This solo exhibition of recent paintings by Caroline Watson explores the abstract and anthropomorphic qualities of ‘matter that would otherwise be discarded’. With an interest in the beauty of things that fall apart, as well as recycled and hoarded objects, Watson creates still lifes which she describes as ‘scrap scapes’. Her work takes into account the fringes of observation; from the magpie-like behaviour of collecting material to studying the edges of everyday objects such as tissue boxes.
Until 28 December 2018, Hours Gallery, 10 Colston Yard, Bristol, BS1 5BD.
Enamel | Substrate: Revaluing Lost Craftsmanship
Crafts maker, academic and researcher John Grayson presents the culmination of his practice-based PhD investigating the 18th century South Staffordshire enamel industry which saw, amongst other things, the making of animal-shaped snuff boxes and rococo and neo-classical-styled candlesticks. Grayson has appropriated the enamel process as well as techniques from printed tin boxes and the toy industry, melding them with historic reference points to make automata and ‘narrative-based objects’.
Until 18 January 2019, Vittoria Street Gallery, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, 82-86 Vittoria Street, B1 3PA.
A solo exhibition of paintings by Anna Dickerson. Her smoothed and partly burnished work depicts animals such as hares, garden birds and badgers, painted with ‘delicately layered colours’, often using a palette knife. Bringing a glimpse of the countryside and its inhabitants into an urban setting, this exhibition follows extensive work studying and drawing animals on residency at London Zoo in 2009 and 2010. Now based in Kent, Dickerson continues to engage with the subject.
Until 31 January 2019, Jane Newbery Gallery, 84 Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AJ. www.a-n.co.uk/events/country-dwellers-solo-exhibition-of-paintings-by-anna-dickerson
The Petri Dish
A multi-disciplinary exhibition organised by Helen Dryden, Coralie Datta, Aaron Batey, Yiij-Chen, and James Gray; current students on the MA Curation Practices course at Leeds Arts University. Focusing on the many processes and stages of an artwork, this show expands on ideas of a ‘finished piece’, investigating everything from random ideas to failed or abandoned projects. Artists include Kirsty Alley, Jenny Beard, Anna Garrett, Louise Garrett, Hannah Jenkins, Nick Jobbings, Duncan Poulton, Lorna Pridmore and Cassandra Suche.
Until 19 December 2018, The Rotunda Gallery, Leeds Arts University, Blenheim Walk Campus, Leeds, LS2 9AQ. www.a-n.co.uk/events/exhibition-the-petri-dish
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1. Caroline Watson, Tissue Box, 2018, oil on canvas
2. John Grayson, La Brexiteuse à Petits Talons, detail
3. Anna Dickerson, Mr Badger and the plum feast, 2018, acrylic on canvas
4. The Petri Dish, exhibition poster
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