There are no artists in Utopia: Dreaming of the Middle Ages
Paul Collinson’s recent paintings explore aspects of contemporary western society and culture staged within a medieval context. Advertising, shopping arcades, army tanks, sunbathers and celebrities become intertwined with age-old narratives of Botticelli or Bosch. The exhibition’s title taken from the writings of Umberto Eco, who described today’s problems as having emerged from the Middle Ages. In Collinson’s paintings, contemporary artefacts and individuals exist and wander among the often desolate ruins and landscapes of classical architecture.
18 February – 3 June 2017, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe.

What if the Welsh language were to become extinct in a hundred years time? What relics and messages would be left behind? Paul Eastwood explores these questions in a new installation that takes for its title the now obsolete 14th Century word ‘Segrgrair’ (beautiful or holy relic). Eastwood is interested in how both architecture and language convey and record culture, and how we decipher and reinterpret the past that we uncover within ruins.
Until 1 April 2017, Oriel Wrecsam, 11 Chester St, Wrexham, Wales.

Jam: a spread of printmaking
A wide range of techniques and processes are on display in this exhibition of prints and artworks that respond in some way to printmaking. Gathered over the past 20 years, featured artists include Craigie Aitchison, Tracey Emin, Maggie Hambling, Damien Hirst, Mark Wallinger and many more.
Until 25 February 2017, Intercession Printmaking Studio and Gallery, The Tower, 54 Kingswell Street, Northampton.

Future reCollections: “an archaeology of touch”
Working with gumstrip paper and linseed oil, artist and Quay Arts Open 2015 winner Joanna Kori responds to the history and environment of the Isle of Wight-based art centre with a series of six suspended installations – or tableau – that are suggestive of objects or human activities. Kori has created a number of video works that can be accessed via QR codes in the gallery space, further extending the narrative and interpretation of each tableau.
Until 1 April 2017, West Gallery, Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Continuing her exploration of panic, Beth Davis-Hofbauer presents a number of works that convey how this overwhelming experience can manifest itself. New works explore bereavement, disability and sexuality. At the core of the exhibition is The Panic Room, Hofbauer’s immersive ’empathy-inducing’ work that that uses virtual reality to simulate the sensations and emotions of a panic attack.
Until 25 March 2017, Sticks Gallery, Unit 59, Osborne Mall, Fareham Shopping Centre, Hampshire.

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

1. Paul Collinson, Primavera, oil on canvas
2. Segrgrair poster
3. Joanna Kori, ‘Future reCollections: “an archaeology of touch”’
4. Beth Davis-Hofbauer, The Panic Room VR. Photo: Marc Cook

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