Wolfgang Tillmans, Tate Modern, London
First rising to prominence in the 1990s for his photographs of everyday life and contemporary culture, this show focuses on Wolfgang Tillmans’ work since 2003. It includes photographs, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music. There’s a particular focus on social and political themes, with highlights including a new version of his tabletop installation Truth Study Center (2005-ongoing). This ongoing project uses an assembly of printed matter, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings and his own works on paper that explore world events and how they are communicated in the media.
Until 11 June 2017. www.tate.org.uk
Inhabit, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield
This show explores migratory travel through the silk worm, following its import from east to west through the silk industry. Referencing the habitats we create for ourselves when faced with change, it includes a bio structural installation created by the artist Yvette Hawkins with the help of a colony of 10,000 silkworms. The work is designed to act as a symbol of refugee culture, referencing the habitats we create for ourselves when faced with change.
Until 2 June 2017. www.silkmacclesfield.org.uk
Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Space, London
Last chance to catch this superb exhibition, the second edition of Jerwood Solo Presentations which offers a platform for early career artists to make and show new work. It features works by Anna Bunting-Branch, Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan, and Imran Perretta that explore pertinent socio-political issues, with highlights such as Bunting-Branch’s mixed-media sculptures of body parts, including six enormous fingers and a slightly unnerving fleshy mouth.
Until 26 February 2017. www.jerwoodvisualarts.org
Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Exploring how women have reclaimed craft techniques traditionally defined as ‘female’, ‘Entangled’ features over 40 international artists who have expanded the possibilities of embroidery, weaving, sewing and wood carving, often incorporating unexpected materials such as plants, clothing, hair and bird quills. The list of exhibitors includes: Eva Hesse, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Laura Ford, Susan Hiller, Frances Upritchard and Joana Vasconcelos.
Until 7 May 2017. www.turnercontemporary.org
Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Australian artist Sidney Nolan moved to London in 1953, living in England until his death in 1992. This show brings together works from the 1950s and ’60s that reveal recurring themes such as Australian history and literature, featuring ‘mythic’ figures such as the outlaw Ned Kelly and Mrs Fraser, who was shipwrecked and imprisoned by Aborigines. Nolan also explored subjects that were equally rooted in British colonial history and grounded in universal topics such as the nature of heroism.
Until 4 June 2017. www.pallant.org.uk
1. Wolfgang Tillmans, astro crusto, a, 2012 © Wolfgang Tillmans
2. Yvette Hawkins, Inhabit. Photo: © 2017 Yvette Hawkins
3. Anna Bunting-Branch, The Labours of the Barren House – Finger Spell (G.L.A.M.O.U.R), 2016. Commissioned for Jerwood Solo Presentations 2017, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Photo: Anna Arca