Best of the West – Virtual exhibitions and online galleries

During the coronavirus lockdown some galleries and artists have been showing works online. Here’s our pick from Bristol and the westcountry…

 

Compiled by Sue Quirk and Laurel Smart

 


AT THE RWA

Red Playing Games IV – Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham

‘Inspirational Journeys’ is a major exhibition at the RWA, put on hold by lockdown. But you can view some of the artworks and buy prints online, while we wait for the grand reopening.

And don’t forget to bid on the Secret Postcard Auction – until 25 June.

 

 


 

VIRTUAL TOURS & VIDEO TOURS

 

ACEARTS, SOMERTON – reopens 8 August

IN SEARCH OF NORTHERN SOUL BY LEONARD GREEN

 

Energetic movement in the dances related to Northern Soul music provide the energy for these paintings. Powerful, dynamic compositions overlaid with gestural drawing.

http://theabsentgallery.co.uk/acearts/#leonardgreen

 

MESSUMS WILTSHIRE – reopens for members 4 July

MULTIPLE EXHIBITIONS

Messums Wiltshire has a variety of online exhibitions, including Peter Brown’s ‘Life in Lockdown’ (above); ‘Material: Textile – Modern British Female Designers’; Tuesday Riddell’s ‘The New York Series’; and Inuit Sculpture.

View them here

 

 

THAT ART GALLERY – reopens 4 July (appointments)

DAN HOLLINGS ‘BIG BOYS DON’T CRY’

 

Dan Hollings: “Currently the works are heavily formed around the matter of identity, childhood, loss, interior and exterior issues, an inquisition to understanding situations and past events, in correlation to today’s state of self. It’s a sense of joyment in playing. A grown-up angry child now finding a placement of belonging and playfulness within the works, while still reflecting in calamity through the paint.”

https://www.thatartgallery.com/

 

 

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS

 

FROM DORSET WITH LOVE – SLADERS YARD, BRIDPORT

This is an exhibition of painters who have spent their lives celebrating the wonders of the landscape, communicating through their paintings the deep effect these much-loved places have upon us all.

https://sladersyard.wordpress.com/from-dorset/

 

ANGIE SPENCER PREVIEW “THE ART OF LISTENING – PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY MUSIC” – TETBURY ARTS SHED, TETBURY – possibly reopens September

The landscapes she will be showing at the Goods Shed are direct responses to classical music. These are often pieces she was playing in the orchestra, or learning from the solo repertoire with her teacher.

https://shed-arts.co.uk/angie-spencer-gallery/

 

STRANGE THOUGHTS – HOURS, BRISTOL

A collective group of artists in the making explore the process of expressing themselves through their creations.

http://www.hours-space.com/2020/02/12/strange-thoughts/

 

MARIA LASSNIG ME, ENCIRCLED BY A FLY – HAUSER & WIRTH, BRUTON – reopens 1 July for pre-booked visits

The work of Maria Lassnig, one of the most significant painters of the contemporary era, is marked by its unrelenting probing into themes of the body and its meaning.

https://www.vip-hauserwirth.com/maria-lassnig-me-encircled-by-a-fly/

 

GALLERIES OPENING SOON:

Andelli Art, Wells – by appointment only from 15 June

Shaftesbury Arts Centre – will reopen 1 July

Centrespace, Bristol – will reopen in September

Ilminster Arts Centre, Ilminster – will reopen in September

 


 

The Friends of the RWA is an independent charity that supports the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol’s first art gallery. 
For just £35 a year Friends can make unlimited visits to RWA exhibitions and enjoy a host of other benefits, as well as making an important contribution to the arts in Bristol and the South West. Find out more and join up here.

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