Hilary and Marcus Hammond: Regrouping

One of the first things Marcus Hammond did when he bought a church in the middle of the “wrong side of town”  in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was paint its front doors hot pink. The deconsecrated church – built in 1880, and turned into one of the region’s largest dedicated arts spaces in 2006 – sits like a shipwreck on the shore of Gainsborough’s suburban streets. A town whose “regeneration” catch cry has weakened under recent economic hardships, and where “art” is considered a curiosity. But that’s the way Marcus Hammond Co-Director of BendInTheRiver likes it.


The Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Opening in Less Than a Month

There is now less than one month to go until the opening of The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). The festival will present a sparkling selection of screenings, premieres and masterclasses in venues across the city of York, UK, from the 8-11 November this year. The programme can now be found online at www.asff.co.uk, where tickets are also available.

Multiplied Fair 2012, London

Featuring a carefully curated selection of 41 international contemporary galleries, Multiplied opens today and will run until 15 October. Christie’s, South Kensington, will be home to the UK’s only contemporary prints and editions art fair.


Frieze Art Fair, Review

With over 175 of the world’s contemporary art galleries exhibiting under one roof Frieze art fair is notoriously exhausting and fair fatigue can quickly set in. Somehow this year it didn’t, which is quite a telling point for the success of the fair so far.

ASFF Interview: David Fairhead, Long Journey Home

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is opening in just over one month,  Aesthetica takes the time to interview the filmmakers screening films at ASFF this year. David Fairhead is the man behind The Long Journey Home.

Moniker Art Fair, London

An installation based exhibition, the Moniker Art Fair, will be running in Shoreditch, Village Underground,  from 11 until 14 October. Each artist takes up a designated space to showcase and advertise their work. Refusing to sit within the usual art fair format, each space will be individually curated, presenting creativity across the board. Moniker continues to develop the integration of contemporary and urban art worlds, giving guests exposure to a diverse array of artists.

40th Anniversary Exhibition: Roads to Wigan Pier, Impressions Gallery, Bradford

In November 1972 Impressions Gallery opened in a room above a shop in York with their first ever exhibition. As one of the first specialist photography galleries in Europe it has gone on to play a vital role in championing photography and has had a huge impact on the development of the photographic culture in Britain. To mark this occasion Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions, has selected from the gallery’s archive an exhibition first shown in October 1984.

Steve Lazarides: Bedlam, Old Vic Tunnels

Gallery owner Steve Lazarides’ latest exhibition Bedlam in association with HTC at the Old Vic Tunnels runs until the 21 October. The Lazarides Gallery relishes in fusing art and the experiential, and this show perhaps one of the gallery’s darkest to date. Inspired by a historic mental asylum just 500 yards away from the underground venue, Lazarides has used the tunnel’s atmosphere to display the work of artists such as Doug Foster, who’s hypnotic virtual mandala projected onto the tunnel’s celling can gaze at whilst lying on a fake bed of grass. Now a resident exhibitor at Lazarides shows, Antony Miscallef’s mutilated self-portraits dismantle the dark depths of the human psyche. Bedlam exhibition runs until the 21 October.

Franz West: Man with a Ball, London

Man with a Ball, is opening tomorrow at the Gagosian Gallery, London. Running until November 10, this major sculpture exhibition was prepared by Franz West up until his untimely death earlier this summer.  Refusing to accept the passive relationship between artwork and viewer, West focused on the development of Actionist and Performance Art. West’s work is imposing and intense and yet still light-hearted and full of freedom, work where form and function complete one another- rather than being mutually exclusive.

Review of Artist Rooms: August Sander, Leicester

Women, hands, men, tools, children, meandering rivers, eyes, mountains, mouths, the sky, distant homes, artists, death, power, poverty, ignorance, loneliness, circus people, smiles, suits, frowns, overalls, coats, ankles, shoes, frocks and souls. August Sander’s photographs encompass all emotions and circumstances that have long been endured by people of both disadvantaged and privileged backgrounds alike. Now all those endured emotions and circumstances, precisely 175 photographs, are at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in the heart of Leicester waiting to be internalised by the art-lovers of the 21st century.

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Think art, think primary colours, think thousands of tiny dots and you’ll conclude with the definer and refiner of pop art, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). For the first time since his death, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, are presenting the largest exhibition of Lichtenstein’s paintings, drawings and sculptures. Over 100 works will fill the exhibition, providing an overview of Lichtenstein’s influential career. Opening on October 14 and running until January 13, 2013, A Retrospective spans Lichestein’s expansive legacy, including his classic early pop art paintings, his distorted versions of paintings by the modern masters, and a series of Brushstrokes, Mirrors, Artist’s Studios, Nudes, and Landscapes in a Chinese Style.   


Necrospective Review, Grand Union, Birmingham

As the heated embers of the summer sun are suddenly dashed with September’s miserable icy rain an unexpected feeling of excitement and elation is bestowed upon the city of Birmingham. Perhaps, this is due to influx of young fresh faced students at the start of a new academic year? Possibly. However the sudden rise of the Birmingham art scene has, with multiple projects and collaborations, become extremely successful. New exhibitions are being launched on mass and have stirred up a frenzy of artists and curators descending upon the derelict factories and industrial spaces to spearhead their ideas in to realities. It is here that one of the lesser known, and thoroughly underrated galleries operates. Grand Union is an artist run non-profit exhibition space. Their current exhibition NECROSPECTIVE, is an examination of violence and acting out within today’s society and how this is further portrayed within new age technology and the media. However the underlying theme of violence and conflict is beautifully orchestrated and pushed to the limits with the relationship between mediums and space.