From Wasteland to Wasteland
Five artists show work created following unique access to the Lochnagar Crater, which was created on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 when the 179th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers detonated two explosive charges inside their tunnels. The largest ever man-made wartime crater is now a site dedicated to peace and reconciliation. Dawn Cole, Helder Clara, Lorna Dallas-Conte, Dan Thompson and Graham Ward investigate and connect this first world war event with Margate and T S Eliot’s 1922 poem, The Waste Land, which is largely seen as a critique of post-first world war Britain and the horrors of war.
3-25 February 2018, Lombard Street Gallery, 2 Lombard Street, Margate CT9 1EJ.

Sight & Sound
The nomadic artist-led gallery Threads has given form to the new collective Sight and Sound, a grouping of artists who seek to explore the place of sound within their time-based arts practices. This exhibition features a range of works that dissect sound and its technical subtleties, with contributions by Philippa Wall, Luke Jones, Robert Smith, Fari Bradley and Reece Thomas.
2-4 February 2018, Brewery Tap Project Space, 53 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JR.

NN Biennial Open Exhibition 2018
Kaavous Clayton, Jules Devonshire and Roxy Walsh have selected 73 artists for NN Contemporary Art’s global open exhibition which includes work from Ukraine, Iran, France and the UK. Artists in this selling show, which features ‘everything from a video about slugs to utopian philosophy, from washing machine parts and wool to photographs of doves’, include Robert Fitzmaurice, Tahira Mandarino and Ryoko Minamitani.
Until 17 March 2018, NN Contemporary, Number Nine, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP.

Fluid. Feminine. Unrestrained.
Freya Douglas Ferguson, Anna Garrett and Caroline Milster reappraise constructs of femininity, referencing feminist history and ancient mythology, with a particular look at the way women and their sensuality have been equated with nature.
31 January – 3 February 2018, no format gallery, Arch 29, Rolt Street, Deptford, London SE8.

Wakefield Artwalk 
Every two months, this alternative night out in Wakefield presents works by artists in a variety of venues. This month includes a number of exhibitions, installations and commissions at The Art House including a performance by artist Serena Korda as part of her exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, a neon text work from Richard William Wheater on the Neon Workshops‘ roof, plus Wakefield Arts Partnership Collaborative Commissions featuring new work Holly Rowan Hesson,
Wednesday 31 January 2018, The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE.

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

1. Dawn Cole, Damaged (detail), 2017
2. Sight and Sound, event banner
3. NN Contemporary, Open Exhibition 2018, poster
4. Fluid. Feminine. Unrestrained., flyer
5. Holly Rowan Hesson, Control (partial view), 2017, barrier mesh, dimensions variable

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