Five a-n News writers based in Eastbourne, Leeds, London and Glasgow pick the top five UK exhibitions they’ve seen this year.
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The Belgian artist who came to prominence in the early 2000s with her eerily unsettling horse sculptures takes a new direction with the large-scale works for her current show at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Fisun Güner talks to her about animal pelts, moulding wax and J.M. Coetzee.
Sarah Bodman, who writes our monthly Artists’ Books column, picks her top 10 publications of the year including: a Brexit parody starring a Muscovy duck, a wintry evocation of William Blake’s Soft Snow, and a powerful reflection on the devastation of AIDS.
Want to avoid the high street this Christmas and support artists and visual arts organisations instead? Jack Hutchinson offers 10 ideas to get you started, from limited edition prints to Brexit sick bags.
The Birmingham-based artist’s exhibition ‘Vanishing Point’ addresses the underrepresentation of black figures in Western history and presents a new group of works on paper alongside two paintings loaned from the National Gallery. Anneka French finds out more.
With a practice that blends her work activities as a gardener with a constant ebb of creative exploration, Cornwall-based artist Georgia Gendall uses Instagram to document the bridge between art, its locality, purpose, and the authorship of making. Richard Taylor finds out more.
The Glasgow-based artist has had a high-profile 2018, with a survey show earlier in the year, a nomination for the Jarman Award, and a forthcoming solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Jessica Ramm talks to her about practice, ethics and new work that aims to counteract commercial and patriarchal depictions of love, pleasure and bodies.
For the latest in our ongoing series looking at the visual arts across the UK, Cardiff-based artist Freya Dooley provides a tour of her home city’s lively and supportive scene.
Newcastle-based Mani Kambo uses religious rituals inspired by her Sikh upbringing in work that straddles film installation and performance, as well as screenings and cyanotype printing. Richard Taylor talks to the artist, who is one of 25 a-n members recently awarded a mentoring bursary.
For her show at Glasgow’s Transmission gallery, Scottish artist Rabiya Choudhry presents selected works from a six-year period including paintings, printed fabrics and a neon window sign in tribute to her dad. Jessica Ramm asks where her vibrant but troubled paintings come from and what it means to fly solo at this important artist-run space.
For the inaugural York Mediale festival, which presents work by artists who incorporate technology in their practices, female digital artists and activists Deep Lab tackle the ‘invisibility’ of refugees with a video work projected on York’s city walls. Laura Davidson reports.
Artist Fiona MacDonald’s Feral Practice is an established mode of visual art production that acts as a conduit between human and non-human interaction. From the sonification of mushrooms to the filming of wood ants, her practice is wide ranging. Richard Taylor finds out more.
With two Instagram feeds, Nicky Hirst uses the app to observe, collect and re-shift images related to her practice, which deals with the serendipity of found imagery and everyday occurrence. Richard Taylor finds out more.
With the brand new V&A Dundee set to open this weekend on the banks of the River Tay, Dundee-based artist Valerie Norris introduces the city’s lively visual arts community for the latest in our ongoing series looking at art scenes around the UK.
London-based artist Onyeka Igwe has mined colonial-era archives for three new films inspired by all-women protests against British rule in west Africa, currently showing together in the solo exhibition ‘No Dance, No Palaver’, in Hawick, Scotland. She discusses the spectre of the ‘colonial gaze’ and the ethics of archive research with Sonya Dyer.
The £4.5million gallery space designed by Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble opens to the public on Saturday in a redeveloped Grade-II listed building in New Cross, south London. Jack Hutchinson takes a tour of the gallery’s inaugural Mika Rottenberg exhibition and talks to director Sarah McCrory.
The Newcastle-born artist’s current exhibition at Baltic in Gateshead consists of a labyrinthine sculptural installation that is visually arresting and teeming with narrative. Fisun Güner talks to the 2018 Hepworth Sculpture Prize nominee about making work that reflects life outside the art world’s “pool of middle-class light”.
From community projects to land work, Jeremy Hastings has used his many travels and itinerant lifestyle to share skills and learn from landscapes to create painting and photography. Richard Taylor finds out more.
Blackpool is one of the most deprived areas in the UK, so what challenges does that bring for the gallery’s new curator, formerly co-director of Manchester’s The International 3 gallery and Manchester Contemporary art fair? Laura Robertson visits the seaside town to find out.
Between October 2017 and April 2018 Sally Stenton spent time at Anglia Ruskin University, using its facilities and developing a conceptual work that connected the university’s art and science departments. Pippa Koszerek catches up with the artist to discuss her residency and its impact on her ongoing practice.
The Bradford-born artist’s current exhibition ‘The Sun Never Sets’ at Huddersfield Art Gallery draws on his childhood memories of living in Bangladesh while also exploring the impact and legacy of colonialism. Fellow painter Narbi Price asks the questions.
As Scotland’s capital city embraces the revelry of the annual festivals season, Edinburgh Art Festival’s Commissions Programme asks visitors to take some time out to reflect on urgent political issues. Jessica Ramm reports.
Running parallel to the Liverpool Biennial since its inception in 1999, the peer-led Independents Biennial is currently managed by Art In Liverpool, and aims to cast a fresh perspective on how we see, make and use art in Merseyside. Laura Robertson reflects on how the 2018 festival is highlighting local and national political issues such as regeneration and homelessness.
Christine Borland’s current show ‘to The Power of Twelve’ looks at the history of Mount Stuart, a neo-gothic country mansion on the island of Bute, during the first world war when it was used as a naval hospital. She talks to Jessica Ramm about the project which sees her return to Mount Stuart fifteen years on from her first exhibition at the Grade A listed house.
The tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial has just opened with its theme ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ offered as a chance to reflect upon global uncertainty and change. Bob Dickinson reports from the opening weekend when, amid news of Trump’s visit to the UK and the protracted Brexit negotiations, the notion of a world in social, political and economic turmoil seemed especially pertinent.