George Shaw, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London
This show by the 2011 Turner Prize nominee features a collection of the cultural materials that helped shape his adolescence and later practice as an artist. Titled ‘Secondhand Daylight: A Display by George Shaw’, it includes various books, records, badges, and t-shirts, offering a vivid, highly personalised glimpse into British popular culture between the 1960s and the 1980s. The display is designed to complement the exhibition ‘George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field’, the first ever major retrospective of Shaw’s work, featuring 70 paintings and drawings, which opens at Bath’s Holburne Museum on 8 February. Read our George Shaw Q&A from 2016 here
Until 3 May 2019.

Jerwood Solo Presentations 2019, Jerwood Space, London
Jerwood Solo Presentations is designed to offer a platform for artists to present a ‘new and focused body of work’, developed with support provided by the Jerwood Arts team. This show features new works by Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Kitty Clark and Sofia Mitsola, presented as three concurrent solo presentations at Jerwood Space. Oakye-Yiadom’s audio and video installation reappropriates collective moments and memories that have cultural resonance; Clark works across sculpture, moving image, text and digital media; and Mitsola works in painting to explore the female body.
Until 10 March 2019.

Pineapple Black opening exhibition, Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough
This new gallery space in Middlesbrough opened its doors in a former shop unit in the town’s Hill Street Shopping Centre on 18 January. Made possible by the work of local artists with support from East Street Arts and Creative Factory, its first show is an impressive group exhibition. Featuring 13 artists – one of which, Thomas Tyler, was featured in the 2017 a-n Degree Shows Guide – the other exhibiting artists are: Alyson Agar, Aaron Batey, Bobby Benjamin, Gordon Dalton, Mary Deane, Jonny Green, Stephen Irving, Mollie Macsween, Lewis Robinson, Anita Sewell, and Gemma Tierney and Charlie Wood.
Until 16 February 2019.

Julie Mehretu Drawings and Monotypes, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Ethiopian artist Julie Mehretu has previously shown at Kettle’s Yard, with her painting Ghosthymn being included in the exhibition ‘Actions. The image of the world can be different’, which marked the reopening of the space in 2018. For this show, she has made a new installation of drawings and monotypes that are inspired by current world issues, her personal biography, and the history of abstraction.
Until 24 March 2019.

Mai-Thu Perret: The Blazing World, Spike Island, Bristol
Mai-Thu Perret’s multidisciplinary practice intertwines Modernism, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Eastern spiritualities. This is her first major solo UK exhibition and it features an immersive installation that explores the subject of witchcraft and the relationship between women’s oppression and the emergence of capitalism. The focal point is a theatrical stage that is punctuated with ritualistic sculptures, puppets and textiles.
Until 24 March 2019.

1. George Shaw, Some Things Don’t Fit Anymore, 2002
2. Sofia Mitsola, Sphynx, 2018, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200x160cm. Credit: Ahae Kim
3. Julie Mehretu, Monotype #19, 2018, monotype with printer ink and occasional acrylic on Hahnemuhle Copperplate 300gsm, 55.9 x 73.7 cm. © Julie Mehretu. Photo © Rebecca Fanuele
4. Mai-Thu Perret,  ‘The Blazing World’, 2019, Installation view, Spike Island, Bristol. Photo: Max McClure; Courtesy: the artist and Simon Lee Gallery

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