Phil Collins, Home, Manchester
Last chance to see Phil Collins’ sprawling solo show that in part stems from his 2017 Manchester International Festival commission, Ceremony, which saw him bring a discarded statue of Friedrich Engels from former Eastern Europe to Tony Wilson Square, outside Home. Tackling ideas around post-financial crash capitalism, homelessness and growing inequality, ‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’ features work made over the past five years and includes film, installation and 7” vinyl records.
Until 16 September 2018. homemcr.org
Martine Syms, Sadie Coles HQ (Kingley Street), London
Using film, performance, and technology to explore ideas around blackness in the 21st century, Syms is known for multimedia presentations that tap into her own biography as well as wider cultural concerns in relation to identity and race. With text-message style wall text, projections and sculptural elements, at the centre of this show, ‘Grand Calme’, is an interactive avatar of the artist which visitors are invited to communicate with via their smart phones.
Until 20 October 2018. www.sadiecoles.com
Mairead McClean, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides
A new film and sound installation commissioned by The Wapping Project, ‘Making Her Mark’ sees London-based Northern Irish artist Mairead McClean looking at the notion and reality of borders. The film features Scottish dance artist Tess Letham, an outsized pencil and the beautifully wild scenery of the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, where it was filmed. With a second accompanying film, the show is installed in Taigh Chearsabhagh and Lochmaddy’s former Tourist Information Centre over the road.
Until 27 October 2018. www.taigh-chearsabhagh.org
A Slight Ache, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
A group show curated by the Welsh artist James Richards and featuring work by eight artists, ‘A Slight Ache’ encompasses drawing, sculptural installation, photography and video. Focusing on work that uses ‘materials drawn from daily life’, the exhibition represents a wide range of practices from different generations and countries, and includes work by Cathy Wilkes, Isa Gensken and Christian Friedrich.
Until 30 September 2018. www.chapter.org
Zara Worth, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne
Titled ‘Feed’, this exhibition looks at our relationship with hand-held technology and social media, presenting work that has been described by one curator as ‘swipe-specific’. The Harrogate-born artist, who now lives and works between Gateshead, Leeds and London, uses our online lives as the subject for artworks that utilise materials such as rice paper, gold and artificial roses – bringing the virtual and physical into a dialogue of the contemporary everyday. Read more about Zara Worth’s practice in our Artists + Instagram series.
Until 22 September 2018. vane.org.uk
1. Phil Collins, ‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’, Home, Manchester. Photo: Home, Manchester
2. Martine Syms, ‘Grand Calme’, installation view, Sadie Coles HQ, Kingly Street. Photo: Robert Glowacki; Courtesy: the artist and Sadie Coles HQ
3. Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2011, installation view, ‘A Slight Ache’, Chapter, Cardiff, 2018. Photo:: Mark Blower
4. Zara Worth, ‘Feed’, installation view, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne. Photo: Photo: Judith Fieldhouse