Aliyah Hussain: Always Mysteries of the Tongue, Home, Manchester
Islington Mill-based multidisciplinary artist Aliyah Hussain is influenced by various themes found within feminist science fiction, with her latest work exploring different ways of depicting and constructing language. Her new series of ceramics, drawing, collage and prints take inspiration from emojis, hieroglyphs, graffiti tags, coding, neon signs and inspirational wall decals, with the work using three different science fiction texts to play with concepts of storytelling.
Until 15 September 2019, www.homemcr.org
Manga, The British Museum, London
This exhibition explores the history of manga – the Japanese comic books or graphic novels often serialised in newspapers and magazines. The show charts manga’s development from cartoon strips in the 1920s through to its current status as a multi-billion-pound industry, and is split into sections covering various genres. These include: shônen manga, which features action scenes depicting adventure and sport; gekiga manga, which is aimed at adults and features complex narratives and cinematographic effects; plus comedy manga, which although funny can often be deceptively dark.
Until 26 August 2019. www.britishmuseum.org
Megan Broadmeadow: Seek Pray Advance, Quad, Derby
The final part of Megan Broadmeadow‘s episodic exhibition series that charts the ‘journey of the ‘Ordinary Person’ as they become an extra-religious leader’. Based on real-life testimonies from those who have claimed to have had encounters with beings from other worlds, dimensions and realms, across multiple periods in history, it features a new virtual reality commission, Above the Firmament. Weaving together immersive installation and film, the results are other-worldly.
Until 29 September 2019. www.derbyquad.co.uk
Bridget Riley, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
This large-scale exhibition, which takes over both floors of the Royal Scottish Academy building, is the first museum survey of Bridget Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years, and the largest exhibition of her work to be shown in Scotland. Unsurprisingly, considering it covers 70 years of her practice, there is a lot to see, ranging from early paintings and drawings, and the iconic black-and-white works of the 1960s, through to Riley’s expansive explorations into colour and wall paintings. Also on show are a number of recent works, plus several studies that highlight Riley’s working methods.
Until 22 September 2019. www.nationalgalleries.org
Read our Bridget Riley Q&A from 2015 here
Joe McAllister: Souter Point, Vane, Newcastle
This exhibition by Newcastle-based artist Joe McAllister mimics a museum-style presentation, complete with samples and notes in display cases. It explores the landscape around South Tyneside in the north east of England, an area which from the early 1800s up until the 20th century played a key role in the Industrial Revolution. Focusing on various limestone quarries, McAllister has studied the historical, political and geological aspects of the sites, documenting how the natural landscape and human processes of excavating are mirrored. The show includes two railway crates filled with limestone, drawn maps, plus documentary film.
Until 17 August 2019. vane.org.uk
1. Aliyah Hussein, Always Mysteries of the Tongue
2. Joe McAllister, Lime kilns, 2018, digital photograph, 40.5x51cm
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