Phyllida Barlow / Tell me the story of all these things
Leading the reopening of Firstsite gallery following the lockdown is a display of work made by Phyllida Barlow for The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2015), and the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2017). They have been brought together to coincide with the exhibition ‘Tell me the story of all these things‘, which has been curated by ‘radical women’ of Colchester. Featuring artworks made by some of Britain’s best-known artists, including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker and Gillian Wearing, it examines the role of emotion and soft power in our society and how this can be used positively to connect and empower us.
Until 11 October, Firstsite, Colchester

This exhibition at Pound Arts, highlighted by Somerset based a-n member Fiona Campbell in our Events section, seeks to provoke a dialogue about fire and air. Acting as a protest against the systematic environmental impacts of turbo-combustion, it responds to the spate of fires engulfing different parts of the globe in recent times: the wildfires in the Americas, bushfires in Australia, the Arctic Circle, Siberia and summer fires in the UK. Featuring work by artists mainly based in South West UK, it has been curated by Patricia Brien.
Until 14 August, Pound Arts, Wiltshire

One Minute Volume Ten
This online show, available to view on VisualcontainerTV, is the tenth in a series of artists moving image exhibitions curated by a-n member Kerry Baldry, screened continuously online until 10 September 2020. An artist-filmmaker and curator, Baldry has been compiling and organising screenings of artists moving image for the project over the last nine years. It features an eclectic mix of work made within the duration of one minute by artists at varying stages of their careers.
Until 10 September, VisualcontainerTV

Meet The Maker
The Crafts Council are currently running bi-monthly lunchtime talks designed to support makers in their business development and enable them to have more sustainable craft practices. On 5 August ceramicist Reiko Kaneko will lead ‘Working with retailers‘, drawing on her 10 years of experience to focus on the pros and cons; how you prepare your business for working with retailers; what is the difference between retail and trade and what to look out for with regards to getting your paper work in place. Then, on 19 August, Camilla Westergaard from Folksy; the online craft platform dedicated to selling work by makers across the UK, will lead a session on ‘Making the most of online selling‘.
5 and 19 August, The Craft Council, Online

Narbi Price: The Lockdown Paintings
North east based artist Narbi Price has launched a Kickstarter to produce a fully illustrated catalogue of 40 paintings made during the COVID-19 lockdown, plus text by the acclaimed writer, broadcaster and film maker, Michael Smith. Price comments: “My lockdown paintings established a new way of working as an artist, and feature different bench scenes, from all around the UK, wrapped up with hazard tape to stop people using them during the crisis. The paintings were sold as part of the Artists Support Pledge initiative, and so were never publicly exhibited.” The book will be full colour, and approximately 52 pages printed on white silk 150gsm paper, with a matt laminate 300gsm softback cover. Each copy will contain a Thanks list of everyone who pledged to support the project.

This virtual open studio, curated by Deb Covell, Paula MacArthur and Judith Tucker, and built by Isaac Ashby, features 32 selected painters from Contemporary British Painting – an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting. The show considers unresolved, unfinished or recalcitrant works, paintings which still ask questions of their makers, these works have not yet answered Yes or No but still say Maybe. The title of the show is taken from Gerhard Richter’s reference to his working process as a series of Yes/ No decisions with a final Yes to end it all.
6 August – 31 October, Contemporary British Painting, Online

1. Phyllida Barlow, installation view, folly, British Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ruth Clark. © British Council
2. Fiona-Campbell, Pyre (detail), 2020, collected found objects charred
3. Bob Georgeson, still from West Cape
4. Reiko Kaneko. Photograph: Emmi Hyyppä
5. Narbi Price, Untitled (Bench) 9, 2020, watercolour on paper, A4, private collection, UK
6. yes/no