Five key organisations across Bristol join forces to present Bristol New Music from 21 February until 23 February. Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol work together to bring the very best international new music to the city, while working to create opportunities for emerging regional artists. Over the weekend in February there will be a stimulating programme of events to showcase a variety of musical talents.
Steeped in the tradition of landscape art, walking has been at the heart of many art practices and performances for generations. This exhibition, focusing on both literal and metaphorical artists’ walks and journeys, is the first to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used the universal act of taking a walk as a means to explore new realms of creativity. Walk On – From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking opens on 8 February, and brings together the work of almost 40 artists including 2 and 3 dimensional pieces, video and performance.
Art Basel Hong Kong opens 15 – 18 May and we’re looking forward to the artistic collaboration featured at the event between one of Hong Kong’s most exciting young artists Nadim Abbas and Absolut: Apocalypse Postponed. This project sees the construction of a new, ambitious, site-specific art bar, open daily for the duration of Art Basel in Hong Kong.
Darren Almond’s To Leave a Light Impression at White Cube, Bermondsey, includes his photography series Fullmoon and Present Form, enthralling the audience across three large rooms divided by three white walls. Standing at the threshold of the first room, Almond’s large-scale C-type print of Cape Verde, Fullmoon at Cape Verde (2013), moves the viewer from the gallery space to an undefinable realm of winds’ unrelenting quietude. The series of photographs exhibited in this section were taken under the light of a full moon using long exposure in every continent over a period of 13 years.
As winter draws on, escape the cold and blustery weather by making the most of some of the world’s best galleries. From painting to sculpture, established artists and up-and-coming talent, our selection of five of the best current exhibitions provide something for all tastes. Whether it is the playful installations of Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, the photography of Diane Arbus exposing an era of American culture, or the exciting new work of Uri Aran, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to engage with modern art, wherever you are in the world.
Thirteen is an exhibition of photography by George Chakravarthi, uniting literature and art in one image. Exploring death, drama and identity, the photographer re-imagines 13 characters in Shakespeare’s plays who met their ends through suicide. Opening 20th March at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, the show marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and is the first time the pieces are on display outside of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Samuel Harriman is a British artist based in Oxford. His work has been exhibited across the UK, most recently at Light Night Leeds, the UK’s first and largest Nuit Blanche. His work consists primarily of light, however, by using painterly processes, he combines the mediums of light installation and painting to intonate the point that the use of light is a form of painting. He uses both white wall gallery spaces and sites such as sheds or residential settings to install his work.
Jeremy Hutchison’s i- is heavily invested in the processes and psychology behind consumer culture. Playing with audience expectations and the limits of commercial advertising, i- features professional hand models unexpectedly holding lumps of distorted clay. Until 27 April the project will be exhibited at Rurart in Rouillé, France, before moving to Art Brussels 25 – 27 April.
Fashion house, Bottega Veneta, has joined forces with South African photographer, Pieter Hugo, to shoot the Spring /Summer campaign. Every season the new collection is conceived and captured by an exceptional photographer in conjunction within Creative Director Tomas Maier. Other artists to have worked for the house include Alex Prager, Nan Goldin, Sam Taylor-Wood and many more. The Art of Collaboration is a series of films documenting Maier and Hugo’s vision, unifying fashion and art in a stylish and creative film.
The Worst of Scottee is a confessional and it’s set out as such: Scottee sits inside a photobooth, profile to the audience and we observe as he tells his story to this modern confession booth. Although his body is in profile we see his face via a video monitor on the side of the machine and he does turn to interact with the audience as he sings. He’s a talented singer and the staging is simple but effective. When he does finally leave the photobooth towards the end of the show to stand in front of the audience there is almost a sense of gratitude: the video is compelling and clever but the story is so human and raw that you want to see him in person.
Questioning the potential of the landscape to hold memory and provide a place for meditation are two solo exhibitions at ffotogallery, Cardiff. Until 8 March, Paul Gaffney’s We Make the Path by Walking and Michal Iwanowski’s Clear of People will engage with the idea of journeys as both artists document their personal expeditions across the land. The simple yet atmospheric photos in both exhibitions create a narrative of discovery as the depopulated scenes depict the path ahead. For both photographers, the act of long distance walking is integral to their artistic creation. Long and demanding walks across multiple countries and terrains provide the backbone to their photographic stories as the artists reflect on the world outside the comforts of home.
“In the Middle East ramshackle cities grow without stopping, while prestige building projects are constructed on an inhuman scale as displays of power.” These are the words found below Modern Times: A history of the machine (2010-2012), an animated piece by Mounir Fatmi – one of the ten shortlisted artists showing at the V&A as part of the Jameel Prize exhibition. Fatmi’s observation is strikingly accurate. Within a presentation formed to celebrate Islamic creativity, he acknowledges the prevalence of a tawdry creative world often lacking in depth.