The Road to New York
‘The Road to New York’ is a derelict route in the coastal region of South West Wales that leads from the now abandoned village of Pennsylvania to what Quakers pilgrims called ‘The Far Paradise’. Ben Lloyd takes this local narrative as a starting point to consider contemporary dreams of escapism and emigration.
10 April – 2 May 2015, g39, Cardiff
Richard Layzell: WP – liu hua
In this multimedia installation, Richard Layzell draws upon his two-month experience of living in a tightly designated ‘square mile’ of Shanghai – away from the popular haunts of westerners – to reflect on his own and Europe’s relationship to China. Within this complex web of associations, the artist considers notions of cultural assimilation, appropriation, prejudice and loss.
13 April – 8 May 2015, Hardwick Gallery, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
Handprinted Contemporary Print Fair
A celebration of traditional hand printing processes, this artist-led fair aims to showcase the work of London printmakers. Initiated by artist/illustrators Tiff Howick, Carole Villain and Justine Ellis, over 25 artists will display their work in the upstairs bar of Via in Canary Wharf.
15 April 2015, 5-9pm, Via Canary Wharf, London
Raya Herzig: Dreamology
“Art in itself is an expression of hope, the ultimate opposite to the deadly silence of despair,” explains holocaust survivor Raya Herzig, whose surreal dreamscapes, drawn from her subconscious, first began to take shape in 1969 when she revisited the Poland of her childhood. This confrontation with the past spurred her return to creativity, which had been halted by the trauma of war and concentration camp internment.
15 April – 3 May 2015, The Muse at 269 Gallery, London
Through a Looking Glass
In 2010, self-taught artist and illustrator, Melanie Hodge, was introduced to reverse oil painting on glass and has embraced this traditional technique from Croatia within her practice. Tracing the development of her work over the last five years, this exhibition includes early landscape works of the Medvednica mountains alongside more recent pieces that reflect both a dream world and her experiences of Sussex.
18–26 April, Conway Hall, London
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