I am a Beautiful Monster
The bending, buckling and flaccid columns of Doireann Ni Ghrioghair and the vivid excess of colour in Vanessa Mitter‘s paintings create a dialogue around beauty and excess. These beautiful objects hint at the contradictions of how we live and view ourselves.
Until 1 July 2017, Arthouse1, 45 Grange Road, London SE1 3BH.

Between the Fells and the Sea
Dave Gowers‘ paintings are influenced by his upbringing by the sea in Margate and the ever-changing horizon between the sea and the sky. This exhibition also contrasts these works with those inspired by his time living by the Cumbrian Fells.
Until 2 July 2017, Tolbooth Art Centre, High Street, Kirkcudbright, Scotland DG6 4JL.

Ancient Landscapes: New Lines
The Wiltshire landscape that surrounds their studios is the inspiration for Melissa Cole‘s steel sculptures and Jonathan Mansfield‘s paintings. Considering the contemporary geography in relation to ancient geology, the artists’ works are exhibited alongside Pitt Rivers Museum finds from excavation sites – objects held in the Salisbury Museum Pitt Rivers collection.
23 June – 2 September 2017, The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9HX.

Small Experiments in colour
Sarah Needham exhibits several new paintings using raw pigments that are linked to histories of trade and place, such as ochre, chromium oxide, viridian and indigo. Needham, whose background includes traditional Chinese ink painting, works with a limited palette to create pared-down marks. This exploratory approach began in 2016 when the artist was exploring St Katharine Docks and its role as a centre of trade.
Until 28 June 2017, Queens Wood Cafe, 42 Muswell Hill Road, Highgate, London N10 3JP.

Morville: a garden in another time
Artist Maureen Cooper‘s digital images and paintings respond to the garden created by Katherine Swift at The Dower House Garden at Morville Hall, Shropshire, which the gardener captured in her book The Morville Hours. Cooper’s photographs, including polaroids, were her starting point to explore the complexity of ideas within the history and horticulture of this place.
19 June – 7 July 2017, Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0AN.

All of the above are taken from a-n’s Events listings section, featuring events posted by a-n’s members

1. Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Deflated Capital, 2016, installation view at Eight Gallery, Dublin
2. Dave Gowers, No 14a, After the rain, painting, oil and varnish on board
3. Melissa Cole, LANDSCAPE No. II, Steel, zinc, gold leaf 185 X 87 X 66 cm
4. Sarah Needham, Small Experiments in Colour no 8
5. Maureen Cooper, Morville: a garden in time, garden seat

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