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Arts and Culture Events Your Creative guide for October 2023 ‘What's On and Where’

by Ellie Jakeman October 04, 2023

Arts and Culture Events  Your Creative guide for  October 2023 ‘What's On and Where’

Arts and Culture Events 

Your Creative guide for 

October2023

‘What's On and Where’

 

OCTOBER 2023

The Bluecoat -Tim Spooner: A New Kind of Animal

Friday 06th October 2023 - Sunday 21st January 2024Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm   Location: The Bluecoat

Tim Spooner, Untitled, 2020 © the artist.

Tim Spooner, Untitled, 2020 © the artist.   

Tim Spooner, I saw the next war inside you, 2020. ©    the artist.

 Tim Spooner, I saw the next war inside you, 2020. © the artist.

Tim Spooner: A New Kind of Animal

This touring exhibition features an exciting new commission, alongside an impressive body of work, including over 190 works in collage, painting, sculpture and objects used in performances over the past 15 years.

Opens Fri 6 Oct

Tim Spooner is a critically acclaimed artist working across a range of disciplines to create often unpredictable and distinctive work.

He is interested in the ways in which we try to explain the world, such as through creation myths or metaphysics, the branch of philosophy that deals with abstract concepts such as being, knowing, identity, time and space. He experiments with how materials behave in order to better understand them, and from these materials constructs, as he says “collections of sculptures and objects which come together into ideas for possible universes.”

InA New Kind of Animalhe brings an exciting new commission to the Bluecoat, in the form of a host of furry, quivering animatronic sculptures. On display alongside this new commission will be an impressive body of Spooner’s work, including over 190 works in collage, painting, sculpture and objects used in performances over the past 15 years. This survey of work will serve as a blueprint for the new commission; a set of instructions for ‘a new kind of animal’.

DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY -Rubens & Women

Dates: 27 September 2023 - 28 January 2024. Gallery Opening Hours. Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm; Closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays

 Peter Paul Rubens, Marchesa Maria Serra Pallavicino or Marchesa Veronica Spinola Doria, 1606-7, oil on canvas, 233.7 x 144.8 cm. ©National Trust.

Peter Paul Rubens,Marchesa Maria Serra Pallavicino or Marchesa Veronica Spinola Doria, 1606-7, oil on canvas, 233.7 x 144.8 cm. ©National Trust.

Discover a different side to Rubens and learn how the leading women in his life came to shape the artist we know today.

Rubens & Women, a major exhibition of the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), will unite a diverse range of paintings and drawings from throughout the artist's career. The exhibition will be the first to challenge the popular assumption that the artist painted only one type of woman, providing instead a more nuanced view of the varied and important place occupied by women, both real and imagined, in his world.

Over 40 paintings and drawings along with archive material will reveal the essential ways in which Rubens’s relationships with women nourished his creativity and career – from the role played by his female patrons and family members to his profound faith, artistic beliefs, and great loves. Featuring masterpieces from international and private collections, many of which will be appearing in the UK for the first time, this landmark exhibition will reconsider one of art history’s most influential figures. 

Tate Modern -  Philip Guston

5 Oct 2023 – 25 Feb 2024

Philip Guston If this Be Not I 1945 Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. University Purchase, Kende Sale Fund, 1945 © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy  Hauser & Wirth

Philip GustonIf this Be Not I1945 Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. University Purchase, Kende Sale Fund, 1945 © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy  Hauser & Wirth

One of the 20th century’s most captivating painters responds to a world in turmoil.

For over  50 years, artistPhilip Guston restlessly made paintings and drawings that captured the anxious and turbulent world he was witnessing.

Born in Canada to a Jewish immigrant family, he grew up in the US and eventually became one of the most celebratedabstract painters of the 1950s and 1960s, alongside  Mark Rothko and his childhood friend  Jackson Pollock.

His early work included murals and paintings addressing racism in America and wars abroad. During the social and political upheavals of the late 1960s, Guston grew critical of abstraction, and began producing large-scale paintings that feature comic-like figures, some in white hoods representing evil and the everyday perpetrators of racism. These paintings and those that followed established Guston as one of the most influential painters of the late 20th century.

Guston was a complex artist who took inspiration from the nightmarish world around him to create new and surprising imagery. This exhibition explores how his paintings bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, the humorous and the tragic.

Philip Guston is the first major retrospective on the artist in the UK in nearly 20 years.

The exhibition is co-organised by Tate Modern, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Barbican Art Gallery - Re/Sisters

5 October 2023 – 14 January 2024

 

Pamela Singh, Chipko Tree Huggers of the Himalayas #4, 1994. © Pamela Singh Courtesy sepiaEYE

Pamela Singh, Chipko Tree Huggers of the Himalayas #4, 1994. © Pamela Singh Courtesy sepiaEYE

A major group exhibition exploring the relationship between gender and ecology, highlighting the systemic links between the oppression of women and the degradation of the planet.

Featuring around 50 international women and gender non-conforming artists, RE/SISTERS is a new exhibition featuring work from emerging and established artists across the fields of photography and film.

Works in the exhibition explore how women’s understanding of our environment has often resisted the logic of capitalist economies which places the exploitation of the planet at its centre. They are presented alongside works of an activist nature that show how women are regularly at the forefront of advocating and caring for the planet.

Reflecting on a range of themes, from extractive industries to the politics of care, RE/SISTERS explores environmental and gender justice as indivisible parts of a global struggle. It seeks to address existing power structures that threaten our increasingly precarious ecosystem.

This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our lead sponsor,  Vestiaire Collective.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/

Hayward Gallery - Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine 

11 Oct 2023 –⁠ 7 Jan 2024

The largest retrospective to date of Hiroshi Sugimoto, an artist renowned for creating some of the most alluringly enigmatic photographs of our time.

Image courtesy of Hayward Gallery Lighting fields 2009 Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Image courtesy of Hayward Gallery Lighting fields 2009 Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Over the past 50 years, Sugimoto has created pictures which are meticulously crafted, deeply thought-provoking and quietly subversive. 

Featuring key works from all of the artist’s major photographic series, this retrospective highlights Sugimoto’s philosophical yet playful inquiry into our understanding of time and memory, and photography’s ability to both document and invent. 

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine also includes lesser-known works that reveal the artist’s interest in the history of photography, as well as in mathematics and optical sciences. 

Often employing a large-format wooden camera and mixing his own darkroom chemicals, Sugimoto has repeatedly re-explored ideas and practices from 19th century photography while capturing subjects including dioramas, wax figures and architecture. His work has stretched and rearranged concepts of time, space and light that are integral to the medium.

Sugimoto says ‘the camera is a time machine capable of representing the sense of time … The camera can capture more than a single moment, it can capture history, geological time, the concept of eternity, the essence of time itself … The more I think about that sense of time, the more I think this is probably one of the key factors of how humans became humans.’

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Hiroshi Sugimoto divides his time between Tokyo and New York City. Over the past five decades, his photographs have received international acclaim and have been presented in major institutions across the globe. 

While best known as a photographer, Sugimoto has more recently added architecture, sculpture and set design to his multidisciplinary practice. 

His work is represented in major public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and National Gallery, London.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine is generously supported by the Exhibition Supporters’ Group: Fraenkel Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, Gallery Koyanagi, the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation, Beth and Michele Colocci, Manizeh and Danny Rimer, Maria and Malek Sukkar, Michael G and C Jane Wilson, and those who wish to remain anonymous. 

Additional support has been provided by The Japan Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. 

The exhibition catalogue is kindly supported by Joe and Marie Donnelly and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Compton Verney Art Gallery Warwickshire -

Sensing Naples Sat 1 April – Sun 31 December

Step out of the ordinary with 120 acres of art, nature, and creativity. An extraordinary place filled with inspiration and imagination, outside and in.

So, whether you are looking for fine art or forest art, family time or me time – this is a place of endless possibilities.

Image: Volaire, An Eruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight © Compton Verney photo by John Hammond

Image: Volaire, An Eruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight © Compton Verney photo by John Hammond

Sensing Naples

Sat 1 April – Sun 31 December

Come and be transported to Naples – where the scent of orange blossom drifts on the air and the spectacle of Vesuvius smoulders in the distance. Bringing to life the smells, sounds, sights, tastes and sensations of visiting this vibrant Italian city,Sensing Naples will see the exquisite historic works in our Naples Collection rehung and reimagined. Interactive elements and new wall texts will foreground exciting new research into objects in the collection undertaken in collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Centre for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities, Naples.

The display features new interactive elements, including samples of music from the period, and six bespoke fragrances, which are paired with specific paintings. Developed in collaboration with a specialist fragrance house, the scents have been designed to highlight elements within the paintings and to evoke the experience of visiting the city of Naples in the period 1600-1800. Some are pleasant, others not so – they include the smells of the Bay of Naples, perfumed gloves, a fish market, tobacco smoke, a floral still life and an eruption of Mount Vesuvius.  You will also find a new, interactive play table modelled on an erupting Vesuvius, a permanent fixture in the galleries which is aimed at engaging our youngest visitors.

Most exciting of all are the new works on display. These include examples of souvenirs made from the lava of Vesuvius and brought back to Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as two new commissions produced by artists working today. The new artworks respond to the theme of the senses and also to works in the historic collection, and have been commissioned in partnership with disability arts platform Unlimited. DYSPLA, a neuro-divergent led award-winning arts studio, have created a work that speaks to Lorenzo Vaccaro’s marble busts ofThe Four Continents, through four new performative digital sculptures. Accessed via a QR code, these holographic sculptures invite you to engage with your own physicality through touch. The senses of sight, hearing and touch are further addressed in the second new artwork, which takes the form of three bronze bells suspended above a piece of Vesuvius lava rock. The bells can be gently rung, and were created for Compton Verney by Aaron McPeake, an artist whose practice explores his own experience of sight loss later in life.



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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