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Arts and Culture Events: Your Creative guide for July 2023

by Ellie Jakeman July 05, 2023

Arts and Culture Events: Your Creative guide for July 2023

Arts and Culture Events 

Your Creative guide for2023

‘What's on and where’

July 2023

Paula Rego: Crivelli’s Garden -National Gallery, London On view: July 20th – October 29th, 2023 room 46 

Section from Paula Rego's Crivelli's Garden III (1990‑1)  The National Gallery, London. Presented by English Estates, 1991  © Ostrich Arts Ltd. Photo: The National Gallery, London Section from Paula Rego's Crivelli's Garden III (1990‑1)

The National Gallery, London. Presented by English Estates, 1991
© Ostrich Arts Ltd. Photo: The National Gallery, London 

Paula Rego's Crivelli’s Garden (1990-1)  The National Gallery, London. Presented by English Estates, 1991  © Ostrich Arts Ltd. Photo: The National Gallery, London

Paula Rego's Crivelli’s Garden (1990-1)
The National Gallery, London. Presented by English Estates, 1991
© Ostrich Arts Ltd. Photo: The National Gallery, London 

Explore the relationship between Dame Paula Rego’s monumental painting and the 15th-century altarpiece and National Gallery staff that inspired it.

Thirty years ago, Dame Paula Rego (1935–2022), our first Associate Artist (1990–2), was commissioned to create a mural for the then new Sainsbury Wing Dining Room.

The result, Rego’s ‘Crivelli’s Garden’, took its inspiration from an altarpiece by the 15th-century Italian artist Carlo Crivelli, ‘La Madonna della Rondine (The Madonna of the Swallow)’ painted after 1490 to tell the story of women from biblical history and folklore based on paintings in the collection and stories from the Golden Legend. Figures including the Virgin Mary, Saint Catherine, Mary Magdalene and Delilah find themselves in the maze of Crivell’s re-imagined garden surrounded by Portuguese blue and white tiled walls.

The depictions of these courageous and strong women were based on the people that Rego knew, including friends, family and members of the National Gallery staff at the time. The original life drawings are presented alongside the painting - allowing us to discover and enjoy the connections between them.

This exhibition celebrates Dame Paula's connections to the National Gallery and her time as a resident artist, and is a tribute to the work and life of one of the most important artists of her generation.

National Gallery, London On view: July 20–October 29, 2023

BENJI REID: FIND YOUR EYES MANCHESTER ACADEMY 1, OXFORD RD, MANCHESTER, M13 9PR12 - 16 JULY 2023

Photography and Art Direction: Benji Reid Photography and Art Direction: Benji Reid

Known for award-winning Afro-futurist images that seem to defy gravity, Benji Reid invites us to watch him at play as he creates live photography in this genre-bending show.

A choreo-photolist,Benji Reid combines photography, choreography and theatre to make striking and surreal images which speak to his experiences as a Black man in the UK today.

Find Your Eyes is a show which exposes the making of this work – a behind-the-scenes look at Benji’s life and practice where the stage becomes a studio.

Choreographing three performers, Benji will create live photographs in front of an audience interlaced with recollections from his life.

Using photography as a lifeline and anchor point to explore personal struggles, this is a show about the artistic process. Bold and vulnerable, full of light and shade, Find Your Eyes is an ode to reinvention. 

At Ben Uri Gallery and Museum26 JULY - 1 SEPTEMBER 2023, Boundary Rd, London, NW8 0RH. Open Monday and Tuesday only for schools and group visits and Wednesday-Friday to the general public from 10 am to 5.30 pm

DAME LAURA KNIGHT IN FOCUS 

Dame Laura Knight, circa 1946 The Nuremberg Trial. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Dame Laura Knight, circa 1946 The Nuremberg Trial. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons 

Laura Knight was, in 1936, the first woman to be elected a Royal Academician since 1769. She had an incredibly diverse and successful career working across a wide range of subject matter in the UK, Europe and the United States of America. In the aftermath of the Second World War she was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to go to Nuremberg to record the trials of Nazi war crimes which she did between January and April 1946. We explore this period of her career through two major preparatory studies for the painting on permanent show at the Imperial War Museum.

Thomas J Price at the V&A opens 22 July 2023

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.

Sculpture, Rooms 21, 22 & 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries; Sculpture, Room 25; Europe 1600-1815, Room 4

"I want people to recognise themselves and feel valued" – Thomas J Price

 Untitled (Head 24), by Thomas J Price, 2021. Photo: Ken Adlard. © Thomas J Price. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Untitled (Head 24), by Thomas J Price, 2021. Photo: Ken Adlard. © Thomas J Price. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Lay It Down (On The Edge Of Beauty), by Thomas J Price, 2018 . Photo: Ken Adlard. © Thomas J Price. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Lay It Down (On The Edge Of Beauty), by Thomas J Price, 2018 . Photo: Ken Adlard. © Thomas J Price. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

British artist Thomas J Price is celebrated for his arresting yet contemplative sculptures depicting everyday people. This display sets his work in dialogue with the V&A's historic collections.

Thomas J Price is a contemporary British artist known for his sculpture and installations. Born in London in 1981, Price studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts and completed his Master's degree at the Royal College of Art. He has gained recognition for his thought-provoking sculptures that explore themes of identity, representation, and the human form.

Price's sculptures often depict life-size or larger-scale figures that challenge traditional notions of portraiture and representation. His work addresses issues of race, social dynamics, and the complex intersections of identity in contemporary society. Price explores the nuances of individuality, humanity, and the power dynamics that influence our perception and understanding of others.

Thomas J Price's art challenges viewers to confront their preconceived notions, biases, and social constructs surrounding identity and representation. His thought-provoking sculptures invite contemplation and dialogue about the complexities of human experience in the modern world.

Home and Away Sudley House

This exhibition features paintings of local Liverpool views and faraway places.Open Tuesday to Sunday, bank holidays and Liverpool school holidays 10am-5pm

Lead image: Bold Street from Waterloo Place (detail) by Charles Trevor Prescott

Lead image: Bold Street from Waterloo Place (detail) by Charles Trevor Prescott

Explore the house of George Holt and his family, a Victorian merchant with impeccable taste in period furniture and paintings.

Home and Away is a new exhibition featuring paintings of both foreign and local views.

The foreign views are all from thecollection of George Holt, the former resident ofSudley House. These paintings of faraway places highlight the Holt family’s interest in travel, foreign countries and local customs. It has been more than a decade since many of these works have been on display.

The exhibition also includes views of Liverpool and the local area in the 19th century, while the Holts were at Sudley. These paintings largely come from the Walker Art Gallery's collection and give a wonderful idea of what the Holts would have seen as they went into the city for shopping, business or leisure. There are also views of the Wirral when it was still very rural.

The display includes two works by John Atkinson Grimshaw of Liverpool's Custom House on the dock road in moonlight; a building which was severely damaged during the Liverpool Blitz and later demolished. Paintings by Jean Leon Gerome, Thomas Creswick, Frederick Goodall, Charles Trevor Prescott and Eduardo de Martino are also on display.

 Image courtesy of National Museums of Liverpool  ‘The Quay at Naples by Eduardo de Martino’

Image courtesy of National Museums of Liverpool 

‘The Quay at Naples by Eduardo de Martino’

 

Yevonde Life and Colour the National Portrait Gallery London St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE - 22 June - 15 October 2023

Image; photograph by Yevonde Middleton

Image; photograph by Yevonde Middleton

 

‘If we are going to have colour photographs, for heaven’s sake let’s have a riot of colour, none of your wishy washy hand tinted effects.’ (Madame Yevonde in 1932 in an address to the Royal Photographic Society).

Yevonde (1893–1975) was a London-based photographer of portraits and still-life and a pioneer in photographic techniques in the 1930s, during a time when it was not considered a serious medium. Yevonde’s work is therefore significant in the history of British portrait photography.

An exploration of the life and career of Yevonde, the pioneering London photographer who spearheaded the use of colour photography in the 1930s.

Yevonde: Life and Colour tells the story of a woman who gained freedom through photography – as she experimented with her medium and blazed a new trail for portrait photographers. The exhibition features portraits and still-life works produced by Yevonde over a colourful sixty-year career, and draws on the archive of her work acquired by the Gallery in 2021, as well as extensive new research by our teams.

"The Goddesses" series became a defining body of work for Middleton, showcasing her artistic vision and technical skill. It captured the essence of the Art Deco era, with its fascination with glamour, femininity, and the merging of classical and contemporary aesthetics.

Beyond her notable portrait series, Yevonde Middleton's photography encompassed various subjects and genres, including landscapes, still life, and travel photography. She continued to work and experiment with different photographic techniques throughout her career.

Middleton's contributions to photography were significant, particularly in the realm of colour photography during a time when black and white photography dominated the medium. Her innovative use of colour and imaginative approach to portraiture challenged the conventions of the era.

Yevonde Middleton passed away on December 22, 1975, leaving behind a legacy as a pioneering female photographer whose work continues to inspire and captivate audiences today.

Yevonde: Life and Colour is supported by The CHANEL Culture Fund, and builds onReframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture, a major partnership project that aims to enhance the representation of women in the Gallery’s Collection.

Supported by; CHANEL CULTURE FUND.

 Image; photograph by Yevonde Middleton

Image; photograph by Yevonde Middleton

Ellie Jakeman
Ellie Jakeman

I have had a strong interest in the visual and creative arts since a very early age. After completing an Art and Design Degree and Post graduate studies I have taught Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles, Textile design , Fine Art print and Illustration for over 20 years. Before teaching I was a freelance artist and illustrator and decided 4 years ago I would return to freelance and commissioned work. I have created many domestic and commercial murals for hospitals and hospices. I work part time for ARTdiscount as a content creator and product tester.


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