The best art exhibitions in Bristol and the Westcountry this month – selected by the Friends of the RWA…
Here’s our pick of the best art exhibitions and events happening in and around Bristol and the south west in August – including ‘Last chance to see’ shows and a look ahead to upcoming features….
Compiled by Sue Quirk and Laurel Smart
AT THE RWA
Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019
UNTIL 1 SEPT
A major exhibition tracing the representation of fire in British art across the last four centuries; exploring the symbolism and meaning the element has had for artists throughout history. Details here.
Andrew Lanyon: Nature’s Laboratory
UNTIL 8 AUGUST
A collaboration with a collective of Cornish artists, Nature’s Laboratory is a playful, sometimes a little dark, but always engaging look at our world and creation. A quirky and intriguing show for the whole family. Cube and Link Galleries – free entry.
Peter Ford RE RWA: Out of Order
UNTIL 18 AUGUST
Free exhibition in the Academician’s Gallery from the superb printmaker. Read our Q&A with Peter here.
There is also a sister exhibition at Peter’s Off Centre Gallery – 13 Cotswold Rd, Bristol BS3 4N.
Remember that the 167 Open exhibition deadline for submissions is 20 August. Information here.
1) SIX IN THE CITY: ‘CONTEMPORARY PASSIONS – ELEMENTS’
UNTIL 10 AUGUST
For the first time six female artists from the Cotswold Guild and North Bristol Artists will be exhibiting together in Bristol. The exhibition showcases their latest two and three-dimensional work exploring form, medium, texture and colour. It includes watercolours, acrylics, contemporary oil painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, ceramics, enamelling and jewellery.
Bristol Guild Gallery, 68 Park Street, BRISTOL BS1 5JY
0117 926 5548
2) ANDY ROLLO: TERRA INCOGNITA
A showcase of recent paintings by Andy Rollo, lecturer in art and design at Yeovil College. Work inspired in part by the geology and history of Dorset and in particular the Dorset Ridgeway and Jurassic Coast.
Lyme Bay Arts, The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, SYMONDSBURY, Bridport DT6 6HG
3) KURT JACKSON – THORN/CRAB AND LOBSTER
UNTIL 17 AUGUST
Thorn: Kurt Jackson spent a year studying a single tree through the seasons as an Artist in Residence for The Woodland Trust in partnership with Common Ground.
Crab and Lobster: In the latest of his series of projects focusing on the richness and diversity of the natural world, environmental visual artist Kurt Jackson has chosen to look at crustaceans – particularly crabs and lobsters– an enormously varied group of jointed shelled animals found along our seashores. (See picture top)
Jackson Foundation, North Row, ST JUST, Cornwall TR19 7LB
4) RESIST: BE MODERN (AGAIN)
UNTIL 17 AUGUST
Curated by Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Seibold, Resist: be modern (again) showcases collaborations between women who, due to either gender, sexuality or ethnicity, have been censored out, devalued or marginalised over time. This exhibition brings their practice and contribution out of the archives and into the foreground.
John Hansard Gallery, 142-144 Above Bar Street, SOUTHAMPTON SO14 7DU
023 8059 2158
5) WAR AND RUMOURS OF WAR: 1940S BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER FROM THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD
UNTIL 5 SEPTEMBER
Our summer exhibition has been drawn largely from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper. The material allows us to revisit a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with the present day. These pictures, many by women artists, reveal the impact of war on the home front.
The part that the city of Bath played in this story centres around the Baedeker Raids of April 1942. The resulting devastation was documented by artists including Norma Bull, Leslie Atkinson and Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. These exhibits enable visitors to appreciate the impact of the war on local people.
Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, BATH BA2 4AT
6) CONNECTIONS: AN EXHIBITION BY GROUP 7
UNTIL 7 SEPTEMBER
They share an interest in abstract and expressive painting with a strong use of colour. The exhibition showcases their recent work, allowing visitors to discover this fascinating art ensemble for themselves. The group comprises Brian Bishop, Fran Donovan, Martyn Brewster, Ursula Leach, Bonnie Brown, Peter Symons and Michelle Griffiths, all of whom are based in the South of England.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road, SWINDON SN1 4BA
7) NICKY HIRST: ALGORITHMS, GRAIL MOTHS, LARGISH TOM…
UNTIL 8 SEPTEMBER
Exeter Phoenix presents a solo exhibition of new work by Nicky Hirst, whose practice may be described as an exploration of serendipity that can occur in unintended and unexpected places. Hirst’s output includes drawing, sculpture, collage, printed text, photography and public art commissions and, while avoiding simple categorisation, her art is always characterised by a measured stance and sensitivity towards materials. Unconventionally, the show’s twelve new works were initially conceived as titles, each an anagram of the word Algorithms, before being realised as artworks in response to their name; Grail Moths, Largish Tom, Mistral Hog, Loams Girth, Shalom Grit, Solar Might, Roams Light, Moral Sight, A Grim Sloth, A Logs Mirth, Mortal Sigh, each speaking to Hirst’s particular methodology of collecting, curating and collaging images, words and objects.
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, EXETER EX4 3LS
LAST CHANCE TO SEE…
UNTIL 2 AUGUST: MILLFIELD SUMMER SHOW A cross section of work from a variety of disciplines from both emerging and well established artists. ATKINSON GALLERY, STREET atkinsongallery.co.uk
UNTIL 3 AUGUST: MARK ROCHESTER Working from nature. THE PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE, GREAT TORRINGTON theploughartscentre.org.uk
UNTIL 3 AUGUST: SARAH HOUGH: MOMENT Large-scale 3D oil paintings, projected drawings and sound. Lighthouse, POOLE lighthousepoole.co.uk
UNTIL 3 AUGUST: COSMIC FISHING A group exhibition of contemporary paintings. KOSAR CONTEMPORARY, BRISTOL kosarcontemporary.com
UNTIL 4 AUGUST: BEING PRESENT Joe Webster’s latest works of Devon landscape in graffiti and water-based media. HARBOUR HOUSE, KINGSBRIDGE harbourhouse.org.uk
UNTIL 6 AUGUST: ANGIE ROOKE AND CHRIS KAMPF Acrylic landscape paintings and metal garden sculpture. JOHN LEACH GALLERY, MUCHELNEY johnleachpottery.co.uk
UNTIL 8 AUGUST: HOGCHESTER ARTS SUMMER EXHIBITION First exhibition. HOGCHESTER ARTS, CHARMOUTH hogchesterarts.com
WATCH OUT FOR…
EVOLVER PRIZE 2019 EXHIBITION UNTIL 31 AUGUST Features the winning Evolver cover and 49 runners-up. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, HONITON thelmahulbert.com
SPRINGFIELD POTTERY UNTIL 28 SEPTEMBER After running Springfield Pottery for 40 years Philip and Frannie Leach are closing down and moving on. This show looks back at their work from the 1980s to the present. The Plough Arts Centre, GREAT TORRINGTON theploughartscentre.org.uk
AUGUSTUS JOHN: ‘DRAWN FROM LIFE’ UNTIL 29 SEPTEMBER Retrospective focuses on John’s early to mid-career, examining his reputation and looking in-depth at his achievements in drawing and etching. The Salisbury Museum, SALISBURY salisburymuseum.org.uk
WHERE FUNCTION ENDS: RESPONSES TO THE ARCHITECTURE OF SIR EDWIN LUTYENS UNTIL 27 OCTOBER To mark the 150thanniversary of the birth of Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), new work by three artists that responds to the legacy of the man whose designs transformed the Hestercombe site. Hestercombe Gallery, TAUNTON hestercombe.com
ONE DAY EVENTS
19 AUGUST Care and practice: How to nurture oneself and make work that matters Gardeners Lodge, BATH http://creativityworks.org.uk/what-we-do/cocreate/
31 AUGUST New Older Artists An event for artists who started or restarted their practice in later life; an opportunity to reflect on experiences and to meet and listen to others in a similar position. The Bishops Palace, WELLS www.a-n.co.uk/events/new-older-artists/
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