Exhibition Map

The Artists of St. Ives

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A Select exhibition curated from the Arts Council Collection.

Don't miss a unique opportunity to see the acclaimed works of the St Ives Society of artists, on loan from the Arts Council Collection. Featuring artists such as Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Feiler and Terry Frost, this is a unique chance to see their work in the stunning setting of Torre Abbey Museum.

The St Ives Society of Artists was formed by marine artist George Fagan Bradshaw in 1927. This stunning exhibition features a diverse mix of contemporary visual art, all inspired by the various artist's time in the beautiful seaside town of St. Ives.  

The exhibition is included in the normal admission to the abbey and free to 1196 Club Members.

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Great Artists | Great Teachers

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An exhibition selected from the Arts Council Collection.

Great Artists | Great Teachers brings together the work of some of the most significant artists/teachers working across the 20th Century and into the present. Selected as important artists in their own right, each of the artists are recognised as being hugely influential art teachers, helping to shape the direction of art education and inspiring the next generation of artists.

Featured artists:
Anthony Caro, Phyllida Barlow, David Batchelor, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Hamilton, Lubaina Himid, Janice Kerbel, Rosalind Nashashibi, Wendy Pasmore, Victor Pasmore, Carl Plackman, Bob and Roberta Smith, Jon Thompson and Richard Wentworth.

Great Artists | Great Teachers has been curated in response to the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in Autumn 2018 and takes as its starting point the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds, born in Plymouth (1723 –1792), one of the principal founders and first presidents of the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition includes a series of extracts from Reynolds’ Discourses on Art drawn from the city’s permanent collections.

This is a partnership exhibition delivered by The Arts Institute and The Box, Plymouth. 

Dates: Monday 17 September – Saturday 17 November
Opening times: Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, Saturday 11:00-16:00
Venue: The Levinsky Gallery 
Free admission

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Roger Hiorns Seizure

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Sculpture at Longside

Open weekends and school holidays

Faced with the demolition of the South London housing block in which it was originally situated in early 2011, Seizure was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.

The work, weighing over 31 tonnes, was successfully extracted from the property in February 2011, following meticulous planning which saw one wall of the flat removed before the whole structure was pulled out and subsequently transported to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where it is presented within a new concrete structure commissioned from Adam Khan Architects.

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At Altitude

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National Partners Programme

This exhibition explores how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through the introduction of new elevated perspectives on the world that were unknown to earlier generations.

Ranging from early aviation to drone surveillance the exhibition will chart these changing perspectives, illustrating how perception has shifted from when aerial images were rare and exhilarating, to the all-enveloping, but strangely flattening vantage point of Google Earth and satellite technologies that grant access to places and information one is not usually afforded.

At Altitude presents historical and contemporary works that elucidate the links between the ever-changing methods of observing the world and how this has been interpreted by artists through painting, sculpture, photography and film.

Artists include Mishka Henner, Jananne Al-Ani, Tacita Dean, Wolfgang Tilmans, Cornelia Parker and more.

Towner Art Gallery
2 June - 30 September 2018

 

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The Everyday and Extraordinary

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National Partners Programme

The Everyday and Extraordinary explores the potential of objects to be transformed and seen in new and insightful ways. Showcasing over seventy modern and contemporary artworks, this exhibition celebrates the wonder of physical objects in a pre-dominantly digital age where artistic creativity helps us all to see the world in extraordinary ways.

Found objects have been transformed in many ways and for different reasons by artists; used to communicate a particular idea or concept such as Surrealism’s use of humour and satire, or Pop Art’s direct appropriation of items from popular culture. It is the relationship between the found object as artistic material, content and subject-matter that provides the basis for this exhibition which presents a Wunderkammer (a room of wonder) of artworks drawn from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham Museums.

This exhibition presents an eclectic and surreal environment where the everyday and the extraordinary come together.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
9 June - 9 September 2018

Towner Art Gallery 
26th September 2018 - 6 January 2019

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Walls Have Ears: 400 Years of Change

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National Partners Programme

Celebrating its 400th anniversary, Aston Hall is a magnificent Jacobean mansion located in a public park in the ward of Aston, a diverse local community in inner-city Birmingham. The Hall was built between 1618 and 1635 for Sir Thomas Holte and was subsequently leased in the 19th century by James Watt Jr, son of the engineer James Watt. It is furnished with the city’s collection of fine and decorative art – furniture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and portraits, dating predominantly from the 17th century.

Inspired by this great house and its location, ‘Walls Have Ears: 400 Years of Change’ is an exhibition of contemporary portraiture and representations of history, culture, class and race, featuring artists from the Arts Council Collection, and Birmingham’s collection. The past 400 years have seen many changes in the social, demographic and economic landscape that surrounds the Hall. Reflecting these changes, the walls of the Hall come alive to interweave the past and the present. Throughout the Hall, paintings, tapestry, photographs, film, sculpture and ceramics offer contemporary observations of people from around the world.

Artists include Richard Billingham, Faisal Abdu’Allah and Kofi Allen, Vanley Burke, Lisa Cheung, Sylvester Jacobs, Mawuena Kattah, Ryan Mosley, Eugene Palmer, Paul Rooney, Zineb Sedira, Donald Rodney, Stephen Earl Rogers, Emma Rushton, Barbara Walker, Richard Wilson and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

A comprehensive learning programme of onsite and outreach activities accompanies this exhibition.

Nature’s Presence

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National Partners Programme

‘Nature’s Presence’ is an exhibition inspired by Blakesley Hall’s history and its relationship with nature. The exhibition is set within the Hall and the Visitors Centre.

Blakesley is a timber-framed Tudor house located in Yardley, a residential suburban area a few miles outside Birmingham city centre. It was built in 1590 by Richard Smallbroke, one of Birmingham’s leading merchant families. Nature has always been present at Blakesley. Inside the Hall, wall paintings of flowers have decorated the rooms since the 17th century. Within the Hall’s grounds is a garden and an orchard which continues to flourish. In the past the gardens have been used by the Hall’s families in different ways and today they are a hub of community activity.

The artworks in ‘Nature’s Presence’ have been selected from the Arts Council Collection, Birmingham’s collection and other major collections. They range in media from film and photography to painting and sculpture. The artists look at the natural world, looking at flowers, animals and fruit from different artistic perspectives.

Artists include John Blakemore, Oliver Clare, Ruth Claxton, Brian Duffy, Kaff Gerrard, Nerys Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Josef Herman, Ivon Hitchens, Georgie Hopton, Thomas Henry Kendall,
Pradip Malde, Margaret Mellis, Helen McQuillan, Hayley Newman and Stanley Spencer. The exhibition is accompanied by a presentation of rare herbarium specimens that are native to Yardley. A work by Paula Rego is also on display in Gallery 21 at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

A comprehensive learning and access programme accompanies this exhibition.

On Paper

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ACC Touring Exhibition

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings. Artists have used paper to construct three-dimensional objects as diverse as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures made from sugar paper, hair gel and chalk, Lesley Foxcroft’s two-tone corrugated bricks, Gareth Jones’ cloakroom ticket cape and Art and Language’s jig-saw. Also considered will be works on paper which have been burnt, torn and cut by artists such as Roger Ackling, Cornelia Parker, Tim Davies and Simon Periton.

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
26 May - 14 July 2018

Tŷ Pawb
28 July  - 22 September 2018

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
29 September - 25 November 2018

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1 December 2018 - 17 February 2019

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
23 February - 27 April 2019

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In My Shoes

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ACC Touring Exhibition

Self-portraiture maintains an enduring presence throughout art history; in recent years artists have revolutionised and extended the genre by incorporating action, performance, narrative and explorations of identity.

Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
30 March – 17 June 2018

Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester
7 July - 2 September 2018

PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
6 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University
19 January - 12 May 2019

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
6 July - 22 September 2019

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Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences

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ACC Touring Exhibition

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, chart the 'class journey' made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the television series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'. The television programmes were first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. In the series Perry goes on 'a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain', to gather inspiration for his artwork, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth's 18th century paintings.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
31 March - 24 June 2018

20 21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
7 July - 8 September 2018

The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
27 September - 15 December 2018

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Rooted in the Landscape

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ACC Touring Exhibition

Our new exhibition in collaboration with the Paintings in Hospitals is touring hospitals across South West England.

Rooted in the Landscape explores the relationship between art, wellbeing and the natural environment. Featuring works by artists including Andy GoldsworthyMarc Quinn, and Turner Prize-nominated Janice Kerbel, the exhibition is specifically designed for healthcare settings and aims to enhance patient access to museum-quality contemporary art.

Through painting, photography and printmaking, the exhibition explores our personal relationships with the rural environment and asks us to consider the positive influence and therapeutic benefits the outdoors can have on our wellbeing.

Rooted in the Landscape is touring hospitals across the South West of England. It will be on display at Dorset County Hospital from 04 August 2018 - 05 January 2019. And will then continue to tour to Yeovil District Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital (Taunton), and Southmead Hospital (Bristol).

Sean Scully

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Exhibition Loan

Sean Scully is widely regarded as the master of post-minimalist abstraction. Revolutionising abstract painting with his grid systems of intersecting bands and lines, his artwork uses the shapes and forms of concrete geometry, infused with a lyrical emotion. In this retrospective exhibition, Scully revisits his early works which reveal the origin of his continued fascination with stripes and the spaces in between. Scully was a prize winner in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1972 and again in 1974. 

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Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness

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Exhibition Loan

Artist John Walter curates the new Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness. The exhibition explores the nature of visual awkwardness.

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Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power

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Exhibition Loan

Abott Hall Art Gallery's main summer show explores and celebrates the work of one of the most exciting and individual British sculptors of the twentieth century.

Never compromising on the development of her own style, Frink ignored the commercial fashions throughout her career, creating works that combine the fragile nature of humanity with its power.

The exhibition will be the first large scale show of work by Frink in the North West for several years and the first time Abbot Hall Art Gallery have dedicated a major exhibition to Frink in their 55-year history.

Showing a selection of Frink's work, made throughout her career, the exhibition will explore her influences, methods and stories, all told using her own words. There will be over 50 works on display including sculpture, maquettes and works on paper, and a number of works on loan from private collectors that have never been seen in public.

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Leon Kossoff, Jacqui Hallum

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Exhibition Loan

25 August - 22 September 2018  

Preview Friday 24 August 2018 6-9pm 

It goes without saying that painting is a time-based medium.  Not simply in the studio-based actions which constitute its making, and the material record of these actions (which become its surface).  Nor is it in the sense that the paint-matter that embodies the trace of these actions is itself incrementally in flux, tending slowly toward the same dust that all matter eventually becomes.  But painting is time-based because of the relationship it insists upon with the person looking at it.  While it is (often) perfectly possible to take-in the full expanse of a painting in one glance, only when looking at the poorest painting is that ever sufficient.  No, painting’s essential mechanics (composition, colour relations, dynamic forms, line and field, fast and slow marks, figure and ground, etc) mean that the looker’s eye wanders in and out, around and across a painted surface repeatedly, continually nuancing the way that painting is understood.
 
This movement-in-time, so integral to painting, is sought by Kossoff and Hallum from the very start in the dynamism of their chosen subjects as if to re-state painting’s inability to be remain static.  Through their processes as well as in their resultant works, everything is in constant change.

Between 1979 and 1984 Leon Kossoff worked and re-worked a single copper plate etching of Kilburn Underground Station.  Working closely with printmaker Ann Dowker Outside Kilburn Underground was proofed in 14 stages, each time the plate was (in parts) burnished smooth and re-inscribed.  The artist witnessed the rush of a crowd entering and exiting this busy station on a particular day when he chose to install his easel across the Kilburn High Road. Through the next 5 years this motion became slowed – not to a standstill – but to a pace so protracted that the weight and form of each figure is minutely altered, and the image affected, with each iteration of the drawing-etching-inking-wiping-pulling of the print.
 
Jacqui Hallum’s paintings begin with stains of coloured ink being applied across multiple loose sheets of paper and fabric.  These elements then move repeatedly between the studio at the front of her flat and the garden at the rear.  In these places they are seen differently, receive marks differently, and are subject to different contingent factors (such as weather, or interaction with other works-in-progress).  Images, chosen because of their own potency as well as their being untethered to our present time (medieval woodcuts, leaded glass windows, Art Nouveau children’s book illustrations, Tarot cards and Berber carpets) are partially transcribed onto the stained surfaces throughout the process of their making.  In the gallery these multiple-part paintings are pinned and hitched up into a provisional state, in relation to the light and architectural conditions of that room.

This exhibition includes 4 published states of Outside Kilburn Underground by Leon Kossoff: 1st state (1979); 5th state (1980); 6th state (1981) and 11th state (1983), all kindly loaned by Arts Council Collection.  Leon Kossoff (b. 1926) is a painter of London.  In fact it is fairer to say he is a painter of specific places in London: Dalston Junction; Christchurch Spitalfields; Arnold Circus; Willesden Junction; Kilburn Underground Station.  Returning again and again to these same motifs, drawing energy- and light-filled records of the experience of being there, and making slow paintings from this gathered evidence, Kossoff’s works are held in all of the world’s major public museums. Kilburn Underground station is 600m from Kingsgate Project Space.
 
Jacqui Hallum lives and works in Totnes, Devon.  Her paintings have long embraced slow change.  For many years she cultivated crystal-forming sulphates to grow up the surface of the paintings such that they would bloom and shift hue in direct response to local atmospheric conditions, and so alter the rhythms and dynamics of the painting.  More recently Jacqui’s process has included the use of unstretched fabric or large paper sheets that are hung in careful arrangements so as to conceal and reveal vital passages of colour stain or loosely transcribed images.  In 2018 Jacqui won the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize.

This is the first of a series of exhibitions in which a large series of sheet works by Jacqui Hallum are installed in the context of an object or small series of works by another maker.  After this show, Jacqui will exhibit works alongside a collection of antique Berber rugs; a specially commissioned vessel by Phil Root made with no pre-ordained form or function; work by Dieter Roth; a Wabi-Sabi pot in galleries across the UK.  A book will be published to mark these exhibitions.

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What do we want?

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Exhibition Loan

This exhibition explores ordinary people's voices against a world of corporate and political messages.

From Saturday 22nd September - Saturday 24th November 2018

In recent years, fast-paced news sharing and populist vote winners have left us with frustrations about our own ability to be heard. Using the Museum's historic collection of satire and political prints alongside artworks by contemporary British artists Gillian Wearing and Mark Titchner, this exhibition explores ordinary people's voices against a world of corporate and political messages.

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Current Exhibitions

ACC Touring Exhibition: On Paper

Paper will become the subject of this exhibition, rather than the often overlooked support for drawings.
National Partners Programme: At Altitude

This exhibition explores how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through the introduction of new elevated perspectives on the world that were unknown to earlier generations.
ACC Touring Exhibition: In My Shoes

In My Shoes explores the ways in which artists based in the UK have represented themselves in their work since the 1990s.

Past Exhibitions

Looking North at Walker Art Gallery

October – February 2017
Coming Out Sexuality, Gender & Identity at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.

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