Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Baltic, Gateshead; Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne
The annual, open submission exhibition for new and recent fine art graduates features 47 artists selected by guest selectors Elizabeth Price, George Shaw, and Caroline Achaintre. Presented across Baltic’s two spaces in Newcastle and Gateshead, this year’s show features a strong and typically diverse collection of work that includes film, painting sculpture, photography, drawing and installation. Many of the works reference contemporary political and social issues, with Brexit, the refugee crisis, and race tensions in America among the issues addressed. For more images from Bloomberg New Contemporaries visit the a-n Instagram.
Until 26 November 2017, www.balticmill.com
Degas, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Commemorating the centenary of Degas’ death in 1917, this show celebrates a career that spanned over five decades. Widely accepted as one of the founders of Impressionism, Degas had a broad ranging practice, including: paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolours, prints of different types, counterproofs and sculptures in bronze and wax. Arranged thematically, the exhibition highlights many of the subjects most prominent in Degas’s work – nudes, café scenes and the dance, as well as landscape painting.
Until 14 January 2017 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
Sara Barker, Mary Mary, Glasgow
For the inaugural show in Glasgow gallery Mary Mary’s new, larger city centre space, Sara Barker presents ‘The Faces of Older Images’, the centrepiece of which is four new wall-based works that see the Glasgow-based artist combining increasingly figurative, impressionistic painting with finely-balanced sculptural assemblages. Poetically titled and evocative, this is a quietly powerful exhibition that deftly explores landscape, memory and the passing of time.
Until 28 October 2017, www.marymarygallery.co.uk
Steven Eastwood, Fabrica, Brighton
British filmmaker Steven Eastwood’s latest work is a new multiscreen video installation. The piece addresses the taboo subject of dying, reflecting current attitudes in palliative care and society around end of life experience and the visibility of the dying person. It was filmed over a one-year period at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight and has been produced with the full consent and involvement of inpatients, outpatients and staff of the hospice.
Until 26 November 2017. www.fabrica.org.uk
Lisa Watts, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Not a Decorator is a run of performances by artist Lisa Watts, occurring over seven weekends of the exhibition ‘And A 123’ at Castlefield Gallery. The performances see Watts transform domestic and DIY gardening materials, such as a kitchen towel, grease-proof paper, bin liners and bird seed, into ‘magical crafted events’. The results offer an alternative to a typical theatre space and a different slant on performance.
Until 4 November 2017 www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk
1. Jack Howell Evans, CAMP, 2017, installation view, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Photo: Chris Sharratt
2. Degas, Au Cafe, 1875. Copyright: Fitzwilliam Museum
3. Sara Barker, Down their carved names the rain drop Ploughs, 2017, Automotive paint, folded aluminium, stainless steel rod, perspex, 186.6 x 238 x 28 cms. Photo: Max Slaven; Courtesy: The Artist; Mary Mary, Glasgow
4. Steven Eastwood, The Interval And The Instant. Courtesy: Fabrica
5. Lisa Watts, Not a Decorator, 2017. Photo: courtesy Hannah Ross