Dig me out of the woods
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of American rock band Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out, an album that screamed what many young queer women and trans people needed to hear at the time: “You’re not alone!” Organised by Black Hole Club in Birmingham, this evening of performance, film, dancing, dolls and fanzines celebrates Sleater-Kinney as well as Riot Grrrl, the 1990s underground feminist punk movement the Olympia-based band were a part of.
7-9pm, Friday 4 August, Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, Birmingham.

Sick! The Exhibition
An exhibition including installation, video, painting and sculpture, featuring 12 artists affected by chronic health conditions. Along with organisers Zara Carpenter and Matt Bray, Rikard Österlund, Xtina Lamb, Eleanor Patton, Danielle Wright, Rosie Meville, Alison Blackburn, Heike Irion, Philip Absolon, Jemimah Dean, and Jatin Patel show work to open up conversations around living with invisible illness, to reduce stigma and encourage those who suffer to step out of the shadows. Read Matt Bray’s Scene Report on Medway here
4-27 August, Medway House, Chatham, Kent, ME44HF. 

Coal Tree Salt Sea
A body of work by south Wales and Bristol-based artist Sarah Rhys, stemming from a residency with the Josef Herman Art Foundation in Ystradgynlais, Powys. With film, archaeological artefacts and drawing Rhys links the industry of the area with her travels in Poland and the Czech Republic, through studies into the science of the land and the science of industry. Her interdisciplinary approach also explores the symbolic importance of materials in Welsh and Eastern European cultures.
5 August – 2 September, Oriel Q, Queens Hall, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

Eden Open Exhibition
Exploring the theme of ‘Eden’, this group exhibition curated by Katie Hodson presents a selection of artworks that respond to the concept of ‘garden paradise’ and the states of utopia and dystopia. Organised to coincide with the Shrewsbury Flower Show, the exhibition, which includes work by 2017 Goldsmiths graduate Coral Brookes, presents a range of sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and video works.
5-26 August, Participate Contemporary Art Space, 32-34 Riverside, Raven Meadows, Shrewsbury SY1 1PL.

The Language of Line
A group exhibition that stretches the boundaries of drawing and sculpture featuring diverse works by artists Harriet Boardman, Ruth Broadbent and Jane Wafer. Sharing themes explored through line, materials and processes the three artists create a focus on how intricate dialogues can be crafted when it comes to interpreting the natural world.
Until 4 September, The Glass Tank, Abercrombie Atrium, Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP.

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

1. ‘Dig me out of the woods’, 2017. Courtesy: Black Hole Club
2. ‘Sick! The exhibition’, 2017. Logo design: Ralph Steadman; Courtesy: Zara Carpenter and Matt Bray
3. Sarah Rhys, Ritual Archaeology, 2017. Courtesy: the artist
4. Coral Brookes, sculpture, 2017. Courtesy: the artist
5. Ruth Broadbent, Imagined Lines, 2016, detail, pen on paper. Courtesy: the artist

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