H&C Recommends for July
July has a veritable plethora of exciting exhibitions on show. With the opportunity to visit the moon (vicariously), see Keith Haring’s activism in action and find new inspiration in the creativity of unknown artists this month’s creative calendar has something for everyone.
Fly me to the moon… Saturday 20 July marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing and if you can’t see this momentous anniversary in at the Kennedy Space Centre then Goonhilly Earth Station, based on Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula, is the next best place. Apollo 50 is more of a festival than an exhibition with a full programme of music, science, art and culture throughout the day and into the small hours.
For those who feel the broad-reaching inspiration that the moon landings instilled in a generation, this event is set to deliver wonder and facilitate the further celebration of a high point in human creativity, ingenuity and cooperation.
20 July-11 August
Few jewellery makers can boast the cult international following of Tatty Devine, with its loud and proud laser-cut pieces. Almost as famous for their collaborations as their creations, Tatty Devine continue to push the boundaries of design, responding to cultural conversations and ensuring their continued relevance 20 years after their inception. Founded by friends Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine in the mid-1990s, Tatty Devine quickly went from a market stall at Spitalfields to Harvey Nichols, establishing themselves as the anarchic alternative to the mass-produced jewellery on offer.
This July, in collaboration with the Craft Council, Lethaby Gallery at Central Saint Martins will be showing Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine, displaying 100 pieces from the past 20 years, including their early leather cuffs and piano belts, giant two-metre versions of their ‘greatest hits’ including a lobster, their magpies and a huge banana, alongside sketchbooks, ephemera and two new films.
Until 18 August
The Jerwood Makers Open 2019 is not to be missed. Established in 2010, this biannial event promotes the significance of making and materials within contemporary visual arts, supporting exceptional skill and imagination.
This year includes work from Mark Corfield-Moore, Forest + Found, Lucie Gledhill, Bethan Lloyd Worthington and Tana West. Selected from more than 300 applicants, each artist is given a bursary of £8,000 to support experimentation and the making of new work for the exhibition.
With a complimentary programme of events running alongside the show, the Jerwood Open offers a rare opportunity to look beyond the finished product into the creative process of the makers involved.
Until 2 August
Inspired by a typically stimulating and amusing conversation with the artist Maurizio Cattelan, Marlborough London presents The Smiths exhibition, comprising self-selected work by artists and creatives who share the surname ‘Smith’.
This eclectic exhibition includes work from more than 30 artists including icons such as Patti Smith and Dave Smith as well as works from burgeoning artists such as sculptor Kambel Smith.
Until 10 November
This summer Tate Liverpool stages the first major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring. Known for his distinctive and often playful paintings Haring used his work to respond directly to local and global issues including political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment.
In this landmark exhibition, visitors will discover how activism played a key role in Haring’s art, with more than 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings and drawings. Also on display are posters, photographs, and videos that capture the vibrancy of 1980s New York street culture.
Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July
Known worldwide for its fine metalwork, Sheffield is the ideal location for the new Goldsmiths North event. Located in Sheffield’s magnificent Cutlers’ Hall, Goldsmiths’ new selling fair brings the finest contemporary Silverware & Jewellery to the North of England. Providing visitors with the opportunity to meet and buy from more than 60 independent makers from around the country.
Until 22 September
Delving into the University of Cambridge’s renowned collections, Artist: Unknown at Kettle’s Yard pulls together a selection of anonymous art and artefacts responding directly to the cult of the individual in art and opening up the question, ‘what happens when we don’t know who made something?’.
Artist: Unknown offers visitors the opportunity to engage with craft, vision and creativity free from the restraints of judgment and expectation, allowing visitors to come to each piece with fresh eyes and the possibility of a new appreciation.
Until 22 September
Kettle’s Yard presents the first solo UK exhibition of award-winning potter Jennifer Lee since 1994. The exhibition will show 40 works spanning Lee’s career and will include a number of specially commissioned works.
With a focus on the interaction between materials and elements, evoking experiences of time, place and process in a way that feels at once ancient and contemporary, the Potter’s Space exhibition will present periods of reflection and innovation as distinguishing features of Lee’s practice.