A solo exhibition by Leeds-based Canadian artist Ian Kirkpatrick exploring humanity’s obsession with myth and fantasy, ‘from fake news to superheroes, sci-fi, and video games’. Mythomania features several large-scale sculptures created from materials including corrugated cardboard, stainless steel, Perspex and artificial leather. The exhibition includes a 2.5 metre tall cardboard sculpture ‘alluding to Hercules, Donald Trump and Transformers’. This is displayed alongside a Viking helmet inspired by Nike sneakers, Darth Vader and Wonder Woman.
Until 5 October 2019, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6TB.

Portal/Here and There
A series of ‘sited ceramic artworks’, placed by Emma Summers around Mortimer Forest near the town of Ludlow. The installation of works is drawn from Summers’ project Portal, in which she has worked with communities in Ludlow, to cast individual porcelain door handles. Along with films on an easy access forestry trail, the ceramic pieces also look to mark the centenary of the Forestry Commission.
Until 31 October 2019, Mortimer Forest (Vinnalls Car Park), Pipe Aston, Ludlow, SY8 2HF.

Seeing Without Seeing
An exhibition by artist Clarke Reynolds, who is registered as severely sighted, which maps the journey of his sight loss and demonstrates continued engagement with the creative process. Reynolds uses sound and textiles with the aim of ‘enabling visually impaired people to interact’ through touch and the auditory. The artist explains he prefers galleries showing his work to put up signs saying: ‘Please DO Touch’.
3-7 September 2019, Yellow Edge Gallery, 107 Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1LR.

A group exhibition by six members from Now we are 7, an established group of artists who use ‘a diverse mix’ of trajectories to study ideas around ‘the unspoken’ in St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. In this exhibition, Nikki Davidson-Bowman, Louise Michele Evans, Stephanie Grainger, Jules Mitchell, Katy Oxborrow and Mandy Wax utilise the theme to further explore ‘loss, waste, our impact on the natural world, poetry and friendship’. Interpretation includes a ‘Walk and Talk’ event on Sunday 8 September, 3-5pm.
Until 8 September 2019, St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings, TN34 3 AF.

An exhibition by artists Jemma Gunning and Mark Lippett, documenting ‘industrial decline, loss of heritage and decay’ through etching and lithography, as well as drawing and painting. Gunning uses etching, as the process requires an ‘enforced decay’ as acid bites into copper surface — a reaction that resonates with her chosen subject matter. Lippett creates atmospheric drawings and paintings which depict quiet and unpopulated landscapes both urban and natural.
2 September – 27 October 2019, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Union Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1AA.

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

1. Ian Kirkpatrick, Quest for Fire, 2019, artificial leather, embroidery, gold chain, stainless steel
2. Emma Summers, image from Portal project, 2019, porcelain object in Mortimer Forest
3. Clarke Reynolds, ‘Seeing Without Seeing’, 2019, exhibition poster
4. Now we are 7, ‘Unspoken’, 2019, exhibition invite
5. Jemma Gunning and Mark Lippett, ‘Fragments’, 2019, exhibition poster

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