Into The Forest
To mark Waltham Forest becoming the first ever London Borough of Culture, audio visual artists Greenaway and Greenaway have collaborated with award-winning musician Talvin Singh for this commission. Part documentary, part video mapping, part music video, Into the Forest is a site-specific and site-responsive light artwork featuring 1,000 video portraits, 10 local businesses, 12 spoken word artists and four dancers. The project tells the ‘story’ of Waltham Forest through the eyes of the diverse communities who live there.
11-13 January, Waltham Forest Town Hall, London. wfculture19.co.uk
The collaborative exhibition that matches up international art spaces with London venues returns with 52 galleries across 18 spaces. Host galleries share their spaces with visiting galleries – either by co-curating an exhibition together or dividing their galleries and allocating spaces, with the aim being to encourage more experimental gallery exhibitions to take place internationally.
12 January – 9 February 2019, various venues, London. www.condocomplex.org/london
London Art Fair
The 31st anniversary of London Art Fair will see the participation of over 100 galleries from around the world. Curated sections include Art Projects, which offers a platform for emerging artists and gallerists, and Photo50, which showcases current trends in contemporary photographic practice and is this year curated by Tim Clark. In addition, there is a focus on support for regional museums through the annual Museum Partnership, which for 2019 features Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery.
16-20 January, Business Design Centre, Islington, London. www.londonartfair.co.uk
In The Dark
The London Group, one of the longest-running artist collectives in the world, presents this intriguing show alongside the Computer Arts Society (CAS) and Lumen Prize. The Cello Factory will be plunged into darkness with all the artworks generating their own light via interlinking projections that turn the whole exhibition into an installation. Lumen Prize has commissioned winning student artist Ziwei Wu to produce an installation for the show, while CAS is displaying networked Raspberry Pi computers and flat-screen monitors embedded in light boxes.
17-19 January, The Cello Factory, London. www.a-n.co.uk/events/in-the-dark
American artist Richard Pousette-Dart was one of the key members of the first generation of abstract expressionists, with career highlights including being chosen by the International Committee of the Venice Biennale to exhibit in the main pavilion in 1982. This show offers an overview of his long career, and features a range of the biomorphic and totemic forms he is known for.
18 January – 20 February, PACE, London. www.pacegallery.com
Aspex, Portsmouth, presents ‘Formation Level’, an exhibition of new and recent films by Amanda Loomes. A former civil engineer, Loomes brings her technical knowledge to explore the materials, companies and individuals that make and maintain the roads we all use. The show will also feature material from the artist’s own archive of her time as a civil engineer, including photographs and diagrams.
18 January – 24 March, Aspex, Portsmouth. www.aspex.org.uk
#15 Make It Work
This one-day event is aimed at cultural workers who are interested or involved in UK and EU politics, are worried about how their creative practice will survive in Brexit Britain and want to develop ‘strategies, alternatives and resilience’. Organised by Keep It Complex, a group of artists, designers and curators who formed during the EU referendum in 2016, discussions will include: ‘Is there such a thing as ethical funding for the arts?’ and ‘How to continue to talk to people you disagree with’.
19 January, Company Drinks, Barking Park, Essex. www.makeitclear.eu/posts/15-make-it-work
Sofia Stevi: we don’t have to learn something new
Greek artist Sofia Stevi’s first solo exhibition in London features new paintings and sculpture that bring together imagery encountered through dreams, ancient Greek mythology, poetry and digital media. Other sources of inspiration include male and female bodies, organic forms and symbols, and the legendary woman-monster Medusa.
25 January – 23 February, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. www.houldsworth.co.uk
Artes Mundi 8 announcement
The winner of the eighth edition of the biennial Cardiff-based international art prize is announced 24 January, chosen from: Anna Boghiguian (Canada/Egypt); Bouchra Khalili (Morocco/France); Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria/Belgium); Trevor Paglen (USA); and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand). The selected artist wins £40,000 in prize money.
Winner announced 24 January; Artes Mundi exhibition continues until 24 February. www.artesmundi.org
Get the insides onto the outside
This panel discussion features artist Monster Chetwynd, writer and researcher Juliette MacDonald (Edinburgh College of Art and Donghua University, Shanghai), and curator Daniel F. Herrmann (The National Gallery, London). They will discuss expressiveness, materiality and the resurgence of craft in the work of Emma Hart, whose exhibition ‘BANGER’ continues at Fruitmarket until 3 February. The event will also be live streamed via Periscope.
31 January, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh. www.fruitmarket.co.uk
Rebecca Scott: Dirty Pictures
This exhibition of large-scale paintings by Rebecca Scott examines ‘feminine narratives of dispute and subversion’. The show takes its title from a direct quote by a couple of young boys who came into a gallery in Kendal, where Scott’s paintings were on show last June. After running in through the front door and glimpsing the paintings, they exclaimed “Oi! Dirty pictures!” then ran out again. Intrigued by their reaction, Scott called after them by way of explanation: “No, these are nude paintings”.
18 January – 9 February, Standpoint Gallery, London. www.standpointlondon.co.uk
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing
This exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Royal Collection is taking place at 12 venues across 12 different cities. With 144 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings on display, it highlights his skills in painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany. A fantastic way to mark 500 years since his death.
1 February – 6 May, various venues. www.rct.uk
This solo exhibition by Tracey Emin features new paintings, photography, large-scale bronze sculptures and film, presented across White Cube’s entire Bermondsey gallery.
6 February – 7 April, White Cube Bermondsey, London. www.whitecube.com
What it Means to Write About Art
This talk has been organised to coincide with the publication of What it Means to Write About Art, which offers an overview of American art writing. Artist and author Jarrett Earnest is joined in conversation with writers and critics Adrian Searle and Farah Nayeri.
7 February, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. www.whitechapelgallery.org
UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19
Spanning visual arts, theatre, performance, music and spoken word, UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19 brings together over 250 national and international artists from 25 countries, all aged between 18-30. Visual arts exhibitions take place in both major gallery and museum spaces and artist-led spaces including Backlit, New Art Exchange, One Thoresby Street and Nottingham Lakeside Arts. UK artists include Sam Baker and Habib Hajallie, Hannah Parikh, Kerry Tenbey, Herfa Thompson and Jenny Hibberd who, inspired by Nottingham’s lace-making heritage, has created a piano that visitors can play made from black and white lace and with an accompanying soundtrack recorded at the Cluny Lace Factory, Ilkeston.
7-13 February 2019, various venues, Nottingham. www.ukyoungartists.co.uk
The Holden Gallery presents Simeon Barclay’s first solo exhibition in Manchester. The Leeds-based artist mixes contemporary art, fashion, music and popular culture, with this show offering a survey of his existing work alongside new work created in response to the historic collections at Manchester School of Art.
8 February – 29 March, Holden Gallery, Manchester. www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk
International Garden Photographer of the Year
This exhibition is a display of the winning images from the 12th International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, and features botanical photography from across the world, split into various categories including: Black and White, Macro and Still Life.
9 February – 10 March, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. www.igpoty.com
Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotions
French artist Kader Attia’s first UK survey exhibition features work produced over the last two decades. Using a wide range of media, he explores the ways in which Western colonialism has shaped not only how we see other cultures, but also how identities are constrained in our own societies.
13 February – 6 May, Hayward Gallery, London. www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Abel Rodriguez, Gemma Anderson, Serena Korda and Delfina Munoz Del Toro
This group show features work by Abel Rodriguez, a member of the Nonuya indigenous people from the Caqueta River region of Colombia, alongside work by Gemma Anderson, Serena Korda and Delfina Munoz Del Toro. For a number of years, Rodriguez guided western scientists through the rainforest and used figurative painting in order to convey his knowledge. Meanwhile, Anderson’s drawings are created from collaborations with a cell biologist and a philosopher of science, while Korda’s sound works explore a worldview not yet shaped by scientific knowledge. Finally, Muñoz de Toro has dedicated her practice to living with communities to study ancestral cultures to inform her paintings.
16 February – 18 May, The Exchange, Penzance. www.newlynartgallery.co.uk
This Hayward Touring print exhibition explores how, after many years focusing primarily on sculpture, the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois returned to printmaking during the later years of her life, from the 1980s until her death in 2010. The two series in the show were made while she was in her eighties and illustrate how she remained one of the most important and influential artists of recent decades.
23 February – 7 May, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. www.victoriagal.org.uk
Milan Triennale: Broken Nature
The latest edition of the Milan Triennale highlights the concept of restorative design and studies how humans connect to their natural environments. In doing so it will celebrate design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, whilst promoting the importance of creative practices.
1 March – 1 September, various venues, Milan. www.brokennature.org
The Other Art Fair
The ‘artist-led’ fair that enables emerging artists to showcase their work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors. The latest edition will showcase work by over 140 artists.
14-17 March, The Old Truman Brewery, London. www.theotherartfair.com
FORMAT International Photography Festival
One of the UK’s leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media, FORMAT was established in 2004 and features the best in contemporary and archive photography. The theme for the 2019 festival is ‘Forever/Now’ and explores our attachment to the idea of ‘forever’ and how we seek to represent our everchanging world, society, lands and histories through photography. Coinciding with its launch on 15 March is a conference presenting a range of high-profile international speakers, artists, writers and academics who will explore and discuss the festival’s themes.
15 March – 14 April, QUAD, Derby. www.formatfestival.com
Krijn de Koning
Dutch artist Krijn de Koning will create the successor to Alex Hartley and Tom James‘ popular installation, The Clearing, in the historic grounds of Compton Verney. Green Dwelling will consist of 24 blocks of varying sizes, in an array of greens, and will be sited in the Old Town Meadow, within the 120-acres of Grade II-listed parkland.
16 March – tbc, Compton Verney, Warwickshire. www.comptonverney.org.uk
New MK Gallery opens
The new MK Gallery, designed by 6a architects in collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, will open in March. Featuring polished stainless-steel exterior surfaces inspired by the city’s original grid and the geometries of the adjacent Campbell Park, it will provide spaces for major exhibitions, films, music, performance, family events, workshops, and social spaces. It will open with ‘The Lie of the Land’, a group exhibition spread across all five galleries and featuring 85 artists including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Jeremy Deller and Bridget Riley.
16 March, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes. www.mkgallery.org
Van Gogh and Britain
This major exhibition at Tate Britain brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists. It will be the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade and features some of his most recognisable works, including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L’Arlésienne, and two works he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. Also on show will be the rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.
27 March, Tate Britain, London. www.tate.org.uk
Stockholm’s international fair for artist-run galleries and other artists’ initiatives is organised by a small group, most of whom are artists themselves. Since 2007 it has featured representatives from over 50 countries, with the resulting event a direct reaction to developments in the commercial art fair market.
4-7 April, venue tbc, Stockholm, Sweden. www.supermarketartfair.com
The London Original Print Fair
Held at the Royal Academy of Arts, the London Original Print Fair is London’s longest-running art fair. Now in its 34th year, it features original prints from across five centuries: from old and modern master works to the latest prints launched by contemporary artists.
25-28 April, Royal Academy of Arts, London. www.londonprintfair.com
58th Venice Biennale
Ralph Rugoff, director of London’s Hayward Gallery, is the artistic director of the 58th edition of the world’s most famous art biennale, which this year is titled ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’. Rugoff will be responsible for curating the Biennale’s main International Art Exhibition, which he says will highlight “a view of art’s social function as embracing both pleasure and critical thinking”. This year’s British Pavilion features the Glasgow-based Northern Irish artist Cathy Wilkes, while the Scotland + Venice presentation is from 2018 Turner Prize winner Charlotte Prodger, and the Wales in Venice artist is Sean Edwards.
11 May – 24 November, various venues, Venice, Italy. www.labiennale.org
Emilia Beatriz’s practice moves between photography, moving image, text, sound and performance. For this show at Glasgow’s CCA, she has been commissioned to make a new ‘speculative fiction narrative’ based on oral histories from Scotland and Puerto Rico, with beekeepers, sustenance farmers, and herbal medicine practitioners. It will draw on two years of research in both countries in site-specific locations related to military occupation, infrastructural systems, environmental toxicity, and ecological or political resistance.
4 May – 26 June, CCA, Glasgow. www.cca-glasgow.com
Now on its fifth edition, Liverpool’s biennial international photography festival presents a programme of exhibitions, workshops and talks, taking place across the North West and an exchange country, which for 2019 is China. Led by Open Eye Gallery, the aim is to examine what we share and how we see across borders, both territorial and digital.
May – October (exact dates tbc), various venues, Liverpool. www.lookphotofestival.com
Children’s Art Week
An annual, UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, which coordinates and supports a week of visual arts events for children and families, working with schools, galleries, museums and community groups.
8-16 June, various venues. www.engage.org/childrens-art-week.aspx
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The world’s longest running and largest open submission show returns during the Royal Academy’s 251st year. As always, it will feature a collage-like display of art in various mediums, including prints, paintings, film, photography, sculpture, and architectural works from a mixture of emerging artists and household names. Most of the artworks will be for sale, with proceeds helping to fund the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including the Royal Academy Schools.
10 June – 12 August, The Royal Academy of Arts, London. www.royalacademy.org.uk
Tate Liverpool’s summer show is the first major UK retrospective of artist and activist Keith Haring. A key part of the New York art scene of 1980s, Haring was a champion of his generation’s counterculture and was inspired by graffiti, pop art and underground club culture. This show will feature more than 85 art works including large, vibrant paintings, drawings and sculptures.
14 June – 10 November, Tate, Liverpool. www.tate.org.uk
The Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art returns for its 10th edition. As in previous years the festival is centred on presenting the work of Scandinavian artists, with the main exhibition venues in Moss including Momentum kunsthall and Galleri F 15.
June – September (exact dates tbc), various venues, Moss, Norway. www.momentum.no
Yorkshire Sculpture International
Taking place across four venues in Leeds and Wakefield (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and including new outdoor sculpture commissions in both cities, this new festival will be accompanied by a professional development programme for artists in the region and an extensive engagement programme with schools, universities, and local communities. Exhibitions will include David Smith at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (22 June – 5 January 2020). One of the 20th century’s most important and influential sculptors, YSP will feature a number of Smith’s sculptures and works on paper, some of which haven’t been seen in public for decades.
22 June – 29 September, various venues, Leeds and Wakefield. yorkshire-sculpture.org
The National Portrait Gallery presents a major retrospective of Cindy Sherman’s career. Beginning with the ground-breaking series, Untitled Film Stills, from 1977-80, it charts her development through to the present day. Featuring around 150 works from international public and private collections, the exhibition will also include work never before displayed in a public gallery.
27 June – 15 September, National Portrait Gallery, London. www.npg.org.uk
Manchester International Festival 2019
The biennial arts festival returns for its seventh edition and the second under the directorship of John McGrath. With a reputation for bold new commissions, including in the visual arts, this year’s free opening event is Yoko Ono’s Bells For Peace at the city’s Cathedral Gardens.
4-21 July, various venues, Manchester. mif.co.uk
16 years after his popular The Weather Project – a glowing sun visible through fog – was installed in the Turbine Hall, Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate Modern for this major retrospective. It will include a number of installations, including Beauty, which recreates natural phenomena such as rainbows, plus an area exploring the artist’s engagement with social and environmental issues, such as his Little Sun project which has brought light and income to people around the world without electricity.
11 July – 5 January 2020, Tate Modern, London. www.tate.org.uk
Edinburgh Art Festival 2019
The annual festival of visual art, founded in 2004, returns for its 16th edition. Details are still to be announced but expect new commissions and exhibitions in venues across the Scottish capital.
25 July – 25 August. edinburghartfestival.com
Treasure from Dust: Ruskin’s Geology
To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the influential writer, thinker, artist and social reformer John Ruskin, various galleries, universities and cultural institutions across the world will celebrate his work, ideas and influence in a year-long programme of exhibitions, conferences and events. Highlights include this show at his former home exploring his studies in geology.
8 August – 11 November, Brantwood, Coniston. www.ruskinto-day.org
Marking ten years since his death, this major survey of Birmingham School of Art graduate Barry Flanagan’s work will feature a selection of his iconic bronze sculptures from 1980s and 90s. Also on show will be a number of his earlier works made with rope, sand, cloth, stone, ceramics and light.
18 September – 24 November, Ikon, Birmingham www.ikon-gallery.org
Royal College of Art graduate Holly Hendry presents a new sculpture installation developed with pioneering materials, such as synthetic skins. The work has been developed through research with the University of Huddersfield, and in particular professor Parikshit Goswami of the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention.
21 September – 19 April 2020, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield. www.ysp.org.uk
15th Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival
Featuring films, exhibitions, events, live performances and talks, the festival in the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed returns for its 15th edition and is currently accepting submissions from artists.
19-22 September, various venues, Berwick-upon-Tweed. www.bfmaf.org
Turner Prize 2019 exhibition
Every other year, the Turner Prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London, with the 2019 edition taking place at Turner Contemporary, Margate. The shortlist will be announced in spring 2019.
28 September – 12 January 2020, Turner Contemporary, Margate www.turnercontemporary.org
Returning for its second edition, Coventry Biennial brings a range of contemporary visual art to the city and surrounding area. Venues will include Artspace Arcadia Gallery, Herbery Art Gallery and Museum, Class Room, The Pod, and the Glasshouse, Jephson Gardens. Jonny Bark was announced in December as the first commissioned artist for the 2019 edition which will be titled ‘The Twin’. The full programme will be announced soon.
4 October – 24 November, various venues across Coventry. www.coventrybiennial.com
Frieze London and Frieze Masters
The art fairs return to Regent’s Park, London with invitation-only preview on 2 October. Expect the usual flurry of satellite art fairs and events across London.
3-6 October, Regent’s Park, London. frieze.com/fairs/frieze-london
This major Bridget Riley retrospective is the first large-scale survey of Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years and will feature the artist’s iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, early representational paintings, various canvases in colour, recent wall paintings, as well as studies and preparatory material.
23 October – 26 January 2020, Hayward Gallery, London. www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Artist and filmmaker Basma Alsharif was born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin, before being raised between France, the US, and the Gaza Strip. This show focuses on her project The Philistine, which is centred around a handmade book that exists in English, Arabic, and French. The 60-page novella incorporates history, science fiction, and eroticism, and will be accompanied by six stand-alone drawings and three photographs. Two chairs with a coffee table, carpeting, and warm lighting invite the viewer to become a part of the work by sitting down to read the book.
2 November – 15 December, CCA, Glasgow. www.cca-glasgow.com
The UK’s largest light festival celebrates its 10th anniversary by returning to its birthplace of Durham. Produced by Artichoke, it will feature large-scale projections, interactive creations and installations alongside a selection of more ‘contemplative’ artworks.
14-17 November, various venues across Durham. www.lumiere-festival.com
Young Bomberg and the Old Masters
Marking just over a century since British painter David Bomberg’s first solo show at the onset of war in 1914, this exhibition displays some of his earliest paintings alongside the works that inspired him, such as Old Master works by artists including Botticelli and Michelangelo.
27 November – 1 March 2020, National Gallery, London. www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Turner Prize winner announced
The winner of one of the best-known prizes for visual arts in the world will be announced at an awards ceremony in December at Turner Contemporary in Margate. The names of the four shortlisted artists will be revealed in spring 2019.
Date tbc, Turner Contemporary, Margate. www.turnercontemporary.org
1. Raphael Adjetey Mayne, Boys After Church, 2018. Artco. Courtesy: London Art Fair
2. Richard Pousette-Dart, Imploding Black, 1985-86, PAINTING, acrylic on linen, 72″ x 72″ (182.9 cm x 182.9 cm). © Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy: Pace Gallery
3. Amanda Loomes, Formation Level. Courtesy: Aspex Gallery
4. Sofia Stevi, ‘turning forty winks into a decade’, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
5. Rebecca Scott, After Caravaggio, 2018, diptych, oil on canvas. Courtesy: Standpoint Gallery
6. Hannah Parikh, UKYA City Takeover.
7. Kader Attia, Measure and Control, series of 5 vitrines (detail), 2013, vintage vitrine, stuffed animal (cheetah), African mask, framed vintage photograph. Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana. Photo: Ela Bialkowska. © the artist
8. Work by Abel Rodriguez. Courtesy: The Exchange
9. Krijn de Koning, Green Dwelling. Courtesy: Compton Verney
10. Vincent van Gogh Self Portrait, Autumn, 1889. Courtesy: National Gallery of Art (Washington, USA)
11. Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, dimensions variable, mixed media, 2012. Installation view of Cathy Wilkes, on view at MoMA PS1 from October 22, 2017 through March 11, 2018. Gift of the Speyer Family Foundation and Mrs Saidie A May (by exchange). Image courtesy: MoMA PS1; Courtesy: the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow; Photo: Pablo Enriquez
12. David Smith, Gondola II, 1964. Courtesy: Estate of David Smith
13. Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983. © Keith Haring Foundation
14. Olafur Eliasson Your spiral view, 2002, installation view at Foundation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, 2002. © Olafur Eliason Photo: Jens Ziehe Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany
14. Holly Hendry, Phyllis, for the Art Block at Selfridges