hopes to demonstrate the consistency of his output throughout his career, while showing his move from figurative work, through to abstraction and back to quasi, highly textured representation. The purely visual organisation of the show allows the viewer to be immersed in Heron’s play of light and colour without referring to contextual details. A particular thing that comes across is the palette of the landscape he spent a lot of time in, the West Penwith coastline of Cornwall, which is full of mauves and violets from the heather and bracken, deep blues and bright turquoises from the bays, yellows from gorse and wild flowers and an array of other tones affected by the dramatic contrast of bright sunshine and dark overcast shadows.
Showing at the Turner Contemporary, Margate between 18th October 2018 and 6th January 2019.
7) The most real thing: contemporary textiles and sculpture
The Most Real Thing takes it’s name from Anni Albers’ 1938 essay ‘Work with Material’ in which she stated “…we must come down to earth from the clouds where we live in vagueness and experience the most real thing there is: material.”
The exhibition itself is a collection of work by diverse artists and makers that explores the relationship between sculpture and textiles through pieces made with varying techniques and media, including three-dimensional objects, contemporary painting, performance art, fabric and costumes.
The focus on Albers who studied and taught at the Bauhaus, is explained by her fascination for abstraction and her use of the strict grid of a loom. This allowed her to work out the technical limitations of weaving and apply it experimentally to art, architecture and design, which in part lead to her belief in using raw materials to reflect on the direct experience of life and meet both spiritual and practical means.
The renewed interest in Albers’ work on thinking and weaving acts as a starting point the curation of the artists included in this show. Upon entry to the show is Yinka Shonibare’s headless Adam & Eve which uses fabric to raise issues around race and class. Eva Rothschild’s sculpture is an encased texture of a jajim in a completely smooth, glossy resin, displaying her fascinating juxtaposition of materials and experience of those materials with Rothschild’s own deep interest in rugs. Alexis Teplin combines tropes from abstract paintings with costume and performance associated with Bauhaus theatre. Anton Alvarez’s thread-wrapping machine creates a ‘new craft’. Mary Redmond’s sculptures using found objects and Nicholas Pope’s that use knitting make a point of looking handmade and visually speaking to the arts and crafts movement. In the Artist House part of the exhibition Peter Collingwood and Ann Sutton demonstrate the pioneering force of textiles as art and the affect this has had on the next generation. Similarly, the designs of Ben Nicholson and Lucienne Day show the close relationship of post war art and post war industry, with thread’s symbolic value being expounded by the work of Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth. Along with purely textile work, the work of artists, such as Henry Moore, who used textile studios to translate pieces into tapestry is also shown.
For anyone interest in the relationship between contemporary art and textiles this show’s brand range of methods that covers a wide range of fibre-based materials and processes is a real joy. Included are art works which use loom weaving, quilting, knitting, stitching and dying; an insight into the technological developments and affects on fabrication and thread; textiles which have been painted, manufactured, manipulated, cast and obliterated. All this allows a dialogue of what real, material work can be.
The exhibition is co-curated by Sarah Griffin and Stephen Feeke and features works by the following artists:
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Showing at the NewArtCentre, Wiltshire until 4th 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 October
LIP 30th Annual Exhibition: London Independent Photography
2 October – 7 October 2018
Private View: Thursday 4 October 6-9pm
‘London Independent Photography 30th annual exhibition is a celebration of the diverse and exceptional talent across all members. An open call was launched in July and a panel of established practitioners was invited to select the most innovative and creative works. Tom Lovelace, Hazel Watts and Wendy McMurd, who are established practitioners from the photography industry selected more than 100 photographs to be a part of the show. For the first time this year all of the work which was rejected would also be shown in the projection room of the gallery in celebration of the anniversary of the annual exhibitions of the organisation. The LIP 30th annual exhibition is also a part of Photomonth, which is an East London photography festival.
During the exhibition, artist talks will take place by talented professionals such as Dafna Talmor, Peter Ainsworth, Thom Bridge and Alina Kisina. The talks are be free of charge, but booking is essential to attend.
The exhibition is organised and curated by LIP exhibition organiser Krasimira Butseva.
For more information about LIP please visit the links below, thanks.
159 Bethnal Green Road,
London, E2 7DG
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018
29 September – 17 October 2018
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project is led by Professor Anita Taylor, founding Director, at Bath Spa University and is supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust.
The pre-eminent annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, was founded in 1994 by Anita Taylor and Paul Thomas as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition. It was known from 1996 until 2000 as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition and was supported by a private benefactor, Westland Nurseries, The Summerfield Trust, CHK Charities and Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. Most recently, the exhibition has been known as Jerwood Drawing Prize with 17 years of significant support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation from 2001 until 2017. Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust became the principal benefactor in 2018.
Selected from original art works, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and exhibition has an established reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK. This open exhibition is a platform for drawing practitioners to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists in the field, with the exhibition touring widely in the UK. In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists a national platform to exhibit their work, the project has developed new insights into the role and value of drawing in creative practice today.
Caroline Burraway has won the £8,000 First Prize in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 for her charcoal drawing, Eden,The Jungle Calais 2016 (2017); the Second Prize of £5,000 goes to Gary Lawrence for his drawing, Moonlit Delphi c/o Samuel Palmer (2018), made with Biro, felt pen and poster paint on paper; and the Student Award of £2,000 is awarded to Laura Hudson for her drawing made with charcoal on wash, Nail House Drawings (2018). The new Working Drawing Award of £1000 is awarded to Andy Bannister for his graphite drawing, ROC Post ’64(2017).
The award winning drawings were chosen by Nigel Hall RA, artist; Megan Piper, contemporary art dealer; and Dr Chris Stephens, Director of The Holburne from the 69 works by 67 artists they selected for the 2018 exhibition from an overall submission of 1711 works from across the UK.
The Electrician’s Shop
Trinity Buoy Wharf,
64 Orchard Place,
London E14 0JY
Pockley/ Archer/ Overlap: Verge
27 September – 18 October 2018
‘’Verge’ brings together artists Nick Archer, Jenny Pockley and Overlap: creative collaborators who’s work explores landscape representation through varying levels of abstraction. The artists use multimedia disciplines to achieve their visions, from audiovisual presentations, to paint on canvas.
Although landscape is the central motif in all the work, one can also find links in the artists’ creative process which reveal deeper meanings and an investigation of the sublime, a recurrent theme throughout art history: landscape used as a metaphor to reveal the raw forces of nature and the mysteries of our experience.’
60 Threadneedle street,
London EC2R 8HP
Bow Arts Stratford Open Studios 2018: Essex House
6 October 2018
‘Bow Arts’ annual open studios are a highlight of the arts calendar and are some of the most vibrant and well attended arts events in London. Open studios are a fantastic opportunity for members of the public, curators and collectors to explore a vast and diverse selection of work and to meet some East London’s brightest emerging and established artists. They are also a celebration of all things art, with many of the events, bars, workshops and more.
Come and have a look at the work being made in Bow Arts’ Stratford Studios this October! They will be opening the doors to one of their busiest sites, giving you a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes and see the kind of work being made behind these four walls.
Since opening in 2013, the Stratford Studios community of artists, designers and makers has continued to grow. They house a wide variety of practices in 29 creative workspaces, including set design, fashion design, millinery, painting and performance, and alongside their work artists of all these disciplines will be in the studios for you to meet.
The event is free to enter, with artist-created items on sale, a small accompanying events programme, and tea and cake served.’
Kirk Flash, Sam Freeman, Baska Wesolowska, Francisco Rico Campos, Alicia Thorpe, Ciara Monahan, Jane Bowler, Charlotte Westmorland-Stubbs, Daily Life Ltd., Dee Maxwell, Silvia Ospina Amaya, Syeda Begum, Regina Olagunju, Monica Alcazar-Duarte, Phil Le Gal, Shula Malata, Nina Ryner, Katy Baird, Catherine Hoffman, Rory Parnell-Mooney, Fannie Shiavoni, Laura Napier, Laurent Veilex, Masahiko Morikawa, Oliver McConnie, Christopher Smith, Anne-Marie Faulkner, Pia Bramley, Mala Lal, Clare Wilson, Adam Hogarth, Barnaby Lambert
375 High Street,
Stratford, London E15 4QZ
28 September – 13 October 2018
Tetris Hang, an art show that is a game of compositional arrangements. In an exhibition featuring 21 international artists, works will shift around the space in a daily rehang, rotating (where possible) and even disappearing. It is the first multi artist exhibition at FamilyHouse.Space a new project space in South London, which will host a rolling programme of projects and events featuring painting sculpture installation music dance film and food.
EC / Ellie Reid / David Micheaud / Fiona Long / Edward Chell / Anna Bjerger / James Aldridge / Nadja Gabriela Plein / Mimei Thompson / playpaint / Mark Sibley / Scott McCracken / Phillip Reeves / Phil King / Dorian McFarland / Simon Haddock / Trine Lise Nedreaas / Charley Peters / Scott Miles / Trevor Burgess / Julian Wakelin
88 Hatcham Park Rd,
London, SE14 5QF
The Enchanted Garden
23 June – 7 October 2018
‘From the Pre-Raphaelites and French Impressionists to the Bloomsbury Group and 20th century abstraction, artists have taken inspiration directly from the gardens around them. These secret, enveloping and sometimes mysterious spaces are seen through windows, in panoramas and often repeated in different lights and seasons. The Enchanted Garden will feature artists including Claude Monet, Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beatrix Potter, Pierre Bonnard, Lucien Pissarro, William Morris, Patrick Heron, Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, Vanessa Bell, and Duncan Grant.
The Enchanted Garden will bring the Laing’s painting ‘The Dustman or The Lovers’ by Stanley Spencer into the context of major works by British and French artists from across the UK and beyond which explore the garden as a ‘stage’ for the extraordinary, the magical, the atmospheric and the nostalgic.
This exhibition is curated by the Laing Art Gallery, with generous support from the John Ellerman Foundation. Also supported by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery, the Finnis Scott Foundation and the Golsoncott Foundation.’
Laing Art Gallery
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Companion Pieces: Robert Fitzmaurice
4 October – 14 October 2018
In a new body of work created specifically for this exhibition Fitzmaurice will investigate a number of themes and motifs which have preoccupied him in recent years. By placing work in the gallery to highlight relationships between painting, collage and sculpture he will blend and contrast ideas of the double, the diptych and sibling rivalry with his growing interest in uniting disparate techniques, processes and materials. “We are never more alike than when we fight to be individual.”
no format Gallery
Arch 29 Rolt St,
London SE8 5JB
Exhibitions on in the Middle of October
9 October – 14 October 2018
‘Taking place between 9th & 14th of October to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2018, (In)visible will feature a group of artists who use their work to convey life’s difficulties. Curated by Jenni Bea & Amy Oliver who were brought together by Instagram & share similar work themes, aesthetics & motivations.
The exhibition will feature work specifically produced as self-expression, communication and therapeutic release. With themes often thought of as taboo such as mental illness, addiction, abuse, and domestic violence, this exhibition promotes honesty and non-censorship. We aim to create a visually stimulating, thought-provoking, inclusive and engaging event that ignites discussion, tackles stigmas and unites artist and audience.
Curated by Jenni Bea & Amy Oliver
159 Bethnal Green Road,
Christopher P. Green
29 September – 14 October 2018
The experience of living in the world and working in the studio.
References act as anchors, albeit well worn and rusty at times.
A work is recognised as complete when there is an understanding of sense within it – an arrived logic. Understanding fades over time, and the specifics of the motive are partially forgotten, leaving the works open for revision and reinterpretation. The fact that my perception of a work changes places me in a similar position to that of the viewer seeing the work for the first time.
It is accepted that these works share the same genetics, but each is worked on without regard for ‘a whole’ or in accordance with any singular, fixed statement of intent.
I mostly make small paintings.
(Most of) the above holds true.
This show comprises (mostly) small paintings, in a large 2600 sq ft gallery.
Christopher P. Green currently lives and works in London. He works with painting, books, and installations. Recent solo exhibitions include Vitreous Humour at Alma Zevi, Venice (2018); Works clockwise from entering studio – Part Two at Material, Mexico City (2018); Essays in varying lengths at Wolfson College, Oxford (2017). Green’s most recent book, Professional Salad Vol. 1, was published in 2018. ‘
Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 5NR
The Manchester Contemporary
12 October – 14 October 2018
The Manchester Contemporary, supported by using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, takes a uniquely artist-focused approach, inviting the most exciting international and UK galleries to participate in the biggest UK art fair outside of London. Now in it’s 10th year it features over 100 exhibitors.
Manchester Art Fair
Sue Williams: New Paintings
2 October – 24 November 2018
‘Skarstedt is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by American artist Sue Williams (b. 1954) at the London gallery this October. Following the acclaimed exhibition of historical works from 1997-1998 in New York, the new paintings will demonstrate Williams’ continued interest in exploring the fluid boundary between figuration and abstraction and her pursuance of the transformation of one into the other.
In this body of work, the paintings have an increasing ethereality. They utilise the lightness of exposed ground to create areas of watery colour that combine with the elements of mark making, doodling, lining and smudging seen in her previous works. In them, as ever, gender roles and politics are alluded to whilst she also explores memory and personal experience.’
8 Bennet Street
London SW1A 1RP
In The Company Of – curated by Katy Hessel
5 October – 17 November 2018
‘Juno Calypso, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Maisie Cousins, Charlotte Edey, Barbara Hepworth, Jessie Makinson, Lee Miller, Alice Neel, HelenA Pritchard, Stephanie Quayle, Anne Ryan, Boo Saville, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, Antonia Showering and Caroline Walker.
TJ Boulting is delighted to present In The Company Of, an exhibition exploring the relationship between historic and contemporary women artists, curated by Katy Hessel, founder of the Instagram-based blog The Great Women Artists (@thegreatwomenartists). In The Company Of will showcase three historic female artists, Barbara Hepworth, Lee Miller, and Alice Neel, alongside twelve dynamic contemporary female artists. The exhibition aims to highlight the legacy of Hepworth, Miller, and Neel and how the impact of their work still resonates with artists working today. By comparing their shared artistic language and creating a dialogue between them, it will also put the contemporary artists’ work into an historical context. “My aim with The Great Women Artists has always been to celebrate women artists from across the world working in every era across a variety of mediums. This exhibition will put the account into a real-life context, not only shining a light on some of the most exciting women working across painting, sculpture and photography today, but showing the constant conversation with the women who came before them. It is important to recognise the enduring legacy of the women who were so often overlooked by art history, and provide an alternative insight to the subject” – Katy Hessel’
59 Riding House Street,
Droitwich Arts Network, Long Gallery Exhibition
10 October – 3 November 2018
Throughout the exhibition there is painting, spinning, weaving, knitting, embroidering and performing on a variety of musical instruments. A group of poets, led by the former Poet Laureate for Worcestershire, Nina Lewis, will be visiting in order to create new works inspired by the exhibition. You can also vote for your favourite artwork. Known for it’s lovely atmosphere and great discussion of works by visitors.
Long Gallery, Hanbury Hall
22 Hanbury St,
London E1 6QR
Exhibitions on at the End of October
Nevertheless, She Persisted: Mhairi Bell-Moodie Photography
17 October – 28 October 2018
The project was released online on March 8th 2018 to coincide with International Women’s Day, was exhibited in Edinburgh in May 2018 and will now be showing in London.
The seeds of this project began after the photographer photographed two vulnerable women in one week; one was going through chemotherapy and the other was being bullied. Both commented on how the process of being photographed had given them a boost. Shortly after this, the photographer attended the Women’s Sister March in Edinburgh on January 21st 2017. Standing amongst hundreds of women (and male allies), further drove her passion to create a new, meaningful body of work about women. For women. Over the following 12 months, the photographer worked with four charities and 25 women to create Nevertheless, She Persisted. The title is a nod to the catchphrase attached to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s defiance in the courtroom which was then adapted by the feminist movement. The women vary in age from 13 to 59 and all but one currently live in Scotland.
The women involved have survived breast cancer, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, addiction, child loss, becoming a young widow, eating disorders, suicide attempts, discrimination for their appearance or sexuality – a whole host of traumatic events – but the one thing which unites them is their strength. Despite having to face some of life’s most difficult challenges, they are speaking up because they don’t want anyone else to ever feel the pain they did.
Since exhibiting in Edinburgh, Bell-Moodie has been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s 161st International Photography Exhibition, been selected for the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open 2018 and been nominated for RPS’s most recent campaign Hundred Heroines, which recognises women in photography. The exhibition itself received hundred of visitors over the 10 day period and numerous positive comments across social media platforms, including a recommendation from Chelsea Clinton. The artist has been interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland, for an STV online feature and for selected photography organisations. Links to all interviews can be found online.
159 Bethnal Green Rd,
Emma Talbot – 21st Century Sleepwalk
25 October- 1 December
‘21st Century Sleepwalk, a large-scale installation of new work by Emma Talbot across all three exhibition spaces and exterior at Caustic Coastal, presents thoughts on the epic nature of birth and death and the living sleepwalk in between.
In a wall of painted silk hangings occupying the length of the warehouse space, Talbot narrates the contemporary situation of a citizen in the 21st century and their psychological responses to the space of a regenerated city. This visual flow of thought is a reflection on life as a dreamlike experience, counterbalanced by three-dimensional works that position birth and death as fundamental physical experiences that we can’t ever remember.’
Regent Trading Estate
‘The Island’ an exhibition of monotypes by David Begley and paintings by Hanneke van Ryswyk runs daily until November 5th at 24 Selskar Street, Wexford, Ireland.
Open 11am – 6pm.
24 Selskar Street,
Bill Gribble: Winter Exhibition
6 October – 6 December 2018
Bill Gribble has lived and worked in North Wales for many years. He was inspired by an Aunt when very young to develop and take part in creative and artistic activities. Bill is now an author as well as an artist. He has successfully exhibited and sold his work at home and internationally for many years and is inspired by other artists, events and the environment. He records what interests him through drawing, sculpting and painting, working primarily from his studio in Llandudno. Although he is currently best known for attempting to capture the power and light of the water around the Welsh coastline in oil paint, he also enjoys portraying all subjects of interest in a range of media.
Oriel Ger Y Menai Gallery
Drawn to London
21 October – 27 October 2018
The Tamar valley is home to a diverse community of artists, 160 are the members of the Drawn to the Valley artists’ collective. The group, set up in 2003, has artists working in all formats. They hold
annual Open Studios and exhibitions together and support each other in their individual projects.
Now, for the first time, the collective is showing its work in the capital, with the ‘Drawn to London’ exhibition at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in Pall Mall.
They are a diverse group of contemporary
painters, sculptors, printmakers and textile artists and will be talking about our work and processes every day during the exhibition.
The Royal Opera Arcade (ROA) Gallery
5b Pall Mall
BERBER: Marco Puig Solo Painting Show
26 October – 28 October 2018
Marco Puig’s second solo show featuring new paintings taking inspiration from the complex and intricate designs Berber women weave into rugs.
82 Commercial Street (basement)