22 Mar 2016

10 must see exhibitions across the UK

Fancy a spot of culture this month but need a little inspiration? Make sure you catch one of these top exhibitions across the UK.

The Imitation Game, Saturday 13 Feb – 5 June 2016, Manchester Art Gallery
Combining the themes of machines and the imitation of life this exhibition brings together the work of Ed Atkins, James Capper, Paul Granjon, Tove Kjellmark, Lynn Hershman Leeson, David Link, Mari Velonaki and Yu-Chen Wang. The exhibition also includes three new commissions and works never seen before in the UK.

Guy Bourdin: Walking Legs, until 28 March, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
Commissioned by French shoe designer Charles Jourdan, Walking Legs is Parisian Photographer Guy Bourdin’s stunning new exhibition, which is being shown in its entirety for the first time. The exhibition has slightly surreal elements where mannequin legs with heels appear to walk casually along the ground.

The Photography Show, 19-22 March, The NEC Birmingham
The photography show is perfect for photography enthusiasts. The event gives you the opportunity to network and allows photography brands the chance to show audiences their first-hand technologies and accessories they have to offer. With live debates, beginners workshops and pro conferences, there’s something there for all levels of photographer.

Omer Fast Present Continuous, 18 March – 26 June, Baltic, Gateshead
The largest exhibition of Fast’s work to date, Present Continuous explores surveillance through art. Fast uses complex narrative structure to explore the different ways stories are constructed. Best known for video works that question the conventions of storytelling, media reportage and historical representation, Fast employs cinematic techniques and complex narrative structures to explore the ways stories, and consequently history and identity, are formed.

The Rhubarb Triangle and Other Stories: Photographs by Martin Parr, 4 Feb – 12 June 2016, The Hepworth Wakefield
Comprising more than 300 photographs spanning the past 40 years The Rhubarb Triangle & Other Stories is the largest Martin Parr exhibition in the UK since his Barbican retrospective in 2002. The exhibition presents a chronological overview of Parr’s iconic series of works. The Non-Conformists and the Calderdale series, taken at the beginning of his career, the work reflects his experiences of growing up and living in Yorkshire.

Left Hand to Back of Head, Object Held Against Right Thigh, 2 Jan – 28 Mar 2016, Bluecoat, Liverpool
Object Held Against Right Thigh is a group exhibition set out to move the audience on a physical level through sensations and emotions. Artists including Rowena Harris, Mary Hurrell, Natalie Finnemore and Marie Toseland use film, video, installation and sculpture to form relationships between artworks and the bodies of the audience.

Olga Jevrić Proposals for Monuments, 3 Feb – 17 April, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Serbian artist Olga Jevrić was instrumental to the development of abstract sculpture in Yugoslavia. This is the first solo exhibition showing Jevrić’s work in Britain. It displays a number of her Proposals for Monuments, including a version of the Prokuplje Memorial of 1951, and one of six exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1958.

Work in Focus: Godfrey Sykes, 26 Jan – 3 May 2016, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
2016 marks 150 years since the death of Godfrey Sykes. Sykes studied at the Sheffield School of Art and became a highly respected artist and designer. This display showcases a selection of Sykes’ works from the city’s collection, including paintings, watercolours, designs and metalwork.

Modern Scottish Women, Painters and Sculptors, until 26 June, Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)
This exhibition of work by Scottish female artists concentrates on painters and sculptors. It covers the period from 1885 to 1965. The eighty years which lay between these events saw many Scottish women train and practice as artists.

EXHIBITIONISM: The Rolling Stones, until 4 September (Saatchi Gallery)
Get a glimpse into the hedonism and exhibitionism of one of the UK’s most iconic bands. The exhibition features collaborations between the band and a huge range of other artists, including Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese, alongside costumes and original album cover artwork.

Image credit: Michael Pollard.

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