H&C Recommends for June
Words Danica Wyber-Thomas
This June sees a varied and exciting range of exhibitions opening across the country. Here are six shows that encapsulate the variety of subjects, inspiration and artistry that continue to inspire us at Hole & Corner.
Until 22 June 2019
Known almost as well for his Dungeness garden as his artwork, Derek Jarman’s new exhibition, Shadow is the Queen of Colour, at the Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, brings both these elements together. Featuring work made between 1989 and 1990, the period in which he was creating his Prospect Cottage garden, Shadow is the Queen of Colour shows work made at a pivotal time for Jarman as he wrestled with HIV, railed against the political climate and discovered the joy of his garden in the ‘post-apocalyptic’ landscape of Dungeness.
During this time, he also made a film, The Garden, in which the life of Christ was re-imagined as the life of a gay couple, to be screened at the BFI Southbank Cinema, from 21-27 June*, as well as a series of other paintings shown at the exhibition, made with tar and embedded with a collection of objects, such as driftwood and barbed wire found on Dungeness beach, prayer books and a crucifix, as well as old photographs and feathers.
Until 24 November 2019
Linda Brothwell needs little introduction to regular Hole & Corner readers, her work and passion for the relationship between people, landscape and the tools that allow them to express their intentions, fulfill necessities and create works of art is well documented.
Her new exhibition, Conversations in Making, is perhaps at the most fitting venue to date, the Neolithic ruin of Stonehenge. Featuring a collection of 40 copper and silver bowls, beakers and vessels made by Brothwell and inspired by the ancient tools found in the surrounding landscape and by the conversations with present-day trades and craftspeople, Conversations in Making draws a line connecting Stone Age communities that worshipped and lived around the monument and modern-day locals who make their lives and work nearby today. Stonehenge visitor’s centre.
Henry Moore: Influences and Influenced at the Connaught Brown Gallery
Until 15 June 2019
Henry Moore is arguably one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and a new exhibition at the Connaught Brown Gallery delves into how and why his work had such a powerful impact on modern and contemporary sculpture, bringing together Moore’s own work with that of contemporaries such as Barbara Hepworth, John Armstrong and Tristram Hillier. The exhibition continues to track Moore’s influence as he rose to fame across Europe as well as his post-war influence and effect on younger sculptors such as Antony Gormley. Connaught Brown Gallery.
Until 8 September 2019
Unconscious Landscape: Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection, is Hauser & Wirth’s seminal new show, drawing on Ursula Hauser’s own collection and featuring the work from more than 65 female artists and artists’ estates.
Curated over the course of 40 years, this deeply personal collection creates a remarkable overview of late 20th-century modern masters in dialogue with contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Sonia Gomes, Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, Maria Lassnig, Lee Lozano, Meret Oppenheim, Carol Rama, Sylvia Sleigh and Alina Szapocznikow.
Curated by Hauser’s daughter, Manuela Wirth, with Laura Bechter, Unconscious Landscape will be exhibiting at Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset until 8 September. Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Until 15 September 2019
A rare opportunity to step into the world of visionary film maker Stanley Kubrick, the Design Museum’s new exhibition explores Kubrick’s creative process with more than 700 rare objects, films, interviews, letter and photographs.
Showing step by step how Kubrick regularly created genre-defining visual landscapes and allowing audiences to relive iconic scenes from some of his most famous films, this exhibition offers an opportunity to appreciate the artistry and craft often hidden behind the silver screen. Design Museum
Until 16 June 2019
Made from a series of found treasure and reclaimed lost items, jeweller Romilly Saurez Smith’s new exhibition, Loss, Rediscovery and Rearrangement, at the Harley Gallery near Sheffield is a study in recycling and reimagining.
Shortlisted for the Women’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017, Saumarez Smith specialises in transformation, breathing life back into neglected, often mundane objects and elevating them into luxurious works of art where their original and overlooked beauty can be seen anew. Harley Gallery
Women’s Work at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Until 13 October 2019
The interwar period saw a significant increase in women turning their craft into desirable and important works of art. These enterprising women created successful business using their skills in a variety of fields including textiles, silver, weaving and ceramics. Often overshadowed by their male counterparts,, these skilled artists are being showed in a major new exhibition, Women’s Work, at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.
Featuring more than 100 pieces, Women’s Work focuses on a core group of makers, Ethel Mairet, Alice Hindson, Phyllis Barron & Dorothy Larcher, Enid Marx, Catherine ‘Casty’ Cobb, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Denise Wren and Elizabeth Peacock. Although some are relatively unknown, all are hugely significant to the development of the Arts & Crafts movement. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft