Welcome to the round-up covering UK museums and galleries for July and August! I’ve grouped things regionally running north to south so you can jump straight to the section that’s local to you. If I’ve missed out anything you think should be included, please do drop me a comment. I haven’t had the chance to see many of these exhibitions; if you have a response to or review of one, let me know.
On the Edge, an exhibition of artists belonging to the Scottish Glass Society, is now open in Lybster. A touring exhibition from Equality Council UK is on display in Aberdeen, where you can also see Stacey Hunter’s exploration of Japanese design. In Dundee, Pam Kelly looks at the Art of Work, and the nineteenth-century artist Charlotte Nasmyth is among those on exhibition at the Tower Foyer Gallery.
In Glasgow, Home Where Home Is Not re-imagines fixed notions of home through working with Glasgow Women’s Library, while Portraits of People includes Rosa Lobato’s ‘peoplescapes’; both finish in early August. The Linda McCartney retrospective continues at Kelvingrove, while Rachel Adams and Tessa Lynch consider the ‘women’s work’ of craft and the household.
At the wetlands centre in Caerlaverock, Marsh Song is replaced on 27 July by Modern Wilderness. Both exhibitions feature contemporary Scottish artists’ exploration of the local landscape.
Ann Bridges’ exhibition in Llandudno explores her travels in the Far East. Work of the Modern Quilt Group is on display in Bangor, where you can also see Sian McGill’s exploration of the Welsh landscape. On 26 July in Newtown Stephanie Jane opens the exhibition of her designs for Liberty’s.
In Aberystwyth, Sea Gold features sculptures made from beach-combed materials, and there’s an exhibition of Jean Napier’s Welsh landscape photography. Elaine Graham’s paintings are on display for a fortnight in August in Aberglasney, and there’s a talk on the first female US Senator in Cardiff on 9 August.
On 18 July in Newcastle there’s an evening of South Asian short films looking at “freedom, desire and resistance”. Sounds Like Her in York brings together the work of seven female artists to explore the medium of sound, with a curator’s tour on 21 August.
In Wigan on 16 August there’s a talk on Leigh and Wigan’s Female Reform Unions, while Disability Stockport is looking at the history of women and disability on 18 July. Sol Calero’s colourful installation is now open at Tate Liverpool. On the Isle of Man, Linda Huxley’s local landscapes are on display until the end of the month, while Beauty and the Beach explores the changing shape of swimwear alongside changing attitudes towards the body.
The Midlands and East Anglia
At Nottingham Contemporary, there’s both a talk on the feminist moving image on 25 July and a tour on 28 August by Emma Cocker to accompany the current Lis Rhodes exhibition. In Leicester, Collette Rayner explores ‘un-reality’ and the future through drawings and animation.
In Norwich, the exhibition on Princess Sophia Duleep Singh finishes on 3 August, with a talk on 25 July. Nancy Jane Burton’s watercolours are on display at the South Asia collection, while an exhibition of Magdalene Odundo’s ceramics opens in August. Jennifer Lee’s pottery is now on display in Cambridge, with a curator’s talk and the artist in conversation – and, if you’re feeling particularly flush, for £175 you can learn the Japanese art of Kintsugi with Iku Nishikawa.
An exhibition on Helene Schjerfbeck, “one of Finland’s best kept secrets”, opens on 21 July. Penny Slinger’s Tantric art is on display until the end of August.
In abstract art, the work of Hungarian artist Dóra Maurer is on display at the Tate Modern from 5 August. The exhibition on the pioneer of abstract expressionism Lee Krasner continues, with tours by the curator, exhibition assistant Charlotte Flint and art historian Anne Wagner; friend and art curator Ruth Appelhof is also discussing her upcoming memoir Lee and Me.
In women’s history, Rise of the Lionesses (pictured right) looks at the history of the Women’s Royal Army Corps, while Women on Screens explores the radical visual imagery of the Lenthall Road Workshop in Hackney. A special display on the wives of Henry VIII finishes at Hampton Court at the end of July.
Events in July include:
the final few tours on women in the Tate Britain’s collection;
another artist-led tour of the Portrait Award exhibition (30 August);
a “talk show” reflecting on the work by Liz Johnson Artur (30 August).
Brighton-based artist Beth Walker presents ‘Devenir’ for a weekend in July, “a joyful exploration of growth, life, rhythm and renewal through moving image”. Putting Ourselves in the Picture is an accessible artist studio led by Sara Dare, Annis Joslin and Jo Offer. Moment finishes on 3 August, featuring a series of paintings by Sarah Houghton of Poole Harbour.
I am fully committed to The F-Word’s position on inclusivity and access. Though nothing has emerged from my brief research in compiling this post, if any of the artists or institutions above hold views in contrast to this please let me know.
Header image via Flickr. It shows a large bright, white room with contemporary paintings on the wall and people milling in the centre. First inset via Twitter. It shows six detailed closeups of a pair of hands, smudged with charcoal. Second inset via Twitter. It shows a life-size model in LEGO of a woman wearing Edwardian dress and a ‘Votes for Women’ sash. Third inset via Twitter. It shows a green magazine titled ‘The Lioness’ on display in a glass cabinet, with a photograph of a woman in military uniform on the cover. Fourth insert via Twitter. It shows a large, intricate stencil of a crocodile hanging from the ceiling and lit from below, with a young woman in a black dress reaching up to it on the left.